Any 3rd party PS2 controllers out there any good?

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  1. Brian Mansure

    Brian Mansure Second Unit

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    I usually don't even tempt fate when purchasing new controllers and stick with Sony stuff but I would like to at least read some reviews and hear opinions on 3rd party controllers before purchasing this time. Not that I wouldn't pick up another DualShock 2 just wanted to explore some options.

    IGN gave it's thumbs up to Nyko's Viper 2 controller which is actually Sony Licensed and then ofcourse you have the MadCatz stuff.
    Are there other controllers worth taking a look at?
    I would like to directly replace my second DualShock 2 controller and require at least the same functionality.
    I'd rather not spend any more than I would purchasing a new Sony DualShock 2.

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
  2. Lee Petty

    Lee Petty Stunt Coordinator

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    i have the interact stormchaser pad. its okay, a little cheaper, and a little cheaper made than the sony ones. the shock mode is a bit noisy at times, and the controller is a little bigger. personally i would have spent the money on a sony one if i could do it over, but its not a "bad" controller.
     
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    Dave E H Supporting Actor

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    I've got the Madcatz wireless ones. Not bad - good size (I'm used to my Xbox controller, so I actually like the little more size on this controller) but it's wireless functionality is a little weak - I have to basically keep it pointed at my PS2 that's off to the side.

    Not too bad, but not the best.
     
  4. Brian Mansure

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    Thanks for the replies.
    Actually I ended up getting the Viper 2 controller made by Nyko.
    It is offically licensed by Sony and costed only $14.99 at my local Gamestop. I asked the guy behind the counter and he assured me that if it doesn't work as described then I can bring it back and trade up to a Sony DualShock 2 for just the price difference.
    I played Hot Shots Golf 3 last night with the Viper 2 and right away I liked it's size which is a little bigger than the Sony DS2 and it "felt" like a quality controller as it's also a touch heavier than the Sony DS2.
    The D-pad resonded a little slower than what I'd like but works fine, the start/select buttons are re-located close together and in between the analog sticks which is kinda annoying but again functional.
    I'll have to play a few more games, especially NFL 2K3 to really test the controller out.
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    On a scale 1-10, I give it an 8 so far.
    Brian
     

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