Best Arcade Fight Sticks: What To Bring To The Ring

I don’t know about you but when I was a little kid I hated going to the mall. I didn’t want to walk all over the place and go buy anything. However, I did like going to the Arcade that was in there! It was small yea but I still got to play games there that I couldn’t back at home. From Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat, I would be happily playing those games as my Mom would go shopping. Those were the days. What am I saying?! There’s Dave and Busters! I can drink and play Arcade games now! So I pose a real dilemma to you. What happens when you don’t feel like going outside but still want to play your favorite Arcade fighting games like Street Fighter or Marvel VS Capcom? The answer is you’re stuck playing those games with traditional controllers, that’s not really a bad thing but for a lot of fighting game enthusiasts, it might bring them down a little. We know the Arcade style controllers with the joystick and all the action buttons are a more fun way to play our favorite fighting games. I am going to go over a couple of Arcade sticks you can go and buy today that just may help you out.

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Not too long I did a hands-on review of Razers Wolverine controller for the Xbox One. You can check out that review right HERE. Razer is a very well-known company in the world of gaming, with these guys you get what you pay for. In this case, we’re looking at the Razer Panthera Arcade Stick: Street Fighter Edition. The controller not only looks like your Arcade fighting stick but you also get to look at a beautifully drawn picture of Ryu facing off against Akuma by veteran art director Long Vo. A lot of arcade sticks will try to skimp out on one of the most important things you need on an Arcade stick, buttons. Some come with 4 others come with 6. This Arcade stick comes with 10 buttons you can use to get your punches and kicks in. The overall design of the controller has more of an ergonomic feel to it mostly on your lap, which to be fair when you’re playing at home that’s where will be most of the time anyway. So far we’re looking pretty good here; a great picture and is pretty comfortable to play on your lap. Let’s talk about the second fight stick.

The second fight stick we’re going to be talking about is just about the same as the one for the PlayStation, it’s called the Razer Artox Arcade stick. This arcade stick is very similar to it’s Panthera brother but different at the same time. As they say, the devil is in the details. The first difference is, it’s for the Xbox One. The stick does not have the street fighter picture on it which may be a let down for some but there is a great looking picture of Razers logo that mixes very well with some light and dark green. Another major difference you can see is within the buttons. The Panthera comes equipped with 10 buttons where this one comes with 8. That’s not to say that is a bad thing, it’s still more than what a lot of other sticks have. The overall design of the stick is like the Panthera as well, it has the same ergonomic design where you can comfortably play on your lap. These are the notable differences between the PlayStation and Xbox sticks. For the most part, they are very similar sticks, I will note all the specs for both towards the end but for the rest of this review I will be talking about both simultaneously.


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You’ve Got To Be Modding Me

These sticks might look similar to a lot of the other ones that are out in the world today but they are actually designed and built with modding enthusiasts in mind. Don’t like the RT button on the left-hand corner, bring it to the right. Want to remove a button over here, go nuts. The ease to have the button configuration laid out as you wish is always a plus with controllers. On the topic of buttons, the components of the stick are made with Sanwa components. What does that mean to you? It means the joystick and the buttons are a little loose and sensitive, this is what will help give you that edge in a fight. You don’t want stiff hard to press buttons unless that’s what you personally prefer.

There is a feature on the Artox stick that the Panthera doesn’t have. Where you have the beautifully drawn picture of Ryu and Akuma on the Panthera, you can interchange the top panel with your favorite designs with the Artox. If you wanted to have a picture of you and your Grandma on your fight stick you can go for it, Grandmas are very supportive people. With both sticks, the bottom of the internal compartments is built in a honeycomb-like structure for easy screw mounting in every location. That’s always useful when you need to have stability in the middle of a match.

The last feature on both of these sticks I want to touch upon is the internal storage. There is a button you press that opens up the guts of the arcade sticks to reveal dedicated slots where you can keep the included detachable screw-lock cable, a bat top joystick, screwdriver, and there’s enough room to house two extra buttons. A¬†gamer on the road will love the ability to take the controller just about everywhere they’re going.

The Breakdown

I promised I would let you know the differences between the two, so I will have the breakdown of each right here for you to look at:

The Panthera:

  • 10 tournament-grade Sanwa buttons
  • Authentic Sanwa joystick with ball top and additional bat top
  • Easy one-touch access to internals and storage
  • Fully accessible internals and storage compartments for easy modding
  • Honeycomb structure on the inside for easy screw mounting
  • Storage room for alternative bat top joystick and more
  • 9.8 ft / 3 m detachable screw-lock USB cable for secure connection
  • Screwdriver included for modding

The Artox:

  • 8 tournament-grade Sanwa buttons
  • Authentic Sanwa joystick with ball top and additional bat top
  • The interchangeable top plate allows for custom artwork finishes
  • Easy one-touch access to internals and storage
  • Fully accessible internals and storage compartments for easy modding
  • Honeycomb structure on the inside for easy screw mounting
  • Storage room for alternative bat top joystick and more
  • 13 ft / 4 m detachable screw-lock USB cable for secure connection
  • Screwdriver included for modding

Conclusion

Both of these fighting sticks are the best there is on the market. You can’t really go wrong with Razer, they produce quality hardware. They might be a little more than what else is out there but it’s like I have said before, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for quality hardware with pinpoint response times, you want to buy a Razer arcade fight stick.

All4Gamerz gives the Xbox Artox and the PlayStation Panthera 9/10.

Thanks for checking out my post on Razers arcade sticks for the PlayStation and the Xbox. If you already have these sticks, let me know what you think of them. If you have any questions or just want to say hi leave a comment below!

-Aj

 

 

 

 

Aj

I've been gaming since the first Nintendo came out. I believe that video games are an art form that should be celebrated and I am looking to spread my passion and love of gaming all over the world. Why be boring and live only one life, when you can live many?

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