Street Fighter IV Round 2 Arcade Fightstick Tournament Edition Review

 

Over the last few months, I’ve learned a lot about arcade fightsticks. Most notably, the difference between an entry-level fightstick and a premium one. Having two fightsticks wear out in a matter of months and one break within an hour has made me weary of ever buying an entry-level fightstick again.

On the other side of the coin, I’ve found that playing fighting games on a premium fightstick is a beautiful thing. I love my first-generation TE for the weight, sturdiness and responsive input mechanisms. I’ve used my TE for well over 100 hours and it still feels as good as new.

When my PS3 Hori fightstick died and the Round 2 fightsticks went on sale, I did not hesitate to pick one up.

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Pick Up Post: Tekken 6 Limited Edition Fightstick Bundle for PS3

Back when I bought Super Street Fighter IV for the PS3, I was kind of hoping that I wouldn’t spend any more money on this game. Having two copies of the same game for different consoles struck me as excessive. However, playing against my friends has gotten pretty frequent, pretty serious, and my Dualshock 3 experiment ended with a painful left hand and sore thumbs.

Having owned the Mad Catz TEHori EX 2, Fighting Stick Wii by Hori and the Hori Tekken 6 Fightstick at some point or another, I had a good grasp of what was out there and what best suited my needs and my budget. In the end, I went with the Hori Tekken 6 Fightstick for PS3, which comes with Tekken 6 and the art book.

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Let’s Talk About Collector’s Editions of Video Games

Back in 2007, the hype surrounding Halo 3 was massive. This was going to be the biggest and best-selling media launch of all-time. In particular, the hardest of hardcore gamers were salivating over the Legendary Edition of Halo 3, which featured of all things, a miniature replica of Master Chief’s helmet. Video game collector’s editions were still new at the time, and we’d never seen anything this epic (or expensive) before.

Part of the appeal in the Legendary Edition was the fact that it was supposed to be super rare. Instead, it stands as one of the biggest jokes in the short history of video game collector’s editions. I can name multiple stores in my city that have these in stock right now, collecting dust on the shelf at 1/3 of the original asking price. Even at that price point, retailers still can’t rid of them. If you paid $150 for it at launch in hopes of getting something truly special, I bet you’re bitter that the monetary and financial value of this set has dropped dramatically.

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