When Street Fighter V was released as the newest installment in the long-running fighting game series, it wasn’t exactly showered with rave reviews or welcomed with loving arms from fans of the series. One of the most glaring issues that gamers took exception to is the lack of the traditional Player versus CPU mode, or the Arcade Mode. (There is still hope, however.) And it also doesn’t help that Street Fighter V is (currently) not available in arcades and can only be played on the PlayStation 4 and the PC. So any chances for longtime fans to really feel the game in its arcade glory are out of the table.
But don’t let Capcom’s sudden allergy to anything related to the word ‘arcade’ get your spirit down. You can still experience Street Fighter V the old-school way by using the Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ to fight your way through every Hadouken that Ryu throws at you (and look good while doing it).
Authentic look and feel
The Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 (sorry, PC) is exactly what its image suggests: An arcade stick that suspiciously looks like it’s been directly ripped off from a real arcade machine and turned into a portable one. It’s made of Sanwa Denshi parts and features a Vewlix-style design, similar to real arcade machines, and is equipped with 8 buttons to complete the arcade look. So, if you’re a button-masher, you have 8 pieces to channel your rage into. Don’t worry; being made of Sanwa Denshi parts, this arcade stick is built to endure. Additionally, it’s also reinforced with non-slip foam padding that allows it to sit comfortably on your lap, allowing you to simply focus on beating up your opponent with no regard for anything.
Available for other games, too
Since the Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ comes with a default Street Fighter V artwork, one can assume that it can only be used for the game itself as some kind of an exclusive peripheral.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
This arcade stick can also be used for other fighting games in the market, not just for Street Fighter V. So don’t worry if you’re more into the cringe-worthy violence of the Mortal Kombat series or the extremely long and complex combos of the Marvel vs Capcom series or the badass female fighters of the Dead or Alive series – they are all perfectly compatible with this arcade stick. If you want, you can customize the artwork of the panel to match the fighting game of your choice. (More on the customization stuff in the next heading.)
And that doesn’t end there. The Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ can be used for other non-fighting games, too! The 8 buttons can be mapped into the PlayStation controller’s 8 main buttons (not including L3 and R3, which are integrated to buttons separate from the 8). The only drawback is that you only have 1 joystick to function as either the directional buttons or the left and right analog sticks.
So you will be handicapped if you want to play a game that requires the full use of all 3 functions, like the Metal Gear Solid games. But, hey, just because the arcade stick can be used for all games, it does not mean you HAVE to use it for all the games you want to play.
If you think the arcade stick isn’t holding up to your awesome button-mashing skills, you can easily mod it, thanks to its readily accessible inner parts. (It actually looks like a suitcase when you open it.) And if you think the image of Ryu on the panel is beginning to make you feel nauseated, you can also replace it with, say, a Chun-Li artwork instead or perhaps a picture of your dog if you want to be different. The Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+ isn’t secured like a bank vault, so feel free to tinker with it. It also has metals posts that can be used for shoulder straps, although you have to separately buy your own shoulder straps.
Fight like a boss
Street Fighter V may have fallen a bit short on its expectations, primarily due to it placing more focus on online multiplayer and robbing players the chance to properly practice against the CPU. But that does not mean you can’t enjoy it like a boss (or like you’re in the arcades). The Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+, which, by the way, also has Touchpad Controls for Touchpad-reliant PS4 games, is just the perfect gaming accessory to achieve that Street Fighter spirit that Capcom’s newest installment arguably failed to deliver. Also, executing V-Skills and Critical Arts while shouting along with your character looks a lot better when you’re using an arcade stick instead of a gamepad.