Venom arcade stick review

Venom Arcade Fight Stick Review

Fight fans that love a good uppercut or spinning kick in their favourite fighting game usually have to  use a controller. The arcade fight stick will change all of that. We can now get that true arcade feeling without leaving the house. Venom has given us a way to replicate that good old feeling of being in our local arcade. The only thing that is missing is the coin slot and nostalgia would really set in.

I got to try it out on my Xbox One X with Killer Instinct and it does make a big difference. I was pleasantly surprised on how well it worked with the game. It’s very responsive from the buttons to the stick itself. With it’s simple black and red colour scheme it’s not going to win any beauty contests but it doesn’t need to. It does the job beautifully no matter what it looks like.

I found it to be a better experience using it on a table sitting in front of you. There are four padded feet on the base for a reason and it’s the best place to have it for the full arcade effect.

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The Arcade Stick design has a premium feel to it, with its slightly slanted front. It allows the user to rest their wrist on it too, for extra comfort. The reason for the table becomes apparent when you’re bashing those 8 big red buttons. It helps as you try to hammer down on your opponent. I realised after using it for a while that I could give the sticks and buttons a real hammering. I didn’t worry one bit that I was going to break it. It’s very sturdy and didn’t have that flimsy or cheap feel to it.

Setting it up is straight-forward if you want to use it on your PC or older gen consoles. However, when it comes to your PS4 and Xbox One there’s a little more work to do. Whilst the Arcade Stick is a multi-platform arcade stick, there is an extra step needed to make it compatible with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Using it with the Xbox One you’ll need to connect your controller to the back of the stick using the Micro USB cable.

The Arcade Fight Stick is a great, useful piece of kit. It is a bit of a pain that it has to be used via pass-through the controller for Xbox One gaming. The Fight Stick doesn’t just come with the 8-button layout to mash your fingers on. Venom have added some extra helpful buttons too. These are buttons like your Start/Menu button and a smaller Select/Share button. They sit beside another set of buttons for the Turbo options, which many fight fans know is always a plus to have.

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Venom have definitely delivered on a controller that fans of fighting games will love. It’s great for games such as Injustice 2 or Killer Instinct. The cables for the XO and PS4 could be longer but Venom have done an amazing job with it as a whole.

The Venom Arcade Fight Stick does what it’s designed to do and does it well. The price (£59.99) will not leave you too much out of pocket but it’s hard to recommend it to everyone. If you’re a hardened fight fan that loves the Arcade experience in your home then it’s for you. If you are a casual gamer, then you might not think it’s worth the price tag.

GOG Rating: 8/10

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