If you have a love of PC video games, and especially flight simulators, or flying choppers or planes in war games like Battlefield 1942 or the upcoming Battlefield Bad Company 2, then you’ll need a joystick.
The use of a joystick in flight games not only adds to the feel of actually flying, but is the only way on a PC game to really gain 100% control over the vehicles you are flying with. Using a mouse and keyboard to control your vehicle in video games just isn’t sensitive enough. In order to really allow you to fly like a pro you’ll want to invest in a solid joystick.
For the serious arm-chair pilot a good joystick is fundamental to getting the most out of the experience, the Logitech Extreme 3D Joystick provides the tool needed to have you flying around like a Top Gun pilot on a modest budget.
Right from the get go you’ll notice the quality of this joystick, 12 action buttons at your disposal, an eight-way hat switch and the ability to have a rapid-fire trigger, not to mention the amazing Twist control, which allows for pin point turning and zeroing in on targets with a twist of the wrist.
Add that all up along with the ability for button customization, multiple controller configurations, plug and play easy installation, and a price of only $30; buying this joystick becomes a no-brainer.
My brother initially turned me on to this joystick, and after using it for flying planes and helicopters in a few Battlefield games I was hooked. Not only was I able to actually not crash within 2 minutes of take off, I was able to pull off a few stunning moves with this nimble and highly responsive joystick. The new Twist control was especially of use when having to turn your helicopter around quickly to respond to targets behind or to the side of you.
The numerous buttons really help in making the controller work most comfortably for you also, if you like a certain button configuration you’ll be able to achieve it with this joystick. I will say if you are left handed you may want to look and test out a few other models as the Extreme 3D seems mostly suited for right handed players.
For the price, quality and performance the Logitech Extreme 3D Joystick is a solid purchase and one of the best joysticks currently out on the market. Compared to other joysticks I found the Extreme 3D felt more resilient than the rest, with the only downside being there isn’t a cordless option for this model of joystick, hopefully a wireless option is just around the corner.
Logitech also makes a Force 3D Pro model that is basically the same as the Extreme 3D but has force feedback for $70, something that can add to the realism of some games.