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Old November 9, 2012, 12:49 AM
fortkentdad fortkentdad is offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North East Alberta
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Default Recommended Driving Controls

I took back the Thrustmaster Universal Challenge Wheel today - got a full refund at London Drugs, "satisfaction guaranteed" at least for 15 days or your money refunded. I was not satisfied - I got a refund, and an apology for a defective product.

My Need For Speed - Shift 2 game did not recognize that controller at all so I had to use the custom set up. Even then I could not get the foot pedals to work for throttle & brake. (Windows 8 did pick them up & I could calibrate them, so they were installed). I used the up & down shifter paddles as throttle & brake - apparently that was a bad idea as the 'gas' paddle broke off after about an hour or so of play. This 'hi-tech grandpa' does take care of my toys and I was not being rough with it. It was just too flimsy IMHO. Two thumbs down.

I tried driving my car in NFS Shift2 using my T-Flight joystick & throttle - the throttle worked fine for gas and brake, but steering with the joystick was no where near as easy as the wheel. I crashed a lot. I fiddled repeatedly with the settings and while I could customize the settings I never got it to the point where it was fun to use. It was easier to use the keyboard arrow keys to control the car than the joystick. Maybe I'm just not good with a joystick?

I also have Dirt3 and Showdown but those games will have to wait until I unravel the mysteries of a dual boot system and enable Windows 7 on this new rig as neither of these games are Windows 8 compatible (got that reply from my email to Codemasters tech support). IL*2 Cliffs of Dover also will not fly - all three games have one thing in common - this silly Steam thing.

Anyway I'm starting to look into other game controllers which will let me race my virtual cars.

What controls do you use to control cars in driving games?

Do I want something like this?

OR this?

Or this?

I suspect there is not much quality difference between this one and the one I return as it is only $49 ($10 more than the model I returned). I fear that to get a good wheel I'm going to have to spend a few more dollars than that for something like:


Fort Kent, Alberta

2012 - A10 Rig
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