I'm in the unenviable (because of the sheer number of joysticks on the market) position of having to choose a proper flight controller for the next couple of years. I'm looking for a solid, long-lasting and precise piece of equipment compatible with many sims and other hardware (i.e. throttle and rudder pedals). I've done some reading and narrowed my choice down to two sticks:
- CH Fighterstick (plus Pro Throttle);
- Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog.
Where I live both sets can be obtained for a similar price, both also come with a 2-year warranty.
In the past I had numerous joysticks from other brands. They found use in WW2 Fighters, European Air War, vanilla IL-2, Pacific Fighters and Forgotten Battles. My first one was an MS Sidewinder (the non-Force Feedback version). I then went through a Logitech Wingman 3d (nothing spectacular, though it broke completely after 2 years of use) and a nondescript Saitek (which wasn't bad, but again wasn't spectacular either).
Since I'm an adult gamer now I'd really like to buy something that will last for a couple of years. I'd rather spend more hard-earned cash on a good piece of kit than replace expendable sticks every year or so.
What I'm asking you guys for is a recommendation based on hands-on experience with either of them (ideally both). I haven't used a joystick in a couple of years, so you can probably imagine that I'd rather do this properly than get disappointed by an unreliable, plasticky piece of crap resembling a broomstick.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by Firefly, 29 July 2013 - 12:19.