PC Gamepad Review Roundup

PC Gamepad Review Roundup

Looking for a solid PC gamepad? I know the feeling quite well. You want a great, all-around solid controller for your PC games, and while the Xbox 360 controller is well-made and easy to use on a Windows PC, it’s not perfect (why the hell can’t Microsoft make a decent d-pad?), and it’s also pricey. Surely there’s a better cost-effective alternative that could be used for both retro AND modern gaming.

That’s what I thought, too. So, over the past month, I’ve purchased three PC gamepads, and thoroughly play-tested them all. Let’s take a closer look.

LOGITECH F310 – $24.99

The Logitech F310 disappointed me before I even bought it. It appeared to have the disconcerting disc-shaped d-pad that’s usually horrible for retro games or other games that make heavy use of it, but the person who recommended I try it said that this d-pad was different because it’s “floating”. Now that I was confused that my controller would have water in it, I checked the official website, and sure enough, the d-pad does not rest on a single pivot point, instead it “glides” over four switches for a more responsive, tactile feel.

Let me tell you, that is marketing bullshit at its finest because this d-pad is STILL terrible. I loaded up Contra, my go-to NES game for testing 8-way d-pads, and poor Bill kept having intermittent seizures when I tried to make him duck.

Having said that, there is nothing wrong with the rest of the controller. The buttons are responsive, the analog sticks are easily as good as a 360 controller’s, it’s made from durable hard plastic, so it’ll hold up well over time, and while it’s not exactly shaped like a PS2/PS3 controller, it fits comfortably in my hands. I can play Payday 2 for an extended period of time with no problems whatsoever.

So, the Logitech F310 is a good deal for the price, but if you already have a wired 360 controller, there’s literally no need to buy this, as it performs just as well. And if you’re a retro gamer, I’d avoid it entirely. And there may be a better option anyway….

The F310 gets a 7.5 out of 10.

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Aaron Randolph () has been posting videos to Leviathyn for a year now, and he's pretty sure they've simply forgotten to fire him. Pantsless Shorts is his gaming entertainment video production group consisting of himself and the people he's blackmailed into helping him. When he's not making videos, he likes to occasionally write articles that so far have not gotten him blacklisted by any major company or group, but damn it, he'll keep trying. Five favorite games in no particular order: Chrono Trigger, The Pandora Directive, Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Resident Evil 2
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