The D-pad is smooth and therefore less abrasive than the stock ps2 D-pad. The six button layout is ideal for street fighter style games. I've had mine for about a year now and it's held up ok. The main disadvantage lies in that the start and select buttons lie directly over the top row of "punch" buttons which can result in some unintentional pausing, or even embarrassing unintentional reseting of the game.
This controller doesn't have any special wow factor with regards to functionality or features. The hologram style decal is nice (Akuma has a ominous presence about him) and the conrol sensitivity is tantamount to a SNES controller, IMHO.
It is a nice pad, yet I have some grips about this.
Pro: Graphics are very nice. I'm a die hard Akuma fan, and it just delivers it. Smooth D-pad. Good input.
Con: Button pressure very hard. Button configuration does not agree with the default for PS2. Shoulder buttons feels weird. Location of select and start buttons. Pad thickness.
If you are thinking this will be a great sub for PS2 in giving you the D-pad feel of Sega Saturn, you couldn't be more wrong. It is not remotely like that, except for the butterfly shaped design. Get if for collection, but don't expect too much.
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