Many dedicated gamers see joysticks as not negotiable, particularly for flying games. When you look for one, you will find that there is a bewildering array of joysticks offering a dazzling range of options in price and complexity. We’ve listed what we consider as the top 10 of 2015 to give you a hand. Work out your level of play, what you really need in terms of features and functionality, and of course compatibility with your game and gaming platform. That will narrow down the list even further.
Table of Contents
- 1 F.L.Y.5 Joystick
- 2 Thrustmaster T-Flight Stick
- 3 Logitech Freedom 2.4 GHz Wireless Joystick
- 4 Saitek X52 Pro Flight Controller
- 5 Attack 3 Joystick
- 6 Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick
- 7 Saitek Throttle with Advanced Programmable Gaming Joystick
- 8 X45 Digital Throttle & Stick
- 9 USB Combatstick
- 10 Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
The Cyborg 3D joystick has been around for 10 years and gathered many awards and prizes on the way. The F.L.Y.5 joystick is highly adaptable, flexible and comfortable in use. The engineering is accurate, it exhibits a high-tech flavor that maximizes your control in your favorite space and air games. Finally, it is configurable in tilt angle and length to allow the user to maximize it’s usability. That provides the ability to optimize your configuration for maximum effectiveness.
Thrustmaster T-Flight Stick
A leading budget stick, this wee monster is right up your street. The two default configurations are useful and the plug and play interface makes setting it up a doddle even for the technically challenged. Four directional axes and a rapid-fire button give that edge in use, and the multi-directional hat enhances your view during use.
Logitech Freedom 2.4 GHz Wireless Joystick
Logitech are the cat’s waistcoat, the bees knees, the top of the heap when it comes to PC peripherals, particularly for the Windows environment. They have a specialist gaming unit (now wouldn’t you love to be working there) to assist with the design of devices to complement the latest games. As with other Logitech products this is an absolute darling. There are ten programmable buttons, a throttle switch, a twist knob, (I shudder to think what that does), and last but not least, an eight-way hat. It is easy to set up, and being wireless you can leap around the room as you game away.
Saitek X52 Pro Flight Controller
Saitek are known as suppliers of great gaming controllers, and like most of their other products, this is a super device. It has 4 fire buttons, and the controls are effective and precise. A pinkie button switches on programmable controls. It has been receiving positive reports from both users and professional media critics. One for serious consideration.
Attack 3 Joystick
A device for the flyboys among you. Eleven programmable buttons allow you to configure it for maximum effect and superior firepower. Accurate power setting allow you to use the throttle for maximum effect. Not for the novice, but one to rate for experienced users.
Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick
This baby is based on the actual flight stick found on the A-10 Warthog, fascinating gamers and critics in equal measure, drawing many comments, mostly positive. What you buy includes a control panel, flight stick and a dual throttle. Amazon customers are generally positive and Gaming Nexus gives it a positive spin in full reviews.
Saitek Throttle with Advanced Programmable Gaming Joystick
The Saitek Throttle with Advanced Programmable Gaming Joystick from Saitek maximizes your gaming environment in several key ways. The fully programmable stick has a8-way hat switch, five buttons, and a rapid fire trigger. If you want value for money, then this one is for you.
X45 Digital Throttle & Stick
This is the most realistic and practical flight simulator thus far. It incorporates a stick and throttle with real aircraft styling. It is based on a real aircraft stick, hosting six fire buttons, a 4-way hat switch, 8-way hat switches, a missile launcher, a throttle control, rudder control and two rotary controls. One for the real flyvboy.
One for the real flight simulator buffs, designed by real aircraft designers with a brief to provide realism, dependability and compatibility. It has an easy setup and, as required, is compatible with most common flight simulators. You are presented on the stick with 18 buttons and 34 fully programmable functions operating in three directional axes. There is also something called an F16 knob, whatever that might be. Connecting via USB, it works with most current PCs, supporting all Windows environments from Vista onwards, and Mac OS 8.6.
Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
Simply put, the best of the best. It has more buttons than you can shake a stick at, supports sophisticated Logitech software and is an utter delight to use. It has gathered near perfect score in critic reviews and users have provided gushing praise of the #D Pro. Much loved by even the most experienced simulator users.