Fun joystick-centric games?

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#1 Posted by SentientGames (633 posts) -

I just picked up a Saitek X-52 joystick and MS Flight Sim. Is it just me or are the graphics in that game really glitchy? Anyway, Flight Sim is both cool and boring at the same time, so I dove into Attack on Pearl Harbor. That game is pretty damn fun with a joystick.

Anyone have any suggestions for other good games to play with a joystick?

#2 Posted by DrSbaitso (652 posts) -
Tie Fighter and X Wing (note: NOT Tie Fighter vs X Wing). The collectors edition CD-Rom versions of these games (referred to as Tie Fighter95 and X Wing95) support USB joysticks, unfortunately the midi music has been lost in the update but these are the BEST games ever to use the joystick IMO
#3 Posted by BornGamer (1318 posts) -
You need to get IL-2 Sturmovik or you might as well throw your joystick away.
#4 Posted by SentientGames (633 posts) -

That's it? Not that I have anything against old games, but I was looking for something a bit newer. Besides, I played the hell out of Tie Fighter and X-Wing a long time ago.

Have developers given up on joysticks? MS Flight Sim, DarkStar One, and Attack on Pearl Harbor will only get me so far...

#5 Posted by asnfan (1 posts) -
I quite enjoy playing first person shooters like Unreal Tournament with a joystick in the left hand (for movement) and a mouse in the right hand (for shooting). It takes a little bit of getting used to at first, but once you do it just seems so much smoother and more natural than keyboard to move and mouse to shoot.
#6 Posted by Ein-7919 (3490 posts) -
  • X3 - Terran Conflict
  • DCS: Black Shark
  • Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos (older)
  • Lock On: Modern Air Combat (older)
  • Falcon 4.0 (older)
  • H.A.W.X. (arcade flight combat...I can't even bring myself to call it an arcadey flight sim)
#7 Posted by khhsdude (84 posts) -

Freespace 2 is pretty good.

The open source project for it also has a number of mods availabe as well if you are into that kind of thing.

#8 Posted by Ein-7919 (3490 posts) -

Ah nuts...I just noticed that I got sucked into one of these.

Asnfan: this thread is nearly two years old. If the TC hasn't found something for his/her Saitek X-52 by now, chances are that he/she stopped looking a loooong time ago. Please don't bump threads that are this old.

#9 Posted by kalei (10 posts) -

Don't feel bad, dude. Forum threads last forever, don't they? Besides, I just now googled "best games for joystick" and up this came. I just bought FS 2004 (my system can't handle FS X I think) on eBay, and it's cool but the flight instructor's annoying. I wanted to find some "yank and bank" or other type of fun games for a joystick, so I appreciate your suggestions.

#10 Posted by DeadManRollin (4134 posts) -
Get Combat Flight Simulator 98, if you can find it. Also there's HAWX which is resource hungry, but a fun, accessible game. Crimson Skies is good, too. I think there's a PC version for Raiden, too, but that's not really a flight SIM...more of a 2D thingy. You should have bought a xbox360 gamepad instead--joysticks are pretty much useless apart from flight SIMs, but you can easily play most flight sims and a wide array of other games using a gamepad.