Keyboard/mouse vs Controller - what is your preference by genre?

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#1  Edited By SolidGame_basic  Online
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  • First Person Shooter - prefer keyboard/mouse
  • Third Person Shooter - can go either way, but I think I prefer keyboard/mouse
  • Action/Adventure - prefer controller
  • Fighting - controller
  • RPG - can go either way
  • RTS/Tactical - definitely keyboard/mouse
  • Racers - definitely controller

How about you, SW? Keyboard/mouse vs Controller - what is your preference by genre?

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#2 Ghosts4ever
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Keyboard/Mouse.

Aiming with controller suck. also tried with controller and my thumb was hurt. its not comfortable at all.

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#3 ProtossRushX  Online
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Rocket League - Dual Shock4 for the awesome stick layout

Street Fighter 5 - Dual Shock 4 for the D-Pad

Retro and Indie Games - Dual Shock 4 for the D-Pad

WoW Classic - Keyboard and Mouse

Skyrim - Dual Shock 4 stick layout again

Starcraft 1 and 2 - Keyboard and Mouse

Diablo 1-3 - Keyboard and Mouse

Halo MCC - Dual Shock 4 stick layout again

Remakes and Remasters - Dual Shock 4

Yeh pretty much dual shock4 every time unless its only PC game that needs the mouse/kb

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#4  Edited By hardwenzen  Online
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  • First Person Shooter - keyboard/mouse
  • Third Person Shooter - keyboard/mouse
  • Action/Adventure - controller
  • Fighting - controller
  • RPG - keyboard/mouse
  • RTS/Tactical - keyboard/mouse
  • Racers - keyboard/mouse
  • Action RPG - controller
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#5 SOedipus  Online
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FPS - KB/M
RTS - KB/M
Isometric RPGs - KB/M
Platformers - controller
Fighters - controller
Third Person Shooter it depends. Max Payne and Mass Effect games (KB/M). GTA and RE games (controller).

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#6 Telekill
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Controller

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#7  Edited By Jag85
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First Person Shooter - keyboard/mouse

Third Person Shooter - controller

Action/Adventure - controller

Fighting - controller

RPG - controller

RTS/Tactical - keyboard/mouse

Racers - controller

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#8  Edited By uninspiredcup  Online
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@SOedipus said:

FPS - KB/M

RTS - KB/M

Isometric RPGs - KB/M

Platformers - controller

Fighters - controller

Third Person Shooter it depends. Max Payne and Mass Effect games (KB/M). GTA and RE games (controller).

Pretty much this.

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Anything first person, or third person if there's heavy focus on gunplay, plus strategy games and iso-ARPGs, mouse and keyboard every time.

Racing games, fighters, anything where you're primarily flying/driving vehicles, and third person action/RPGs like Witcher or Dark Souls, controller. Either PlayStation or Steam Controller.

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#10 Archangel3371
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I prefer controller myself. I’ve mostly used a controller over my time as a gamer so I’m pretty comfortable with it. It’s also just my comfortable to use in regards to my body positioning when I’m playing. Keyboard and Mouse is certainly more accurate and capable in certain types of games, especially when those games are designed for it, but when it comes to what I prefer to use it’ll be a controller.

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#11 sleepnsurf
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PC with Xbox controller. I slay with controller since 360 days. Best of both worlds.

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#12  Edited By Postosuchus
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I've found myself using controllers more and more since my PC is right next to my bed currently, but M/K are still a must for FPS's (aside from Mirror's Edge) and Isometric RPG's. I tried Divinity Sin 2's local co-op a few months back (you have to use the controller for split screen) and good lord was it clunky and glacial to actually get anything done. I don't understand how console gamers can stand playing those kind of games like that.

That said aside from the inventory management I do prefer playing Diablo-style games with a controller now. Miffed Grinding Gears won't update Path of Exile with such support like Grim Dawn did.

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I think the only genres i would choose a controller in are racing games (would go the whole racing wheel/pedals route if i could) and beat em ups. oh and platformers (2D and 3D).

Most games i will generally play with a KB+M. its usually the best tool for the job.

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#14 R4gn4r0k
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When it comes to first person games, the smoothness of a mouse helps a lot compared to analog sticks which pretty much require lock-on aim (which I hate)

When it comes to third person games, I far prefer a controller to control the movement of my character compared to WASD

As for RTS, no question asked. M/KB has this genre covered, with all the fast clicking required and loads of hotkeys

I've know people who play sports games like FIFA or racing games with a KB/M. But I prefer controllers for those.

And lastly there are platformers, I'll take a controller for those too.

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Keyboard & mouse for most games including my core of shooters, strategy and role-playing. Controller for racing, third-person hack'n'slash, fighting, etc.

Naturally, because I don't play them as much as my core three genres, my controller tends to go unused a lot.

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#16  Edited By xantufrog  Moderator  Online
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@SolidGame_basic said:
  • First Person Shooter - prefer keyboard/mouse
  • Third Person Shooter - can go either way, but I think I prefer keyboard/mouse
  • Action/Adventure - prefer controller
  • Fighting - controller
  • RPG - can go either way
  • RTS/Tactical - definitely keyboard/mouse
  • Racers - definitely controller

How about you, SW? Keyboard/mouse vs Controller - what is your preference by genre?

Same here - although I'm a bit unsure what goes in the Action/Adventure bin. Probably "either way" depending on what games qualify

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#17 Zaryia
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  • First Person Shooter - KB/M. Fumblesticks suck at this.
  • Third Person Shooter - KB/M. Fumblesticks suck at this.
  • Action/Adventure - Controller on PC.
  • Fighting - Controller or Joypad on PC.
  • RPG - KB/M. Ability wheel pausing sucks. More binds is win. Easier selecting targets. Etc.
  • RTS/Tactical - KB/M by a mile.
  • Racers - Racing Wheel
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#18  Edited By Ezekiel43
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M and KB for almost everything. Controllers need to evolve. The current design was made over two decades ago with much simpler games in mind. Most of those original games didn't even have movable cameras.

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#19  Edited By lamprey263
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Console gamer, so, easier just to use controller for me. Mouse would give better precision but I don't play competitive MP so there is no pressing reason for me to use a mouse and keyboard even if next gen consoles allow for it.

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#20 warmblur
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  • First Person Shooter - KB/M
  • Third Person Shooter - KB/M
  • Action/Adventure - KB/M
  • Fighting - controller
  • RPG - KB/M
  • RTS/Tactical - KB/M
  • Racers - controller
  • Action RPG - KB/M
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#21 JasonOfA36  Online
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KB/M on almost everything with camera aiming except for most sidescrollers, sports games, racing games and some JRPGs.

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#22 onesiphorus
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Games that are released on consoles: controller.

Real-time-strategy games: keyboard and mouse.

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#23 Fairmonkey
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Any game with a gun in it is keyboard/mouse by default. Anything else is unacceptable

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#24 NathanDrakeSwag
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@Telekill said:

Controller

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TBS, RTS, FPS, TPS - Mouse and keyboard

2D/3D Platforming, arcade action - Controller

Flight Sims, space sims - HOTAS

Text adventures - Racing wheel

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#26 LAtech84  Online
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First Person Shooter - Keyboard and Mouse

Third Person Shooter - Keyboard and Mouse

Action/Adventure - depends on which one, most Keyboard and Mouse, some controller

Fighting - Controller for sure

RPG - Mostly Keyboard and Mouse and some controller

RTS/Tactical, don't play but if did Keyboard and Mouse I am sure

Racers - Controller for sure

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#27 dimebag667
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In general prefer controller for everything except RTS. I haven't played Diablo on console, but I would imagine my preference would still be mouse and keyboard for most ARPGs and MMOs.

Mouse and keyboard for shooters is just too easy in my opinion. I prefer the game of who can overcome the challenges of a controller. But it also becomes unfair and not fun to play with a controller against mouse and keyboard. I don't even like the fact that pro controllers are allowed in multiplayer. Everyone should start with the same tool for fairness.

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#28 flashn00b
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First/Third person shooter: keyboard and mouse

2D fighter: Keyboard

3D fighter: Controller

Strategy games (turn-based or real-time): Keyboard and mouse

Racing: controller

Action/Adventure: Controller

Action-RPGs: Probably controller, especially if Japanese developer.

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Keyboard/mouse for point and click adventures and strategy games. Controller for everything else.

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#30 Litchie
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FPS - KB/M
TPS - KB/M
Action/Adventure - Depends. Batman Arkham games with KB/M, Dark Souls games with controller.
Fighters - Controller
Racers - Controller
Platformers - Controller
Strategy - Don't really play, but anything else than KB/M would be torture.

@br0kenrabbit said:

Text adventures - Racing wheel

lol, what?

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#31 tehssdbro
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i can use kb and mouse or controller for any game it doesnt bother me much.

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#32 DragonfireXZ95  Online
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It's Keyboard and mouse unless it's a driving, fighting or a Dark Souls game.

Note: Sekiro plays decently with a mouse and keyboard, so not all action RPG games like Dark Souls make me use a controller, just the ones that don't have good k/m controls. For example, I used keyboard and mouse with the Batman and Witcher games as well.

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#33 jg4xchamp
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Depends on the genre for me really. But any genre works on a mouse n keyboard. I've seen some sick fighting game players n DMC players on a mouse n keyboard, my personal comfort level isn't there, but the keyboard for fighting games did get me into getting a hitbox. Shit is lit.

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#34 npiet1
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On time I'll use a KB/M is for RTS the rest is controller. I'm still better with a KB/M for games though.

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#35  Edited By pyro1245
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I like controllers for game where precise aiming is not important.

I use controllers with:

  • 2D & 3D platformers
  • Certain 3rd-person action games (Dark Souls)
  • JRPGs
  • Kart and Arcade Racing games (otherwise wheel setup is preferred)

That's about it. Precise aiming with controllers sucks real bad.

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#36  Edited By Yams1980
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Mouse/Keyboard for every game except platformers and racing games mostly... and I don't play those types of games much.

Some exception to this are action third person games similar to Batman Arkham series where to me felt better using a controller for... even though they are fine on keyboard, I often just use controller because they don't require much accuracy/keybinds and for that a controller works fine.

Come to think of it, a lot of JRPGS i also use a controller since they do terrible job porting them and you either can't even rebind keys or have badly optimized controls and better off just using the controller since it was made for that.

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#37  Edited By GirlUSoCrazy  Online
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Controller for everything in general. Keyboard for fighting games, old adventure games, and RTS games.