Bezza89 wrote: SidTheSloth wrote:
Programs such as xpadder
can be a big help.
Don't be scared of PC controls though, trying to use a controller for a game designed for keyboard is sometimes illogical - a bit like using a keyboard to play Halo? Some RPG's especially, you can program so many keys it's untrue and can make things much easier. Getting a gaming mouse & keyboard can be a help too - they have more buttons which can be programmed to send different keys or even combinations/macros. For default PC controls, google 'wasd'...
I've heard xpadder is not free, it's for games like GTA, Ghost recon etc, games which are better with a pad. Yes, some will argue away with their 'mouse is better' but remember I'm on a laptop so using my 360 controller is much easier than buying some gay mouse. NB, I played all of Half Life 2 with my touch pad; that was hardcore. If it's total war or rpgs, generally games which don't require me to multitask a camera with buttons, if it's that then I'm ok, but for my shooty games I'm very much pad only by choice and by resources.
If you're connected to the internet, Windows should automatically download the drivers (around 2.6MB) when you plug in a wired 360 pad, at least it did for me, so there's no need to pay extra for a specific "for Windows" one. You can always go to the MS Hardware site and download it if it doesn't work straight away.
The USB dongle to use wireless pads on Windows supposedly isn't recognised by some games, but I can't elaborate because I don't have one. You also can't get it on its own any more (unless you can find one online that isn't a Chinese knock-off like all the ones on Amazon, read the reviews), you have to buy it with a controller, and they don't have ones with the transforming d-pad.
A free alternative to xpadder is GlovePIE, but you either have to learn the scripting commands, which isn't that hard after you see a couple of examples, or find a script file for your game. Download it here
. I'm using it at the moment with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and it works flawlessly.
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