- Chapter 1: FLEX
The HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa (PS3/PS4/PC), with all custom parts, including some color-matched Sanwa OBSFS-30s and a Gunmetal OBSJ-24 for the Options button (plus Gunmetal balltop). Really happy with my purchase overall.
Some review I read claimed it was easy to customize the art and that I could just slip a custom art sheet underneath the stock plexi, which was one of the reasons I bought it. Unfortunately that turned out to be completely inaccurate information and I would actually have to destroy the stock art before being able to apply a new art and plexi, so I decided to keep it as is for now. I'm afraid it would diminish the overall stability since the stock parts are all glued very tightly together and the custom plexi would only be held in place by the screws/buttons and nothing else.
I originally had some Ikaruga motif in mind, hence the coloring scheme. Even put together some neat artwork. But it's probably safer this way. Besides, the stick itself rocks!
I found the stock Hayabusa lever surprisingly good. But the buttons seemed a bit wobbly and somewhat unreliable. The Sanwas on the other hand are just... wow. I can see why they became the industry standard. Insanely responsive. *clickclickclickcliclicliclici*
The NOIR layout is super comfortable, I'm kinda surprised no manufacturer other than HORI appears interested in it. Much more ergonomic, especially when leaning back and keeping the stick on your lap.
I LOVE how much room there is to rest your hand on underneath the buttons. It's the little things that count.
One adorable little feature is the safety cover mechanism "protecting" the Options button:
Anyway, aren't I missing something? ...Ah, yes.
- Chapter 2: INFOMERCIAL
I know I'm over a year late on this but ooh darling, do I have the perfect lever for you:
Enter the Seimitsu LS-62-01. (N.B.: SIXTY-two, despite the PCB's fake info.)
Aka the shortest, tightest, cleanest, most precise lever on the market. PER-FECT for shmups. That throw... it's so incredibly short! And the best part...
It comes with a stock octagonal gate. And I haven't had any issue with hitting the diagonals too early like I was expecting to. In other words, this thing is nothing short of impeccable. The spring is not quite as stiff as the LS-32's, and I reckon it might not be the ideal choice for fighting games since it leaves absolutely zero room for error, but the responsiveness is amazing for shmups. Virtually no deadzone whatsoever. Buttery smooth. Try it.
Ketsui with this thing is just... *chef's kiss*. I'm sooo glad I took a chance on this little mystery factor instead of playing it safe and tossing a LS-32 in there. After having tried both, the LS-62 wins hands down.
PS: Last comparison pic of my two angels: