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Old 03-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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Five Best Sports Gaming Control Schemes of All Time

In today's world of ultra-realistic sports releases, there is nothing that can ruin a gaming experience quicker than a bad control scheme. With newer games featuring increasingly complex button layouts, it is pretty easy to become overwhelmed, even downright frustrated, when attempting to control your favorite virtual athletes.

Who has not experienced the dreaded throw-the-controller-at-the-wall syndrome brought on by a clunky controlling sports endeavor? It is times like these when I find myself dreaming about my favorite control schemes in a specific sports genre. I yearn for those special control schemes that are able to achieve a zen-like flow in my hands, making me feel like Jimmy in the blockbuster hit The Wizard.

In the history of sports gaming, I have gone hands-on with several wonderful control layouts. Of the schemes that have left favorable impressions, there are five that stand out from the rest. These fives games feature controls that set the bar for their respective genres, influenced their competition, and to this day, stand the test of time. Here are my picks for the five greatest sports video game control schemes of all time.

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Old 03-17-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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NHL 07's controls blew me away, I don't know how I ever played a hockey game with button controls before it came out..
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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"The Good 'ol "Pure Swing System" of MVP 05 is without a doubt the best control setup for hitting it was the perfect gel of classic and progressive batting control to this day.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:54 PM   #4
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Tiger Woods has got to be up there too.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:00 PM   #5
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NHL, MVP and Tiger Woods for sure
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Tiger Woods 09 has excellent controls on the 360. NHL 09 360 is outstanding with the controls. NBA Live 09 is more fun to play because of the control scheme and playability, even if the AI isnt as good as 2k9.

MVP 05 PC had outstanding control using the Logitech Rumblepad 2. The biggest thing that stands out to this day was the baserunning controls. I always felt I had complete intuitive control over all my baserunners, by telling which runner I had selected with the facebuttons, to run to the base selected with the D-Pad. Once a runner was selected with the facebuttons, the D-Pad gave you complete control over that runner and which base he ran to. Plus you could pre-load the runner with the D-Pad to take two or three bases, and then not worry about him. It was an ingenious design and I cannot believe having very similar controllers with the consoles, that this simple yet totally in control way to command your baserunners has not been implemented in the latest baseball games. It is such a gimme.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:49 PM   #7
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Actually, it was Start for the super punch in Mike Tyson's Punch Out!. I always loved the controls in Tecmo/Super Bowl. There was just something great about zig zagging down the field.
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ummm...where's skate? Way better and more intuitive than punch out or T.Hawk 2.
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