Thanks to a weekly release of titles, the Xbox Live Arcade library is quickly growing to include a number of coin-op classics such as Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger and Galaga, as well as some newer releases including AstroPop and Lumines Live!. Many of these games are fantastic recreations of their arcade counterparts, but one of the most common criticisms regarding their gameplay has to do with the D-Pad on the Xbox 360 controller being, well, awful.
Thanks to the fact that the default Xbox 360 controller has one of the worst D-Pads anyone has ever played, many of Xbox Live Arcade's games are somewhat frustrating to play since they don't quite seem to have the feel we'd hope for. Hoping to give Arcade gamers a solution for this, well-known hardware manufacturer MadCatz has developed their version of a classic-style arcade controller designed specifically for the Xbox 360.
TeamXbox recently spent a weekend checking the MadCatz Arcade GameStick out to see how well it fared.