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WASD + mouse VS gamepad in TPZ - which one's the better gaming experience?

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I bought a gamepad recently, and was really curious how The Penal Zone plays with it, as there were some people full of praises for the fluency and natural feel of the game when playing with a gamepad.

Up to this point, I'm somewhat disappointed with the results - it's OK to play with the gamepad, moving around is definitely better than WASD, but then, environment interaction is much better with the mouse. I'm interested in what others think about the issue, so I put up this poll. And especially those who find the gamepad solution superior - why do you think / feel so?

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  • @Rather Dashing said: I wonder how many people who voted have tried playing with a gamepad. Not doubting the validity of poll results or anything, but I don't know how many people have actually tried every control option.

    Good question, but you can never know - so I might as well assume that the voters did. Anyway, it did need some persistence on my part to discover some of the gamepad values at all (I've never owned a console), so I wouldn't be surprised if someone with less patience gave up earlier.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your views. The results up to this point (11/3/1/6/4) are quite polarized, which is interesting - it probably means that there is a clear distinction between mouse people and gamepad people, and Telltale did well to cater for both audiences. I'll invest some more time into the gamepad experience, and I'll definitely try the comfy armchair and the large TV screen when I get the chance :)

  • All control methods are VERY well-implemented, which is a lot better than previous gamepad titles that seemed to have one or the other system feel wrong when playing.

  • Click and drag is the 'best' but I use a gamepad so I can play it comfortably on my TV.

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    @Pantagruel's Friend said: The results up to this point (11/3/1/6/4) are quite polarized, which is interesting - it probably means that there is a clear distinction between mouse people and gamepad people, and Telltale did well to cater for both audiences.

    The nerd in me is so pleased that you actually care about interpreting your results. :D

    I use arrow keys + mouse (well, trackpad, because the only computer I have is my laptop).

  • It also seems that people who prefer the WASD keys prefer them by a lot, while those who prefer the gamepad are more equally split (the difference is probably well within a margin of error right now).

  • @puzzlebox said: The nerd in me is so pleased that you actually care about interpreting your results. :D

    The nerd in me never understood polls for the sake of post collection. That's so dweeb, isn't it? ;)

    @puzzlebox said: It also seems that people who prefer the WASD keys prefer them by a lot, while those who prefer the gamepad are more equally split (the difference is probably well within a margin of error right now).

    That's probably no surprise - I imagine most of Telltale's audience comes from the PC world. For anyone who's been used to WASD/mouse for a long time, it really takes a lot to find a different approach better, let alone vastly superior.

    @Harald B: while I have no armchair, I was curious and redesigned my sofa a bit. It was a very relaxing experience (to the extent I almost fell asleep around 11:30PM during one of the longer dialogs :) ), but I had to switch off the subtitles, and I do need a larger monitor or an LCD TV. To be continued!

  • I prefer mouse + ESC key, but since that's not here I'll go with gamepad. WASD cramps my fingers.

  • I played with mouse, without WASD. Didn't even know it was possible.
    But now that i think of it ... 2 or 3 times i had the strange impression that there is somthing complicated with the way you have to move Sam&Max. :D

  • For me it was just click and drag; mouse only(no keyboard).

    The gamepad method just didn't seem to work out for me(too imprecise).

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