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Ok, so since I made my PC I have yet to touch my Xbox 360 lol. I can safely say I'm a PC Gamer now But my question is that, since I'm new, How do games aside from MMOs, FPS, and RTS handle compared to console? Like for instance I would love to get racing games (Dirt 3) and rpgs (Elder Scrolls/Mass Effect) handle compared to console controls? I know they make controllers and such but when using a keyboard and mouse is it not as good, easier, or not much of a difference?
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That is a personal matter. Some folks like to play racing games with their keyboards, while other prefer controllers. Me, i prefer to play FPS and RPGs with keyboard and mice, racing and other sports games with controllers.
For me, keyboard and mice makes a huge difference in FPS and RPG, i can't play those in a console
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Thats something I was struggling with too. Up until now, all racing games were fine. I'm not talking about hardcore sims, I'm more of the arcade type - NFS MW, Most wanted, Dirt, Fuel, etc. I've played all my PC games with a keyboard, regardless of the type.

But I recently got NFS Shift 2. That changed everything. I can play the straight up racing stages just fine, but when it comes to drifting, good god, a keyboard is the worst possible controller to use. I swear, a mouse would've been easier. You just don't get the fine throttle control over game as would normally. Its either fully on or fully off. A controller on the other hand is the difference between night and day. Just yesterday, a friend brought over his PS3 controller to which my PC was hooked up onto.

All those drifting events suddenly became dead easy. When you have a controller, you control exactly how much of the throttle and steering you're applying. The same goes for Dirt 3, but to a much lesser degree.

Dirt 3, due to its far more aggressive assistance settings works pretty well with a keyboard. But its just no fun. The game would decelerate you pretty hard even when you have the gas key pressed down. turning off throttle and steering assists would make the game pretty hard to play - it made my spin out multiple times in each course as compared to the controller. With the controller, Dirt 3 was a joy to play.

My verdict/recommendation: Get a PC controller/gamepad - even if its a temporary el cheapo one. It helps IMMENSELY when playing racing and flying games. For FPS's and such, the keyboard and mouse is king.

Sorry, I don't play RPGs so I can't comment on those.
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I use a my xbox 360 controller for racing games, sport games, etc.. Playing with keyboard and mouse is a pain.
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yeah, the Xbox 360's controller is awesome. The PS3 one must be too, i just haven't tested it yet
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If you have come from your xbox 360 to pc the controllers for teh xbox can be used to play on the PC also...get one setup and you can do it that way.... other wise if you have the extra $$ get a nice set of pedals and a good wheel for your computer...
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So I could use one of my 360 controllers fine w/o having to buy one for the instances I would need/prefer a controller?

*just saw above post lol* would love to try out the wheel and pedal...would prolly only need to shift away from keyboard/mouse in racing games it seems.
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I mostly use keyboard and mouse. Nothing beats a good racing wheel and pedals for racing games, same goes for flight sims with either flight sticks or yoke and pedals. Assasin<s creed and the like, xbox 360 controller.
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yeah, the Xbox 360's controller is awesome. The PS3 one must be too, i just haven't tested it yet
the PS3 controller is pretty friggin epic for PC gaming too. If you use a tool called "DS3 Tool", it emulates the 360 controls when a PS3 controller is plugged in. Pretty much every games works exactly as you'd expect it to. Its awesome
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PC gaming is better in RPG's because you have mouse controls, and racing is hands down better with Eyefinity.

PC gaming is pretty much always better then console, because console is essentially an old PC without the ability to costomize it.
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