Thrust Master were kind enough to give me a Warthog Hotas for review and to build into a cockpit I am building for Star Citizen.
Unfortunately it got a little damaged on the way from France to me, but I have it all working now & have played some star citizen with it.
This HOTAS is not Left-Handed Friendly
So let’s talk about it
It is EXPENSIVE $400-500 range or £300
It is a replica of an A10-C US AIRFORCE Control System & is pretty much all metal
Both the Joystick and throttle are incredibly heavy – over 6.5kg between them.
Firstly I am in awe and slightly daunted by the amount of buttons, switches and hat triggers on this thing. It will take you an age setting up all the buttons to do what you want them to in any given game. For Star Citizen there are downloadable pre-made bindings for it, the problem with these is that when using these MANY buttoned HOTAS’ or Sticks that you need to work out how to configure it as you play really. You realise that you need a button to cycle friendly targets and want it to be “THIS ONE” or Eject for example. Not have to press buttons going… I wonder what they do… yay missiles… whoops Self Destruct. You could explore the Joystick and throttle and Joystick for hours & the lighting on it is pretty cool too.
Both the Joystick and Throttle are each connected by USB cable.
The Joystick & Hotas is of an AMAZING build quality, it is going to last the test of time, all the buttons have a real immersive feel to them & make you feel almost powerful. You would really have to go out of your way to break this thing.
The main issue of the Stick is that their is no twist, really to have a setup using the stick for star citizen you would need pedals. For me the twist is essential.
Their are TOO MANY buttons & remembering to flick switches back to their orgianl position becomes a choire rather than immersive… pretty fast.
It is pretty hard to transport, due to the size and wieght of these it is like bringing another PC to LAN, trust me I know.
Actually flying in Star Citizen with this HOTAS made me a worse pilot, the weight and resistance of the item makes dogfighting hard & flying a really fast ship HARDER.
For Star Citizen as a HOTAS I have to give this a 5 out of 10, it’s too expensive, a little sluggish, no twist, too many buttons & too much setup!
I do however think that if you were flying a Idris or something else big like a Hull C then this stick would FEEL AMAZING it suits that kind of ship.
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