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Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:31 pm
by joehero
There's no nice way to put this. I HATE tank controls! I like to go back and play some retro games, such as, Resident Evil or as Im trying to play now Onimusha. But this style of control frustrates me to no end! It seems so slow and difficult, almost to the point that I want to give up(but wont). Is is just me?

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:33 pm
by GamerMON
No I never got into the resident evil games because of that control scheme.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:33 pm
by fastbilly1
They are the only reason I wont go back and play Jade Cocoon.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:13 pm
by latenitevacancy
yeah, for that reason i can't get into the old resident evil games. i've tried on a few accounts, and i'll probably try again, but it definitely makes games with that control setup much harder to get into.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:14 pm
by Hatta
Tank controls are awesome. By which I mean real tank controls, where you have a forward and backward axis for each tread on the tank. If you want to turn, push forward on one axis and backwards on the other. Try Battlezone (arcade) to see what I mean.

Combat (atari) style tank control is obviously garbage.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:34 pm
by Ack
Tank controls are an acquired taste...and by that, I mean I acquired mine back in 1997-1998 and have stayed used to it. Eventually you can get some relatively fluid motion down, but it's certainly not comfortable to learn, especially considering what 3D movement in games is like nowadays. It's like going back to play Doom...

Anyway, perhaps it might not be a bad idea to try Resident Evil 3 then? If nothing else, RE3 provided a quick turn button, so you could pull a 180 degree turn in an instant to get out of encounters. You can also learn to roll your thumb over the directional buttons in ways that can provide fluid motion to help avoid zombies, turning as you run, but it does take some getting used to.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:46 pm
by Limewater
The previously-referenced control scheme never bothered me at all. I mean, it's not much different than the control scheme used in a ton of top and three-quarter-view racing games, or even Asteroids.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:50 pm
by CRTGAMER
joehero wrote:There's no nice way to put this. I HATE tank controls! I like to go back and play some retro games, such as, Resident Evil or as Im trying to play now Onimusha. But this style of control frustrates me to no end! It seems so slow and difficult, almost to the point that I want to give up(but wont). Is is just me?

I don't care too much for "Tank Controls" scheme on older Resident evil games.

joehero, that is a pretty good descriptive term, maybe it will catch on.

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Hey, I'm walking here! Only I have to stop to change directions ............

Here's a fix I discovered on these older games, I do this on another PS1 "Tank Control" game (LBA) Little Big Adventure.

The first edition Interact Barracuda and Sony DUAL ANALOG controllers sticks function same as the direction pad. I hold up to move forward on the direction pad, at the same time turn with either stick. This actually works pretty well.

For information on these two great controllers go to this page:
http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=217621#p217621


On the side, as far as official tank control games such as Battle Zone for me it is the only way to play.

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:51 pm
by darthbluntedone
wow thats like saying you cant play smash tv that has tank style controls try playing ikari warriors on a real arcade machine with those 8 way plus rotory joysticks. thats awesome!!!

Re: Tank Controls

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:58 pm
by CRTGAMER
Hatta wrote:Tank controls are awesome. By which I mean real tank controls, where you have a forward and backward axis for each tread on the tank. If you want to turn, push forward on one axis and backwards on the other. Try Battlezone (arcade) to see what I mean.

Combat (atari) style tank control is obviously garbage.


darthbluntedone wrote:wow thats like saying you cant play smash tv that has tank style controls try playing ikari warriors on a real arcade machine with those 8 way plus rotory joysticks. thats awesome!!!

I'll take a 2 stick Robotron, Black Widow, Smash TV or Virtua On over single stick version.

I think joehero is referring to the cumbersome movement in the older Res Evil games, where you move a game character like a tank, to move forward you have to push up on the direction pad. Even if the game character is say facing to the right, you still have to push up to move forward. Real pain to stop, turn, move, stop, turn and move again.

See my way around this above .........