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    See title. I want to get a nice gamepad, but obviously don't want to spend too much. And I have no idea what I should be looking for in a gamepad.

    For reference, I have an Alienware laptop, and am looking to play games like Binding of Isaac, Megaman X Legacy Collection, Bethesda games, and probably others I'm forgetting.
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    Passing to say I'm interested in advice for this as well. My first thought has always being "xbox one controller", but would like to hear others opinions on that.

    My main use would be to play fighting games (Tekken 7 and Killer Instinct in particular; I'm well accustomed to play the King of Fighters erratically in a keyboard for that to matter at this point! x.x), but it would be nice to see how much impact it would have in other games I play (like plataformers and some action games).

    Top of line recommendations would be good as well, if only for reference!
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    I have a basic Logitech Dual-shock (Playstation 2-era layout, roughly) knockoff design that I've not had any major problems with, picked it up for.. I want to say like $15. Works for me, although if you have strong opinions about game controllers you probably wouldn't consider it 'good' (checking Google suggests it's probably the F310.) If you don't like the Dualshock style layout you pretty much are stuck with an XBox controller, and a third-party wired one should run about 20-30$. They're hard to find wireless for cheap.

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    I use an Xbone controller and a friend uses a PS4's.

    They're designs that have been kept, iterated & refined for years now since the original SNES gamepad for a reason.

    I would say pick where you like your thumbsticks and go for it.

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    Went with the F310.

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    The classic solution that I'd recommend to anyone is to get yourself a wired Xbox 360 controller. They don't require any fancy software to manage, they work for pretty much any game. In fact, so many games (ports, especially) are planned around using Xbox gamepads that they actually change the icons and menus to adapt to the controller (So instead of saying "Press Enter", it'll say "Press A"). The Bioshock games do this, if I remember correctly.

    Keep in mind, when I say "wired", I mean it has to have no wireless function. Plugging a charger cord to a wireless 360 controller won't do anything; the power port for the controllers only transfer power, not information.
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