I have searched high and searched low. Read guides, FAQs, comments across the internets. All to try to figure out which fight stick (or arcade stick, whatever you want to call it) to buy. The decision is really about whether I should get the Hori EX2 or the Madcatz SE (Standard Edition . I will present to you the pros and cons I have discovered so far. Hori EX2: Pros: - It's cheap. Well, cheap-ish anyway. With a retail of $60, it costs $20 less than the Madcatz SE. Cons: - The stick makes a very noticeable and annoying clicky sound when used. I don't mean like a regular clicking sound you hear on other sticks, I mean a rather loud click. Search on youtube to know what I'm talking about. - From what I hear, the buttons are not very clicky. - It's not easy to mod. Well, what I mean be that is, you need to know how to solder to mod it. Right now I'm looking into the future. I'll definitely want to replace the stick with a bat top and might replace the buttons if need be in the future. As you can see, in order to replace the buttons, you will need to know how to unsolder the old buttons and solder the new ones on. - With soldering tools coming to around $20, that makes the entire purchase go up to around $80. Madcatz SE: Pros: - It has 8 buttons. While most people may not use the extra two, it will come in handy when using it on emulators. - The stock stick is nicer. While I want to mod it later on, I still want to get the most use out of it I can. - Easier to mod. No soldering skills needed at all, just unplugging and plugging in. Easy as pie! Cons: - $20 more than the Hori EX2. - Washer problem in some units. Due to the washer sometimes being loose, it scrapes against the stick PCB and after a while some moves stop registering. Although Madcatz has said that there will not be that problem in the upcoming units. - If I do decide to mod it, it would cost around $60. The more I look around, the more I see that the stock parts are shit. Maybe I should wait a good while before getting a fight stick :| If you own a fight stick, I would like it if you could post here and tell me about your experience with either of these fight sticks. I'm trying to make a decision on what fight stick to get.