Our final thoughts of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog flight stick are that it's a very impressive stick, made with very high quality materials; and workmanship is second to none. We must note that there is no twist to the stick, so if you want rudder controls, you will need to get yourself a set of pedals to add that feature.
Flying around in a simulator using the Warthog felt natural, and it provided fine levels of adjustment while in flight. It could also handle heavy combat maneuvers, without making you feel like you're going to break the stick when banking very hard. You really don't need to pull very hard to the left or right to make hard turns, but it takes a little bit of behind the control time to get used to it.
All of the buttons were located in easy to reach positions, and we really didn't have any issues in flight with that. It just takes practice getting used to all of the controls, and where to find everything. But, before long, you will master it.
We really didn't have a lot of issues configuring the Warthog for use in Star Citizen; given time, that will become easier as the game progresses. However, with our time in the Arena Commander, we felt very comfortable using the Warthog in Vanduul Swarm. Again, practice makes perfect.
Now for the bad part: Even though using T.A.R.G.E.T. GUI is pretty straight forward, and it does allow you to configure the stick without to many issues, overall, each simulator is different, and requires a lengthy setup time to get the stick to function properly.
This is a high-end flight stick, and we feel some of these issues should be worked out, and configuration files be made available for download. Yes, the first two games we tested are in alpha or beta stages, so these have not been created yet, if they ever will be. Thankfully, in each game there are players working to address some of the issues by making files and guides available for all of us to download and watch.
In some of these games we have had very little time behind the stick, like Elite: Dangerous, and DCS. Both of these will require some effort on our part to get configuration files set up so we don't have too many issues.
On the plus side, Thrustmaster has created configuration files for some games that you can download, and you can check out the ones in T.A.R.G.E.T. GUI. For other games, I am afraid you will need to make up your own. Overall, the Warthog is an excellent joystick made of very high-quality materials that will serve you well in any flight simulator.
Another product that is designed to complement the Warthog is the Warthog Throttle. Both of these can be purchased together in a single package, or just the joystick can be purchased by itself as it is shown here. The Warthog is backed by a two-year warranty, which is very good considering the hefty price of this stick, but it's worth the cost because of the quality of the stick.
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United States: The Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick retails for $287.81 at Amazon and the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick with Throttle retails for $497.65 at Amazon.
Canada: The Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick retails for CDN$298.06 at Amazon Canada and the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick with Throttle retails for CDN$499.99 at Amazon Canada.