Logitech Attack 3 Joystick Model J-UJ18
The Logitech Attack 3 is a gaming joystick for the casual flight simulation pilot. It has 11 programmable buttons, a simple throttle and is a USB plug and play device. I’ve tested this on the PS3 and the PC. It plugs right in and works immediately with either one, so I’ve taken it from the computer and into another room and back several times.
It does have some serious built-in software for what it is, but I haven’t found any need to use it.
It retails for $19.99 everywhere that I’ve seen it sold. I bought mine at GameStop, but you can find it on Fry’s Electronics website and either order it, or stop in if you have one locally.
The most noticeable and positive feature is that it’s a symmetrical joystick, meaning you can be left or right-handed and this joystick will fit you comfortably. Most other joysticks are specifically designed for the right hand. The way in which the joystick moves is very fluid, allowing ease of control during sessions of flight, also making it an accessible, user-friendly controller for new virtual pilots. The base of the flight stick is a nice hand rest. I’ve noticed other joysticks have what I can only describe as a narrow lip upon which to rest my hand during a long session of flight simulation. The Logitech Attack 3 is lightweight and the base design keeps it stable on any smooth, flat surface. Overall a generously and ergonomically designed joystick.
The preferred method of use for this device is on the PC. As I mentioned earlier, I have used it on the PS3 and it works, however, the buttons are not programmable while using the joystick in conjunction with the PS3. The PS3 recognizes a default setting of inputs from this device. You’ll only be using the gun trigger on the front, the flight stick itself and the button labeled, “2,” to fire missiles when you have the Logitech Attack 3 plugged into your PS3. Logitech’s technical support does not offer a solution to this problem, as the Attack 3 was never intended to be used on the PS3. The fact that it does work is a pure coincidence.
Another downfall of this device, regardless of platform (PS3 or PC), is that the joystick doesn’t twist left to right for rudder control. You will have to program two buttons on this device, or simply do what I do and use the default keys of your flight simulator, which in my case are actually set to the keyboard and not the joystick.
The low price point and simple advantages I’ve experienced with this device have made it a worth while buy and it’s lasted me a couple of years, so I’d say it’s more than paid for itself. If you’re a casual virtual pilot like me, the Logitech Attack 3 is a good choice. If you, however, are a hardcore virtual pilot, you’ll probably want a joystick that’s part of a two-piece throttle and joystick combo, like the Saitek X52 Pro Flight System and you may even want their Combat Rudder Pedals as well.