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Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition Review: Perfect for Flight Simulator

With Flight Simulation overtaking the news this week, you’re going to be hearing a lot about things to use for Microsoft Flight Simulator, especially on PC.

I was wondering the same thing when I was reviewing the game, and I found a perfect peripheral.

Thrustmaster’s latest flagship joystick is the TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition, and I’ve been using it for the past week with a multitude of games – primarily Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The company sent over a review unit to check it out, and I don’t see myself going back to an Xbox controller anytime soon.

Anyone who has played a game with a flight stick knows how much of a difference it truly makes.

I’ve tested the TCA Sidestick in a variety of titles, from War Thunder to Star Citizen, and between Flight Simulation and arcade dogfighting, it has its pros and cons.

Although, I tried the sidestick with games that went outside the box of that Airbus design, such as War Thunder. I’ve played War Thunder in its entirety with a mouse and keyboard, and gotten quite good at it.

When I used the sidestick in the game, it just didn’t feel right. An arcade dogfighting World War 2 shooter on an Airbus stick just didn’t feel right to me.

Not to mention that this peripheral just isn’t built for dogfighting, it’s clearly for flight simulation. And thankfully, that’s all I’ll be using it for. I also tested the stick with Star Citizen and while that felt much better than War Thunder, it still didn’t feel right.

I’m trying to say that if you’re going to be buying a joystick purely for calm flight simulation, the TCA Sidestick is utterly perfect for that. Especially in airliners. But if you want an arcade stick, this one is not for you.

With Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing this week, you’re most likely reading this review because you want a peripheral for that game – and if that’s true, then I utterly recommend the TCA Sidestick.

It has enhanced the Flight Simulator experience dramatically for me, and I don’t see myself being able to fly without it.

The peripheral costs £64.99 and while that isn’t too bad of a price for such a great sidestick, I really wish it wasn’t built of plastic.

It doesn’t feel like a premium product due to its plastic build, and that’s unfortunate. But it doesn’t matter all too much to me, as it doesn’t take anything away from its functionality.

The Thrustmaster TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition is available now.

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