Many PC games can be played with just a keyboard and mouse, but it makes sense to use a controller for sports games, racing games, and fighting games. Depending on the type of game being played at the time, both control schemes have their pros and cons.
First-person shooter (FPS) games aren’t on this list because they may be easier to play with a keyboard and mouse. So, we’ve added 5 more games to this list that are better played with a controller instead of a mouse and keyboard.
Forza Horizon 5
Most racing games are easier to play with a controller than with a mouse or keyboard. For racing simulators, you need a good wheel, but this isn’t always the case for arcade racers. When driving the fastest cars in Forza Horizon 5, players may find that a controller is easier to use because the cars are easier to steer.
Forza Horizon 5 is a relaxing game with quite a bit of downtime as players will spend a significant amount of time driving through Mexico while admiring the vistas. A controller fits the game’s mood and pace well because it makes it easier for players to relax.
Yakuza 0 doesn’t try to hide the fact that it’s best played with a controller. In fact, one of the first things the game does is give a warning that this is the case. The keyboard and mouse should work fine for exploring and most of the minigames, but controllers are better for the beat-em-up style combat.
Yakuza 0 is a great way to get into this long-running series. It is a fun, quirky open-world game with a gripping story. So, grab a controller and put yourself in the shoes of Kiryu and Majima.
Psychonauts 2 is a lot like other platform games, especially 3D platformers. Most of the time, these games are better with an analogue stick because it lets you move more precisely, and they are usually made so that the buttons are as easy to use as possible.
Psychonauts 2 takes things a step further by adding a Psi-Powers wheel and a combat system that requires quick reflexes. Both of these things feel better when played with a controller.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a port that will come out for PC in December 2021. Putting aside its other problems, the JRPG works well enough with a keyboard and mouse, in that there is no input delay and the characters feel responsive. But to get to this level, you have to change the keyboard and mouse layout because the default settings are strange and hard to understand. FF7 Remake can be played without a controller, as long as the player is willing to take a few minutes to remap the buttons.
Still, it’s a little bit better with a controller. The action role-playing game was made for the PS4, and you can tell. Combat is made for a controller’s button layout, and it just feels “right.” Most JRPGs that have been ported to PC are better when you use a controller.
Anyone can learn how to use a control scheme, but some take less time than others. Rocket League can be played with either a keyboard and mouse or a controller, but most people choose the controller because the game was originally made for consoles.
Beyond that, you can only drive in Rocket League with a controller, since a keyboard can’t quite match the 360° freedom of an analogue stick. Also, the controller is better for playing in the air, which is a very important part of Rocket League.
Monster Hunter World (Melee)
The best way to play Monster Hunter World on PC depends on how your character is built. When playing as a fighter with a ranged weapon, the keyboard and mouse are usually better because they let you aim more accurately. On the other hand, when you use a melee build, the controller shines, especially when it comes to doing combos.
Monster Hunter started life on consoles, and this legacy influences World. These games were made to be played with controllers, but Capcom did a good job of making the keyboard and mouse work as well.
Hades is better with a controller most of the time. This is another situational case. Some weapons, like the Adamant Rail, are much better when you use a keyboard and mouse, especially if you want to turn off auto-aim.
If you don’t want to use a ranged weapon in Hades, the best way to go is with a controller. Movement and reflexes are critical for survival in Supergiant’s game, and Zagreus’ odds go up when utilizing a controller. Hades is awesome no matter how you control him.
It doesn’t feel right to play Strider with a keyboard and mouse. There’s nothing else to say about it. This side-scrolling action platformer is based on a classic Capcom arcade game from top to bottom, and it shows in the way you play. The basic rules are still in place, and you’ll need a controller to play them.
Running, jumping, and slashing happen quickly, and sometimes you have to be quick on your feet to avoid getting hurt or dying. Too many things can go wrong too quickly when you use a keyboard and mouse. Stick with a controller where your reflexes and muscle memory can keep up with what’s happening on the screen.
Most of the time, platformers are at their best when you use a joystick. No matter if it is a 2D or 3D platformer, the best way to play a game in this genre is with a controller.
The game Sonic Generations shows how important controllers are. Even though you can just about play the game with a keyboard and mouse, it’s not nearly as fun. Sonic Generations is harder to play with a keyboard and mouse, so people make more mistakes that slow Sonic down. Just get a controller and keep it around for when you want to play a platform game.
Cuphead is a run-and-shoot action game that has won awards for its graphics, gameplay, and music. The classic old-school cartoon animations give the game a unique look, but the game is also very hard, to the point where it can be frustrating. When playing Cuphead, it’s best to use a controller because the analogue sticks make it easier to move smoothly and hit enemies, especially when you need to shoot diagonally. Cuphead costs Rs 565 right now, and a new DLC for it is due to come out in June 2022.