A few years ago, wired 360 controllers were really the best choice as PC gamepads go. The D-pad sucked, though, and mine's starting to break, so I thought I'd ask: Are 360 pads still the best choice? Are there any available with improved D-pads? Are there any really good offerings from third parties these days?
For better or worse, it seems like the 360 pad has a sort of monopoly on in-game support since so many multiplatform titles were built around it in the first place. Trying to do dragon punches with it can be real frustrating, though.