Often when I very lightly return the left analog stick back to neutral the movement will get stuck and I slip towards whichever direction I was moving in. This is extremely distracting as it throws off my aim and I find myself constantly checking for it. How do you guys deal with it?
I've tried this with three Dual Shock 2's, one of them brand new, and it happens for all of them.
The controls are a bit loose. When aiming with the sniper rifle I tend to look normally as close to the area as possible where I want to hit my target, then zoom in. When I'm zoomed in I try and move the left analog stick as -slightly- as possible. I don't encounter many other problems - the AK is usually pretty spot on once you find your route to fire.
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The same thing happens to me, I normally press in both analogs (L3 & R3) buttons or pause/unpause the game, that usually works for me
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This is really odd. I can't really say as I've ever had this happen to me, and I played the daylights out of this game back in the day.
I hope some of these methods others are mentioning help you out!
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Unless I misread, it sounds as though you are describing a fairly common hardware issue. Modern electronics, cheap plastic, and so-called cost effiency being being as it is in this world we now live in, ps2 controllers get old quickly, and typically require replacement sooner than one might expect, particularly if you tend to be hamfisted or mash the controls a lot.
I've had this problem quite a bit, even with brand new controllers. If your character starts turning or walking in a random direction while the analog stick is in the neutral position, odds are, this one's the culprit, especially with the lateral movement planes. The solution is relatively simple, though. Lightly push the corresponding stick (e.g. the left for movement/strafe and right for aim/look) in the direction of the unintended movement, it should cease as soon as you return the tick to neutral again. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Oftentimes increasing the "deadzone" value in the game's controller config (if this option is offered, e.g. In the SOCOM/US Navy Seals Series) will help, especially with really old controllers.
I understand that this symptom can also occur when using various cheat systems (e.g. Gameshark, Pro Action Replay). I can't really offer any solution there other not using said cheat device, or changing or reducing the number of active cheat selections.
Additionally, if you have a really old controller, or one that's been subjected to harsh usage, I would recommend replacing it. The controllers are fairly these days, anyhow.
Good luck, hope this helps.