This is more out of curiosity. While beta testing the Romulan Character Tutorial, I noticed that the instructions given to newbies is still to steer using the standard WASD.
Personally, I find the ship to be an absolute NIGHTMARE to fly using WASD. The space map is multidimensional, and on top of these keys you have weapons as well. As a newbie I dreaded space battles until someone told me how to steer my ship using the mouse.
Does anyone else find mouse much easier that WASD? I am wondering if that should be the "default" control setting given in the tutorials instead?
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General rule of MMORPGS, that I learned from my 'hardcore' raiding days in more serious MMOs, is that the mouse will always be more precise for character maneuvering and you should train yourself to toggle keybind powers with your left.
Cant imagine using a mouse to steer my ship... that being said, I also cant imagine being left handed but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. So if a mouse is your thing, go ahead.
My mouse runs on batteries anyways and so the last thing I need is to be dead in space when it dies out!
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It's more of an issue flying an escort, but frankly flying with the keyboard gives me a sense of precise control that you simply cannot get while flying with a mouse. It also allows you to select targets and do a whole lot of other stuff. Using the mouse for movement is simply giving too much functionality away.
You can see how well I control an escort in this vid. Shameless self promotion
I use keyboard for controlling the ship, weapons, etc., and only use the mouse for camera control and target selection. I try really hard not to move my hands off their resting position. I've been playing this way since I broke my joystick while playing Wing Commander, so its pretty natural to me by now.
TBH it is only easy with the capital ships, feasible with shuttles, and difficult with fighters. Same is true for a Freelancer mod I play that has everything from battleships down to light interceptors.