As for mouse vs joystick, Mack said it best. It's the pilot, not the hardware, that makes the difference. The common misconception is that one requires more skill than the other. This is inherently false. A great pilot with a JS will beat a crappy pilot with a mouse, and the reverse is also true. The argument has been going on for as long as I've played this game.
"Joysticks give better flight control, while a mouse gives better firing accuracy" this has a kernel of truth at its core, but always remember that skill and experience trumps all.
I fly M/KB, but my KB set up is completely unlike what Mack uses.
My setup is mostly default setting, with a few twists:
S- Speed Brakes
A- Roll left
D- Roll right
E- Pitch Up ( I don't use pitch down)
Z- Left rudder
C- Right rudder
Caps Lock- Flaps (toggle) (this plays hell with team chat, but f*** em, it's handy for me)
X- Next Air target
V- Next Ground target ( don't use this unless you are window-licking in a GA)
F- Sniper View (toggle)
Space - Bomb
L Shift - Bomb Sight View (toggle)
Tab - Team Panels
My Mouse is a default setup up
RMB- Free Camera (hold) I use this during the merge, or if I'm way above the turmoil, in order to match my eyes up to what my radar and minimap are telling me.
However, I don't use standard flight control protocols (simply because I learned how to play and got used to it before learning that I could reverse the mouse controls).
If I want to go down, I move the mouse down...if I want to go up, I move the mouse up.
I use a combination of mouse moves and keystroke combinations to maneuver, such as holding D&E (roll right+ pitch up) to perform a tight snap roll. Combine this with a clockwise circular motion of the mouse, to perform a wider radius roll.
That's just an example...and that set-up just works for me, keeping all my KB commands to the left of my KB, so that I can reach them without having to reach too much (arthritis sucks, my friend), although hitting hit f7 ("Clear my tail") while in full-on evasive mode can be quite a stretch for me, lol.
Practice practice practice, that's all I can say. I practiced my moves in a Bulldog and an F3F (both extremely nimble planes), and made sure I was comfortable with my setup, before I started moving up to higher tiers.
Edited by _Warchylde_, 14 March 2017 - 01:46 PM.