Deathfun; please stop calling it a reticule, there is no u, reticule = a womans handbag.
If your entire argument is "I'm doing okay on (whatever difficulty it is I play on, very easy? lol) without the extra stuff", then please, shut up, now.
Save me the trouble, because it's not an argument you're going to win just because you're ignorant and retarded.
The keypad on the joypad deals only help slightly insofar as the digits need to move less distance, and - in all honesty, having a keyboard which you can use your little fingers on under your joypad will lead to faster results anyway, believe it or not.
If you think that big ships are the only things that go on escort lists, again, more fool you; You can add your own to the mission escort list, in TvT this often becomes your primary target amongst your opponents, it can also be used to keep track of your allied fighters in missions where you need to track them very closely individually, if escort lists were only for the GTVA Colossus, no one would give a crap.
While reticle targeting is useful, and perhaps one of my most used targeting keys, for advanced AI control and management it is not by any means sufficient, if you do not need to control the AI I would suggest you're not playing on a challenging enough mission or difficulty.
Camera controls add situational awareness in extremely intense missions, which I am simply assuming you either haven't played, or play about 20 times before you say you've played it once, or some other mentally impaired fashion, personally, I prefer to try to beat it (perfectly if possible) first time, and then definitely beat it perfectly second time.
And no, there is no way to maintain full flight control while using a xbox pad, on a ps3 pad you can sort of do it if you hold the pad really fecking weirdly (ring finger for R/L2, middle for R/L1, index fingers free for on top of the pad).
If I were to do it, I would have an auto-pausing comms menu that used the analogue sticks like an option wheel (see ME2 or Crysis), for single player, for multiplayer, again, you're fecked.
If you're going to detract that much from the game to get it on the console, it wouldn't be freespace any more.
And, although I don't tend to use them single player especially when certain fredders set them to F12 battuta!
), if you don't know how valuable hotkeys are, you're still a quantifiable noob.