Just downloaded this game, and am basically still wrapping my head around the insane number of controls! That said, I am using a CH Pro Throttle, Combatstick and a Pro Pedal. Since FS2 only allows one controller, I am using the CM manager to make them all appear as one controller with multiple axes, sliders and buttons.
First question, does the game allow for only 4 axes? (Pitch/Turn/Yaw/Throttle) ? What about the other 2 degrees of freedom? Are the right/left/up/down thrusters digital only? I couldn't find a way to map an analog axis to them.
Second question, what is the different between "throttle" and "forward thrust"? Don't they both effectively do the same thing?
Finally, is there any way I can "freely roam"? Sort of a "test drive". At the end of the first tutorial, I am informed that I can just "fly around" and reach the navigation point for landing when I am done. I am basically looking for the equivalent of that, without having to go through the rest of the steps. I am trying to adjust my joystick sensitivities and the numerous buttons to get a feel for flying. Any suggestions?
That said, is joystick flight "better" or atleast "as accurate" and "efficient at the game" as the default M+KB setup? I am used to this HOTAS for atmospheric flight sim games, so I am still not fully comfortable with the "glide mode" and two extra degrees of freedom. Are there other HOTAS players (CH products or otherwise)? Are you able to keep up against other M+KB players?
(And I have searched other joystick threads here. Most refer to combining multiple devices as one, which CH manager does for me, and most others refer to Xbox360 controllers)