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21st September 2004
I use keyboard and mouse. I set mouse sensitivity to 4 so it reacts better. I really love flying in the game and ive ripped hell a lot of hair trying to learn how to fly and defeat all those aces ive seen. Now i think i fly decently but theres still many people who own my ass on the sky. Ive even got top scores by flying few times and can support land troops pretty well by bombing tanks and other stuff and by keeping the sky clear ;). Im going to buy a joystick but i dont think im bying it too soon because i have more important stuff to buy like new graphic card, RAM and of course the game it self. You can learn to fly pretty well with a mouse too if you just set the sensitivity high and practise.
I have a Mouse Systems joystick made by "Joystick Man" that cost me $3 and never gave me a problem. I also have a $60 Microsoft Sidewinder joystick that I hate.
I fly with mouse and keyboard. No joystick will give you as much accuracy as the mouse. The only thing joysticks are good for is for making the "continous move/loop/turn". But then again, i can do the same by simply holding the key on the keyboard.
I just picked this ( http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/st290.htm )stick up last night from Wal-mart for $20.00 USD. It is not top of the line, but it gets the job done. But a word of warning, going from mouse keyboard, to stick keyboard like i have, there is a bit of a learning curve. I practiced with it for about 5 hours tonight, and now i can dog fight pretty good, but, bombing is something i still need work on. were before it was the other way around, with a mouse, keyboard i was very deadly at bombing, and air to air was my weak point.
I got a logitech wing man stick I use only for planes, It cost about $20. I use the keyboard/mouse for choppers though. Bf2 won't reconize my joystick as a helicopter contol:(
My controls are Bomb= control (left) Shoot= Space Bar, wasd= speed up, shift left, slow down, shift right. Arrowkeys= up=down, down=up, left=left rudder, right= right rudder Those are my controls hope you like them
Wow, don't think i've seen anyone fly with keyboard only before. Might work good for choppers, but i can't imagine doing that while diving on an AA, evading it and bombing/straffing infantry on the ground
I find it hard to switch between mouse/keyboard and joystick, and I didn't like the joysticks I tried for hand-to-hand combat. So I use the mouse & keyboard. The key is to invert the mouse as mentioned above, and the next most important factor is changing Left/Right turning to the Left/Right mouse axis, and use keys (I use E and R)for the roll functions. The usual setting of mouse Left/Right is too much roll control on the mouse, and makes it hard to control roll and pitch together. I've been using this setting for a couple years, and it works great, plus the switch to ground fighting is seemless at the controls.
In BF2 I'm having trouble setting the Left/Right turning to the Left/Right Mouse axis, though... I'm using a Logitec MX1000 Laser Mouse, and it always seems to pick up the forward/backward movement of the mouse when I'm trying to set the Left/Right movement. That causes BF2 to think I'm trying to set controls already saved (the forward/backward mouse axis is set to pitch up and down). So I may have to switch to a joy stick...
There is a "Yaw Factor" along with "Pitch Factor" under Mouse Sensitivity. If you say that the roll on the mouse is too sensitive for you (with the default controlls), decrease the sensitivity, increase the pitch factor, and decrease the yaw factor.