I've never played Freespace 2, but I gather I've missed something big by doing so. Recently, too, I've become a but interested in getting a VT controller (The monster thing designed for the original XBox game Steel Battalion) working on my PC. The instructions and drivers are out there, and it seems better than letting the massive thing collect dust.
My questions are as such: 1.) Is is okay to just jump into Freespace 2 without playing Freespace 1? Will I be lost in terms of plot?
2.) I'm a tad overwhelmed by the sheer number of mods and alternate installation instructions. Are these FreeSpaceOpen projects better for compatibility on modern machines? Which addons and mods are considered 'essential', or is it better to just install as GOG distributes?
3.) On the off chance that anyone has gone through this, has anyone used the VT controller with FreeSpace, and if so can you provide any advice on the matter of getting it all running?