Howdy! It's been a while since i posted stuff here; here's a special delivery for Matewis! ;)
Also, let me reply to this post (https://www.gog.com/forum/general/which_games_do_you_keep_installed_for_a_long_time/post21
) here so as to not hijack that thread completely:
I've always stressed folks to use special gaming equipment with certain genres/games (eg. don't try F4 without a joystick, even better if you can afford a HOTAS etc.)
, but in this case i've played X3AP just with keyboard and mouse and a 23" monitor (there's a FOV setting inside the game that helps a lot)
and it was perfect. You'll spend so much time looking at menus/tables and flying with autopilot and SETA (essentially a fast-forward function that you can't really do without unless you have A LOT of free time)
, that a joystick won't see much use out of dogfights or at times when you feel like controlling the ship manually for a while; personally i didn't miss the joystick's functionality during those times and mind you there were A LOT of them since i've been more of a fighter pilot rather than a trader/CEO.
ps. whereas other games promote save scumming, X3 promotes screenshot scumming -- what a beautiful game.