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Hi I can not get passed the 1st main bit where you go sigt seeing for the first time where them pirets try and take your ship. I get blown out of the sky str8t away. Is there any way to change difficulty in the game as its realy hard and proly the hardest game ive played. I have gone into the default.inf file and seen critical_damage_scale = 0.2 if i alter this higher would that be the difficulty setting?.

The secret to that mission, and in fact combat in most of the game, is to use the WASD keys for movement, and strafe sideways. Using WASD also overrides any port speed limit, which is why you get blown away so easily in that mission.
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