Dual Strike - Page 5
Though not touted as a joystick replacement, the Dual Strike
does have a secondary function of being a pseudo flightstick
for flight simulations. As mentioned earlier, the Dual Strike
has to be set to "Joystick Mode" for effective flight control.
To test the performance of the controller, I had a go at Volition
Inc's Freespace 2.
Surprisingly, the learning
curve of the Dual Strike in Freespace 2 is not as steep as
that in FPS. I became quite a decent space jockey after about
an hour of using the controller. It feels refreshing handling
something other than a stick in a cockpit. Of course, this
does not mean that the Dual Strike handles better than a joystick.
There are many controls available in a space simulation and
there are simply not enough buttons on the Dual Strike to
fulfil this need. Shields adjustment, communications, afterburners
and weapons cycling are but just some of the many controls
which need to be manned. A left hand with full control of
the keyboard and the right hand on the joystick is still the
best way to go. I must say that a flight simulator is not
something you should consider seriously using the Dual Strike