Some people are preoccupied with realism. We are preoccupied with explosions. Pulling hard turns and raking the hull of your target with 45mm lead while fire billows from their engine housing. Dragging a cluster of magna-mines into an imposing pirate cruiser. Seeing the glass crack on your windscreen as a minitorp detonates just off your port side. Flaming and sparking debris tumbling into the black. That's our thing.
Let's face it, space sims have always had a bit of a problem. Six degrees of freedom means lots of folks end up lost, and half the time you're spinning in a circle trying to find an angle on a deeply unsatisfying space joust. We think we've got a pretty good solution to that. Every ship comes with an autopursuit mechanism which can be engaged at will to get your target onscreen. Spend your time fine tuning your weapons lead and dodging wreckage, not spinning in circles like an idiot.
The focus here is on getting where you want, shooting what you want, and not having to screw around.
Gamepad is best, but Mouse & Keyboard work fine. And for you HOTAS-wielding folks and hardcore old-schoolers, there's a mode for you too, with none of the assists.