I've tried for in vain for a long time to get my saitek to work with X3. I love the genre. But with the joystick plugged in the game was so full of glitches as to be unplayable. No patch has fixed the issue. I can play it great as long as I use the mouse/kb combe, but not with the joystick. It's a shame. These games have a reputation of being full of possibilities, but totally bug-ridden. But actually the handling isn't too bad with the mouse.
No problems for me in either X2 or X3.
Using a fairly old Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner...
"These games have a reputation of being full of possibilities, but totally bug-ridden"
Actually I've found the X-series of games to be incredibly bug free, especially considering how complex the X-Universe is. Awesome games, I've played through X-BTF, X2 and X3. Yet to start on XTM and waiting in anticipation for X3TC!
Just to be completely useless Ive been using x3 with a usb joystick since it launched and not had a problem, plug and play as long as the joystick was plugged in before the game was launched... same with X2, and the original x beyond the frontier.
Cheap £15 "trust" joystick its basic but I cant knock it, got me through something like 14 aces in galaxies as well
The X3 games are all well and good but I dont think they quite capture the vastness of space like the original elite... Where else can you find edible arts graduates
Elite 4 is stil "in progress" last I heard...
I believe both Elite and the X series are talking on and off about mmorpg versions...
I always used a MadCatz Xbox 360 Game Pad and it worked well. I had to use Xpadder to get both sticks working, but it was well worth it to be able to strafe with the right stick.
And you will win.
As for the bugs, patches have pretty much taken care of most of the big ones. It's the major design flaws with the economy and the horribly inadequate interface (or lack thereof) for managing large fleets that finally got me to call it quits.
All that being said, I wasted more hours of my life playing X3 than I have with any other game ever, including Morrowind. I'm really looking forward to the sequel.