Just took a little time off and wanted to post how good this game is. First of all, it's hard if you're not a stick and rudder man, which I'm not. But the visuals are beautiful, even on my Athlon 850 / GeForce 2 Pro machine. And it works great with my new MS Sidewinder Precision 2 stick that I got from Costco for $40. Usually I get flustered if a game is too hard, but this game is so sweet looking and plays great, that I'm willing to keep plugging away at it. You do get better over time, it's just a matter of mapping out the buttons the way you like it. I have a friend who is a mouse/keyboard guru and is getting good at this game, but I needed the stick to help me out - it lets you do the steering, shooting, strafing, throttle and altitude on the same device rather than on two.