Well since the game is like out this week, they’ve released a demo.
Looking at the official forums, there’s a bit of info there to help you get used to combat, particularly setting the fire mode of your ship to rapid fire.
wheel - speed up and down
left button - fire primary weapons
right button - fire missiles
When you fire your primary weapon it will heat and will stop firing. So you have to fire a little and then you must allow weapon to cool down. Practice this!
When you fire all of your missiles you have to go to your inventory and mount them. Note that you cannot go into inventory while you are in combat -> you cannot mount missiles while in combat.
If you want to fire missiles be sure you have locked on to the ship. A red cross-like thing will be in the targeting rectangle and you can hear a sound while the ship is being locked on.
WASD - strife up, left, down and right
QE - roll left and right
SPACE - kill engine
If you press them two times in a rapid succession you will execute dodge manoeuver (you will move a short distance very fast in one direction). For example press WW and you will move up; press WW DD and you will move up and right (but you have to be fast). NOTE : this manoeuver uses energy cells.
Y - use EMP
You have to use EMP when missiles are very near in order to destroy them.
,(comma) - fire mode
I find it easier when I set my weapons to rapid fire.
L - cockpit/HUD enable/disable
If you don’t like the cockpit or the HUD or both you can remove them.
C - camera/mega speed
There are 3 modes - 1st person, 3rd person and Mega Speed.
Mega Speed looks like 3rd person, but in this mode you are travelling 3 times faster.
SHIFT - afterburner
Use it to close distance to your enemy or to run away from him.
O - hack building
You have to be near a building and you mustn’t move.
I also increase mouse sensitivity because with default settings it is too slow for me.
On first mission you have your instructor with you. He will help you a little (but just a little).
I set fire mode to rapid fire and simply use afterburner to close th distance to the pirates.