Course 3: Simulator Control Training

Welcome to the BattleMech Simulator Control Training...MechWarrior.

Now this 'Mech is not going to do much for you unless you can control it as well as you can control your own body. This course section will help you understand and change your 'Mech controls.

The main rule to follow here is do what is most efficient for your own piloting style. For example, I leave the keyboard with it's default mapping, but I usually change 75% of a joysticks configuration when piloting via joystick.

How to Change Cockpit Controls

Changing your cockpit controls is simple and flexible in the MechWarrior2 series. Here are the basic steps:

DOS-Based Versions:

Run the MechWarrior2 series simulator. Get to the main screen.
Right-click on the terminal to display the options menu.
Press the Cockpit Controls menu item.
If you have a joystick attached, search for the joystick that is closest or matches the joystick controls that you have installed. Set that joystick to active status (white) and set the Mouse to in-active (red) by right-clicking with the mouse changes the controls status.
Press Custom Configuration menu-item to display the Customize Controls window. All keyboard and joystick commands are displayed in this window

There are 4 pages of control mappings. Keep all joystick control commands on page 3 and/or page 4.
Keyboard commands are preferenced by kybd, and joystick has notation such as flstk, etc.
If a joystick is attached, use the
Suggested Joystick Configuration as a starting point for you joystick control.

Windows 95 based versions:

  1. Slide the mouse pointer to the top of the screen to expose the menu system.
  2. Press the Options menu.
  3. Select the Cockpit Configuration menu-item.
  4. Ensure that the Joystick 1 control is in active status (white) and the Mouse is in-active (red) byRight-clicking with the mouse changes the controls status.
  5. Press Custom Configuration menu-item to display the Customize Controls window.

Suggested Joystick Control Settings

This section gives you a starting point in which to map all joystick command when piloting a BattleMech. Remember that this is only a suggestion, and it is important for you to change the control settings to fit your needs. You must be in the Cockpit Controls Custom Configuration program to execute these commands.

Joystick Control BattleMech Control Description
Hat Left/Hat Right Torso Left/Right This adds flexibility of your 'Mech. Torso twisting is ultra-important defensively.
Hat Up/Hat Down Zoom In/Out Rapid zoom in/out is important during simulated drops. This is because the simulator resolution may have to be set low, causing targets to be blurry.
Rudder Left/Rudder Right Torso Left/Right-w/ AC*
Chassis Left/Right-w/oAC*
*Auto-centering
Rudders provide quick movement of whatever they are attached to. For all MechWarrior2 series simulators, assign the rudders to the Chassis L/R funciton of your 'Mech.
Throttle Up/Down Throttle Up/Down This is the best function for the throttle. It adds the most realism to 'Mech combat.
Button 1/Trigger Fire Group 1 Group the low heat/short range weapons to the trigger.
Button 2/Left Button Fire Group 2 Group the high-heat lasers and the hard-hitting ballistic weapons to the right-thumb button.
Button 3/Middle Button Fire Group 3 Group the missiles to another right-thumb button.
Button 4/Right Button Cycle Group Cycle through the group so that you can check range and get missile locks.

Default Keyboard Commands

The following table is the list of default keyboard commands. Although it will probably not be necessary to change them, this chart is a usefull reference when training in the Pilot Training course.

Launch Screen Controls Non-Game Controls
Move to Next Option

Select ’Mech

Select ’Mech Variant

Tab

Left or Right Arrows

[ or ]

Options/Battle Parameters

Pause

Snap a Screenshot

Abort/Exit Mission                                               

Esc

Alt+P or Pause

Ctrl+P

Ctrl+Q

Cockpit Weapon Controls Mech Piloting
Fire

Select Weapon/Group                                      
Chain-Fire/Group-Fire Toggle

Add Weapon to Group

Fire Group 1, 2, 3

Jettison Ammunition

Cycle Through All Targets

Previous Target

Target Nearest Enemy

Target Friendly (Squadmate)

Target Object Underneath Reticle

Inspect Targeted Object

Targeting OFF

Enable Anti-Missile System

Alpha Strike                          

Spacebar

Enter

 \

Shift+1, 2, 3

Num Lock, /, * (Keypad)

K

T

R

E

F

Q

I

Ctrl+T

Ctrl+A

PTab

Direct Throttle (Stop to 100%)

Increase/Decrease Throttle

Steer Left and Right

Reverse Direction

Torso Twist

Recenter Torso

Recenter Legs to Torso

Jump Jet (on applicable ’Mechs)

Jump Jet Steering and Turning

Select NAV Point

Autopilot ON/OFF

MASC ON/OFF

Manual Shutdown/Restart

Override Thermal Shutdown

Pilot Ejection

Auto-Ejection ON/OFF

Self-Destruct

Command Starmates (MechWarrior 2 only)

Command Point 1, 2
Aerospace Attack

1 to 0

+/-

Left and Right Arrows

Backspace

< and >

/

M

J

6-Key (Home Keypad)

N

A

V

S

O

Ctrl+Alt+E

Ctrl+E

Ctrl+Alt+x

Ctrl+F1 or B

Ctrl+F2, F3

Alt+X

HUD System Controls Pilot View Controls
Cycle Through MFD

Displays

Radar Display(Normal/FullScreen)

Wire-Frame DamageDisplay

HTAL (Head/Torso/Arms/Legs)

Armor Damage Report

Enable/Disable/Customize HUD

Save Customized HUD

Cockpit On/Off

Objectives/Briefing Summary

Cameras

Target View

Rear View

Down View

Weapon View

Weapon View (After Launch)

F1

F2

F5

F6

F6

F11

Alt+F11

U

F12

F4

F7

F8

F9

F10

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Reset Zoom Magnification

Glance Left, Right

Pilot Eye Control

Thermal Optics on/off

Satelite Uplink on/off

Radar/Satellite Uplink ZoomIn

Radar/Satellite Uplink Zoom Out

Ext. Tracking Camera(XTC)on/off

External Camera Controls

z

Shift+z

Ctrl+z

Keypad 7,9

Ctrl+Arrows

L

F3

X

Shift+X

C

Ctrl+Arrows

 

 

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