You can trust SimHQ! I tried to get some discussion going at avsim and simflight but there is apparently no interest on combat flight sims over there. A bit sad really
I purchased this today after trying out the PS 3 demo a few days ago. As you would expect the graphics on PC is much better and the control support is solid! No problems with my CH setup. I was actually struggling with AAA on realistic on the console. With correct controls realistic is still easier then black shark certainly. I think they found a nice balance here between arcade and realism. Practise mode is pure arcade but the aircraft still have a nice feel of weight to them. Realistic mode is as suggested more realistic and do require more skill but is never frustrating ala Black Shark.
I haven´t started with the campaign it look kind of basic IL 2 style but I am sure I will have fun with it anyway.
The maps seems a bit small. That is the concession made for consol users I believe otherwise the PC port seem to be well executed. It would be nice with a better speed sensation. I am not sure why I am not quite getting it because the detail level is quite good. Maybe it´s something with the fov?