Keyboard + Mouse:
If you want a more traditional pc control scheme, Keyboard + Mouse might work best for you.
+Similar to other pc game controls, with many keys for macro functions.
+Versatile camera movement with mouse.
-Carpel tunnel sufferers beware.
-Mouse control likely not as intuitive as button inputs in this game, particularly because the game is designed with button inputs in mind.
-Arguably not as comfortable for lounging compared to controller+keyboard or solo keyboard.
If you want easy access to chat and prefer the tactile feedback of keys, then using a Keyboard by itself might be your choice.
+Similar keyboard+mouse macro versatility, but with a numpad (or arrow keys) instead of a mouse.
+More convenient for lounge-gaming; the controller and keyboard are all-in-one, meaning you only need the keyboard on your lap, nothing else.
+Quickest access to chat.
-Movement is easy, but you have to decide whether to bind camera controls or menu controls to your default right hand placement (likely numpad or arrows).
-Bulky compared to a controller, and less natural camera-wise than keyboard+mouse.
Controller plus a keyboard for chat:
If you enjoy lounging and more tactile movement+camera+menu controls, using a controller + a keyboard for chatting is a good choice.
+Game is designed around button inputs, and controllers do this most comfortably.
+All buttons are within reach, and it's very simple to steer your character while controlling a menu and changing the camera angle on a whim; this cannot exactly be said for the other control schemes.
+Vibration. Not everyone may like it, but it adds to the tactile feedback that gripping a controller gives.
-More busy. Not only do you now have 2 wires running to your computer (unless you've got a wireless controller), but going from the controller to the keyboard is a bit fumbly. You can get into the groove of switching back and forth easily, but this is still a busier setup than the others.
-Macro and skills executing requires menu inputs. You scroll over over to the skill or macro you want to use, and then hit the confirm key to use it. This takes some speed out of this control scheme, and adds even more menu-based gameplay to the game.
If you want to lounge and not speak to anyone in the gameworld, then toss the keyboard and only use a controller. You can still use Vent, but that's likely only to speak to your linkshell or static party. Most players won't be connected to your vent server, nor should you expect them to.
But yeah, this might be the input method for you!..
+Since you've got no keyboard, that means you'll be on your couch obviously. Couches are comfy. While you can be on a couch with all of the other control methods, this one is the cleanest.
-Can't chat to most of the people who want to chat with you. You'll have to use the ingame keyboard if you wan't to interact with most of the people in the game.
Edited, Jul 26th 2010 11:21pm by DirectorCobbs