I've got a question for those into the game; is it possible to have a combat ship that doesn't have manual targeting? I've played a lot of eve and thought the automatic targeting systems seemed much more realistic and frankly more fun. Don't really want to have to do the typical dogfighting chase.
There's also star conflict which lets you aim with your mouse and frankly it's the best way to pilot, I can pull off manouveres in star conflict that I probably couldn't with a joystick because a mouse gives more precision and would in reality be a better piloting system than an exponentially less accurate joystick. Comes down to gameplay for me and the most beautiful graphics in the world can't save the game from primitive inaccurate controls.
I dont have the game yet, but there are some ships that need/recommend multi person crews, this freelancer being one of them (2-3 crew i think) and if you dont have friends that can man the guns or do whats needed, the AI can tend to them, so yeah it can be automated. Actual automated turrets even outside of an NPC using them? I'm not sure myself but i wouldnt be surprised if larger ships had them. And yeah the general consensus so far is that the mouse and keyboard controls for SC are the king at the moment