Voice attack can be useful for executing multi-step commands where direct pilot/ human interaction isn’t necessary or beneficial. For example, finding the next/closest target, bringing up the weapons overview, controlling shields, diverting power to different aspects of the ship. For interactions such as these, it’s not going to happen better or more precisely if I do it myself. In fact, for some, it will happen faster than me fumbling around with the keyboard while flying.
RSI supports and is endorsing the use of Voice Attack Profiles. They published a Fan Spotlight thread dedicated to Voice Attack Profiles on the official forums, with links to a few authors and their websites. I tried all of the ones posted and for my tastes, A.N.N.A was the best.
Here’s a link to a YouTube video that provides an excellent guide for installing VAP. The video description has all of the relevant links as well. Using this guide, I had A.N.N.A installed and running in a few minutes.
Yes, my aim sucks. I'm still learning to become one with a HOTAS :-)
Using VAP feels fun and it's RP cool. I can imagine many non-combat uses for such a too. I was so pleased with the outcome, I want VAP as a standard part of my SC flight experience and decided to invest in a voice that was more pleasing to me than the default Text-to-Speech voices available in Microsoft Windows. Again, I sampled many different vendor’s options and went with what I liked the best for the cost, which was a voice from Cepstral.
You can also edit, delete and create new commands or profiles. Editing the VAP is very simple.
While the Voice Attack application is open:
- Click the Edit Profile icon at the top (gray person/bust)
- Locate the command you want to edit.
- Double-click the command to display the edit window.
- You can modify the speech text that initiates the command, the keystrokes that will be sent when the command is activated and what A.N.NA will say after executing the command.
VoiceAttack Home Page
List of commands for currently loaded profile
Edit Command dialog window