Your character is controlled by your keyboard and mouse but you also can setup Gamepad Controls in the options menu, if you like. Since Firefall is a Shooter-MMORPG-Mix, you might be very familiar with the typical WASD-Controls and Skill-Bars it offers. If that standard control theme is not of your liking, then you can alternatively setup differnt and individual controls in the options menu. But you will find out most of the basic controls during the ingame tutorial, when you first play Firefall.
Interacting with the World
Throughout the world, you’ll come across many different objects that you can interact with. As you approach the item, a prompt will appear above the item showing the specific keybind for that action. There are two kinds of prompts that you will see:
Immediate Action – Items with a square Interact prompt, like the New You station or Battleframe Garage, will be accessed the moment you press your Interact Key (E by default).
Delayed Action – Items with a circular Interact prompt will require you to stand still until the circular timer clears. Interruptions (moving, some attacks, etc.) will reset the timer.
Your Notifications panel is where you will find squad invites, duel requests, reward screens, and unread mail messages. When you receive a notification, press N to open the Notification window.
Please note when setting up a Squad: If you find yourself in a different instance of the game than your Squad Leader, you can type “/joinleader” in the chat window to warp directly to your Squad Leader’s instance of the game.
Your Navigation Wheel is your ultimate quick tool, accessible by pressing the tilde key (`), that allows you easy access to many different menus and features in Firefall without memorizing key bindings.
Heads Up Display
In a fast paced shooter like Firefall, you can't afford to spend critical time searching for information that you need to keep on fighting. Firefall's Heads Up Display (HUD) is designed to present all of the information the player needs to play the game in an instantly accessible and easily recognizable manner.
The inventory window is where you can keep track of the various gear, currencies, and reusable items that you acquire while playing the game.
There are several faction in the world of Firefall, where you can gain reputation to get special rewards from their faction vendors. In the Character window, you'll have a tab that shows your actual status from each of these encountered factions.
The marketplace allows you to buy equipment, unlocks, and resources from other players using Credits.