I just purchased this game. Be forewarned, there are no training flights or tutorials and the game manual really is not that helpful. Essentially, when you load the game, you are flying your first mission as a novice pilot.
The first mission is difficult and you may get frustrated. Try choosing the different views until you find one that you are comfortable with. Yes, the Battlestar Galatica will be destroyed many times until you get the hang of the game.
The graphics and sounds are awesome. The game is quite enjoyable and even addicting.
My advice for Vivendi Universal is to add tutorials and/or training flights in the future.