Now that I've finished the game, (well three of them), and have had time to think about it. I have to say that the "shooty space parts" ain't so bad. Once you get used to how the ship moves, the pitch, yaw and roll. Then you can knock out the enemy space crafts without a problem.
I think I may play 'Quest for Booty' over again, even though it's Christmas and I should play some of the newer games. I'm going to go for it anyway.