Thanks for your replies!!
My keyboard is ok with other games etc and isnt broken. My joystick is brand new and works ok on other games as well. As soon as I try yo "Identify" the joystick in the main options screen - my view drops and all I can see is the floor and I cant look up but can move around (not that its much use!!) Cant choose joystick configure option as game crashes straight away-every time - so obviously some joysick/controller issue but how the heck do I fix it??