On the F-16 (fly by wire), that is exactly correct. The feel on the stick maps to the roll and pitch rates (or g's) desired. In general, the mapping remains unchanged regardless of flight condition. That makes flying the plane much easier. Let me rephrase: I don't know why hydraulic assist control systems still require significant control force. ... Or perhaps it is a purposely made choice to keep the control wheel force high to keep the direct feedback feel "normal".