Feel the excitement of flying the Su-25T "Frogfoot" attack jet and the TF-51D "Mustang" in the free-to-play Digital Combat Simulator World!
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Mixed (118 reviews) - 61% of the 118 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,710 reviews) - 79% of the 2,710 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 18, 2013

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"This is a quality piece of software. Even without the extra modules, this is simply amazing. The SU-25T is one of my favourite jets of all time, and it is brilliantly realised here, with so much content you feel guilty for getting it for free.

This only goes to show the confidence that DCS have in there Digital Combat Simulator, that they would give you so much for free. Stop reading this and go and download it now!." – Hubpages

"DCS World is a must-have for simulation enthusiasts who want as real as you can get in their home PC." – SimHQ

About This Game

Feel the excitement of flying the Su-25T "Frogfoot" attack jet and the TF-51D "Mustang" in the free-to-play Digital Combat Simulator World!

DCS World is a vehicle combat simulation game created by an inspired development team. DCS World uses a powerful engine that delivers realistic gameplay. The battlefield includes a spectacular mission area - the location of the Georgian conflict in 2008. Fly the Su-25T in a massive, semi-dynamic campaign to achieve dominance in the skies over Georgia! Experience the amazing flight dynamics and interactive cockpit of the TF-51D and understand why the Mustang is often regarded as the greatest fighter of the Second World War.

The huge variety of aircraft, land units and warships are included from countries such as the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, German Spain and others. Units are controlled by sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) and they have an amazing levels of detail. This all allows for the creation of engaging, real-world combat missions in this flashpoint region. DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that can and will cover multiple time periods covering many types of combat and civilian units.

Your exhilarating experience will be extended through additional DCS modules available through Steam. Such modules include the A-10C and A-10A Warthog, F-15C Eagle, L-39 Albatros, Hawk, MiG-21bis, MiG-15bis, F-86F Sabre, Ka-50 Black Shark, the P-51D Mustang, Fw 190 D-9 Dora, Bf 109 K-4 Kurfurst, UH-1H Huey, Mi-8MTV2, SA342 Gazelle, and ground combat control with Combined Arms. More new vehicles are being added all the time.

Additionally, DCS World includes:


  • Powerful mission and campaign editors
  • Multiplayer
  • Massive inventory of air, land and sea combat units and weapons
  • Advanced AI
  • Fast mission generator
  • Dynamic weather and seasons
  • Training missions
  • Mission replay system
  • Pilot log book

System Requirements

    Minimum system requirements:
    OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5; RAM: 8 GB; Free hard disk space: 30 GB; Video: 2 GB RAM card, DirectX11 - compatible; requires internet activation.
    Recommended system requirements:
    OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i7+; RAM: 16GB; Hard disk space: 30 GB; Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX780 / ATI R9 290 DirectX11 or better; Joystick; requires internet activation.
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Mixed (118 reviews)
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isuruspaucus
( 28.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm a big noob for this type of hyper realistic flight simulation, and I play with pad+Keyboard+Mouse.
I Immediatly bought the MiG-21b, because it was praised as one of the best mod and also because the MiG-21bis is a F***ING MYTHIC BADASS MEAN LOOKING MOTHERF***ER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pht5DFdEgBU
Well in the end, the game and especially the Mig mod are just amazing.
I took the time to understand the game and customize the controls (you'll have to read a little, guys ^^ ), almost everything on realistic settings and clickable cockpit (you can choose an "arcade" configuration with onscreen radar for exemple if you prefer), and I have flight feelings that I've never felt before,
For the moment after 28 hours of incredible pleasure, I'm still not able to take-off alone or to use the armement and avionics properly, I still didn't took part in a real mission except for basic tutorials, and I don't intend to play online.
I just FLY (also crash a lot and once got my ♥♥♥ exploded in 2 mn by a bot I forgot in the settings), and JUST THAT feels AWESOME,
In the end there is no known reality or parallel world where I could, as a healthy grown adult with fully fonctionnal brain who works and has a social life, fly a real MiG-21b loaded with an atomic bomb to the stratosphere while smoking Magic Green Tobacco and listening to the Deftones, so there's also that.
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Caboose
( 189.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Disclaimer: I have hundreds and perhaps into the thousand hour territory on DCS World. I play on DCS Standalone so my Steam hours aren't exactly reliable.

DCS World is a study level sim excluding the FC3 aircraft. This is many, many steps above series such as Ace Combat or HAWX. Even the FC3 aircraft are above the level of simulation you might see in something such as War Thunder sim battles. The level of enjoyment you have will correlate to both how into flight sims you are and how much effort you are willing to put into learning your aircraft(s). Do not expect to hop into multiplayer and shoot down a number of people on day 1. It's just not going to happen.

However, if you stick with it, you'll find an amazing community that has done a tremendous amount of work towards turning this into one of the best simulators out there (on par with Falcon BMS 4.33). Communities such as the buddyspike team create an atmosphere where teamwork and large scale coordination is not only encouraged, but crucial. In both single player campaigns and multiplayer full scale warfare, this sim is as real as it gets outside of flying the actual plane. I can't even begin to describe the feeling of being deep in the AO and behind enemy lines running all sorts of operations or having a GCI coordinate a large scale air war. The amount of focus and effort required is large, and the learning curve is quite steep.

If you've got what it takes, I highly recommend this sim. The modules are without a doubt expensive, but as they are as close as a civilian can get to flying these aircraft, the price is more than just. Considering that you can spend hundreds of hours in each one of these aircraft, the cost isn't as bad as you'd initially expect. Plus, there's a ton of sales all the time on DCS Standalone. I rarely pay full price for any module.
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angchang12
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Hard to learn the controls and very confusing to fly and take off. Only a couple of planes you start off with and to get the other planes you have to buy them and they are expensive even for a free game.
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Kartoffeldonner
( 62.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
All the joys of flying an airplane without any of the pesky routine maintenance and fatal crashing.
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Bones
( 76.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Awesome sim! Have had a ton.of fun with different planes. True they can be pricey but a lot or work went into them.
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Arwyn
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
doesnt load up WTAF
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Loneranger
( 63.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Best game i played yet i strongly recommend this game.
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sBryansGames
( 100.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
DCS World + A-10C + Flaming Cliffs 3
Yes, this game is worth the money. I got the A-10C first in 2011 but I never really got into it. It wasn't until Dec or Jan when I really started flying. The hardest part about this game is trying to figure out what you need to bind to your joystick in order to not just fly but be affective at bombing or dogfighting and what not else. After that youtube and Eagle Forums are you best friends. Flaming cliffs came shortly after I became proficient in the A-10. I felt like I needed something fast to fly and when you can mod aircraft like the F-14, F-18, A-7, F-4, and the F-16 into the game using fc3 aircraft as a cockpit base, it really adds to the worth. Since DCS has a large ammount of AI aircraft with accurate flight models, modding these into the game is more than flying an F-15 skinned to look like something else. Be sure to check it out.
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Sinonymous
( 55.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I cannot get this game to launch properly on the Oculus, or at all, attempting to ignore a VR launch only results in a continued attempted VR launch by the program. I cannot wait to play this but I am stuck with a grey screen on launch. Does anyone have a solution to this?
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KuMchev KuM
( 63.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I could write all day how this game is breathtaking. Multiplayer is AWSOME! Great community! I loved it when I had the free version, I love it even more since I bought FC3 module, I hope I will love it even more when I buy MiG-21 module. If you like simulators you will LOVE this one! GET IT you won't regret it!

P.S. if you're gonna play multiplayer get yourself a team speak. You can meet great people who will help you learn how to fly, land, start-up etc.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that you can create your own missions and make your own campaign. It takes some time to learn how to do that too, but... it's worth it later.
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141 of 162 people (87%) found this review helpful
84 people found this review funny
Recommended
493.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Childhood dream of being a Fighter Pilot

18th birthday, applied to Airforce to be Fighter Pilot

Had interview with Officer Selection Board

Got torn a new one by the Army Officer on panel, was promptly rejected

Dream destroyed

Ran home to Mum and cried like a sissy girl for a week

11 years later found DCS World

Dream now fulfilled

Thank you Eagle Dynamics for making this kids dream come true
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I wouldn't recommend this game if you don't want to spend 6 to 8 hours just to learn how to fly the plane with stick and keyboard commands, much longer if you want to use the interactive cockpits. But if you do like your combat flight simulators as close to reality as the average consumer can get, this product is unparalleled.
Oh, and don't forget to bring all of your money, the base modules are excellent, but you will want likely more and most planes are $40 to $50 each.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Let me start off by first saying this is not for the light hearted. If you come from a simulation background you will have no problems learning this sim. But if like me you started off without a clue or played the rare session of FSX you will have a lot of learning to do, even more if you do not know about military terms and equipment. This simulator is as real as it gets for most modules excluding the Flaming Cliffs add-ons. You definitely need a decent HOTAS system to be able to play, I recommend the Thrustmaster Hotas X which costs about £30 new and you can upgrade to a better system later on if you become addicted like I and many others have.

THIS IS NOT A DLC SYSTEM.
DCS world uses a modular system, you get the SU25T and the unarmed variant of the P-51D for free. The SU25T is an FC3 style module. This means that the plane and weapons systems handle as they would in real life but the cockpit is not clickable, you have to use a keyboard for most functions. Modules apart from FC3 modules are fully detailed with clickable cockpits. Alot of people complain about the prices of the modules but they are reasonably priced, if you think about the hundreds of hours of work and research required to make these modules then it is totally worth it. Modules range from the nimble and quick Gazelle helicopter to the flying pig that is the A10C to the old WW2 planes like the P-51D, this sim will cater to a broad range of audiences. I have bought the FC3 module because of its large amount of planes but I plan to buy the KA50 soon (reviews for those are separate). The SU25T is enough to get you into the fight.

GREAT COMMUNITY, GET TEAMSPEAK
DCS World sports a large and great community, several youtubers play DCS World and it’s not hard to bump into them online. If you don’t know what you are doing HOGGIT is a great place where there are people ready to teach you the ways of DCS. The unofficial Facebook group is also a great place to meet people and learn new things. Almost everyone is welcoming. The number of multiplayer servers is great with anywhere between 10 to 50 people online at once which can quickly turn into a mess if you do not communicate properly. One thing I must stress is the importance of teamwork and communication, TeamSpeak is a necessity if you are going online. It can help you survive a lot longer and reduces stress on other team members. Teamwork is key, sending CAS in without CAP is a recipe for disaster in PvP. The multiplayer caters for many styles, whether you want a quick session in PvE or a long campaign in PvP, you will love the many community made missions. These missions require a lot of structure, GCIs and flight leads are a vital aspect to success, so listen and communicate with them. The amount of times when the team is going for one objective and most of them are on TeamSpeak when a few loners outside of TeamSpeak refuse to help, losing the objective has been very low, even then I think they were new to the sim.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND IS GREAT
The graphics whilst a little outdated are great, tonnes of vehicles are modelled with great detail and the modules look fantastic. The ground can look dull at times but with DCS 2.5 coming out this is set to improve. The sound effects are very nice, listening to the RWR can drive you crazy at times but it is all very immersive. Watching your missile detach from your wing and hunt your target can be very entertaining and immersive. Watching your wingman breaking off to attack a target, then popping tonnes of flares as he turns with AAA unloading hell on him and the sky is breathtakingly spectacular, I have never seen anything like it in any game engine.

CONCLUSION
This sim is breath taking and very rewarding but frustrating at times. You might witness a few game crashes but all will be forgiven when you actually learn and enjoy it. The learning curve is steep and you will be destroyed if you jump straight in without reading or doing training missions, but the feeling of overwhelming joy when you destroy your first enemy in PvP is great. You don’t need to sink a lot of money into this sim, as I said a cheap HOTAS system will suffice and if you really want head tracking there are tonnes of cheaper alternatives to tracker IR which will give you generally the same experience.

Have fun and I hope to see you in the skies.

(THIS REVIEW WILL BE UPDATED AS TIME GOES ON)
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Very good simulation, very realistic flight models. Very nice bunch of aircraft, planes and helicopters, new ones coming soon. Same for maps
This "game is not meant for people who think a flight simulator is Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. This is a flight simulator in the traditional sense
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Disclaimer:
I haven't played DCS that much yet. I'm just getting into it. So the reason I write this review so early ist because there are a lot of misleading reviews out there.

So, I read some reviews for DCS a while ago, and I noticed that there seems to be some confusion about what DCS is.
Many bad reviews seem to be based around what genre this game is, or the difficulty, or the DLC policy.
So let's adress that:
1. This game is no arcade flight game like War Thunder! This is the be all end all when it comes to realism in military flight simulations. The gold standard for the best flight models and most emersive gameplay. That means it's a huge treat for realism fans, but also means that casual fans of arcady flight sims might be turned off.
So before you buy think about what you want from this game. If it isn't the ultra realism you will get, then don't buy it!
2. The difficulty stems from the realism. The fact that some planes have every single button and lever modelled and functional in a cockpit means that you will need a lot of knowledge and routine before you can fly those planes well.
You will need to do tutorial missions multiple times, probably fly a dozen training or free flight missions and read 500+ page Flight Manuals before you can consider yourself an effective pilot. Those who don't have the passion or time to do this might still enjoy casual flying around and attacking a few stationary targets, but you will be at a big disadvantage to those who put in the time.
3. The DLC policy. Here is the biggest misconception. DCS World is NOT a free game with all planes unlocked. DCS World is the framework, that ties together all other modules of DCS and conveniently gives you two free planes to fly on top.
The reason for the high prices of the DLCs is simple. Every aircraft DLC is a standalone plane, with training missions and campaigns. Some are cheap because they don't have fully modelled cockpits, and others cost 50€ because the planes are fully modelled, and could probably be used for military training simulations. That's how good they are! For that kind of quality, a lot of work, time and research is needed. That's why I don't consider the DLCs to be overprized. If you don't have the money, wait for a sale, there are many sales on DCS.

On a last note. Get at least a decen HOTAS system. Headtracking isn't mandatory but nice, but without a HOTAS your screwed!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I am 43 years old and I have been playing flight simulators for almost 30 years. I have watched them develop over many platforms ranging from Commodore 64 to modern day computers we have today. I just recently purchased a thrustmaster warthog and thrustmaster rudder pedals and downloaded DCS with some modules. This simulator is so sweet it almost brings me to tears. With the graphics cranked up it runs smooth as butter. The realism is the likes of something I have never seen in a simulator and I have flown the best simulators in the past. Do not listen to any negative reviews about this simulator. Take my word for it... it is simply amazing! You better be ready to learn how to fly with this one. The learning curve is not that difficult for me but for a beginner this would be brutal. This is a high-end simulator made for people who can to play. And they're working on 2.0!
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Fantastic game.

Will definitely be buying some DLC soon.

Please add a flyable model of the Tornado GR4 - then you can take all my money!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I'm a big noob for this type of hyper realistic flight simulation, and I play with pad+Keyboard+Mouse.
I Immediatly bought the MiG-21b, because it was praised as one of the best mod and also because the MiG-21bis is a F***ING MYTHIC BADASS MEAN LOOKING MOTHERF***ER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pht5DFdEgBU
Well in the end, the game and especially the Mig mod are just amazing.
I took the time to understand the game and customize the controls (you'll have to read a little, guys ^^ ), almost everything on realistic settings and clickable cockpit (you can choose an "arcade" configuration with onscreen radar for exemple if you prefer), and I have flight feelings that I've never felt before,
For the moment after 28 hours of incredible pleasure, I'm still not able to take-off alone or to use the armement and avionics properly, I still didn't took part in a real mission except for basic tutorials, and I don't intend to play online.
I just FLY (also crash a lot and once got my ♥♥♥ exploded in 2 mn by a bot I forgot in the settings), and JUST THAT feels AWESOME,
In the end there is no known reality or parallel world where I could, as a healthy grown adult with fully fonctionnal brain who works and has a social life, fly a real MiG-21b loaded with an atomic bomb to the stratosphere while smoking Magic Green Tobacco and listening to the Deftones, so there's also that.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Im a big aviation fan and the same goes for simming. This sim exceeds all expectations, Want it as real as it gets? then get the module that gives you 100% immersion and controll of the aircraft systems, controlls ect. Be warned! expect to read alot, learn alot and put alot of hours into learning the aircraft and how to operate it. On the other hand you can fly the simpler flight models which just require simple keyboard commands to operate the systems. Very well reccomended.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
By far the greatest combat sim you can get your hands on. First module you should get is the A10C then get yourself the TM Warthog. Its the closest you'll get to flying the real thing.

The A10C is one of the most complex aircraft in DCS. If you sort of know your way around the A10C the other modules become a lot easier to learn and figure out so its defintely a good module to start with and one of the cheapest.

DCS takes time so if thats not your thing than its probably not for you. The manual for the A10C is 671 pages to give you an idea of how complex it is. This is the reason these aircraft are "expensive". You are basically flying the real thing

I have a lot more than 83hrs as I dont use the Steam version
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