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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Very Positive (87 reviews) - 80% of the 87 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
-Ignore my abysmal play time, I play the non-steam version-

DCS World... wow. TLDR: Great sim for those with months to kill.

Although I am not the most experienced pilot in the game, I still enjoy it... That is a bit of an understatement, I love this game.

Review without any modules purchased:
DCS World provides two aircraft for free; the SU-25T ground pounding beast, and the TF-51 Mustang. Ignore the Mustang, it's just there to introduce clickable cockpits, but it has no available weapons. The SU-25 is where it's at. For a primarily CAS and SEAD aircraft, the Frogfoot is surprisingly fast and manueverable. Load that bad boy up with only AA missiles and you got a veritable fighter on your hands, not that recommended however. The ground striking is where the SU-25 shines. Dumb bombs, guided bombs, rocket pods, guided missiles, you get a little bit of everything with the Frogfoot. Couple that with the incredibly easy flight characteristic of the aircraft, it is the perfect starter. As a completely free download, DCS is so incredibly worth it for those with just a little time to learn the keyboard commands.

Review with some modules: Personally, I own the KA-50 Blackshark, A-10C, SU-27, and P-51D Mustang. As a second aircraft to buy, I would highly recommend the SU-27 if you prefer a more CAP style of play. If you prefer a CAS playstyle, get the A-10A/C. A if you want an easier plane to fly, C if you want realism. The A-10C is amazing. That does not need to be said. When you start it up for the first time without any help, it is an amazing feeling. I'm going to try to stop gushing about the amazing modules and actually try to review the game with modules as a whole. It is so worth it. Sure, the modules are really freaking pricey, but they offer so much more depth to the game. You thought the game with deep enough with the TF-51? Try the A-10C. Often described as the most confusing aircraft to start in the game, although I don't see it. Flamming Cliffs 3 provides a litany of easy aircraft to fly. F-15, SU-27, Mig-29, etc... They all don't have clickable cockpits, but they are the best to just fly around and have a little more arcade-y fun. Want a proper realistic fighter experience? Get the Mig-21, Mirage 2000, or F-5E. Those are proper realism at it's finest. Although I don't own any of them, simply watching some basic flights on YouTube makes me really want them. The Mig-21 in particular. It's radar is literally cooled with the finest of Russian alcohol. It does not get more awesome than that.

Perhaps will be editted as experience is garnered.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Amazing simulator with insanely detailed DLC aircraft. The game includes 2 free aircraft to try out and get your feet wet. If you are interested in combat flight sims this is as good as it gets.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
DCS World is a "free to play" complex Flight Simulator. It worked on Win 10, looked great, sounded great, played ok. You can fly an SU-25 "Frogfoot" Russian Ground Attack jet for Free. It has a pretty detailed tutorial for that plane, broken up into sections and has an english voiceover. The Frogfoot has Russian text and voices in the cockpit, so not easy to figure out by looking. DCS also has a TF-51D Mustang Trainer plane for free but there is no tutorial for it, and it is a different flight model from the SU-25. This flight simulator is Detailed and has a steep learning curve. Has Instant Action, Create fast Missions, Missions, and Campaign. Has multiplayer action also. You can fly with the keyboard and mouse.
DCS World has Mission and Campaign editors so you could get missions from other players to play. It is also VR ready for Rift and Vive headsets. You can buy more planes, helicopters and campaigns for this game.

Try it, if you like complex Flight simulators.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
My Steam game time does not accuratly reperesent my actual time in game as most of it has been on the non Steam version of the game...

This game is amazing. The attention to detail is incredible. The ir missiles even lock on to the sun. If you want a game that gives you the feeling of really flying a millitary aircraft look no further. This game has it all... I can't even imagine playing this in VR.

This game is Very well optimized and can (in theory) be played with just a keyboard. I would highly recomend getting a joystick. It will greatly enhance your experience. You don't even need something exspensive either. I started with a Logiteck Attack 2. Then a friend swapped me for an Extreme 3D pro. Both are very cheep joysticks. The 3D pro is really all you need and it's like $30 on amazon. A true HOTAS is definatly the way to go though and after a lot of reaserch I will be getting a CH fighterstick, pedals and pro throttle. Hopefully I will have my DIY trackir hat built here soon and will no longer have to use a mouse to look around. The thing is though, even with the cheap control setup, the game is tons of fun. I would try the free Su25T first. Give the game a fair shot. I actually thought it was stupid at first and quit playing after like an hour. I came back a year later and started learning off youtube. It hit me. The game was incredible. From there on out I put in hundreds of hours. I got FC3 and had fun with the jets. Then I stepped up and got the Ka-50 and A-10C on sale. Very good purchases. Yes they take some time and willingness to learn but they really aren't that hard. The aircraft are setup logically. Once you learn the basics all the advanced stuff will click into place. Multiplayer is great and lots of fun. Finnaly... GIVE THE GAME AN HONIST TRY. ACTUALLY ATTEMPT TO LEARN THE SYSTEMS AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE TECHNICALITY OF IT ALL. YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE AND A NEW TYPE OF GENRE WILL OPEN TO YOU!!!

ps. Set curves of like 20-30 on your axises. It will make flying a ton easier. also... Slow smooth motions. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
74.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
So, at first, you are like - hey this looks fancy, I'll just buy this Flaming cliffs and see if it's worth 16 bucks, but probably not.
Lately- Hey, Its quite good, and this A-10C module seems really cool. Okay, I'll buy it for 30 bucks, but I won't spend any more money on this game.
.. Hey, but the Mig-21 is on sale. THIS IS LAST ONE.
Uh oh, Saitek X55 on sale ? Great deal. Yeah, and I'll probably need that TrackIR too. But no more expenses on this game.
So, I can either buy this new Mirage or food for last week. ... Yeah I love this Mirage. But I promise, this is the last thing I bought.
Huh F-5E ? I love that. It won't kill me, If I only buy this one, and nothing else..

Hey, is that Mi-8 + Nevada on sale ? hell yeah baby...

And this, my dear friends, is story of every DCS player.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This game is an absolute gem. DCS World is a true flight simulator that even incorporates modern AA and AG combat into it. I am absolutely positive that this is the best flight simulator made to date.

Just to address one concern of others. When you download DCS, you recieve a free aircraft, the Su-25T (Frogfoot). It's a very capable aircraft and enjoyable to fly. Where people get upset is that there are lots of DLC module aircraft that you have to pay for. The thing people don't understand is that this game is made by a business and they have to make money. When they spend 3 years developing a module, a 2.99 price tag isn't going to cut it. The fact that they sell some of these for $10, especially with the low playerbase of the game is astounding. Instead of complaining that you have to pay for these aircraft, praise them for being so generous.

EDIT: For some reason DCS only counts the time in game on my steam account as the time the game is launching. I really have at this time (30/09/16) approximately 230 hours.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
190.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
best game ever for aviation enthusiasts
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
worth it if like sim flight this is decent and best have seen
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
Beste Simulator die wo geben thut
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
Visually very nice, but be aware it is a money pit. Much like World of Tanks, you will need to spend a metric ton of money to buy enough planes to fully access the game. Unless you are prepared to drop $500+, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you are loaded and love flight sims, then jump in.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
Boring as hell
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54.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
The Only Game that makes you ♥♥♥♥ your pants if you see a flying object
The only game that lets you shoot down planes in a CAS aircraft and makes you feel good about it
The only game that has the satisfying feeling of actually destroying something
The only game that lets you Eject when things get frisky
This isnt a game

This is a simulator
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
After spending *many* hours trying to get DCS to run smoothly I'm finally giving up. No matter what I do or how I play I get these little stutters every 3-4 seconds. It's like the whole game pauses for an instant then is back to normal. Doesn't matter if it's on 3 monitors or 1. VR or not. High settings or Low. Stutter stutter stutter. My PC is rather powerful, Core i7 4770k 3.5Ghz, 32 GB RAM, 250GB Samsung EVO SSD, Zotac GTX 1080. I play many other demanding standarnd and VR games that all run butter smooth. I'm rather disappointed as the experience in VR is rather fantastic but the constant stuter makes it an unplayable barf fest. I'll just go back to enjoying Elite Dangerous which is incredible and performs beautifully.
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771.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
uninstalled, game will not even start once without crashing. Windows 10, GTX1070 Founders.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 14
a heap crap
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