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.
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Very Positive (2,480 reviews) - 81% of the 2,480 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 Warthog, Ka-50 Black Shark, the P-51D Mustang, UH-1H Huey, Mi-8MTV2, and ground combat control with Combined Arms.

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.
Helpful customer reviews
847 of 884 people (96%) found this review helpful
572 people found this review funny
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
This game can break you or it can make you. You'll know what a real "achievement" is when you take off in a helicopter 7 hours later and realise you know every switch in the cockpit. You find yourself reading books about hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and your reader library starts to look like a spy's wet dream with military plane manuals, charts, quick start guides and startup checklists. You can then distinguish MiG -15bis from MiG-17F, you start talking in abbreviations. Your right hand is getting really buff... because it takes a lot of force to keep that joystick in proper position for horisontal flight as older planes have basic trim and no autopilot. You then try to come back to normal life, but you don't understand why people don't know what Mach 1 is, what is the Bernulli's formula and how it relates to aerodynamics, how translational lift is achieved. Your hard disk isn't filled with porn or memes, it's filled with pictures of aircraft in random liveries that you flawlessly copy in Photoshop, you then learn how to actually use Photoshop properly. Radio talk is nothing new to you - you know what "Fox-1" is and the difference between "right 3 o'clock" and "3 o'clock", you know the distinction between UHF, VHF and what TACAN is. You buy books about seemingly forgotten conflicts, like war in Angola, and you read any bit of information related to airforces, airplanes, pilots. You actually know how to avoid a missile, what every strange beep and tone at every frequency is related to, your normal daily conversations with just about anyone usually start with "Did you know that nearly 50% of all Thunderchiefs were destroyed in 'Nam?" You have a strange aversion to civilian pilots and you cringe when you hear the word "captain" in relation to one of them. You actually know what aircraft are shown in the news... You then separate your steam library into "games" and "DCS".
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352 of 386 people (91%) found this review helpful
596 people found this review funny
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Me: Right then. How do I start this plane up?
*Googles manual.*
*starts plane*
Me: Time to takeoff!
*Lifts off*
Enemy: Oh look, an su25.
Me: Dont think they've seen me yet :D Time to google how to fire my guns!
Enemy: Fire the missile!
Me: Oh look, its my wingman.
Me: Whats that beeping noise?!?
*Looks at wing*
*Wing drops off*
Me: How Do I Eject!?!??
*Opens google*
*Hears explosion*
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187 of 215 people (87%) found this review helpful
361 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
(flying a fighter jet)

Me: what does this button do.

(opens hatch)

Me: OH GOD NO
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99 of 106 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
[I play the non-Steam version of DCS World in addition to the Steam version, so I have more time into it than my profile indicates :3 ]

First off, let me say that if you enjoy being able to jump right into a game and blow stuff up, DCS World is not for you. If you only want to play with a keyboard and mouse, or even a controller, DCS World is not for you. If you enjoy flying the C172 in FSX with arcade settings, DCS World is not for you. If you want a SIMULATOR that will take time, practice, and a good set of controls to become somewhat decent at, then this may be exactly what you are looking for.

The free SU-25T that this game comes with is incredible. The quality and attention to detail is beyond anything I have ever seen in a freeware aircraft for another simulator, and, frankly, in most payware ones as well. I found it relatively easy to fly, and the controls were pretty simple after mapping most of them to my joystick. The missions are decent, and even after purchasing a few DLCs I still find myself coming back to blow up some tanks in the SU-25T.

While purchasing DLCs is optional, you will definitely want to find a good joystick and throttle; the more buttons the better. I have been using the Saitek X-55 Rhino HOTAS system and Pro Flight rudder pedals, and I still often wish I had more buttons for my Ka-50. TrackIR or something similar is also highly recommended. Don't even try to play this with a keyboard and mouse - you'll save yourself a lot of frustration.

Most of the negative reviews here are complaining about the complexity of the game. And honestly, I don't blame them. Eagle Dynamics published a hard-cover, 534 page manual for the Ka-50 for $189. But there is nothing more rewarding than actually putting the time in to learn how to fly it and knowing that if you ever had the chance to fly one in real life, you would know exactly how to do it. The Air National Guard used the DCS A-10c to train pilots transitioning from the A-10a the the A-10c. This is clearly not *just* a game.

Honestly, I'm not sure what else to say. This is by far the best air combat simulator you will ever get your hands on outside of the military. If you're serious about flight/air combat simulation, by all means download this. Even if you're not sure, try it anyway; it's free. Just please don't leave negative reviews because it's not an arcade flying game; that's not what it's supposed to be.

10/10

Sorry for being so serious :3
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I spent almost a year working on Vector Thrust.

I could have been playing this.

Learn from my mistakes. Man up and play a real sim. And buy the MiG-21. Seriously.
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