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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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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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I spent 4 hours leaning how to start my plane then crashed on the runway. 10/10 would kill myself again.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Alright, so ehh... This review won't be something special, but I'll try to do my best.

I love simulators, military based ones tho. Most of everything, I love planes.

I started loving planes when I started playing Ace Combat Zero / Ace combat games.

All types, cargo planes, fighter jets or bombers. I love 'em all.

This game gives you 2 free planes. SU-25T [Frogfoot] and P-51D. Both special in their ways, depends on what military situations or time periods you like.

With both of those planes, you can have some pretty good experience and fun, with or without friends.

The problem is having only 2 planes availible. The rest of them are just accessable by purchasing DLCs.

I do wanted to cry about it, but when you think about it... The game is free. It gives you much more than just fun or experience.

Details, information, different editors, models, realistic sounds, manuals, HUGE map aswell.

It all takes a lot of time to create, people to find who are willing to work on the game, and last, funding.

This is an excellent simulator and I do hope they'll add more different planes you can fly, cargo ones aswell.

In 2 days, by just focusing on the SU-25T, I learned how to check everything before taking off, taking off, flying and doing some cool maneuvers, using the thermal screen and guiding rockets to the designated target... and landing it as well. Once you know the basics, the rest will be easy. Using dragging chutes when landing is pretty hardcore and awesome. :)

It would be nice if they could add a free helicopter and a fighter jet, giving us more roles that you can work on and improve your skills.

SU-25 is not a fighter jet. END. <-- (Just for people who wanted to argue that the plane is a fighter jet.)

Consider buying a DLC when on a discount. It will be worth it. You'll be happy aswell as a company that works on the game. :)

That's pretty much it.

Thanks for reading.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This is not a game, this is a simulator. If you are looking for a game go play HAWX or War Thunder.
Do not write a negative review only because it's too hard to play, it is intended to be this way.
If you like simulators then this is a must have guys.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Awesome game. Need to put the time into it to fly correctly and learn all of the modules.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Was going to play IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad, bought an X52 non pro to do so. Decided i'd try DCS WORLD and see if it really was that great.

Spent 27 hours this last week playing it as a SU 27 pilot. So what am i saying?

This is a great game, you need to give it a few hours to learn the aircraft and set the controls but when you know everything this is so much fun. I can't get enough of this game and i've only played the SU 27 so far.

Thank you DCS!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
351.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This is the best thing you can do on a pc !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Amazing sim if you have the time!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
138.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Love to get in my su 27 and MiG-21 , what can i say, just feel the plane , fly it all day long from morning till darkness, Love DCS.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
DCS World alone gets you realistic sim level aircrafts to fly such as the Su-25T and the TP-51 trainer as free . Although, its not to PFM model with clickable switches it still packs enough realism like the Il-2 sturmovik.

If you want to purchase DLC products which are often hardcore PFM models like A-10C and the Ka-50, please keep in mind you need a minimum of HOTAS joystick (not a simplistic level Joystick) and also take time to LEARN the manual and tutorial before going combat.

The A-10C module is VERY HARD ( highly detailed model) and its very time consuming, If you don't have a good HOTAS Joystick, don't consider buying it, its only for super pro simmers. The Mig 21 is OK module and not that complicated like A-10C.


Do a good research before buying the module coz most would be too hard to handle. Don't buy this if you dont have a solid pro joystick....especially the DLC like A-10C and the copters.


If you guys are looking for PRO sim game, I say this is the game for you.

The default DCS needs at least joystick like the Thrustmaster flightstick X or the Logitech 3d ...but HOTAS is very much recommended if you plan to purchase DLC.
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Daikyu_
8.9 hrs
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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Millenix
45.9 hrs
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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♦Inhibitedcarrot♦
12.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
exilent flying simulator.
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OtiZ2
13.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
best game ever
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mrtagnan
10.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
10/10 would try to figure out control systems again
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gameboy23232
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Not that bad but u might need a joy stick
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Pequod
48.6 hrs
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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Running-Target
2.0 hrs
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.

For more info:
What is DCS World?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L00btc8_i_o

LGR Plays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4wa_iyEj_E

paid Heli gameplay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdzS-JGoZyI

http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/dcs-world

http://flightsimulatorgamez.com/dcs-world-combat-simulator-review-for-pc/

http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/content.php?14294-Review-DCS-World

http://www.gamespot.com/dcs-world/reviews/

http://www.jetgames.org/pcconsole/dcs-world.html

https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/dcs-world-is-about-to-become-the-air-combat-sim-of-my-d-1685125094

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Combat_Simulator

http://www.pcgamer.com/dcs-a-10c-warthog-review/

http://www.ign.com/articles/2011/06/17/dcs-a-10c-warthog-review
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Rapt0r52 -JTRP -Gfuel.com
60.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Amazing simulator I have flown majority of the planes. Very realistic. Great game!
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