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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Mostly Positive (108 reviews) - 70% of the 108 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,926 reviews) - 79% of the 2,926 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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rushiflight
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
REALISM IS SIMPLY NOT THERE.
CROSSWIND AND TURBULENCE ARE NOT DEPICTED PROPERLY.
FSX,XPLANE PHYSICS ARE FAR MORE SUPERIOR.
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ArmitageShanks
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Looks great in VR on the Vive...until you start to look around at populated areas an it turns into a juddery sickening mess (and this is on a 4.6GHz 6700K with a GTX 1080, with the default low VR graphics settings). Unplayable on the Vive.
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Alac [CH]
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
On a scale from Warthunder to 10 I give this game a perfect DCS
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[BigD] Yoyo (Aarno)
303.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great sim, especially if you are into military aviation. Lots of modules, lots of content, and lots of time spent in manuals trying to figure out what the hell that random switch does.
Go try it, you have nothing to loose. Hundreds of hours can be spent mastering the Su-25T alone. Have some fun, you deserve it.
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a_graves1898
21.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
WOW! This flight sim is over the top! I just can't get enough of it. The flight models are superior to every other flight sim I have tried. The details of the planes and cockpits are beautiful and having the freedom to click every button and switch, just adds to the experience. The cockpit layouts are spot on. Every item is where it should be as in real life. Flight mechanics are awesome as well. As real as it gets for a flight sim! Learning how to fly these aircraft can be a challenge, but most modules have "training exercises" to help you figure out what to do. Flight manuals can also be found online, on steam or at the DCS website. There are also traning videos on Youtube. I personally enjoy the A10-C Warthog. The experience in the A10-C is intense and it is such a spectacular flight model. The other aircraft are awesome as well. Flying the Russian birds and hearing the Russian radio chat is great! There are so many positive things to say about this title I would be here all day, but I would rather be gunning down soldiers or blowing stuff up on the awesome missions or campaign! See you in the skies, pilots!
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andy_t
46.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
BUY THE F86!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SYM-Kevin
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
gud
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Shadowsniper117
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Spent days downloading because of work, opens it up, spends forever learning how to fly, starts training, crashes, restarts, crashes, does it aboub seven times an deletes it. thanks for a wase of time..
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hawkstars101
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Hands down worst flying game ever! The controls are hard to learn and very backwards. The training is poorly made and half the time you cant hear the instructor. Its a good thing this game is F2P!
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da_boss028
36.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
The graphics are great. Everything from creating missions to playing online is endless hours of fun. A little hard to learn the controls at the beginning, but definately worth it. 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I saw this "game" on steam one day, and was like "meh it's for free let me try it".

A week later.....

*while printing ~300 pages of manuals and charts*
Friend: What are you doing?
Me: The closest thing to an airforce pilot I can do
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
Recommended
113.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
After hundreds of hours I finally started to learn how to land jets correctly, which involves, as I have discovered, not becoming a flaming ball of death at either end of the runway.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Best modern flight sim hands down. Very immersive and not too difficult to learn. 10/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Great flying sim most of the dlc's are worth it

10/10 would get yelled at in russian again
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Not for the faint-hearted one of the most realistic flight sims.

*I only own the A-10C expansion and its the only plane I fly.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Been a fighter enthusiast since I could walk and talk, and this game let's me live the dream of being a fighter pilot. Without a doubt the most detailed simulator I've ever played, flight or otherwise. I'd highly recommend investing in a good joystick and a Track IR for maximum immersion.

NOTE: I have hundreds of hours in the standalone version and recently switched to steam for convenience only to find that it isn't optimized that well for the steam clinet. I'm not sure what exactly it is but compared to the standalone version I suffer from slow loading of textures, serious hanging when I first join a MP server, and overall less performance than I would in the standalone. I'd recommend downloading the game from Eagle Dynamics website as it much more stable and optimized (from my personal experience). Either way, standalone or steam - if you're a flight sim enthusiast or a jet guy like me, you're going to love this ****.

The Free DCS World game is great, but the modules that are for sale here and on the ED website are absolutely phenomenal. When you purchase a high fidelity module you're putting yourself in the cockpit of the actual aircraft in a sense. Almost every single button you see in the cockpit is clickable, has a function, and needs to be utilized for proper flight and combat engagements. This is what sets DCS apart from all of flying sims and games out there. Each aircraft comes with a 150-250+ page flight manual that needs to be studied in order to master your machine, and it's a lot of fun to learn. It's very immersive being in the cockpit, selecting your weapons loadout, fueling up, doing your start up routine, and making sure all systems are functional before you begin your taxiing to the runway for take off. The game has a great communications system for ATC and AWACS that offer invaluable information before, during, and after your flight that adds to this immersion. Coupled with a very friendly and professional multiplayer scene this makes for a great experience for both novice and enthusiast sim pilots.

I can't give this game enough credit for what it brings to the world of flying and combat flight, it's something I will be playing for years. 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
this is definately not a arcade style game, but if you are willing o do some research and practice it is really worth the effort. IMO DCS is without a doubt the best flight sim (al least that ive tried), escpecially the MIG 21.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
I got DCS with the Flaming Cliffs and MIG-21BIS addon.
It's true that it takes ages for them to design and release an aircraft, but the result is a very detailed cockpit and after a while a balanced aicraft that performs like you expect.

The learning curve is very steep, if you never got into military flight sims and have no ♥♥♥♥ing clue of tactics and strategies you will struggle alot. You will find yourself reading up on ECM-Jammers, Flares, Chaff, what you do when you get an enemy missile launch on you, etc.
You will spend hours digging and searching for every bit of information. You will go and buy a decnt HOTAS flight stick aswell as TrackIR cause this game is so awesome.
You will map keys after each fight cause you noticed: ♥♥♥♥, it would be quiet advantageous to have this or that mapped on my stick!

After playing this game you think differently about aircraft. Flew the SU-27 and did a pugachevs cobra once? Then you feel awesome as ♥♥♥♥. You will know how dangerous missiles are because the process is not just "Ohh let me pop some flares / chaff". You know you need to judge if its a Heatseeker or not and plan your defence on that.
You will begin to start to think like a fighter pilot. Sit in a large aircraft traveling the world: "Ohh that was a nice takeoff / That was a hard landing, glad the pilot nailed it". Why do you think like that? The pesky airline pilots calling themselves "captain" are laughable. You know better than them how hard it is to fly a plane and what they do is nothing compared to that.

10 / 10 after you play this game and someone would show you what buttons to press in your favourite aircraft you could fly it if you don't black out cause you're a gawddamn nerd that hates doing sports like me.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
84.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
TLTR; - "There is no such satisfying feeling flying in a formation with a friend, blasting the top gun album on maximum and screaming over the microphone "MAVRICK! I GOT TANGO ON MY TAIL!"."

If you feel that you are bored by the regular games that exsist out there, with the minimum sense of realism and technical complexity. Then DCS World is for you. It has the Realism and complexity.

I cant even comprehend what DCS have managed to do! You have a fullblown simulator of most aircrafts, but not only that.
Their systems, Problems and Funstuff are also reallisticly simulated. Ever wounder what the F*CK a R27ET is? This game lets you dive deep into how systems, missiles, radars and what not actually work. Becuase they are simulated to work like the real life.

At first, sure, DCS is overwhelmingly complex, and you can barley get the hang of how even to lock a target at ground or air. Pleny of my friends have tried but given up shortly after a 10 minute try and just said "no, not for me, to complex".

But if you stick with it, there is no such satisfying feeling flying in a formation with a friend, blasting the top gun album on maximum and screaming over the microphone "MAVRICK! I GOT TANGO ON MY TAIL!". Working together is beyond satisfaction. It is rewarding, it shows how grim and dangerous modern combat is. It lets you fear that one misstake you are going to make and see your friends in ruin.

The best part is that you can try it for free, the su25 is plenty fun. Try it out, it wont hurt you nor your wallet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
WOW! This flight sim is over the top! I just can't get enough of it. The flight models are superior to every other flight sim I have tried. The details of the planes and cockpits are beautiful and having the freedom to click every button and switch, just adds to the experience. The cockpit layouts are spot on. Every item is where it should be as in real life. Flight mechanics are awesome as well. As real as it gets for a flight sim! Learning how to fly these aircraft can be a challenge, but most modules have "training exercises" to help you figure out what to do. Flight manuals can also be found online, on steam or at the DCS website. There are also traning videos on Youtube. I personally enjoy the A10-C Warthog. The experience in the A10-C is intense and it is such a spectacular flight model. The other aircraft are awesome as well. Flying the Russian birds and hearing the Russian radio chat is great! There are so many positive things to say about this title I would be here all day, but I would rather be gunning down soldiers or blowing stuff up on the awesome missions or campaign! See you in the skies, pilots!
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