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 (84 reviews) - 82% of the 84 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (3,079 reviews) - 79% of the 3,079 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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17 of 19 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Recommend but Buyer Beware!

So let me start with that I've spend some money on this title. A-10C, Combined Arms, Flaming Cliffs, and the Campaign pack for A-10c (so far).

I used to play Falcon 4.0 all the time back in the day, and I'm probably around a dozen hours into DCS.

First thing to know is that this is more like a system of games that all work together in one interface, this is why the DLC seems expensive. Next thing to know is that apparently the steam version of this title won't pass the multiplayer server checks and the recommended way to install is purchase and get your license keys then download and install from Eagle Dynamics website (wish I would have known would have saved me a lot of time and heartache).

The next thing I want to talk about is the mission / campaign packs, especially the enemy within pick for A-10C. While the missions are well thought out, the voice acting and dialogue is amateurish. To the point that I am wondering if the pack was fan made, yet I got charged $10 for it. I'm glad the missions are well thought out and briefings are detailed, but for the extra money on top of $50 for the A-10C ,I would have expected better recording quality and to be given a choice of starting locations.

That's one of my disappointments with DCS. In Falcon4 you could choose ramp (cold) start, runway, or flying. D.C.'s has some separate missions for this but campaign missions do not give a choice. You start wherever the designer wanted you too.

Finally, multiplayer, and I mentioned at the start there's some kind of oddness with the steam download. Reddit seems to think installing a "pure" version from Eagle direct fixes it. I'll try that soon

Overall I'm going to have to give this one a 8/10 would def have still purchased these games, but I wish that some of these known issues were out there front and center for purchasers. So all that said, if you like flight simulations, you won't regret this.

I recommend you have or plan to purchase a HOTAS I play with 3 monitors trackir, and the x-56 HOTAS. If your a veteran of any of the Janes games from back in the day or Falcon4 like me then you will quickly feel at home
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
191.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
best game ever for aviation enthusiasts
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
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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14.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
i just got this to play in vr htc vive. and it is unplayable! massive fps drop cant turn my head without massive stutter. ive tried evry setting put evrything on low.watched you tube vid on getting 90 fps and did all the tweaks on the vid with no avail. sitting at a runway is horrible. 30 fps does increase if i fly really high but its all over the place. i dont get it. i play fsx with flyinside really smooth and all other vr titles just fine. anyone have any clue why this game does not perform well in vr? i had to unistal it i couldent do anymore with it. i really wanted to like this game it looked amazing in vr. my specs I7 6700 gtx 1070 pascal 16g ram 1tb ssd asus hero 8 mob liqued cooled
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34.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
I own most of the aircraft, have spent over 130 hours in game (counting time spent in the non steam version), and I still don't know how to do jack ♥♥♥♥.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
The greatest fighter sim I've played. Really difficult to learn all the controls, and even harder to remember them in combat. Really satisfying just to fly around, but (probably) just for me the mission creator is quite challenging to use. It's a great simulator!
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1.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
Couldnt get threw the training. Went step by step still couldnt get it. Really over complicated/
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Red Button
1.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
Very fun game, requires a joystick, some friends who know this game, and a brain.
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Art3mis 73
6.7 hrs
Posted: October 25
I bought the basic version with the 2 planes , and was hooked.

I own a Warthog HOTAS, and bought the A10 package last night. Best 40 bucks so far I have spent in a long time.

Game looks amazing. And love that all my controls on my HOTAS were already mapped and fully functional.
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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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