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 (131 reviews) - 71% of the 131 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,825 reviews) - 79% of the 2,825 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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Soviet Pupper
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Couldn't figure out how to use guns. 10/10
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drente.lego
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
♥♥♥♥♥
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NeatWang
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Best Combat flight sim
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A1M2
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
An awefull game @ 1/10 graphics 0/10 sound fx -10/10 game play, this game was out of date in the 90's, honestly 'apache air assult' (win 95) has better graphics and sound fx with way better game play and controls and you can OWN it all for a fiver
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SpeedKiller
( 97.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
The best modern flight combat simulator there is, And probably ever will be.
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abdullahalthajeb
( 74.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I've been playing this game for 4 months, it was great untill i got a problem .. now i cant start the game i dont know whats the problem
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O_CheckSix
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I like the sim but close to 1K in DLC is absolutely over the top.

Maybe I'll rob a service station to pay for it.
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PUG 4 LIFE
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The game crashed when I open it!
I have i3 16 GB RAM and Nividia GTX 660
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F0G
( 69.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The game is a lot of fun to play, for a simulator, has a lot of dynamic environment that is set to make the player feel like they're flying in real life, really love the thrust effects on the jets, has a very basic Mission editor, very easy to use, setting up single player scenarios, multiplayer scenarios or even some free flight and training missions, and every mission has it's own difficulity/visibility options that you get to check/uncheck for your preferences. First I've tried the free version of the Su-25T mastered it then got the FC3 DLC to master too, the game gets a little difficult at the beginning and seems very hard to master, with all the key-rebindings for your flightstick, but there are quite handy forums which you need to check to help you with all of these, so I pretty much recommend it for those who love realism, dealing with the G-force and playing tactically at flying.

However, here's my negative thoughts about it, but now, before you carry on and reading, know this, I know that lot of people might know things about this game better than I do, so they might tend to disagree or agree but please try to read this and think of the way that you could develope the game cuz I sure am trying to point out a thing or two as a point of interest.

1•Really loved the Su-25T it's a SEAD & Anti-Ground Target Suppression attack aircraft, and I really loved seeing the basic Su-25, but I did not like the way the cockpit was built, the HUD seemed a bit slope hanging the corsshair right at the top of it, that is almost not visible or easy to shoot targets with, especially when trying to engage evasive maneuvering air targets, plus, it seems possible for me to switch between the Gun and the master-arm or the missile mod, but it's just impossible to switch from a missile to another, I tried it but it just did not work, knowing that fact that I double checked re-binding the keys for that and still it's a no-go.

2•I noticed that you're releasing aircrafts that are pretty old, yet on your loading screen description, it says that the real manufactorurs of the aircrafts have nothing to do with the modules represented on your game, may then try releasing newer aircrafts, at least matching the new in-service Su-35B Flanker instead of the Su-27, the Su-37 Terminator instead of the Su-33, the F-15C with it's new processor and modern radar scanning systems, the Mig-29A/G/S with the modern MiG-29K with it's electronic and touch screen navigation screens?

Su-25 1978.
Su-27 1982 ~ Su-35S Flanker 2007.
Su-33 1987 ~ Su-37 1996.
F-15C 1976 (introduction).

I'm pretty sure you won't have any problem estimating the 5th generation aircraft's SuperManeuverability (SM) abilities in your game, neither will you have problems publishing any aircrafts from the previous list of aircrafts provided above.

3• During my test aerobatic flights that I've been doing for the last 20-30 hours I was able to perform some good maneuvers, one by the other until I came about the most crusial Russian aerobatic maneuvers with the Su-33 and the Su-27 which were the 360 Kullbit (Frolov chakra) and the Cobra (Pugachev Cobra) back spin, I was not able to perform any of these maneuvers until I got to know that these maneuvers can only be performed by using the Vectoring thrusts, and you guys did not privde this optic in the Russian 4th Generation Su-27 and the Su-33 which was rather disappointing for an aerobatic airshow lover, here's the video explaining what I meant by these maneuvers exactly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVlmoNtcyhY

4• And last I'd really love to see more interactive accessories in the aircrafts cockpits, (e.g.) one can simply choose to press buttons on their keyboard/flight stick, or Active the mouse clicking (Left ALT + C) and ticking the radars, flaps, gear and missiles even on non-fully simulated aircrafts, just the simple accessories for a good feeling's sake.

Thank you very much for reading here's some of the new 4~5th generation cockpit's pictures.

http://walkarounds.airforce.ru/avia/rus/mig/mig-29smt/airforce_ru_mig-29smt_070.jpg

Check more on google, the web's your bestfriend. :)
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wF.Nathan [YA]
( 67.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It's hard to start, but it's also hard to stop playing it when you learned some stuff =)
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I'm a big noob for this type of hyper realistic flight simulation, and I play with pad+Keyboard+Mouse.
I Immediatly bought the MiG-21b, because it was praised as one of the best mod and also because the MiG-21bis is a F***ING MYTHIC BADASS MEAN LOOKING MOTHERF***ER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pht5DFdEgBU
Well in the end, the game and especially the Mig mod are just amazing.
I took the time to understand the game and customize the controls (you'll have to read a little, guys ^^ ), almost everything on realistic settings and clickable cockpit (you can choose an "arcade" configuration with onscreen radar for exemple if you prefer), and I have flight feelings that I've never felt before,
For the moment after 28 hours of incredible pleasure, I'm still not able to take-off alone (edit : Now I can o/ ) or to use the armement and avionics properly, I still didn't took part in a real mission except for basic tutorials, and I don't intend to play online.
I just FLY (also crash a lot and once got my ♥♥♥ exploded in 2 mn by a bot I forgot in the settings), and JUST THAT feels AWESOME,
In the end there is no known reality or parallel world where I could, as a healthy grown adult with fully fonctionnal brain who works and has a social life, fly a real MiG-21b loaded with an atomic bomb to the stratosphere while smoking Magic Green Tobacco and listening to the Deftones, so there's also that.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
241.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
(Edited 25/07/2016)
The best A/A A/G simulator.

PROS:
-Very good flight model
-Very good aircraft systems and weapons
-OK mission editor but needs to be more user friendly with more options like random spawn in zone or random respawn, it can be done with external scripts like MIST
-Nice graphics
-Multiplayer works OK and its really fun

CONS:
-ED takes years (literally) to make 1 aircraft
-Very few maps, 1 free and 1 which you need to pay NTTR. An F-18C and the Strait of Hormuz map are in development
-The Georgian map has very low polygons and the mountains look awefull flying low, the textures aren't that bad (EDITED: This map is currently being improved with textures, grass, water, lightning and shadows. ED also hopes to imrpove the mesh of the terrain!!)
-Combined Arms should have the possibility to use a S-300 or Patriot SAM sites
-Few modern aircraft
-Weird engine performance, sometimes stuters when you look in a direction where there're multiple units no matter the distance.
-No dynamic campaign!!!!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I am writing this because of many misleading reviews and comments. Most if not all of the negative reviews are coming from people who thought it was an arcade game. It is not. DCS World is a SIMULATOR game. So if you dont like to spend hours learning how to fly a specific plane you should stay away from it. However if you are into flight sim games its one of the best games out there. 10/10 Would crash my Su-25 again.

P.S. Ignore the game time. Most of my flight hours are on the stand alone version.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I don't know why more people aren't playing this game. Sure its a bit confusing ( a lot of controls ) but once you get the hang of it, it's a great game and well written. I might be a bit prejudice because I'm ex Navy and I don't like the blood and guts games.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
So I spend some time in the tutorials figuring out the controls, then load up the "Dogfight" mission. 1 SU-25 vs 2 A-10s? Sounds like fun.
Attempt the first:

I fire both Aphids head on, both track for flares. We pass each other and start to turn, and it is at this point that the Ace Combat reflexes that loom threateningly in the dark corners of my mind whenever I boot up a flight sim decide to pounce. I forget that I am flying an SU-25, not an SU-37, and attempt to execute a j-turn. It goes poorly. (For details on exactly how poorly it went, see the verse about the passenger liner from the song "Albuquerque" by Weird Al Yankovick.)

Attempt the second:

I fail to achieve missile lock during the first pass and circle around. We mauever for a while, I manage to tag one of the Warthogs with my first Archer and kill it with the second. I manage to get behind the second Warthog and fire both Aphids. Both go for his flares. I close to gun range and we enter the horizontal scissors. I take a snapshot and miss just before I overshoot. I hear him fire his gun, and dive to try and evade. Several seconds later I notice two rather peculiar and alarming things: A, my plane has decided that it wants to be upside down now and wont take no for an answer, and B, I can't pull out of the dive. Approximately 3.72 seconds before I make an impressively large mess in some poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥'s wheat field, I look behind me and notice that roughly two thirds of my plane have mysteriously vanished.

10/10 Would fail to notice getting lit up with a GAU-8 all over again.
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880 of 920 people (96%) found this review helpful
606 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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The serious part of the review.

Let me just shout this out here: the modules are slightly overpriced, but only slightly cause like a Jewish mama would say - "They've gots ta make tha profit, if ya know what I mean Sal". My verdict - they are worth every penny. Especially the Helicopter ones... Ohhh... The helicopter ones... *drools* The truth of the matter is - you get an actual digital representation of an airplane, down to such details as factory defects and internal systems modelled to actually "wear out" on you, with 400 page manual and sometimes additional material. It will take you at least 20 hours to get comfortable with it, and if there is a campaign included or two - around 40-50 hours of additional gameplay. So yeah, it's like buying a new game. And then you get to create your own missions, which to me is as important as flying in the Sim, so it's alright that some modules don't contain campaigns. The only trouble is that some of them are anachronistic and they don't come with era's vehicles and props, so you'll be flying a 50's aircraft against modern Anti-Air Missiles... which is incredibly fun, but also comically difficult. Then again, how many Sims you can name where you can shoot down an Apache in a Mustang?

P.S. Whilst this is an awesome game, the community has got much to improve. If you want to have a good time - do not go to steam forums. The moderators are, for the lack of a better word, horrible and most of the community is toxic to say the least. Do not expect them to help you. It's so bad the official moderators don't even know English well (kazareal - I'm looking at you) and they ban everyone save for 5 "groupies" that constantly lurk the forums whilst stroking mod's egoes (Don't believe me? Look at discussions and see which people comment - they are all the same five-six accounts). If anything you say could be taken the wrong way - it will be. The "pro" club that is formed on steam forums does not accept newcomers, whether they are more experienced or less. That is the TRUE reason behind "mixed" reviews people are seeing now. Not only is the game hard and requires a helping hand - you will also be thrown into the deep end of the pool by your peers, one with sharks and gators in it, and if you try to swim up - they'll drop a piano on you. (Note: this is fine by me, as long as it's fun to play with them, but it isn't and most people ragequit if they can't SPAMRAAM you to death.) If you want to learn - better do it all by yourself, which is what I've done. Go to Hoggit. ED Forums are filled with banhappy moderators as well - they will insult and ban you if you dare to point out the inaccuracies in the module or problems in its programming. They will definitely ban you if you call out a developer if they've promised something in their module and as the Beta is finished you get the news that some key features are going to be missing and you aren't too happy about that. For example, VEAO did this with Hawk module: they promised a two-seater plane, but in the end they just said "it's too hard", threw their hands up, called their momma and cried on the phone, and finally - removed said feature from the list without reimbursing anybody who was dumb enough (like me) to buy the Beta. As I called them out - I got banned and insulted by forum moderators on steam.

Another thing - do not join "military" clans like TAW or whatnot. You will be prompted and nearly forced to - do not react. Do not reply. It's a game, games are for fun - go ahead and fly with friends, but for the love of Icarus do not join any of these "brofessional" clans.

And a final word of advice - do not buy trainer aircraft modules, like C-101 and Hawk. They are made by shady, passive-aggressive third-party developers that take eternity to complete their modules. So far, not a single one is even out of a bug-infested Beta status.


A little video showing how the developers and moderators treat the community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FkiuqhS9cY

A few threads about the community:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/223750/discussions/0/496879865901775177/
http://steamcommunity.com/app/223750/discussions/0/364042063118084442/
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528 of 554 people (95%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
At my current level of skill with this remarkable simulator, all I can say is the Ka-50 Black Shark has a surprisingly large portfolio of warning indicators, usually experienced just prior to death.
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925 of 1,019 people (91%) found this review helpful
595 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
How to support war against ISIS aka Islamic state.

1. Install DCS
2. Run it, Su-25 dlc is free.
3. Read manual and do some routine train missions: focus on bombing, cause ISIS there are no planes yet, no dogfighting.
4. You're ready to join Russian-aerospace forces
5. Take your real-life Su-25 and bomb ISIS
6. Return home alive and give my review a thumb up for being helpful.
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834 of 916 people (91%) found this review helpful
824 people found this review funny
Recommended
119.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
After a long week blowing up ISIS in my A-10, I revel in the relaxing feeling of blowing up virtual ISIS in my virtual A-10.
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533 of 580 people (92%) found this review helpful
396 people found this review funny
Recommended
146.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
The only difference between this game and real life is the respawn button.
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