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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,854 reviews) - 81% of the 1,854 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

    • OS:64-bit: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB RAM card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c - compatible
    • OS:64-bit: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Core i5+
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 3.0 or better; NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 / ATI 6950 DirectX 9.0c or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:10 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c - compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
323 of 354 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
95.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
In order to understand what DCS World is, you must first understand what it isn't: DCS is not a fighter combat game. If that's what you're looking for, go download War Thunder; you'll have hours of fun with it. DCS is a high fidelity simulation geared towards pilots, sim-heads and plane geeks -- of which I am all three, therefore I absolutely adore it. If you fall into that same category, go ahead and push the download button then come back to finish reading. If, however, you're an average gamer looking to jump into a plane and start blowing away the bad guys, it's very likely that you'll be sorely disappointed with DCS.

The focus in DCS is realism, literally down to every switch, knob and light bulb. The people who love this simulation crave detail, and it provides that in spades. But you must love to fly. I don't mean you glance at planes occasionally and think, "That's cool." I mean you have to be the sort of guy who spent hours and days and months as a little boy thumbing through books about planes, watching television shows about them, and generally absorbing every detail you could. You skipped meals and let your rent run late as a young adult so you could afford your next lesson in a beat-up old 152 at the local asphalt strip. You have strong opinions about the viability of the F-22 vis-a-vis the F-15 on a cost/return ratio. In other words, you eat, sleep and breathe aircraft.

DCS is a plane hobbyist's dream, and it is deliciously difficult, providing an enormous feeling of accomplishment for every task: cold starts, taxiing, take offs, radio navigation, and landing are just a few examples. The combat is simply the icing on the cake; the real object here is learning to fly the various aircraft in all their hyper-detailed glory: cussing when you burn out the starter on the P-51 because you forgot to turn the fuel booster pump on; reveling in a successful crosswind landing on a short strip at dusk; setting up a clean Maverick attack and executing it perfectly then rolling off into a valley; or finding an airfield at the last possible moment and bringing a damaged bird in on fumes and prayers.

I suppose you could use the arcade mode settings, but I can't for the life of me imagine why you would choose to do so. It would be missing the entire reason that DCS exists. That's like buying a liter bike and putting training wheels on it. There is no dynamic campaign, there are damned few missions, and there's no progression model, (and thank God for that). It's a simulator, not a game. The planes are the stars; the handful of pre-made missions are just there for when don't feel like creating your own. Sometimes, just flying a radnav loop above a thick overcast can be relaxing.

As for the individual aircraft modules, I own a majority of them. They are all uniformly excellent, though you should stick to the aircraft which use the pro flight model and fully interactive cockpits. Several of them, such as the F-15 and Su-27, are just ports from Lock-On; avoid those. Of all the modules I own, the F-86 is the one I keep coming back to time and again. It has a special charm, being at the leading edge in the early days of jet-vs-jet combat. The sound is stunning (it sounds exactly like a real jet turbine; crank up the surround sound), and the plane is easy to learn. Note that when I say "easy," I've thousands of sim hours and hundreds of civ-av hours. I adapted pretty quickly, but if you're new to realistic simulations, it will probably take you several hours just to figure out start-up, taxi and take-off. Once learned, however, the plane rewards you quickly, with a feeling of speed unparalleled in simulations to date. A dogfight versus a MiG-15 will give you an appreciation for the high speeds and energy envelopes involved, the enormous scope of the battle, and the difficulty of hitting a small, fast target with nothing but machine guns. It's less a knife fight and more like a ballet -- if ballets were performed on salt flats in Formula One race cars. Note that I recommend you start out by learning the art of jet-powered gun passes against an unarmed transport. Practice that for several hours before moving up to targets that shoot back. Otherwise, you'll be watching that MiG from a parachute.

A couple other modules which stand out for their excellence are the MiG-21 and the UH-1 Huey. I have reviewed the latter separately; search my review library. They're all good, of course. The best part is that you don't have to buy a single plane to get started: the Su-25T and the TF-51D are included in the free download. All you War Thunder mouse heroes, try the TF-51 and prepare to be humbled. You just THINK you know how to fly.

As with any high fidelity simulation, I strongly recommend HOTAS equipment with rudder pedals, as well as TrackIR. You'll have to spend some time setting up your controllers and tweaking your curves. Accept this right now, or you'll get frustrated. This is a program for adults, not impatient children. Also, DCS provides excellent support for triple-monitor systems like Nvidia Surround, you're golden if you're a superwide or ultrawide resolution guy.

Hey, it's free; try it out. Just set your expectations for what you're getting into. If you're looking to be shooting down the Hun five minutes after the download completes, you'll almost certainly be wasting your time here. But if you had internalized "lifty-thrusty-draggy" by the age of 12 and are still willing to engage in a lengthy debate about the relative merits of the XB-70 Valkyrie program, you'll adore DCS. It was made just for you. Welcome home.
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91 of 103 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
61.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
DCS is like math. I love it. It makes you cry. It wants to hurt you. You will despair of it. But every bit of success deeply satisfies you.
First, you look into manuals, text books, listen to the instructor and think..yeah..I got this..can I start now?

Then you crash. Multiple times. But DCS wouldn't be like math if there wouldn't be a good end.

Eventually, you will succeed with something, perfectly hover with a helicopter, successfully land on an aircraft carrier. These are the moments that make up for all the crashes.

Like the feeling when you solved your first second-order differential equation..remember?

If you want to click "Fly", take off and be Lt. Maverick right after installing, skip this one. If you want to get as close to real flying as you can get on your home pc, why are you still reading this.

Great plus: the support is friendly, replies fast, and doesn't show you that you just won the award for the most stupid user of the month. Especially when you asked them for help after forgetting that you set up an account already and all your DLC are bound to a dude that stole your nickname. I am still ashamed.

9.9/10 (9.9 because coop is not implemented yet, my gf cant sleep on the copilot seat in the Huey; will set 10 as soon as she can)
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
648.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
My Opinion: I could honestly say I love this game. It has such a realistic feel that not many flight simulators have. When I started I was just using the free modules, once I got hooked I started spending money on the game. The first module I bought was the UH-1H Huey and if you have ever played with it you will know how big of a learning curve there is. The Ka-50 is like flying with butter (it means its easy) unlike the Huey where you need to put the pedals and stick to a certain position so you can get into a good hover. If you ever look at the manuaIs for some of the aircraft it goes so indepth I feel like I'm acually studying to fly the thing. I love this game.

Prices: The prices for each module tell you what kind of experience you will get. In most cases cheap modules will give you a non-clickable cockpit and less functions. In most cases more expensive modules will give you a clickable cockpit more function. Each module is like a new game. It's pretty simple.

Bugs: The game has bugs like anyother. At this point I have been able to shrug them off and laugh at them. There are a couple screenshots on my profile of the bugs.

Conclusion: If you want a realistic military aircraft simulator, you dont mind spending money on modules, and you can be patient when learning a new aircraft this is probably the game for you.

Thank you for reading my review.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Story of a pilot :
1. read manual how to start engine [10 minute]
2. Tries to ignite jet engine ,
3. see light pop up in the cockpit
4. i heard my engine start
5. contact ATC for permission to take off
6. take off successfully
7. seeing enemy jet, tries to lock it
8. googled manual for locking enemy planes [15 minutes]
9. tries to shoot it down
10. all weapon fired,
11. realize i have no air-to-air missiles
12. seeing my ally base being bombed by my own bomb

15/10 want to bomb another ally base
BEST JET FOGHTER SIMULATOR, i recomend you to bu a $20+ plane, coz it is all clickable cockpit.
if the pprice below it, you can't click any instrument ( all just go auto model)
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
138.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
So, DCS World is an incredible niche hardcore flight simulator. You need a HOTAS and realistically head tracking, and if you don't know what those are you're probably in the wrong place anyway. But I'm not here to tell you about all that. I'm here because some of the negative reviews for this game are amazing.

"Too much controls to remember"
"Horrible game way too confusing"
"Confusion simulator 2015"
"...unfortunately, this is one of those 'overly realistic' simulators."
"Wtf did I just download?"

Hard to argue with any of them, actually. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to flying my A-10C.
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