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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Mixed (119 reviews) - 65% of the 119 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (2,736 reviews) - 79% of the 2,736 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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Mixed (119 reviews)
Mostly Positive (2,736 reviews)
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( 95.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Absolutely the best military flight simulator on the market today, with no competition in sight. The aircraft/flight/damage models are incredibly detailed. This sim has everything, to include full systems, switches and ballistics as well. That being said, you will get out what you put in to this simulator - it is not an arcade flight simulator.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Mostly explosions if you're unexperienced in this stuff. was mostly explosions and getting stuck in grass with a friend for me.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Played in VR.
Gameplay unpleasant for arcade.
Gameplay incomplete for simulation.
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( 33.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game looks beautiful. (Except for the explosions)

However, why is the DLC so darn Expensive?!
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P.I.C | Sergey Khormalov
( 45.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I wish i had a VR so i didn't have to crash in KC-132 when refueling...
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FroZenFlAm3 (Dont Ask Bout Pic)
( 294.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Very Detailed,The Most Realistic Flight sim I've ever seen (Not Saying The Microsoft Flight Sim X Is bad),Fun With DLC
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Takes a bit of time but the work is worth it. A highly underrated Flight simulator and at a great price too.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Really good simulator, It's a bit hard to read the menus, but overall excellent!.
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( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Frankly DCS has become a piece of ♥♥♥♥. The framerates are horrible, it hangs up every minute for a minute. When joining a server there is a 50% chance it crashes when loading the map, a 50% chance it crashes when loading the player list, a 50% chance to crash when you get into the pit and a 99% it crashes when you actually lift off.

I liked dcs once, it's a good sim. but they just messed it up lately, particularly when they merged it all into DCS World the performance went down the drain.
Then there is all the WW2 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t when we're waiting for F-18, EFA2000 and such, pumping out old, easy to make aircraft to milk the last penny out of everyone. What's the point of having an F86 when the other team just picks Su27? You're ♥♥♥♥ed 99.99% of the time. All the aircraft are ancient, outdated models with the exception of the A10C or are with a basic flight model and no clickable cockpit, or both.
They promise releases at one date, and three years later they deliver.

And DCS STILL lacks a modern multipurpose aircraft that can deploy both A2A and A2G munitions. Yes, sure the MIG-29 can drop a bomb or two. But that's about it. And of course it's with the basic flight model, without clickable cockpits or any guided weapons against ground or naval targets.

Then there are the prices. Yes, the a10 is worth it. When on a sale for 75% off. But a map for 50 bucks? Then some ancient pewpew WW2 prop aircraft for another 40 bucks? Or an ancient Gen3 plane with missiles that miss 95% of the time and no radar? No thank you.

DCS itself is good. The software though is crap, performance is terrible.
As an alternative I recommend Falcon BMS. It runs smoothly and is actually a more accurate simulation to begin with, even if not as visually pleasing. On top of that it has the dynamic campaign feature, where DCS has only mission based missions with no save function. And of course it's free, developped by the community. You do need Falcon 4.0 for that though, which is less than 10 bucks on steam. And with that you get BMS for free. Yes, it's not as easy to set up, but it's gotten a lot better and you only need to do it once anyway.
Of course the F-16 is the flagship in BMS but there is also plent of other aircraft you can fly. The F-16 is a fully capable multipurpose aircraft with air to ground radar, targeting pod and SEED/DEAD capabilities as well as limited anti surface (ships) capabilities with the harpoon missile.
There are different maps, all of which are totally FREE, made by the community. Currently avaiable maps are the korean peninsula with parts of japan and china and russia (default, comes with the game); balkans; israel with syria and parts of egypt and jordan and others, as well as some other maps.
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( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Heard my phone ringing upstairs
Thought it was an engine warning
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I am 43 years old and I have been playing flight simulators for almost 30 years. I have watched them develop over many platforms ranging from Commodore 64 to modern day computers we have today. I just recently purchased a thrustmaster warthog and thrustmaster rudder pedals and downloaded DCS with some modules. This simulator is so sweet it almost brings me to tears. With the graphics cranked up it runs smooth as butter. The realism is the likes of something I have never seen in a simulator and I have flown the best simulators in the past. Do not listen to any negative reviews about this simulator. Take my word for it... it is simply amazing! You better be ready to learn how to fly with this one. The learning curve is not that difficult for me but for a beginner this would be brutal. This is a high-end simulator made for people who can to play. And they're working on 2.0!
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I haven't played DCS that much yet. I'm just getting into it. So the reason I write this review so early ist because there are a lot of misleading reviews out there.

So, I read some reviews for DCS a while ago, and I noticed that there seems to be some confusion about what DCS is.
Many bad reviews seem to be based around what genre this game is, or the difficulty, or the DLC policy.
So let's adress that:
1. This game is no arcade flight game like War Thunder! This is the be all end all when it comes to realism in military flight simulations. The gold standard for the best flight models and most emersive gameplay. That means it's a huge treat for realism fans, but also means that casual fans of arcady flight sims might be turned off.
So before you buy think about what you want from this game. If it isn't the ultra realism you will get, then don't buy it!
2. The difficulty stems from the realism. The fact that some planes have every single button and lever modelled and functional in a cockpit means that you will need a lot of knowledge and routine before you can fly those planes well.
You will need to do tutorial missions multiple times, probably fly a dozen training or free flight missions and read 500+ page Flight Manuals before you can consider yourself an effective pilot. Those who don't have the passion or time to do this might still enjoy casual flying around and attacking a few stationary targets, but you will be at a big disadvantage to those who put in the time.
3. The DLC policy. Here is the biggest misconception. DCS World is NOT a free game with all planes unlocked. DCS World is the framework, that ties together all other modules of DCS and conveniently gives you two free planes to fly on top.
The reason for the high prices of the DLCs is simple. Every aircraft DLC is a standalone plane, with training missions and campaigns. Some are cheap because they don't have fully modelled cockpits, and others cost 50€ because the planes are fully modelled, and could probably be used for military training simulations. That's how good they are! For that kind of quality, a lot of work, time and research is needed. That's why I don't consider the DLCs to be overprized. If you don't have the money, wait for a sale, there are many sales on DCS.

On a last note. Get at least a decen HOTAS system. Headtracking isn't mandatory but nice, but without a HOTAS your screwed!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
38.8 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
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
189.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Disclaimer: I have hundreds and perhaps into the thousand hour territory on DCS World. I play on DCS Standalone so my Steam hours aren't exactly reliable.

DCS World is a study level sim excluding the FC3 aircraft. This is many, many steps above series such as Ace Combat or HAWX. Even the FC3 aircraft are above the level of simulation you might see in something such as War Thunder sim battles. The level of enjoyment you have will correlate to both how into flight sims you are and how much effort you are willing to put into learning your aircraft(s). Do not expect to hop into multiplayer and shoot down a number of people on day 1. It's just not going to happen.

However, if you stick with it, you'll find an amazing community that has done a tremendous amount of work towards turning this into one of the best simulators out there (on par with Falcon BMS 4.33). Communities such as the buddyspike team create an atmosphere where teamwork and large scale coordination is not only encouraged, but crucial. In both single player campaigns and multiplayer full scale warfare, this sim is as real as it gets outside of flying the actual plane. I can't even begin to describe the feeling of being deep in the AO and behind enemy lines running all sorts of operations or having a GCI coordinate a large scale air war. The amount of focus and effort required is large, and the learning curve is quite steep.

If you've got what it takes, I highly recommend this sim. The modules are without a doubt expensive, but as they are as close as a civilian can get to flying these aircraft, the price is more than just. Considering that you can spend hundreds of hours in each one of these aircraft, the cost isn't as bad as you'd initially expect. Plus, there's a ton of sales all the time on DCS Standalone. I rarely pay full price for any module.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Mostly explosions if you're unexperienced in this stuff. was mostly explosions and getting stuck in grass with a friend for me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 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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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Im a big aviation fan and the same goes for simming. This sim exceeds all expectations, Want it as real as it gets? then get the module that gives you 100% immersion and controll of the aircraft systems, controlls ect. Be warned! expect to read alot, learn alot and put alot of hours into learning the aircraft and how to operate it. On the other hand you can fly the simpler flight models which just require simple keyboard commands to operate the systems. Very well reccomended.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
64.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I could write all day how this game is breathtaking. Multiplayer is AWSOME! Great community! I loved it when I had the free version, I love it even more since I bought FC3 module, I hope I will love it even more when I buy MiG-21 module. If you like simulators you will LOVE this one! GET IT you won't regret it!

P.S. if you're gonna play multiplayer get yourself a team speak. You can meet great people who will help you learn how to fly, land, start-up etc.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that you can create your own missions and make your own campaign. It takes some time to learn how to do that too, but... it's worth it later.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Don't buy it on steam !
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