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 (1,274 reviews)
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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
260 of 286 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
116.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
It's the best SIM on the market, but you need equipment like HOTAS and TrackIR !

Patience and training is needed a lot, to be effective (~3 weeks for Ka50, more than ~1month for A10c) <--- my opinion

BUY DLCs at SALES every 1-2month, usually up to over 70% sale.
Also this SIM isn't finished ~every 1/2 year DCS get a new plane (F/A 18 is coming soon)

and sry for my broken english
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184 of 207 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
The most accurate combat simulation by far, with a very, very steep learning curve.
Just give it a try, or watch some videos first, before disliking DCS World.
It's a simulation, no arcade nonsense.

*Like I mentioned above, watch tutorials for your specific Plane and/or Heli on Steam or Youtube, it helps a lot!
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1,062 of 1,369 people (78%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
*Starting engines*
*BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP*

*trying to take off*
BEEPBEEP BEEPBEEP BEEPBEEP

*Flying*
*BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP*
*BEEPBEEP BEEP BEEPBEEP BEEBEBEBEBE*

11/10
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148 of 162 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This is not a game, but a flight simulator, and a damn good one at that.

Constantly updated, has alright variety, somewhat stable and extremely realistic in it's flight dynamics simulation.

I highly recommend this if you're into the military flight simulator genre, it's free and it doesn't hurt to try, plus it's constantly updated and is getting new content rather frequently if you consider simulation time is akin to valve time.
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145 of 163 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
101.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
The only difference between this game and real life is the respawn button.
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88 of 93 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
199.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Ok, so, many of you will discount my testimony knowing that I am an actual aviator with nearly 6000 hours, over half of which is in combat helicopters.

This simulation is the bomb! I just finished my first successful ground attack mission. I've never felt a better sense of accomplishment after a computer game than when I taxiied to the parking ramp, shut down, got out of my P51D Mustang, and walked around to look at all her bullet holes suffered as we took out the entire platoon of BMPs.

Just take your time to set up the controls, learn to use the views, and learn to fly the aircraft smoothly and safely before you start taking on harder tasks. The reward is definitely worth the commitment.
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100 of 114 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
This game, or more accurately, simulator, is one of the best games I have played in a VERY long time. No matter what your taste in aircraft or flying may be, there is fun to be had in DCS.

You can purchase aircraft from a wide number of time periods, from WWII, The Korean War, and even modern battlefields. There's also some very nice helicopters to purchase, but I can't comment on those, as I don't have any.. ;-;

If you like CAS, BVR, Dogfighting or just screwing around with friends in fast aircraft, DCS World is most certainly worth trying. The free aircraft you get, the SU-25T and TF-51 give you a pretty good feel for what you can expect in DCS, but I definitely reccomend picking up a full fidelty module if you like it, great fun learning what all the alarms mean... ._.

One quick note though, getting the game directly from the developers is a better choice than Steam, as the version from ED's site gives you earlier access to new modules, updates, and let's you buy modules from sales on ED's site AND Steam, which cannot be done with the Steam version ;D

tl;dr : BUY IT AND YOU CAN CRASH TOO :D
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146 of 180 people (81%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Start Mission
Get yelled at in russian
Random Beeping noises
More Russian voices
Beeping
Beeping intensifies
Explosion
I ded
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203 of 265 people (77%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Stalled after flying for 2 minutes becuase I was carying too much payload.

It has been worth the weight!
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323 of 441 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
FAILURE
FAILURE
SHUT UP BETTY
SU25T RUSSIAN STEEL NEVER DIES
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66 of 75 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This game is amazing. Here's why:

1. I don't know how to fly an aircraft. This game made that clear very quickly.
2. It's free.
3. It's awesome how much fun you can have all by yourself.

A video that exposes the joy that this game creates:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTWl80oek_Y
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63 of 75 people (84%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
It is a SIMULATOR, not arcade bs

If you like arcade shootout plane GAMES like war thunder with mouse aim, and have no experience on real simulators, don't waste your time and complain how bad the game is, it's a simulation, you need to know exactly what you are doing and spend time learning the basics of flying the plane!

Now, let's get to the point.
This thing is pretty much as real as it gets. you can control every aspect of planes in DCS just like they would work on a real plane. there are hundreds of actions and options that you need to learn, and when you figure out how to use different type of weapons for example, i find it really rewarding. it will take A LOT time to master this game (like every real simulator)

only negative thing I have to say about this, is that the in-game radio system doesn't always work properly in multiplayer, which really doesn't stop you from playing it, but it's a neat detail when you can communicate with the flight control and the ground crew like a real pilot would.

i really like DCS and recommend it to anyone interested in real flight simulators.
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Best flight-simulator I have experienced on the PC yet!

Flight-dynamics beats all the other sims I've tried on the PC.

Visuals (from cockpit to the world environment around you) beats all the other sims I've tried on the PC.

Flight-control menus (the setup system) give a brilliant ability to setup your joystick (in my case just a simple Logitech joystick) and fine-tune it so you have the feeling of control over the aircraft/helicopter you want (joystick zones)

I can't really find much that could be better with this sim, except (as a simmer mostly interested in civil aviation) full world-coverage and larger/civilian aircraft.

DCS (with the aircraft I've tried on it) is an amazing piece of software :)
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
78.3 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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77 of 108 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
VROOOM BOOM!
*BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP*
MLWS FAILURE
ECM FAILURE
HYDRALICS FAILURE
*BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP*
0/10 IGN "Not as good as Call of Duty and too much water"
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
262.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
One of the best combat flight sims out there!

DCS World is itself is framework for different modules (on Steam it will be classified as DLC, but it's not really DLC as in the traditional sense). This part is free to use and you get the Su-25T with it, a Russian ground attack aircraft thats really fun to fly.

The additional modules/aircraft you add can be classified as "Medium Fidelity" and "High Fidelity". For a quick example, the Su-25T is a mid fidelity aircraft, to start the aircraft on the parking lot you press Shift + L to turn on the avionics, Ctrl + L to turn on the navigation lights, Alt + Home and Ctrl + Home to start left and right engines and then you are ready to taxi adn take off. Hi fidelity like the Ka-50 and A-10C on the other hand you start the aircraft up by following the actual, real-life procedures with clickable switches and buttons in the cockpit. This will require a lot of study and practise.

The Flaming Cliffs 3 module includes the aircraft from Lock On Modern Air Combat, updated to work with DCS World. These are of the "mid fidelity" type aircraft and contain some awesome fighter jets.

Another module is Combined Arms. The main feature of this module is that you take control of almost any ground unit (tanks and stuff!), and coordinate in strike missions with other players in aircraft, BUT, you can also drive around and shoot your cannon, surfice to air missiles, artillery, rockets and it is awesome fun in single player too (albeit not simulated very realistically). There are also rumors that you may also be able to control sea units sometime in the future.

If you like aircraft, like to study how machines work and like fire laser guided missiles and drop GPS guided bombs this is the game for you!
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Just bought it today, I don't have the slightest clue what I'm doing, but the game is great in just about every way from what I've seen of it.

The learning curve is very high in this game, but it's well worth the time and effort!

It even comes with an ARMA style mission editor! Though this one is a bit more complicated, there is so much potential!!

The fact I have work in the morning makes me sad.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Got into the cockpit, Admired the shiny buttons.

Pressed a button, cockpit glass flew off.

Pressed another button, beeping happened.

Tried to counter with another button, i fly into the sky.

See the plane under me as i parachute to the ground.

Love it.

12.3/10
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Absolutely brilliant. The Dev team have done a brilliant job with this game, everything falls into place with what i excpected of this game. In my opinion one of if not the best flight sim out there
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
67.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
its taken me a very long time to get the hang of the basic things in this but its very rewarding when you learn how to fly the right way and actually know what in the hell your doing...

update*i dont have trackir or the real hotas stick but i have a thrustmaster hotas and i can munipulate the games controls enough to be fine without track ir so my viewing is controled by the stick and i can zoom from the throttle (a10) the other jets are extremely easy to use compared to the hog... dont let the "need" for other equipment scare you. you would do good with just a joystick for starters.
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