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 (982 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
166 of 225 people (74%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
FAILURE
FAILURE
SHUT UP BETTY
SU25T RUSSIAN STEEL NEVER DIES
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The best flight simulator out there to date! All though you need quite a beefy computer to play this with good FPS, it tops every single flight simulator. Its better then X-Plane (All Versions), Flight Simulator X, Flight Gear, etc. With the limited planes able to fly in the game, it still makes it the best.

~A-10C Warthog Addon:

The best addon out there, and it will stay that way. It is realistic in every way possible, and will never turn you down. It's detail level is an amazing 10 out of 10. I'm suprised the military doesnt use this game to teach recruits how to fly. It's that realistic...

~With my limited hours on record, I would do anything to play it more. Since my current computer can't "handle" the graphics on this amzing game. I'm spending good money for a new computer, and a track IR. This game is really worth it. If you have a chance to buy this game, and play it. DO IT!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It's too bad this isn't an MMO. Love this game. It's like IL-2 with modern aircraft, just not quite as many that you can actually fly... yet...

Learning the controls is a real nusiance. It needs a better ingame guide. I think this actually frustrates some people out of playing. Once you overcome this it's quite fun.

Im waiting for this type of game to merge with Insurgency & RO2.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Great simulation.

Two drawbacks, simulation so complete that you have to seriously learn control schema. No simple setting.. only advanced. Added drawback: If you change anything in control schema, write a note about it. There is no go back to "default" setting.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Very high learning curve for the A-10C since it is a full sim. The F15 and some of the other aircraft are pretty good for learning fast and flying.

Really worth getting into. It is a lot of fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Are you looking for a ultra realistic military flight simulator that includes fighter jets, CAS (close air support) jets, attack and transport helicopters and WW2 era fighter planes? If so then this game is for you!

The core game gives you the SU-25t Russian CAS jet and a WW2 era fighter plane with a fully interactive cockpit for free. To use more planes you have to buy them as a DLC but flamming cliffs 3 have cheap aircraft (check the store for more information on prices and aircrafts).

The physics are extremely accurate and realistic: E.G - missiles, fuel pods, bombs, airliners, wings, the nose etc - create drag depending on their size and mass as well as affecting the overall weight of the aircraft.

There is single-player training, free flight, scenarios and missions as well as the public and private multiplayer. There is too much for me to say about this game but I just don't have the time to write it all down, but I will tell you that the game has a learning curve for players who want to play this game.

Overall, if you love military aircraft, dogfighting and/or doing ground attack with aircraft with realistic simulation then this is the kind of game you WILL want to play!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
At first it was like "Oh this isn't THAT hard"

Then it was like "BEEP BEEP BEEP! MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING BEEP BEEPBEEP! PULL UP! PULL UP! OVER G OVER G! BEEP BEEP BEEP!" *Kaboom*

And then i was like "Okay, back to the tutorial"

No but seriously its a great game. It's running on max for me with 70+ FPS.
I am using Track IR 5 and a Saitek X55 Rhino Hotas.
The game is relatively easy to set up and the tutorials are pretty nice (except when you ♥♥♥♥ something up, then you have to restart the whole tutorial mission manually because the shift+ r command breaks the tutorial)

Don't even bother to watch the video tutorials of the SU-25T because everything is covered in missions.
At the end its pretty much all about common sense and learning keybindings. I expected it to be more complicated and harder but it really isn't.
Keep in mind that you can only play the SU-25T Frogfoot and the P51D Mustang in the Free Version.

The DLC's are pretty expensive but the level of detail and the amount of work invested in this are amazing + there are alot of sales from time to time.

If you are looking for a good sim then go ahead and try it.
Play the tutorial and don't stop after the first 10 minutes because you clicked on the video tutorial and you were expecting the playable tutorial that is right below it. ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This is a pretty advanced sim, so people who aren't into that may have a hard time.
If you enjoyed IL-2 then you'll most likey enjoy this. It's essentially a modern remake, with updated graphics, flight models, damage systems and all that jazz. It still has the ability to waste all your time making ground battles and watching them play out while you sit around picking your ♥♥♥♥, making it an 11/10 in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Sincerely only recommend this game to people who are single and with a large wallet and no life, if your personal situation deviates in any way from this prepare for this game to start taking over all aspects of your sanity regarding time management and how you manage your wallet.

Excellent title for the right people with the time to invest, husbands and fathers need not apply, at your peril otherwise.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
As almost everyone else is saying this is an amazing sim, but also as most other people are saying, the learning curve is very steep which is true. I originally got DCS World about a month after its release, but threw in the towel quite quickly as I found the systems and flight dynamics too difficult to get my head around. But when I approached the sim again I played ALL of the tutorials, being patient and practicing regularly. Needless to say this is my favourite sim and am soon to graduate from the free SU-25T. 10/10 - Would Highly Reccomend
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
The base game, so the free version, comes with two planes, the su-25t and the p-51d, for the price of free, this game is 100% worth the download, try it, if you like it get the dlc's, and make sure you have a joystick, as the you cannot play well on the keyboard.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Awesome game hope they keep adding new vehicles :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Ok for the record i think that everone that thinks that this game is stupid is ether suptid or never played the game. DCS WORLD IS ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER!!!


PRO'S
1. great engine for the game
2. great feal of the aircaft its like your actuly flying it
3.over all one of the best pc sim's out there

CONS
1.NOT FREE THE PLANES YOU HAVE SUCK
2.a little demading make sure your pc can run it
3. thats it
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
139.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
You can be my wingman any time!
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