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.
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Mixed (174 reviews) - 60% of the 174 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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 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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DiamantSchekter
( 20.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
WARNING
Flights Sim noobs may experience the following:
Frustation
Confusion
Depression
Boredom
Wondering why they can't make this more user-friendly

If you experience any of these symptons, call your doctor, and stop playing until further filght sim experience
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DoubleDose
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
The best (and only) modern combat flight sim game on the market. Great graphics, adjustable difficulty and a fairly moderate learning curve. Would recommend getting the Flaming Cliffs 3 add-on for the additional planes. A-10C is great but VERY complicated, the rest are at your discretion (and wallet). Regardless, get them on sale because my God are they expensive!
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rujoking
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Note: This review is for the Vive version.

Pros:
Free to play if you like the Mustang or Frogfoot
Tracks head movement well while looking ahead or to the sides
Detailed cockpits are neat

Cons:
Head tracking is extremely jerky from about 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock even on the lowest settings
Default head positioning is somewhere about three inches inside the headrest
All UI elements track to the head so things on the outer edges are virtually impossible to read, including instructions during the tutorials
For Vive owners at least, the detailed cockpits are basically eye candy, since there's absolutely no interactivity at all, meaning that to do anything you have to keep lifting up the headset to see the keyboard

Serious, Egregious Cons:
The game didn't respond well to keyboard input; I had to press each key combination between 10 and 15 times before it would acknowledge the input, assuming it responded at all. Due to the nonresponsive keyboard, I wasn't even able to exit the game. I eventually managed to force quit the game with some fancy mousing, and discovered that DCS had actually disabled my keyboard completely, which would explain why even Ctrl-Alt-Del wouldn't work.

From the reviews I've seen I'm sure DCS World is playable and possibly even enjoyable, but it certainly didn't give me the opportunity to experience that first-hand.
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killer360
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
"this is mobius 2 ive got a frogfoot on my tail plses advise over" "this is mobuis 1 i got him in my sights missile away good separation impact in 3 2 1 mark hostile do-"[ PC battry goes dead] weve got a pc down we got a pc down all because its so addicting
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|Xenon|
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I want to hang myself
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fraggle
( 60.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I love this game! I have the Heuy and the A-10c even though I dont know how to use the weapons on the A-10 other than the cannon, I love just doing touch and goes with the A-10!!!
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m4tko
( 1,157.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
It is becoming the next FSX with its paymodel.
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Salmanm1998
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Let me start off by first saying this is not for the light hearted. If you come from a simulation background you will have no problems learning this sim. But if like me you started off without a clue or played the rare session of FSX you will have a lot of learning to do, even more if you do not know about military terms and equipment. This simulator is as real as it gets for most modules excluding the Flaming Cliffs add-ons. You definitely need a decent HOTAS system to be able to play, I recommend the Thrustmaster Hotas X which costs about £30 new and you can upgrade to a better system later on if you become addicted like I and many others have.

THIS IS NOT A DLC SYSTEM.
DCS world uses a modular system, you get the SU25T and the unarmed variant of the P-51D for free. The SU25T is an FC3 style module. This means that the plane and weapons systems handle as they would in real life but the cockpit is not clickable, you have to use a keyboard for most functions. Modules apart from FC3 modules are fully detailed with clickable cockpits. Alot of people complain about the prices of the modules but they are reasonably priced, if you think about the hundreds of hours of work and research required to make these modules then it is totally worth it. Modules range from the nimble and quick Gazelle helicopter to the flying pig that is the A10C to the old WW2 planes like the P-51D, this sim will cater to a broad range of audiences. I have bought the FC3 module because of its large amount of planes but I plan to buy the KA50 soon (reviews for those are separate). The SU25T is enough to get you into the fight.

GREAT COMMUNITY, GET TEAMSPEAK
DCS World sports a large and great community, several youtubers play DCS World and it’s not hard to bump into them online. If you don’t know what you are doing HOGGIT is a great place where there are people ready to teach you the ways of DCS. The unofficial Facebook group is also a great place to meet people and learn new things. Almost everyone is welcoming. The number of multiplayer servers is great with anywhere between 10 to 50 people online at once which can quickly turn into a mess if you do not communicate properly. One thing I must stress is the importance of teamwork and communication, TeamSpeak is a necessity if you are going online. It can help you survive a lot longer and reduces stress on other team members. Teamwork is key, sending CAS in without CAP is a recipe for disaster in PvP. The multiplayer caters for many styles, whether you want a quick session in PvE or a long campaign in PvP, you will love the many community made missions. These missions require a lot of structure, GCIs and flight leads are a vital aspect to success, so listen and communicate with them. The amount of times when the team is going for one objective and most of them are on TeamSpeak when a few loners outside of TeamSpeak refuse to help, losing the objective has been very low, even then I think they were new to the sim.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND IS GREAT
The graphics whilst a little outdated are great, tonnes of vehicles are modelled with great detail and the modules look fantastic. The ground can look dull at times but with DCS 2.5 coming out this is set to improve. The sound effects are very nice, listening to the RWR can drive you crazy at times but it is all very immersive. Watching your missile detach from your wing and hunt your target can be very entertaining and immersive. Watching your wingman breaking off to attack a target, then popping tonnes of flares as he turns with AAA unloading hell on him and the sky is breathtakingly spectacular, I have never seen anything like it in any game engine.

CONCLUSION
This sim is breath taking and very rewarding but frustrating at times. You might witness a few game crashes but all will be forgiven when you actually learn and enjoy it. The learning curve is steep and you will be destroyed if you jump straight in without reading or doing training missions, but the feeling of overwhelming joy when you destroy your first enemy in PvP is great. You don’t need to sink a lot of money into this sim, as I said a cheap HOTAS system will suffice and if you really want head tracking there are tonnes of cheaper alternatives to tracker IR which will give you generally the same experience.

Have fun and I hope to see you in the skies.

(THIS REVIEW WILL BE UPDATED AS TIME GOES ON)
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DankestAxis
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
this game is one big ♥♥♥♥ first you need fly russian plane what buttons you cant understand then you cant respawn in training no checkpoints only 2 planes if you dont pay game dont tell you straight how shoot guns and that stuff
and controls are bad
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The Zoidberg Medic (GOC)
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Would not recomend this game if you are not willing to spend time on it
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batqac
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
program not responding. Computer freezes.
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Starcell
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
Fantastic game.

Will definitely be buying some DLC soon.

Please add a flyable model of the Tornado GR4 - then you can take all my money!
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Ditzy Doo
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I wouldn't recommend this game if you don't want to spend 6 to 8 hours just to learn how to fly the plane with stick and keyboard commands, much longer if you want to use the interactive cockpits. But if you do like your combat flight simulators as close to reality as the average consumer can get, this product is unparalleled.
Oh, and don't forget to bring all of your money, the base modules are excellent, but you will want likely more and most planes are $40 to $50 each.
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Dailey
( 100.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Very good simulation, very realistic flight models. Very nice bunch of aircraft, planes and helicopters, new ones coming soon. Same for maps
This "game is not meant for people who think a flight simulator is Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. This is a flight simulator in the traditional sense
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kalaniz7
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
this game wont work with my Acer computer.
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Ulisses1478
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
bom jogo porem apenas um aviao ou seja tem que comprar o resto
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Deathicon
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Not a bad game.... The game itself is great but my only complaint is the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥T DLC PRICES..... 50 bucks for 1 plane is way too far.... if i were you id get the game and wait for the DLC to go on sale
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Vannkoker
( 95.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
LOUD NOISES
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[BnB]TheDon2222
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
For all the people that thumbed down the game saying that they have a good computer but it wont load or it crashes. I might not have a lot of time playing this game. But i do love it!!!! Even though i have a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ computer so let me explain. I have a AMD athlon 64 dual core cpu 4000+, 2100 mhz 2 cores. with 3 gb of ram running on windows 7 ultimate. this game does take forever to load up but when i play it runs smooth. I will be upgrading my pc soon so i can enjoy this game a bit more.
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94 of 111 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
152.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This game is amazing. However, that should be common knowledge. The reason I am writing this is to address an issue that keeps cropping up. When people write negative reviews say "Oh my god, the DLC is so expensive. WTF were the creators thinking?", that really pisses me off. The modules are separate games. Hear me? SEPARATE. GAMES. On the DCS website, you buy them individually. However, steam puts them in the DLC section, probably for ease of access. I am going to say this one more time. The "DLC" is not DLC. They are games on their own. They need DCS world to open them though, (Something I learned the hard way) but that does not mean they are DLC. If you are wondering why this review is so long, it is because people who give this game negative reviews are probably not that smart, and need the extra help.
Thank you for reading this very long rant.






P.S. Buy a track IR. It really, really, REALLY helps.
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63 of 75 people (84%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
487.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Lock target
Launch Maverick
See schoolbus drive towards target
Try to abort missile
Realise that you can't in this aircraft
Schoolbus destroyed
Tell yourself "They were all terrorists"
Move on to next waypoint

11/10 America Simulator

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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This is simply the greatest flight simulator that I have ever had the privelage to use. Through out three seperate installs I have logged over 200 hours and regret not one second. DCS offers unmatched realism, but not only is it realistic at being a simulator, it is fantastic at simulating what it is like to be a military pilot, this is what in my opionion sets DCS apart from all other simulators. I have noticed that many complain about the price of the module, trust me they are worth every penny, you will most likely spend somewhere north of three hours reading through the manuals, five hours practicing the procedures, at least twenty hours learning and perfecting techniques in that aircraft, and then countless hours enjoying yourself in the cockpit of a legendary fighter aircraft. You never will get screwed over by a low quality overpriced addon as you would in FSX or Xplane, as Eagle Dynamics is very picky about the content made for their game, they ensure you get a realistic flight model, a cockpit full of a bunch of buttons that each their own purpose, and a way to throw ayay a ridiculous amount of time. The SU-25 and TF-51 are not made to be permanent, they are meant to introduce you to the dynamics of the sim, I would reccomend buying the A-10 and spend some time in it and then decide that you love this game as the SU-25 and TF-51 are not an accurate reflection of what this game really is.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
178.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Product received for free
Best combat simulator out there. The fact that you must pay for many of the airplanes and the campaigns can be painful, but it is worth it.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
I`m with DCS World since its grandpa Flanker 2.0, I own all the modules and I put more than few months of playtime in to this simulator.

What will you get for free:

DCS World comes with Caucasus map and two free planes. The unarmed version of legendary WWII Mustang - the TF-51, and Russian twin-engine ground attack jet Su-25T.
The TF-51 comes with fully clickable/interactive cockpit - means you can move every button with your mouse.
The Su-25T does not have this feature but it comes with large variety of weapons.
I can safely say that both free planes (the TF-51 especially) are on pair with some pay-ware add-ons for other flightsims. The TF-51 model and flight dynamics are really amazing.
Free DCS also includes powerful map editor - you can create your own missions, scenarios or even whole campaigns.
Sim also allows you to play in MP with your friends.
Thanks to that you can get hours of entertainment with out paying anything extra.
Regarding the map - so far its still the same old Caucasus theater but its big enough for all those war birds.

What you can buy:
Various planes and helicopters called "Modules" made by ED or third party companies, additional campaigns, additional maps (currently Nevada terrain only) and expansion called Combined Arms that allows you to control many ground units and even atni-aircraft batteries.
Planes included in Flaming Cliffs pack does not have clickable cockpits and are more simplified, other modules are pretty much stand alone study sims. Those are not "cosmetic dlc planes" - every DCS module is a in depth replica of real aircraft/helicopter that was developed for more than a year, tested by real world pilots/ground crew, and mostly (like Huey helicopter) are licensed by their real life manufacturers. Every plane has excellent 3d model, in depth system simulation and flight model.
I see lots of confusion regarding module prices - you can go to official ED forums and see for yourself what those planes are made of.
After flying with all of them I can safely say - if you are serious flight simmer you wont regret purchasing any of them. DCS modules gives you months or even years of entertainment - I don't know many AAA games that can do that.
There are few aerodynamic flight models used in DCS World - less advanced and more professional ones - if you want familiarize yourself with details you can look up DCS wiki page. The most advance one Professional Flight Model (PFM) works pretty much as a virtual wind tunnel and its most realistic atm. To be honest planes that utilizes PFM feels just incredible, comparable to best add-ons for X-plane.
Also DCS in my opinion has the best helicopter flight model next to X-plane.
Of course every module comes with really in depth manuals (100-300 pages of detailed informations) and this shows how complicated those planes/helicopters are.
I must mention that lately DCS introduces shared MP cockpits that allows you to fly in the same plane with your friend - it was introduced with official ED module L-39.
Full list of available planes and helicopters with upcoming ones can be found on official Eagle Dynamics website. Some are currently not available on Stream platform.


Summing up - this is not a game. DCS must be played with at least joystick, or preferably HOTAS setup and TrackIr. You can try to fly with keyboard or controller but its not recommended.
If you are less experienced, before jumping in to more complicated modules, try the free version, or start from getting one of Flaming Cliffs planes.

http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/world/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Combat_Simulator
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
This game is one of if not the best Flight simulaton games. The game has full fidelity cockpits with flight manuals over 100 pages to tell you which buttons to press. Although the game currently has its short comings in the graphics department it is a wonderful simulator. You don't know what true success is until you've mastered the planes you get and know what every button in the cockpit does. I have many hours in DCS world sadly not counted because I switched to standalone, but each hour can be the most frusterating or fun thing youll ever do. This game is NOT meant for fast paced gamers but those who actually look for a reward in what they are playing. DCS will leave you happy with it and you'll keep coming back.


However I would recomend that new comers get the standalone on the Eagle Dynamics website for DCS as it has more modules for it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I wouldn't recommend this game if you don't want to spend 6 to 8 hours just to learn how to fly the plane with stick and keyboard commands, much longer if you want to use the interactive cockpits. But if you do like your combat flight simulators as close to reality as the average consumer can get, this product is unparalleled.
Oh, and don't forget to bring all of your money, the base modules are excellent, but you will want likely more and most planes are $40 to $50 each.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
I'm gonna try a barrel roll. How bad could it be?



Oh.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
DCS World is without doubt, my favorite flight simulator. It has been continuously expanding since I purchased it, and there are many highly detailed modules to purchase if you like this free base game. This is not a game you will learn to play quickly by any means. You will be doing a lot of research when you first start out. If you are expecting Ace Combat this will be a shock. Even comparing it to flying aircraft in a game like Arma 2 or 3, would not do justice to the detail and realism DCS has. With this base game you get the Su-25T. It is no fighter, but a slow, capable ground attack aircraft with some big fire power. If realism is something you are always trying to find when flying aircraft in games, than this is the one for you.

And, the best part of this game is that the base installment is free.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I love this Simulator. Im addicted to DCS World because of the quality and realism of both the Sim and the Module´s (DLC). i recommend using a joystick or HOTAS, even a cheap one is good enough. the prices of the Module´s maybe seems high but in my opinion worth every cent because of the high quality of them.
I recommending this Sim for all flight sim enthusiast.

I give DCS World 5/5
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
Fantastic game.

Will definitely be buying some DLC soon.

Please add a flyable model of the Tornado GR4 - then you can take all my money!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Pros
- possibly has more types of plane than any other military flight simulation
- ok learning curve for flaming cliff package, you can get into dogfight in 1 hour
- nice tutorial for most of the planes

Cons
- no real dynamic campaign and the original campaign is not attractive enough, haven't tried the dlc campaigns though
- mp gameplay is also a bit boring if you are flying solo, most of the mp servers are just simple dogfighting/ground attack without real missions and planning

Conclusion
It is a great simulator for military aircrafts, very precise and realistic reproduction of flying/weapons delivery procedure. But that's about all you should expect as a solo pilot, try to find friends and set up your own server for more indepth military air operation experience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
anyone who has played lock on will recognise this title ... same makers ... and its all the better for it

now the free aircraft are great , well realised and fun , not much is as much fun as hopping into a tf51d mustang ... a p51 without guns and just barrelling around , then you start practicing landings and you see how the flight model works and changes subtly as you decelerate from 300 kts to 150 to land and taxiing with differential brakes , after this you'll spend an age learning how to cold start the engine and systems , and in spite of how heavy it sounds it draws you in ... after all a mustangs a damn sight more fun than a cessna

after that you can try the su25 ... the soviet answer to the a10 , again its deep but not so deep that you will never get the hang of it but hard enough that complete mastery is after many hours ... think 100+ before your targeting in low light and doing pop up attacks

now im no fan of the frogfoot but i enjoy deep sims so i splashed a bit of cash and got the a10c warthog package ... thats deep as in setting waypoints , radio frequencies , setting chaff/flare dispersions etc etc ... but its bloody good fun , its also fully configurable with a good flight stick , i have an old hotas cougar that i want to mod for this , but generally im using a saitek x52 ... also excellent for elite dangerous , in addition i use it with an oculus dk2 and quite frankly this transforms this from a game to serious immersion territory , i can blat around in my a10 looking out over the wings and scan all around and the sheer scale of the aircraft is there ... your looking right back down 40 foot of fuselage to the tail over the huge turbofans , then you see the weapons draped under the wings however you set its loadout ... its there in full effect , i may as well just join the usaf as im already there just without the BS side of things :)

another bird i had to get was the f15c , not as fully realised as the a10c but great fun , imagine full afterburner runs down the valleys keeping below 200 feet contrails streaming off the wings as you pull g then going vertical breaking through the clouds and looking down at a beautifully realised world ... when your machines good and you have the magic accessories this simulation really is as close to flying as you can get , i used to be an raf engineer and a part time glider pilot so i do understand whats being attempted here and you just cannot get better

and its free!!!! , you just chip in when its given you a taster of what the real military do
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Let me start off by first saying this is not for the light hearted. If you come from a simulation background you will have no problems learning this sim. But if like me you started off without a clue or played the rare session of FSX you will have a lot of learning to do, even more if you do not know about military terms and equipment. This simulator is as real as it gets for most modules excluding the Flaming Cliffs add-ons. You definitely need a decent HOTAS system to be able to play, I recommend the Thrustmaster Hotas X which costs about £30 new and you can upgrade to a better system later on if you become addicted like I and many others have.

THIS IS NOT A DLC SYSTEM.
DCS world uses a modular system, you get the SU25T and the unarmed variant of the P-51D for free. The SU25T is an FC3 style module. This means that the plane and weapons systems handle as they would in real life but the cockpit is not clickable, you have to use a keyboard for most functions. Modules apart from FC3 modules are fully detailed with clickable cockpits. Alot of people complain about the prices of the modules but they are reasonably priced, if you think about the hundreds of hours of work and research required to make these modules then it is totally worth it. Modules range from the nimble and quick Gazelle helicopter to the flying pig that is the A10C to the old WW2 planes like the P-51D, this sim will cater to a broad range of audiences. I have bought the FC3 module because of its large amount of planes but I plan to buy the KA50 soon (reviews for those are separate). The SU25T is enough to get you into the fight.

GREAT COMMUNITY, GET TEAMSPEAK
DCS World sports a large and great community, several youtubers play DCS World and it’s not hard to bump into them online. If you don’t know what you are doing HOGGIT is a great place where there are people ready to teach you the ways of DCS. The unofficial Facebook group is also a great place to meet people and learn new things. Almost everyone is welcoming. The number of multiplayer servers is great with anywhere between 10 to 50 people online at once which can quickly turn into a mess if you do not communicate properly. One thing I must stress is the importance of teamwork and communication, TeamSpeak is a necessity if you are going online. It can help you survive a lot longer and reduces stress on other team members. Teamwork is key, sending CAS in without CAP is a recipe for disaster in PvP. The multiplayer caters for many styles, whether you want a quick session in PvE or a long campaign in PvP, you will love the many community made missions. These missions require a lot of structure, GCIs and flight leads are a vital aspect to success, so listen and communicate with them. The amount of times when the team is going for one objective and most of them are on TeamSpeak when a few loners outside of TeamSpeak refuse to help, losing the objective has been very low, even then I think they were new to the sim.

GRAPHICS AND SOUND IS GREAT
The graphics whilst a little outdated are great, tonnes of vehicles are modelled with great detail and the modules look fantastic. The ground can look dull at times but with DCS 2.5 coming out this is set to improve. The sound effects are very nice, listening to the RWR can drive you crazy at times but it is all very immersive. Watching your missile detach from your wing and hunt your target can be very entertaining and immersive. Watching your wingman breaking off to attack a target, then popping tonnes of flares as he turns with AAA unloading hell on him and the sky is breathtakingly spectacular, I have never seen anything like it in any game engine.

CONCLUSION
This sim is breath taking and very rewarding but frustrating at times. You might witness a few game crashes but all will be forgiven when you actually learn and enjoy it. The learning curve is steep and you will be destroyed if you jump straight in without reading or doing training missions, but the feeling of overwhelming joy when you destroy your first enemy in PvP is great. You don’t need to sink a lot of money into this sim, as I said a cheap HOTAS system will suffice and if you really want head tracking there are tonnes of cheaper alternatives to tracker IR which will give you generally the same experience.

Have fun and I hope to see you in the skies.

(THIS REVIEW WILL BE UPDATED AS TIME GOES ON)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Note: This review is for the Vive version.

Pros:
Free to play if you like the Mustang or Frogfoot
Tracks head movement well while looking ahead or to the sides
Detailed cockpits are neat

Cons:
Head tracking is extremely jerky from about 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock even on the lowest settings
Default head positioning is somewhere about three inches inside the headrest
All UI elements track to the head so things on the outer edges are virtually impossible to read, including instructions during the tutorials
For Vive owners at least, the detailed cockpits are basically eye candy, since there's absolutely no interactivity at all, meaning that to do anything you have to keep lifting up the headset to see the keyboard

Serious, Egregious Cons:
The game didn't respond well to keyboard input; I had to press each key combination between 10 and 15 times before it would acknowledge the input, assuming it responded at all. Due to the nonresponsive keyboard, I wasn't even able to exit the game. I eventually managed to force quit the game with some fancy mousing, and discovered that DCS had actually disabled my keyboard completely, which would explain why even Ctrl-Alt-Del wouldn't work.

From the reviews I've seen I'm sure DCS World is playable and possibly even enjoyable, but it certainly didn't give me the opportunity to experience that first-hand.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
D(L)CS world is (quite obviously) a flight simulator game, and a really great one.

The game is hard, unforgiving, and requires a lot of practice to properly play, but once you figure out you're not supposed to end up with your nose in the ground it's a lot of fun.

It is important to note that, while the game itself is free, it's almost impossible to play properly without using a good flight stick (the T-flight HOTAS X by thrustmaster is a pretty good choice if you don't want to spend a load of money on the more advanced choices like the Thrustmaster Warthog or the saitek X-52) which adds some costs to playing.
DCS world comes free with the SU-25 frogfoot known by many from battlefield 4 and the TF51D (an unarmed version of the P51 Mustang used during WW2) but for different planes like the A10 you'll have to get the DLC.

TL;DR it's great if you don't mind to put some effort and money into it
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Very good simulation, very realistic flight models. Very nice bunch of aircraft, planes and helicopters, new ones coming soon. Same for maps
This "game is not meant for people who think a flight simulator is Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. This is a flight simulator in the traditional sense
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I recommend this game. It's the most indepth simulator I will ever experince probably.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
594.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
It's pretty good.



If only they did frequent Steam sales like the standalone version
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