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DCS: Black Shark is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and is the first simulation module of the Digital Combat Simulator series by The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics. DCS: Black Shark can be played as the most realistic combat helicopter simulation ever created for the PC with authentic flight dynamics and...
Release Date: Apr 1, 2009
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DCS: Black Shark is a simulation of the Russian Ka-50 attack helicopter and is the first simulation module of the Digital Combat Simulator series by The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics.

DCS: Black Shark can be played as the most realistic combat helicopter simulation ever created for the PC with authentic flight dynamics and systems modeling. Black Shark may also be played as a console-style arcade game for the casual gamer.

A detailed and accurate 330,000 sq km depiction of the western Caucasus region serves as the battlefield and includes a broad array of eastern and western air, land and sea units.

Each air, land and sea unit is accurately modeled to include detailed models, weapon systems, movement dynamics and artificial intelligence. Each bullet, rocket, shell or bomb fired is modeled in detail for accurate performance.

Powerful and easy to use Mission and Campaign Editors are provided to allow creation of user-created missions and campaigns. Non-linear campaigns are provided with unlimited replayability. Multiplayer game play is provided to include both cooperative play using the Ka-50 data link and head-to-head. Multiplayer supports up to 16 players.

A set of detailed training missions, single missions and a campaign are included.

Key features:

  • A highly-detailed six degrees of freedom cockpit allows you to look anywhere in the cockpit using TrackIR®.
  • An unrivalled flight physics system provides the most realistic helicopter flight experience available. Interface with the fully 3D cockpit using a mouse with the option for an English cockpit.
  • Detailed modeling and control of engine, fuel, hydraulics, electrical, navigation, radio, fire suppression, sensor, and weapon systems (casual game play modes also available).
  • Advanced weapon physics for missiles, rockets and cannon rounds to include ricochets.
  • Detailed simulation of the "Shkval" optical targeting system and the "Vikhr" anti-tank guided missile system that allows attacks on both ground and air units.
  • Accurate emulation of both the "ABRIS" moving map navigation system and "Skosok" night vision goggles for day and night missions.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7
  • Processor: P4 2GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Graphics: 256 MB RAM DirectX9
  • DirectX®: 9C
  • Hard Drive: 5 GB
  • Sound: Onboard sound or sound card
  • Other Requirements:
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
856 products in account
124 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
I briefly played DCS: Black Shark and what I can say is high details to realism. This is one hell of a great SIMULATION game. However, if you have the patience, the learning curve is VERY STEEP and the keyboard controls are kind of awkward; even with the Xbox 360 gamepad. I would have liked to try this game with a joystick (something I'll acquire eventually) though! I might sink some more hours into this game later on but as of now, limited time for this steep learning curve, I'll try to focus on DCS: World instead!

So to sum it up:

PROS:
+Looks great for a 2009 game. The Black Shark model is impressive!
+Attention to details (it has all the buttons and switches)
+Accurate simulation game (you can't get more real than this game... heck, all of DCS series is on par!)

CONS:
-Very hard to learn and takes alot of time to master controls
-No training mission to help you with the controls.
-Awkward keyboard controls.

RECOMMENDATION:
I'd recommend DCS: Black Shark to simulation purists only. If you're looking for a quick "Hollywood" action game, get something else like ACE COMBAT or HAWX! On a side note, I would recommend you get DCS: WORLD instead and get DCS: Black Shark 2 DLC as it is recent, more updated, more supported and more people are playing that one online!

RATING:
8.0 / 10.
Posted: January 2nd, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
64 products in account
2 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
It is a very great game, it has all the buttons and switches used in the real thing and is a very great model of it. It is very hard to learn though, alot of it takes time. In my opinion it is a very great game with tons of content (DLC's) and can be played with friends.
Posted: December 28th, 2013
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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145 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
Do you want to be that cool guy who gets called in during a cod match and blow up things? Well then this is the game for you.



DISCLAIMER You probably don't wnat the steam version.
Posted: January 13th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
82.0 hrs on record
A true helicopter simulator. Want to run trough a Start Up for the engines ? Want to fly the real thing ? Want to see what the helicopter can handle ? Want to see what it takes to overload the engines ?
Well this is as close as it gets with step-by-step procedures, for start-up, shut down and combat engagement.

There is nothing more to say, step into the cockpit and see for yourself.

This Black Shark version uses Steam Overlay and SteamDRM, some prefer everything to be handled by Steam.

Some concerns you may have are:
CPU & GPU intensive (if run with high details)
Different difficult modes are available from Simulation [Hardcore] to Game [easy] mode difficulties. But it still has a steep learning curve, so don't expect it to be an easy flight.
Posted: April 15th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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1 review
43.9 hrs on record
it is good if your into these kinds of sims
Posted: December 30th, 2013
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