- Summary: Feel the excitement of flying the Su-25T "Frogfoot" attack jet 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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Aug 9, 2013An amazingly well done flight sim. Sure, if you're in reality a terrible pilot with bad habits it's going to be really hard to retrain yourself from the hand holding of other well known flight sims. Reality check #1, you can't expect to land at full speed. #2 Your 20, 000 pound Su-25 or A10 won't turn on a dime unless you know how to make the beast obey your wishes.#3 this is a very unforgiving and realistic sim. You WILL be shot down a hundred times before you learn to actually evade enemy fire.
Also, you really can't blame the developer for the user being too lazy to actually read the manual provided/available to each aircraft. I mean, if somebody's too lazy to read the mission briefing that describes the campaign progression why would you expect them to read the manual?
In conclusion this game isn't for the lazy or weak willed. It's for those that want the satisfaction of seeing an a10 at the local airshow and knowing you could start that sucker up and off the runway and navigate anywhere you want to go. While using any and all real world equipment in that airframe.… Expand
Sep 7, 2013Simply the best combat flight simulator for modern era aircraft today. The DCS-Series aircraft simulate all systems at high fidelity like good planes for civil simulators like x-plane or MS Flight Simulator. Therefore you really need to spend some time to even learn how to start the engines. So if you want to have an experience as close to reality as you will get (including studying the manual) in your home, then this is the simulator to go.
You can compare the pricing with good planes for x-plane or MS Flight Simulator. You will find that a thoroughly simulated aircraft is about the same. (e.g. 60$ for the 777Wordliner for x-plane)… Collapse
Jan 5, 2014DCS World acts as a HUB software and incorporates various aircraft (termed modules). When you obtain this game what you get is a large map (Parts of Russia and Georgia) and a free aircraft (Su 25T). Other modules (ie Aircraft) must be purchased). As of this review the following aircraft are available:
- Su 25T (Su 25 variant with Shkval targeting, comes free with DCS world)
- Su 25
- A10-A Warthog
- P51 Mustang ***
- Mi8 ***
- A10-C Warthog (C variant of the A-10)
- Ka-50 (Named Black Shark 2 in DCS World)
-UH 1H Huey ***
The aircraft that have been developed as for DCS World are denoted with three stars and are separate to aircraft that have been ported over to DCS World from the game "Lock on: Flaming Cliffs 3" (FC3). This is not a trivial distinction. From my basic understanding and experience the two differ in the following ways (for convenience DCSW refers to a module made purely for DCS world):
- FC3 aircraft do NOT have clickable DCSW aircraft have fully detailed and modeled every switch, button dial etc is clickable and does what its supposed to do
-FC3 aircraft have simpler procedures. As an example you can take off a Su-25T from a cold start in several minutes. In DCSW aircraft it takes significantly longer due to the longer (and I assume more correct) procedure.
-The DCSW aircraft have good training missions that are consistently of the same quality. They often start with a series of familiarization videos (in real time) followed by flight lessons where you are told and shown what to do. Conversely the FC3 aircraft seem to just have low resolution training videos that briefly tell you how to operate the aircraft (with the exception of the Su-25T)
Eagle Dynamics and their associated partners have done a fantastic job of not only keeping flight sims alive, but taking them to the next level with DCS World.
The free Su 25T module is great. As mentioned previously its not a DCSW module but that is good as it is an easier (though not easy) jet to pilot and blow things up with. Unlike the other FC3 ported aircraft the Su 25T has both the low res videos AND DCSW calibre training missions. The lessons take a bit of patience as you cant skip the dialogue and a basic knowledge of flight sims is handy. Often the narrator will refer to armament and other aspects of flight with acronyms and jargon so it sometimes takes a bit of time or a couple of tries to understand everything.
There are a few small problems:
- There needs to be a "restart mission" button if you crash/fail. Quitting to the debriefing menu and clicking "fly again" feels prehistoric and the load times are long.
- The entire piece of software has a cold, sterile feel to it and lacks a bit of personality. However this was not a big deal for me.
- They need to be a bit more up front about the difference between FC3 aircraft and DCSW aircraft. To be fair FC3 aircraft are lower priced but the differences aren't made clear.
- Why is Black Shark 1 not incorporated into DCS World?
If you like combat flight simulation this is it. Some may complain about the pricey nature of the modules but it is 100% worth it to me given the attention to detail and production quality of the different aircraft. I got lucky and bought most of these in a Steam sale (-66% off but I did pay full price for Black Shark 1 and would certainly pay for more upcoming modules (provided the quality remains the same of course).
Playing this "game" was very much like a learning experience. I played each lesson several times and improved my skills through practice. Oh and also there is a game manual for each aircraft. Read it.… Expand
Jan 29, 2014This is NOT Call of Duty. This is NOT a pick it up and play game. I wouldn't even call this a GAME. This is the closest you will get to flying An A-10C, P-51D, KA-50, or any other included aircraft in your LIFE. IF you consider yourself a GAMER you will NOT like it. This SIMULATOR gets positive reviews because it is the best option for the people who want to play this genre. It is a select few. I have been doing flight sims since X-plane 6, when I sat on my dads lap and we crashed on PURPOSE because I didn't know better. That is a long time in the genre. And I can honestly say that this is the best that I have ever touched. You need to know your stuff to enjoy the game. You need Incredible patience. I hardly have that. But everything in this SIM is just right for the people who it was aimed at. For all you people who think it is "too expensive", that is just an empty wallet on your behalf. These people need the money to expand the franchise. In fact, This game, when you can appreciate it, is worth all of that cash. Call of Duty at $59.99 is a complete rip off. A multi-choice movie with the cheeziest scenes ever. Meanwhile, DCS here provides infinite replayability, Never finding the same situation, and whats more you don't HAVE to buy everything. Many people, In fact most, me included, have an aircraft that they specialize in. I am an A-10 pilot. I know what every goddamn switch and lever in that cockpit does. What order to hit them in to do whatever, and why to do them in a given situation. I don't know how to do that in a KA-50, or mustang, or huey, or Mi-8, and probably never will. And for those who find that a steep learning curve, there is Flaming Cliffs 3, a shallower module that lets you play in the A variant of the A-10, the first Su-25, the Su-27 premier Russian all weather fighter, the F-15C, cost excluded the most effective fighter of all time, with none lost to enemy fire, and the MiG-29, Russia's star dogfighter of the '90s. This game is probably not for you. Because chances are, you are a "Gamer", who looks to expand his horizons into simulation. DO NOT START HERE. This is like taking a baby of breast milk and straight to jalepeno peppers cut up in a pickled curry and soaked in a red wine and brandy bath. Which, for you people laughing out there, is not a good idea. If the person I described is just you, you will rip out your hair in frustration, trying to learn the first few of hundreds of cockpit switches. Start shallow. In a low realism setting configuration of the new IL-2, for example. Or, because if you do get Flaming Cliffs 3, and you need this for that, Lock On: Modern Air Combat. But work your way up the ladder. This game would be shamed by someone who thinks themselves fantastic, but isn't. Nobody is born fantastic. But this SIM can make you just that. The reason I do not rate it perfect is because it is only perfect to those who can truly appreciate it. Become that person. You will not regret it. Thank you.… Expand
Oct 26, 2013As it is as a platform or Os for the system It is not a game
that being said the modules are a bit steep in price but seeing as they are each in them selfs a full game i see why .The multiplay aspect is nice "ONLY IF" the server allows all aspects of the game from Helo's Both Transport and combat to plane to A.W.A.K.S to Ground forces control
with all these things in place it is still in a major lacking as the pricing of modules is much to high to justify buying all or multiple to the multiplayer aspect is a Broken lobby system that does not allow for searching adding favorites or filtering out the Modules that you do not have or even sorting by ping or players .As a game based around ideally multiplayer it does not work too effectively the load times even on a beast is quite bad game play is good with exeption of the Combined arms Ai is utterly Horrid The AI never really seems to bother me in games to much but when the tanks run into building when left alone and are just sitting targets that fire back or get destroyed by trying to cross a bridge I'ts time to focus on the ai being 100% rewritten Team work as i see it is non existent as there is no missions given out after game starts no destroy this target protect this area of ground nothing its mostly just a free flight with other people flying and seaching and destroying the building of a mission is not easy by any means Think Arma or flashpoint mission maker With less fineness and decent coding .
all in all the game is a time killer and quite realistic on some aspects and Screamingly bad on others
much work in the Ai controlls realism of The Huey -Combined arms and over all load times needs to be fixed … Expand
Aug 6, 2013A free to play flight fighter sim. Has a lot going for it, but poor feature implementation and greedy payment model means the game is just not going to take off.
Damage model looks great, where even the tires blow up if you land too hard.
Feels more or less realistic. Not a real pilot so cant say.
Training doesn't work, and only shows you a low quality clip
Control configurations are all bunched together. So to find a weapons system you have to guess what it's called and then scroll through 100+ tags to find what you are looking for.
Breaks don't stop the plane, so you have to land right at the beginning of the landing strip to have any chance of stopping.
The missions have no immersion, no voice acting, no plot, no subplot. Basically feels like Flight Sim but without the scenarios where there was actual plot and story and voice acting.
THE WORST THING IS THE PRICING! Don't be fooled by free to play, (and this is why people dislike free to play). You get one airplane and a few missions. But to fly anything else, you have to buy it with real money. However, any other plane in the game costs $40. !?!?!?!?!
Where do they come up with these numbers? To make it worse there are only 2 other planes to fly. A P-51 and A-10. And you have a KA-52 helicopter you can buy for $40
This game is not worth $120 At $30 maybe but not at list price.… Expand