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  • 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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  1. Apr 15, 2014
    90
    Dcs World is one of the best combat flight simulators based on the Su 25 T and it’s incredibly free. If you own a Joystick you should give it a try.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    10
    An 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 retrainAn 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.
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  2. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    An extremely high fidelity simulation of aircraft ranging from a variety of eras, from the P-51 Mustang to today's A-10C and KA-50. ThisAn extremely high fidelity simulation of aircraft ranging from a variety of eras, from the P-51 Mustang to today's A-10C and KA-50. This simulation is not for the impatient, and learning each aircraft will take a differing amount of time depending on the aircraft. The P-51 for instance, being a simple aircraft, can take a day to learn. The A-10C, however, with it's vast range of computers, weapon systems and avionics, after 2 years of flying it I am still learning new features.

    The only downside is cost, at $50 per aircraft, but the cost is well accounted for in the depth and attention to detail the developers have put into this simulation.
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  3. Oct 11, 2015
    10
    Amazing. No other company is doing a simulation based game for air, land and sea vehicles like this one is. Mainly flight sim focused at theAmazing. No other company is doing a simulation based game for air, land and sea vehicles like this one is. Mainly flight sim focused at the moment but is planning on branching out into different things over time. This game sets a high standard and promises to get better as time goes on. Accurate physics based flight models rendered in real time give you an accurate representation of how each plane flies with it's own character. Lots of different roles can be played from attack aircraft to air superiority fighters to ground commanders commanding boots on the ground. Multirole is being pushed out as we speak so more than one person can jump into the same aircraft. If you want to see whats coming check out the roadmap in the DCS forums. Can't wait for the FA18, doing carrier missions in VR. Expand
  4. Kbz
    Dec 27, 2015
    10
    The greatest sim ever. Have to rate it 10/10 despite all of the bugs that are present. The flight experience is unmesureable. If you likeThe greatest sim ever. Have to rate it 10/10 despite all of the bugs that are present. The flight experience is unmesureable. If you like modern combat aircrafts and hardcore sims, this is your choice. Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2014
    9
    This 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 flyingThis 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
  6. Sep 16, 2014
    9
    I'll review this combat flight sim and also reply to NutCracker's review (below), this guy was pretty clueless.

    INTRODUCTION: First of
    I'll review this combat flight sim and also reply to NutCracker's review (below), this guy was pretty clueless.

    INTRODUCTION:

    First of all, DCS World is a WIP modular combat simulator being developed by Eagle Dynamics, it's not an arcade aircraft game like HAWX or Ace Combat, it's a simulator. Players shouldn't expect a plot with characters, voice acting, etc., they should expect a serious simulation platform with a campaign, single missions and a powerful mission editor which allows for the creation of endless custom missions and campaigns. Also, DCS has the best graphics in the current simulator niche, even though some non flyable aircraft models and terrain features are still pretty dated.
    These are remnants of the old "Lock On: Modern Air Combat" from 2003 (DCS evolved from that game). Anyway, in a few months DCS will get a brand new and modern graphics engine called EDGE, which will take care of this.
    DCS consists in a huge operational map which covers the Eastern part of Crimea and Black Sea, Kuban, Caucasus, Georgia, Chechnya and the Northern part of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
    All Eagle Dynamics did was to populate that map (from the old LOMAC) with better looking terrain and airfields, they also introduced new effects, features, advanced flight models, high poly 3D models for aircrafts, vehicles, etc.
    DCS World is the best modern combat flight simulator to date and will be even better.

    To NutCracker:
    1-Controls are arranged in categories.
    2-It's "brakes", not "breaks".
    3-The Su-25T is equipped with parachutes which help stopping the plane.
    4-DCS is a realistic open world sim, thus, it's immersive by nature. If you are thinking about HAWX and Ace Combat as examples of immersion, you don't know what immersion means.
    5-ED periodically launches discounts of up to 70% for all modules (like they did las week).
    6-The two planes are the Su-25T and the TF-51D.

    POSITIVE FEATURES:
    -Modular design. (DCS World is the core module and it's free.)
    -Fully flyable Su-25T and non-armed TF-51D Mustang (that's a P-51) for free.
    -Tons of non-flyable planes, ground units, ships, etc.
    -Huge operational map.
    -Campaign, missions and great interactive training for the Su-25T (NutCracker didn't see this)
    -Amazingly powerful and complete mission/campaign editor.
    -Advanced flight model.
    -Realistic navigation, weapon systems and sensors.
    -Realistic armament and payloads.
    -Very high poly models for most planes and vehicles (including the Su-25T and the P-51. There are still some low poly models in the game, but they'll be updated, eventually)
    -Highly customizable controls (the control list is huge, you'll need to spend several minutes just to configure controls)
    -Joystick/HOTAS support (joystick is almost compulsory, you can still fly with keyboard, but I don't recommend it)
    -6DOF 3D hd cockpits
    -TrackIR/FreeTrack/Oculus Rift support

    NEGATIVE FEATURES:

    -Dated game engine (2003), which is based in DirectX9 and only uses 2 cores at most (1 for sound and 1 for everything else). This is the worst aspect of the game since it causes fps drops in crowded areas (near airfields and cities/villages and when flying in squadrons of several planes), near explosions and, to a lesser extent, when inside 3D cockpits while taxiing, parking, landing and taking off. Other than that, the game will run just fine in any decent rig.
    Fortunately, DCS World's graphics engine will be upgraded in a few months, the new graphics engine is called EDGE and features DirectX11 and multicore support among other things, this means that DCS World is about to become the most beautiful, complete and modern combat flight simulator ever.
    However, this will rise minimum specs, so you'll definitely need a multicore cpu and a decent gpu in order to run it from that point on.

    -Limited number of flyable planes and helicopters (even though the list of flyable aircrafts is growing every 6 months or so, DCS is still limited to around 16 flyable aircrafts at the moment. Of course, you must purchase the required modules in order to fly most of those). Eagle Dynamics is clearly adopting a modular development plan, in which they add new highly detailed/highly simulated planes and helicopters to DCS World in the form of separate purchasable modules.

    PURCHASABLE MODULE FEATURES:

    -Multiplayer filled with custom mission and free flight servers (just create your own mission in the editor and host a game online, you can totally do that).
    -Up to around 16 high poly flyable planes/helicopters (F-15C,MiG-29A/G/S,Su-27,Su-33,F-86F,
    A-10A/C,Su-25/T,P-51D,FW-190D9,Ka-50,UH-1H,Mi-8MTV2)
    -Hardcore simulation of most purchasable planes/helicopters (you control every single button in the cockpit)
    -Control of ground units such as tanks and sams if you purchase the Combined Arms module.

    DCS is the best modern combat flight sim in all aspects, and it will only improve as it gets developed.
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  7. Mar 25, 2015
    0
    Do not buy this. It does not work; the profile picture outline turns green and back to blue while nothing happens to the screen. It's 18GB ofDo not buy this. It does not work; the profile picture outline turns green and back to blue while nothing happens to the screen. It's 18GB of nothingness. The Russian developer of this, Eagle Dynamics, said the only way to make it work is to download the non-steam version. Yeah. Sell me a boat and tell me to swim when it leaks, why don't you? Expand

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