Windows - Released - April 22, 2011
DCS: A-10C Warthog is an air combat flight simulator. It lets the simulator pilot fly the A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft in various combat roles and missions that this aircraft has been designed for. Its main role in the game is to fly missions (with a wingman) that mainly involve attacking ground targets. The simulator provides for all but classified A-10C features of the 'Tank Killer'. While originally a stand-alone successor to DCS: Black Shark, it was re-branded as DLC when the free-to-play game DCS World was launched. The operation theater of this A-10C is within the DCS World, a simulated world in which the A-10C is one of the many modules that connect. DCS plans to develop more modules, some represent ground units. All modules (current plane sim DCS: Black Shark sim DCS: Combined Arms, and future plane sim add-on LockOn: Flaming Cliffs 3) work together to provide a large simulation of ground, naval and air warfare. This simulator can run in offline as well as multiplayer mode. The simulator world is in the northeast corner of the Black Sea, and covers the area of the western Caucasus mountains from Anapa, Russia to Tblisi, Georgia. This world consists of over hundred other AI models, on the ground, in the air, and at sea. The AI takes into account searching for ground and airborne threats and prioritisation, reloading time and battle performance based on battle damage, to name a few AI features. The AI models the following NATO and Russian aircraft, and equipment: A-A weapons A-G weapons Air defense units Armoured vehicles Civilian ground vehicles ECM systems Selection of aircraft Ships This A-10C simulator itself has a very high level of realism, from preflight, startup, mission execution, weapons and aircraft handling. It also has a game mode which is less demanding: the preset for Game mode, and Easy Communication mode. In this game mode it uses a simplified flight model, one-button weapons control systems, an omniscient “radar”, and on-screen symbols/labels to boost situational awareness. To assist the new pilot in depth training missions and the wide selection of single missions help to prepare to the campaign, aircraft and avionics familiarisation. Background info can be looked up with the built-in Encyclopedia. The simulator manual contains almost 700 pages of detailed info about the A-10C, flight operations, tactics, aircraft and vehicles, to name a few. To boost immersion of the sim, the sound system support this. What is heard is what is expected. The 30mm cannon, button presses, switch flipping, the whiny turbofans, are present. Effect of distance and speed of sound where the sound of impact is delayed compared to the view of the impact. Game play and options are as follows: Instant Action (5 scenarios) Fast Mission (fly a randomly create battle) Training Missions Campaigns (3 main ones consisting of various sub missions) Multiplayer Mission Editor (for customisation, scripting, tactics, rules of engagement, and new missions) Campaign creator (to build your own campaign mission set) Encyclopedia (covers all aircraft, vehicles and systems in the sim) Logbook (the flight log)
Windows - Released - March 18, 2013
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!
Windows - Released - October 17, 2008
DCS: Black Shark is the first iteration of the Digital Combat Simulator series and simulates the Russian Kamov Ka-50 Attack Helicopter codenamed Black Shark. The game is a hardcore simulation with the goal of absolute realism. It features a fully functional cockpit and accurately simulates every aspect of the helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system including flight dynamics, avionics systems, and weapon systems. To make it easier for beginners, the game allows the player to activate and deactivate several different flying aids and even features an arcade mode. In addition an extensive tutorial together with the 488-page manual offer many practical exercises to get the player familiar with the potent machine. Once control is established over the power of the Ka-50, the player can test his skills either in a linear campaign following a fictive war in the Caucasus region, jump into other pre-defined missions, or create his own with the included campaign and mission editor. The game features a multiplayer mode in which the players can either work together towards a common goal or engage in demanding dogfights.
Windows - Released - March 18, 2018
Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) 2.8 is a free-to-play digital battlefield game. Our dream is to offer the most authentic and realistic simulation of military aircraft, tanks, ground vehicles and ships possible. This free download includes a vast mission area of the Caucasus region and Black Sea that encompasses much of Georgia. It also includes a flyable Russian Sukhoi Su-25T ground attack aircraft and the famous WWII North American TF-51D fighter. An additional more than two dozen aircraft are available for purchase. The download comes with one of the most powerful mission planners ever designed, full network play and more than 156 AI weapons systems, 105 ground vehicles and trains, 50 air defense systems, 19 ships and 84 AI aircraft permitting you to plan and play highly sophisticated missions. DCS World is massively extensible through additional DCS modules as well as user-made add-ons and mods which you can purchase and download from our site. DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that is also designed to cover multiple time periods of interest such as WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War and others. Current regions to battle include the Caucasus, Nevada Test and Training Range, and Normandy 1944. New maps in development include the Persian gulf, Syria and others. DCS World is fundamentally a deep, authentic and realistic simulation designed also to offer a more relaxed gameplay to suit the user and his particular level of experience and training. The ambition is to hand hold users from novice pilot all the way to the most advanced and sophisticated operator of such complex weapons systems as the A-10C Warthog or the F/A-18C Hornet. The only next step is the real thing!