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DCS World: Why You Should Start Playing

When is comes to flight simulators, there is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. This simulator was the first one I ever got my hands on and is still one I use consistently today. This sim is none other than Digital Combat Simulator World by Eagle Dynamics. Eagle Dynamics is a simulator developer most widely known for its work on an A-10 simulator commissioned by the United States Air Force.  This A-10 simulator is what would eventually become DCS World and one of the aircraft modules within it. I’ll have an article on DCS Modules coming out soon so keep an eye out! With all that being said, you might be wondering why I am recommending a simulator for military aircraft. Almost none of us will ever have the chance to pilot a fighter aircraft so what is the benefit? The purpose of this article is to answer that question and provide some insight on the simulator and its surrounding aspects. If you’ve been wanting to get started in DCS World, or just want to learn more about it, stay tuned!


It’s Free! (sorta)

Perhaps the number one reason you should start playing DCS World is that it’s free! The idea of any flight simulator being free is impressive on its own. But the fact that a simulator of DCS’s caliber is free is astounding at the very least. The base copy of DCS World is completely free of charge and comes with two aircraft and two maps to fly around in. The two aircraft included are the TF-51D and the SU-25T Frogfoot. The TF-51 is what is called a ‘high fidelity’ model meaning that most, if not all of an aircraft has been modeled.  The SU-25 is still a high quality and well modeled aircraft, just not as much as the TF-51. Both of these aircraft being included in the base model of DCS World is incredibly generous of the Eagle Dynamics team and are an amazing way to get started in DCS World! This however is only the tip of the iceberg. DCS World has lots of other modules and maps that are available for purchase. On top of that, there are many more community made mods for DCS world and many of them are free! Buying some of these modules, especially the high fidelity ones, allow you to squeeze the full potential out of the simulator. It’s also a great way to pay your respects to the team at Eagle Dynamics and support the evolution of the simulator in the years to come!


It Improves Your Technical Learning Abilities

Like I mentioned before, DCS World was the first flight simulator I ever got to play with. After a few months of piddling around in DCS World I started my flight training in the real world. Right off the bat I could tell that it had given me a considerable head start. I already knew most, if not all of the instruments in the cockpit, how to use them, and some basic flight maneuvers. I attribute most of this knowledge to my time spent in DCS World. This is because, for the most part, you have to teach yourself how to fly and operate the aircraft in DCS World. The module I spent the most time in was the F-5E Tiger II. This is an extremely realistic high fidelity model. Whats more is that each aircraft module comes with an in-depth manual to help you out! Learning about each aircraft and putting fourth your knowledge is very good for not only pilots, but anyone who does anything that requires any sort of critical thinking or technically based knowledge. Because military aircraft are inherently complicated, it makes figuring out less complicated aircraft MUCH easier.


The Community

One thing I have noticed during my time playing DCS World is how welcoming and close-knit the DCS community is. The DCS community is very similar to that of the aviation community! Everyone is friendly, seems to know each other and are all generally just there to have a good time. Not only outside the game, but even in public servers people are generally respectful and try to make sure everyone is having a good time. It’s not often you find a niche community that has a welcoming presence like DCS’s does. What’s nice about this is that for beginners, any questions or concerns will promptly be addressed. I know this first hand. Not only is the surrounding community a great place, but the company Eagle Dynamics is very good about listening to its users and doing its best to address their needs. All in all, the DCS community is a great place and a wonderful addition to the simulator itself.


DCS World Is Fun!

Last but certainly not least, is another reason you should try your hand at DCS World. It’s fun! Almost none of us will ever have the chance to pilot a fighter aircraft in real life. With the addition of virtual reality and highly realistic models and graphics, DCS World brings the experience of being a fighter pilot into your own home. It’s also a great way to meet new people with similar interests! To me and many others, DCS is more than just a game; it’s a hobby. For all military aircraft enthusiasts and the like, DCS World is an amazing experience that’s unmatched by any other program.



Whether you’re looking for a game to pass the time, or a highly realistic simulator, DCS World can fulfill both of these needs. It is a wonderfully developed simulator with an equally wonderful community surrounding it. I hope that more people come to discover Digital Combat Simulator over time and help grow the community over the years. Hopefully this article was able to provide you with some decent insight regarding the world of DCS. If you enjoyed, feel free to share, drop a comment or both! it really helps us out!


***(disclaimer: Do not use DCS World or any other simulator as a replacement for real life flight training. Only conduct flight training under the supervision of certified persons)***


-Camden Crace



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