MMO is a genre that is close to bursting at the seams, with many developers across the globe seemingly trying to cash in on what can be a very lucrative format that has the potential to earn large quantities of money consistently over time. This is perhaps why there are so many generic massively multiplayer online titles out there of questionable quality, and many of these claiming to be the next best thing to happen to World War-themed gaming since Call of Duty.
Flight Simulators have come a long way in the past few decades or so. The original Flight Simulator from Microsoft would make most young gamers today scoff due to their basic graphics, but to see how far gaming has come one only needs to look at DCS World. DCS World is a Flight Combat Simulator game that populates an already healthy-looking genre that has many decent titles within it. DCS World differs from the competition however with a unique physics model (a stark contrast to Microsoft Flight Simulators), a vast open world, a huge variety of modes, and perhaps most importantly, a total of 18 additional modules that each expand the DCS World even further.
It is extremely unlikely that you will find a more in-depth flight simulator that is as loyal to the aircraft that it simulates than the high-fidelity models of DCS World. Though Microsoft Flight Simulator once dominated the flight sim scene, DCS World can comfortably be described as being a serious contender, not in the least because it specialises in aerial combat simulation as well as nearly 20 different aircraft to experience. The F-15C module utilises the base DCS World game's framework to bring you unique missions, challenging aerial tasks, and an ultra-realistic experience flying one of the most famous and effective planes on earth.
DCS Flaming Cliffs 3 is a fine choice to make for beginners looking to dip their toe in the relatively deep waters of the DCS World Digital Combat Simulator. Flaming Cliffs 3 goes beyond the free-to-play module's single plane, offering multiple aircraft for you to try your hand at piloting in various situations, combative and non-combative. It isn't easy playing a flight simulator that is so incredible in-depth however, which is why this set of tips and insights into the DCS World Flaming Cliffs game is sure to get you started off and soaring through the air in no time at all.
One of the beautiful things about having such a diverse choice of flight simulators available is the fact that you get to experience piloting an astounding choice of planes from the pilot's perspective. But what if you were able to experience planes not only from recent history but those of the past as well? The F-86F Sabre module for DCS World allows you the chance to sit in the cockpit of this aircraft that was so instrumental in the 1950-1953 Korean War. Eagle Dynamics' description of the F-86F as being "scrupulously simulated" here is no exaggeration: the flight model, the physics, and the aircraft itself is as true to life as you'll find in any simulation anywhere in the world.
The Hawk T.1A is an aircraft whose agility and versatility has earned it a place in a number of different air forces for a selection of different countries. Most notably, the Hawk T1 and its more battle-ready T1.A variant is used by the Royal Air Force, having entered into service in 1976 and remained a significant part of its air power until the present day. Though only the 208 Squadron and the RAF Aerobatics Display team (aka the Red Arrows) still flies the Hawk variants, you can experience the flight experience of this aircraft yourself with the DCS World Hawk T.1A Module.
Though Microsoft's Flight Simulator is a seriously detailed aviation experience, it doesn't get better than DCS World for combat-based flight simulation. There are many modules available in DCS World that each contain different aircraft from various countries of the world, but the A-10A is perhaps one of the most recognisable of all the aircraft in the DCS World modules, second only to the F-15C. The A-10a is virtually identical to the DCS World A-10C in terms of operation, though it is simpler to pilot due to it being part of the Flaming Cliffs 3 expansion.
While many flight simulators are as detailed as one could desire in their flight models, there are few out there that match the overall historical experience of the IL-2 Sturmovik series. The series has seen players assume the role of pilots flying in various battles in different theatres of conflict including over the Cliffs of Dover and the Pacific - Battle of Stalingrad involves the opportunity to enjoy some aerial combat in one of the most famous battles from World War II. With multiple aircraft from both sides of the conflict to pilot, multiple game modes, multiplayer, and customisation options, Battle of Stalingrad is arguably the best IL-2 Sturmovik iteration to date.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey blazed an incredible trail through the heart of the flight sim skies for a good few years, but Gaijin’s aerial WWII experience has been unquestionably superseded by Birds of Prey. Whilst Birds of Prey focused on a simulation that was geared more towards entertainment than die-hard recreation of reality, Birds of Steel gives you the option of occupying the cockpits of an impressive one-hundred planes in a WWII aviation experience whose difficulty you can tailor to your level of skill and combat you can lose yourself in for hours at a time.
As far as combat simulators go, it doesn't get more loyal to real-life representation than in DCS World. A series of modules that each contain at least one new aircraft to experience, DCS World is a flight sim for those that prefer some action with their aviation, and Black Shark 2 only serves to take DCS World to a new level of awesome. If you're not in the know, the Black Shark 2 module is the newest representation of the Russian Ka-50 Black Shark - this is a helicopter and brings DCS World into a rather different dimension.
If you’ve ever taken to the skies in any of Microsoft’s standard flight simulator games and yearned for more than just civilian-level aviation, the Combat Flight Simulator series, also from Microsoft, offers the kind of next step you’re looking for. Microsoft’s Combat Flight Simulator WWII Europe Series was the company’s first foot in the doorway of strictly combat based aviation. This moment came way back in 1998, providing existing fans of Microsoft’s comprehensive flight models with the opportunity to experience this realism in an historical context; in this case, we’re talking taking to the skies during some pivotal moments of World War II.
DCS World is one of the best flight simulators around for those wishing to experience the tactical combat side of aviation, and the F-15C Module's Professional Flight Model holds a serious amount of detail for those looking to have an ultra-realistic experience. For beginners however, the F-15C module as well as DCS World in general may be akin to being thrown in at the deep end, so here are just a few tips to help you on your way to flying success in the incredible F-15C Eagle aircraft.