Deciding on the upgrade to DCS: A-10C II

Just over a week ago, Eagle Dynamics released the DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer module on to their store while simultaneously offering an upgrade to everyone who already owned the original A-10C. Two weeks left on the promotion that makes the new module a cheap upgrade. Is the $9.99 USD price worth the upgrade for current owners? Let’s have a look.

From version to version

The A-10C module came out, according to the details I was able to dig up, back in April of 2011. Now, 9-years later, Eagle Dynamics most complete and most in-depth module is getting some upgrades. I think you’ll find very few could argue with just how good the original version was. Most hail DCS: A-10C as the gold standard of DCS World modules being both high quality and most complete. It has had some issues with angle of attack performance, engine power or drag related issues, and notably with the dispersion of the 30mm Avenger cannon that Eagle Dynamics’ programmers finally acknowledged was a bug in the programming. Most of those issues have now been resolved as well although according to various discussions around the community, the issue of speed is still there. It may yet get a fix too.

Training on the jet

I’ve had DCS: A-10C for over a year now. I’m admittedly late to a party that started a long time ago but, as they say, better late than never. I really should have gotten into this jet a while ago as the A-10 was the subject matter of another flight sim and the sim that kicked things off for me – the original A-10 Tank Killer from Dynamix. Although the complexity has changed, the basic role of the jet has not and so flying the A-10 in the ground attack capacity is joy with the jet being almost unrivaled in its ability to provide battlefield support.

So over the last couple of weeks, despite limited flying time, I’ve been studying up on the new jet thanks to a few different videos and tutorials. One of the most valuable to me is a series that has just started as the new module has arrived – it’s Ralfidude’s From 0 to HERO A-10C tutorial series.

Of course Ralfi’s tutorials aren’t the only ones out there with literally dozens of videos from different content creators. One other video series that I should mention is the original and the classic series from Bunyap Sim which covers a lot of different functions in the A-10 from A-10A to A-10C. With over 50 tutorials the materials covered are in-depth and they are useful from both tactics and procedures perspective and despite being 5-years old they are still relevant for 95% of the jet.

Not covered in these segments is the new features that have come with the module and for that I turn to the series produced by Eagle Dynamics own Matt Wagner. Each video in the series, like the one listed below, covers a specific new feature.

Finally, RedKite’s Scorpion HMCS Helmet Sight Tutorial is yet another good feature. RedKite tweeted that the helmet was so good that it was almost “Ace Combat” and despite my limited knowledge and time with it, I can wholeheartedly agree already.

I’ve been using all of these tutorials to get up to speed with the A-10C finally and it’s been satisfying to do. My current training has me at the level of doing a cold and dark start from memory, loading up unguided munitions, navigating my way to target, and putting a few munitions on that target.

Despite all of the new types available over the years, the A-10C has maintained a core following with the type constantly showing up in online scenarios. On any given day on the Hoggit servers that I normally fly on, you could always expect to see at least a few A-10’s flying around. It didn’t matter if it was the launch weekend for the F/A-18 or F-16 or some other jet… you could always find them.

Yes, just do it

Weighing the options and looking at value for money with all things flight sim is certainly one of the things that I’m conscious of. DCS: A-10C II is everything that the original is with some extra features on top. The new weapons such as the laser guided APKWS rocket and GBU-54 laser-guided JDAM are great to have. The Scorpion HMD that I mentioned earlier adds plenty of capability and new features to the mix and the updated cockpit and exterior model are well worth $9.99 USD to upgrade.

If you’re new to the jet and don’t have the A-10C already, the regular price is much steeper. At $79.99 USD, the DCS: A-10C II Tank Killer is a full fidelity and full priced module. It certainly has the depth of systems modeling and capabilities to justify the initial price, however, if you’re uncertain about flying this complex jet, you may want to wait for a sale.

How do you get the discount?

If you already have the jet, sign-in to your Steam or DCS World E-Store account and then begin the purchase process. On Steam a separate entry is available for previous owners, meanwhile on the DCS E-Store the discount price will be applied during the purchasing process. Plus, if you have a few extra Bonus Miles available from past purchases, this might end up being free as it was for many long time DCS World owners. Not bad at all!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Dmitriy Kozyrev says:

    TL;DR

    – Is the $9.99 USD price worth the upgrade?
    – Yes, just do it

    😀

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Pretty much! ☺️

      I did consider writing my post that way. But it’s a bit off from my usual style.

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      1. valigrad says:

        if you’re deciding on this one, dcs is not for you people!

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    2. Mischiew Rithe says:

      Too simple for complicated people like me 😉
      I’ll wait and see if they fix the damn cockpit interactions first. They haven’t done it for the first version, and apparently not for the 2nd, so I’m giving up on that module.

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      1. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Which cockpit interactions? I did notice that default switch positions have been adjusted based on SME feedback. Also I didn’t mention it because I’ve just learned that some HOTAS controls have changed to a more accurate configuration as well.

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      2. Mischiew Rithe says:

        The mouse clicks are driving me crazy everytime I get back to the A-10C. I never know if that’s a right click or a left click… and sometimes it cost me dearly. But maybe it’s just me.

        In their recent modules they take care to follow the same logic, but the A-10C is an older bird. Still, one of my top favourites, there’s so much you can do in this plane, and you keep in close contact with the ground, observing, defending troops, attacking. Which makes for varied and paced missions.

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  2. Mischiew Rithe says:

    I enjoyed Bunyap’s videos, they were full of interesting details and this guy really studied the subject before talking. His knowledge of the A-10C was also very good! Then he made one or two DLC in DCS (for the Spit), but he seems to have dropped from the face of the Earth… is he still creating flight sim content?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Good question. I don’t know the answer. He had more of a presence back before I was more serious about DCS and before I started writing this blog so I don’t know all that much about him.

      Last someone said was that he was still doing some behind the scenes work but no idea if that’s true or wishful thinking or what it is.

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      1. Mischiew Rithe says:

        Time will tell. He wouldn’t be the first to switch to something else, that’s a time-consumming hobby! I hope to ‘see’ him again though.

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      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        For sure! It is a time consuming hobby. If my life circumstances change it will likely eat into my sim and creation side which would be sad but change is inevitable. Nothing like that on the horizon right now and with my region locking down again I’m probably going to be inside writing for quite some time!

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      3. Mischiew Rithe says:

        Well, disturbing times… hang in there!

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      4. ClannK says:

        Bunyap is actually working with ED in some capacity. As a matter of fact, you can hear his voice as the instructor for at least some of the F-16 training missions.

        So while I really did enjoy his original youtube content, at least he’s still with us in some capacity 🙂

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