DCS World’s new Cold War niche

Sometimes a good thing comes together as part of a plan and sometimes they seem to just happen by accident. Calling the recent focus by third party developers and by the DCS flight sim community at large an accident may sound like a disparagement of what’s going on but I’d like to think the opposite….

DCS World Hornet and Tomcat action with the release of Top Gun Maverick

These days almost everyone around the flight sim community is talking about the release of Top Gun Maverick. Microsoft Flight Simulator and Ace Combat 7 both have officially licensed DLC packages for the movie. DCS World is another simulator that is out there with an F/A-18C Hornet and F-14 Tomcat but no officially licensed DLC….

What’s next for Tank Crew?

The IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles Series has expanded well beyond its original Battle of Stalingrad title adding not only a series of follow-on flight sim titles encompassing World War II and World War I but it also ventured out into more risky terrain by building and integrated a tank sim into the experience. Tank Crew…

Testing out the improved Cessna 172 flight model in MSFS

Sim Update 9 is out and with it comes something very interesting that could have a big impact on the future of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Asobo have added a CFD based flight model upgrade on the Cessna C172 Skyhawk and here are my impressions. CFD what? Computational Fluid Dynamics or CFD is a simulation model…

IL-2’s graphics have made big jumps forward

Sometimes a flight sim takes a big leap forward and looks like a whole new sim all at once. DCS World did when it jumped up to version 2.5 and it did again when it went to 2.7 introducing new clouds, lighting, and all kinds of new effects. The team at 1C Game Studios working…

The roadmap for DCS this year?

Last year, Eagle Dynamics did something new and gave us a roadmap for their plans over the course of the year. Of course, not everything goes to plan and the challenges of software development usually mean delays happen. This year, we’ve heard word that Eagle Dynamics will not release a formal roadmap to us, however,…

How much is too much for flight sim content?

The launch of Hot Start’s Challenger 650 for X-Plane 11 has brought with it the steep price tag of $115 USD. And, as a result, a lot of discussion on the pricing of flight sim content. The question of how much is too much for a flight sim module is now making the rounds. What…

DCS A-4E-C community mod reaches version 2.0!

One of the best known modifications for DCS World that’s out there is the DCS: A-4 Community Mod project. They have released several updates to their initial release and version 2.0 has just arrived on the scene. Let’s have a look! A mod but not just any mod I don’t do a lot of coverage…

Goals in flight simulation in 2022

Last year I wrote myself some goals for 2021 and I am pleased to report that I have achieved most or all of my goals that I set out for myself. Although I didn’t spend as much time with bombers as I had hoped, I did do most of the other things that I set…

The state of flight simulation at the end of 2021

It’s been quite the year for flight simulation and I thought I’d do my best to take it all in and write something that covers the broad strokes of what we’ve seen this year. Then, have a quick look forward at what might dominate the headlines next year. The new golden age More than one…