Recent air combat sim recommendations?

DCS 2.7 is out today. Download the open beta installer here to get it: DCS World 2.7 Open Beta

GIMME THEM CLOUDS 😮😮😮

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and brought some beer to God

notice the loadout on the plane :D

This 55GB update is taking forever. Getting 0.8 MB/s. I apologize, MS Flight Sim, about the things I said about your update speed yesterday. It was 25x faster.

RAF on an ale delivery mission?

It took longer for it to copy the existing files from the non beta directory than the download did for me. I’m on a 150mbps cable connection, installed it around 14:00 EDT today. Sorry you’re having a bad time with it :(

Schurem: Your beer bomb is awesome! 😂

So do the new clouds impact DCS’s FPS at all?

All the reports I’ve seen so far say that performance is better in 2.7 than it was before. Some of it from optimizations and such, but also a big part of it is that the old as dirt pixel cloud system they were using is a lot less efficient than modern volumetric cloud rendering. So the new clouds not only look much nicer but they use less GPU power to render. Win win! :) With the clouds set to Ultra I’m seeing the same level of performance or better than I was before in the very limited time I’ve spent in 2.7 so far.

Yup, smooth as butter.

Awesome!

I picked up the -21, and I really don’t know why :\

Because you a man, lugging around huge brass cohones. Did you know the ground crews used to drink the radar coolant? And go blind from the methanol content ;-) Is much cheeki breeki jet, comrade.

So pretty.

Wow, got chills.

To celebrate the DCS 2.7 release, I flew three straight sorties in WOFF2 last night. I guess I’m not ready to fire up the Chuck’s guide on the Fishbed just yet

Play the training missions. Sadly they aren’t voiced, but read them in a thick, bored russian accent.

Very nice, I’ve not had time to dive in yet. How are you enjoying it?

I like it… although, honestly, I’m not seeing where my $60 went for the new version. It plays pretty much like WOFF PE and there’s nothing that really pops out from the older product.

BOUTIQUE PRODUCT SIR

LOL yep. Absinthe of the flight sim world. I mean, there’s new stuff, but not, you know, new stuff like a new 3D engine or whatnot. The mid-war planes have been filled in with additions of the Feeb and the DH2 along with some others.

I’m not tearing my hair out with the purchase because I like supporting these guys, but I am at the end of the full-priced upgrade rope. If they do something like WOFF2 UE/PE, I won’t be buying.

You bitches, check this out:

From now on, you and try before you buy all of DCS for two weeks™ before you have to pay dime! (Except the SP campaign content which you can easily finish in 14 days so that stands to reason imo )

Welcome everybody who has a PC and even a passing interest in military aviation. Two weeks is plenty to see if it’s for you. I wholeheartedly recommend the F-18, F-14 and MiG-21 for sit-in-the-cockpit-and-gawping.

I picked it up a long time ago. Should fire it up again because it really is a hilarious plane, much more like being strapped to the end of a rocket than any other plane I’ve tried.