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DCS: Black Shark (Windows)

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Description

DCS: Black Shark is the first iteration of the Digital Combat Simulator series and simulates the Russian Kamov Ka-50 Attack Helicopter codenamed Black Shark.

The game is a hardcore simulation with the goal of absolute realism. It features a fully functional cockpit and accurately simulates every aspect of the helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system including flight dynamics, avionics systems, and weapon systems. To make it easier for beginners, the game allows the player to activate and deactivate several different flying aids and even features an arcade mode. In addition an extensive tutorial together with the 488-page manual offer many practical exercises to get the player familiar with the potent machine.

Once control is established over the power of the Ka-50, the player can test his skills either in a linear campaign following a fictive war in the Caucasus region, jump into other pre-defined missions, or create his own with the included campaign and mission editor. The game features a multiplayer mode in which the players can either work together towards a common goal or engage in demanding dogfights.

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DCS: Black Shark Windows The cockpit is not only accurate but 100% functional.
DCS: Black Shark Windows The in-game encyclopedia
DCS: Black Shark Windows Preparing rockets to destroy the target while admiring my new paint job.
DCS: Black Shark Windows Marking a target on my little monitor.

Alternate Titles

  • "Ка-50: Черная Акула" -- Russian spelling

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The Press Says

Cheat Code Central 2009 4.7 out of 5 94
Impulse Gamer Feb, 2009 9 out of 10 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan 30, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Game Captain Apr 25, 2009 82 out of 100 82
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) May 18, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com May 07, 2012 16 out of 20 80
IGN May 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2009 72 out of 100 72

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Sicarius (61021) added DCS: Black Shark (Windows) on Mar 11, 2009