The folks at Eagle Dynamics have put out an announcement touting some of the new third party campaigns that have just been released for their outstanding combat flight simulation, DCS: World. Here are the six campaigns worth looking into:

#1 F-14 CAMPAIGN – ZONE 5 – by Reflected Simulations

Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek joined the US Navy in 1979 and enjoyed a successful 20-year career amassing almost 3,000 F-14 Tomcat and F-5F Tiger hours. He completed the legendary “TOPGUN” fighter tactics and weapons training program, and later he returned as an instructor. He has teamed up with Reflected Simulations to give DCS players a taste of air combat manoeuvring training in the 1980s with a digital syllabus that enabling players to experience what it was like to be up there and train with the best. Light the cans, shove it into Zone 5, and let Bio himself walk you through the action. Recorders on, fight’s on!

Key Features of the Campaign:

  • 13 missions and 3 instant action practice scenarios 
  • Realistic challenges of increasing difficulty based on real life training 
  • Over a thousand specially recorded voice-overs, featuring the voice of Jester AI
  • Custom squadron paint schemes 
  • Briefings and debriefings written and read by Bio himself 
  • Unique kneeboard graphics 
  • Detailed briefings and briefing cards, including separate PDFs for each mission
  • Checklists, and in-flight guides available in game as well as in PDF format 

Available here: DCS: F-14 Zone 5 Campaign by Reflected Simulations

Steam Store: DCS: F-14A Zone 5 Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

#2 AV-8B NA Harrier CAMPAIGN – Sky Warrior – by Eagle 86

In this Harrier campaign, you are assigned the role of a US marine corps pilot, in which you fly the AV-8B NA Harrier attack aircraft. 

Storyline: You will participate in the liberation of Georgia. Not admitting defeat in the Georgia presidential election, a retired general and his army of mercenaries and military rebels have seized part of the country’s territory. The morale of the government troops is broken. Illegal gangs are rampaging in the occupied territories. After receiving a request for help in restoring constitutional order in the country from the elected President of Georgia, NATO has agreed to send the USN frigate “Oliver Perry” and the universal landing ship “Tarawa” to help.

Key features:

  • 11 exciting missions with the use of a wide range of weapons 
  • Briefings, kneeboards, maps, photos of objects from UAVs and from the ground 
  • Musical accompaniment in each mission 
  • Interact with the wingman, UAV and other characters by the F10 radio menu 
  • View completed and current tasks 

Available here: DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign by Eagle86

Steam Store: DCS: AV-8B Sky Warrior Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

#3 F/A-18C Hornet CAMPAIGN – Operation Pontus – by 373vFS and Baltic Dragon

Operation Pontus is a story driven campaign for the F/A-18C Hornet. As the Commanding Officer of VFA-131 “Wildcats”, you will plan, design, and execute demanding missions for your squadron. This campaign has day and night missions with different weather conditions against an intelligent and adaptive enemy.

“Operation Pontus” main campaign features:

  • Up to 30 missions (total number is based on your success rate)
  • Introducing a new Gameplay style based on the DCS World mission planner 
  • Dynamic Briefings and SITREPs 
  • Decision making and planning 
  • Over 1000 voiceovers creating a dynamic environment 
  • Full use of DCS: Supercarrier 

“Every decision counts… Start’ em Up!”

Available Here: DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus campaign by 373vFS_Greg, 373vFS_Petritis, Baltic Dragon

Steam Store: DCS: F/A-18C Operation Pontus Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

#4 F-5E Tiger II CAMPAIGN – Black Sea Resolve ’79 by SorelRo 

Black Sea Resolve ‘79 is a story-driven campaign that will test your F-5E Tiger II A/A and A/G skills in a variety of missions to support the independence movements of several former Soviet Unition states. 

It is the 1st of March 1979. Your F-5E squadron is being deployed to Krasnodar to support the UN resolution for the Independence of the former Soviet Union provinces. In a rather moderate response, US president Jimmy Carter and the other NATO countries are deploying a force consisting of elements from 9th Infantry Division, 6th Cavalry Air Brigade and a MAU from 1st Marine Division. USAF is preparing 3 squadrons of F5-E and 2 squadrons of F4-E to provide air support.

Campaign Features:

  • 25 story-driven missions 
  • Over 300 voiceovers 
  • Late 1970’s units set 
  • Full-scale conflict that will progress throughout the campaign 
  • A large variety of missions; CAP, CAS, RES-CAP, Iron Hand 
  • Detailed briefings, kneeboard files, and supporting documentation

Available here: DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve ’79 Campaign by SorelRo

Steam Store: DCS: F-5E Black Sea Resolve ’79 Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

#5 F-16C Viper CAMPAIGN – Red Flag 21-1 by Bunyap

Take-off from Nellis AFB, Nevada in F-16C Viper and fly against modern Chinese adversaries such as the J-11A in a realistic Red Flag A/A and A/G campaign.

Key features:

  • 10 missions based on the actual Red Flag exercises
  • Optional air start 
  • Detailed PDF mission briefings adapted from USAF standards 
  • 20-page Campaign Guide and 50-page Standard Operating Procedures document 
  • Hundreds of authentic voice overs 

The Red Flag 21-1 Campaign is the result of painstaking research on the conduct of modern Large Force Exercises (LFE). Scenarios, procedures, target sites and threats are based on those used in the real Red Flag. Take flight from Nellis AFB, Nevada in an F-16C Viper to test your mettle against modern Chinese hardware in a realistic combat training setting. Face off against the Chinese J-11A Flanker in a special one versus one Basic Fighter Manoeuvres (BFM) scenario. These 10 missions will put you up against to some of the best military hardware in the world, operated in the most realistic environment possible in a flight simulation.

Available here: DCS: F-16C Red Flag 21-1 Campaign by Bunyap

Steam Store: DCS: F-16C Viper Red Flag 21-1 Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

#6 F/A-18C Hornet CAMPAIGN – Rising Squall by INVERTED

The Rising Squall campaign is driven by an intricate storyline and represents an intense fantasy conflict that takes place in N.E 053 in the INVERTED world.

Rising Squall is a campaign driven by an intricate storyline and intense conflict. While striving for a smooth learning curve for beginners, with missions that progressively become more difficult, the campaign pays heavy attention to the gameplay atmosphere and experience, with pro voice-actors & background music respectively, complementing them.

The discovery of “Chunium-500” seemed to be a solution to the energy crisis. But it has also become an uncertainty that has again intensified the competition between nations.

Key Features:

  • No SPACEBAR pressing or F10 menu for dialogue 
  • Artistic briefing pictures with comic-style drawings 
  • Complementary visual novels before each mission (English subtitled) 
  • Mission checkpoints and checkpoint autoloading after a crash 
  • Objective display bar, no more getting lost 
  • Pre-recorded intro and controls for a cinematic experience 
  • Dozens of unique liveries 
  • Professional voice-actors 
  • Original soundtrack by Keiki Kobayashi 

Available here:  DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign by INVERTED

 Available here: DCS: F/A-18C Rising Squall Campaign trailer.

Steam Store: DCS: F/A-18C Hornet Rising Squall Campaign on Steam (steampowered.com)

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