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Old 02-15-2019, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default Introducing the Michelin Guide for DCS World

Introducing the DCShelin Guide (pron. "Dischelin") -- just like the real Michelin Guide, it gives you brief, bite-size reviews of DCS World aircraft, campaigns, and terrains to help you decide what to buy. DCShelin Stars are awarded sparingly, only to the very best. Download it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nfy...ew?usp=sharing

Backstory -- I'm in the process of completing every campaign for every aircraft in DCS World. It's a very long road, but I've made some progress already. Over the course of completing these campaigns, I started writing quick reviews of them, in the style of the Michelin Guide. I decided, why not go the extra mile? Who wouldn't want to see which modules are worthy of a Michelin Star?

The guide starts with reviews of the vehicles but it's the campaigns I most enjoyed reviewing. There isn't a lot of good information out there on which campaigns are worth playing, and I hope this helps.

"Why isn't the Harrier/Viggen/etc. in here?" -- Like any good reviewer, I only stuck to those aircraft I've actually put significant hours into, in order to give you an authentic opinion. If you have a lot of hours in your favorite aircraft and it's not in this list, and you can write gud enlglihs maintaining the compact, rich cadence of a Michelin review, please contribute a few sentences about it! Be honest and unbiased in your critique.

"Why isn't my favorite campaign in here?" -- As above, I only review those campaigns I have completed in their entirety. Some campaigns can take months of practice to beat so it's a slow road. But rest assured, if a campaign is reviewed in the guide, it's a review from start to finish. See the previous paragraph if you've completed the campaign and want to contribute a review.

"I vehemently disagree with a review!" -- That's fair, and probably likely. There are so many opinions on so many modules, you're bound to object to one of them. I hope you understand this is a book of opinions, not facts. And maybe I really am wrong on something, and 99% of the community agrees that the Hawk T.1A was the best DCS World module or whatever. That's fine. My opinions can change.

"I found a factual error." -- Please let me know! If I said an aircraft has a PFM when it doesn't, got an early-access tag wrong, or the manufacture year of an aircraft wrong, please let me know and I'll fix it.

"No three-star reviews?" -- There's just not enough DCS World modules (at least, compared to the number of restaurants in the world) to really justify that level of discrimination. One-star and two-star is enough for now. Like the real Michelin guide, a module has to be exemplary to earn even one star.

A couple other points. Firstly, I'm not on GAW or Blue Flag 12 hours a day like a lot of you. I know there's a lot of min-maxing around which aircraft to fly against what that's insular to the multiplayer persistent server community. That's not emphasized in these reviews, though I do touch on multiplayer a bit.

Secondly, my play-style is strongly procedural and realism-oriented. I gravitate towards aircraft and campaigns that capture the whole zeitgeist of being a combat pilot, boring stuff included. Hence why the FC3 aircraft aren't even in the Guide yet, and why, for example, the A-10C gets two coveted stars when most people find it far less capable than the F/A-18C. Capable is one part of the spectrum. I don't mind flying an underpowered brick if in doing so I FEEL like a warrior and get a complete, polished experience, and access to quality content. The F/A-18C gets one star (which is no small feat) because what it does have right now is top-notch, but it has a long road ahead of it still.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:52 AM   #2
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Mig-21 and Mi-8 tips for my next shopping, thanks!
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:24 AM   #3
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An interesting summary for the newcomers, definitely a good idea! I like the tags and the simplicity of it all. Even if at first glance the description seems shorter than each of those products deserve, there's just too much we could say about them. So, very well done.

A few suggestions:

- I think an important criteria for the aircraft is the available DLC, even though there's a section on some of the campaigns. For ex. the A-10C is the richest in that regards (and by the way, I don't agree its mission set is limited, on the contrary! It's simply a ground attacker and not a fighter).

- Beware of the PFM notation, don't forget 3rd parties won't have this qualification but the EFM one, which doesn't mean inferior! That's why the CEII must be EFM and not PFM, by the way (unless I'm wrong, please correct me if that's the case). Most ED's modules are PFM except a few FC3.

- The ASM criteria may be important too, a non-interactive cockpit and limited system modelling are much less appealing to more demanding users. And it may be more appealing for casual users.

- "The best DCS has to offer" would probably deserve a poll for each, for instance having no "star" for the Mi-8, the M-2000 or the F-86 is definitely going to be a controvery. One star for the MiG-21 seems fair (who doesn't love this one?) but on second thought it has no campaign, very bad training missions, and is getting completely outdated, I wouldn't like to buy this one in its current state if I were a new DCS fan.

- Same remark as above for the "fidelity" (I suppose you mean the systems and flight modelling since there's a separate label for the 3D modelling).

Actually a yearly poll/contest would be very interesting The only challenge is to find a formula that isn't overwhelming for you when gathering the results.


A few fixes:

- Bf-109 is PFM/ASM.
- F-5 is PFM/ASM.

- The F/A-18C was produced much earlier than 1998 (first flight 3 Sep 1986, production started in 1987). I haven't checked the others. Don't take my word on that date, better to double-check.


More stuff:

If you plan to expand the campaign section, you should check out the "The Museum Relic", one of the most creative campaigns around and a great incentive to get the F-86 or the MiG-15, which are otherwise much underrated modules IMHO. I can try to send you a couple of paragraphs on it, or put them here, if someone else hasn't yet.
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:03 AM   #4
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Thanks for the corrections on EFM/PFM. For the years I chose the year that the specific aircraft modeled first flew, in this case the Lot 20 Hornets in particular. The A-10 first flew in 1977 but that year is hardly representative of the A-10C we have in the sim.

You're right that the MiG-21 is very light on campaigns and other useful stuff. That's definitely a downside. But I personally just can't get over how well it captures the feel of flying the awkward, steam-driven, tubejet interceptor. I feel like that puts it above the rest.

The Mi-8 is also an excellent bird but to me the lack of multi-crew is a critical oversight. The Mirage I think has a bit to go before its cockpit modeling, flight model, and "presence" are there. Likewise with the F-86.

Fidelity tag probably does need some work; I'm not an SME so I'm not the best at it but I'm giving it a go.

ASM should probably be added yes. Because of my personal tastes, currently the only aircraft in the guide are ASM aircraft.

And yes, there are so many good campaigns I need to get to. Completing a campaign takes me a while with work and everything else, so it's a slow road, but I'm working on it.
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Old 02-16-2019, 11:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for the corrections on EFM/PFM. For the years I chose the year that the specific aircraft modeled first flew, in this case the Lot 20 Hornets in particular. The A-10 first flew in 1977 but that year is hardly representative of the A-10C we have in the sim.
Ah OK, I thought it was the general model, I have no idea about the different lots within that model so disregard my comment.

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You're right that the MiG-21 is very light on campaigns and other useful stuff. That's definitely a downside. But I personally just can't get over how well it captures the feel of flying the awkward, steam-driven, tubejet interceptor. I feel like that puts it above the rest.

The Mi-8 is also an excellent bird but to me the lack of multi-crew is a critical oversight. The Mirage I think has a bit to go before its cockpit modeling, flight model, and "presence" are there. Likewise with the F-86.
100% with you there! And hopefully those will evolve to catch up. But you see my point, that may be very subjective, and several votes could be more representative. Or not, it's really your idea after all

Valid point also about the ASM (and I also prefer those). But there is a renewed trend in DCS to also try and get more casual users with a simpler systems and cockpit handling. If they represent a good share of new users, they would be very interested in such a guide. But on the other hand, it means someone has to write a mini-review for these modules. Or would they? Ah well, maybe a guide for simpler aircraft is not as necessary as for the advanced ones that require so much learning time.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:31 PM   #6
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- The F/A-18C was produced much earlier than 1998 (first flight 3 Sep 1986, production started in 1987). I haven't checked the others. Don't take my word on that date, better to double-check
IIRC first flight was around first 80's, maybe 79, but what I remember is first production models are from 1983, and in 1986 arrived firsts EF-18A to Spain, so it's even earlier than your statement. A quick visit to Wikipedia would clarify it.

Kudos for the guide, thanks for your time mate.

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IIRC first flight was around first 80's, maybe 79, but what I remember is first production models are from 1983, and in 1986 arrived firsts EF-18A to Spain, so it's even earlier than your statement. A quick visit to Wikipedia would clarify it.

Kudos for the guide, thanks for your time mate.

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Spanish hornets were produced since 1985-86 At that time, McDonnell switched the production to C version. In fact Spanish hornets are not strictly A version. Have some small details from the C version.

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Old 02-16-2019, 05:48 PM   #8
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IIRC first flight was around first 80's, maybe 79, but what I remember is first production models are from 1983, and in 1986 arrived firsts EF-18A to Spain, so it's even earlier than your statement. A quick visit to Wikipedia would clarify it.

Kudos for the guide, thanks for your time mate.

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I was talking about the -C, but the OP clarified above.

And I would definitely not rely on Wikipedia
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Not everything in this guide is accurate but it's an interesting initiative at least.
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