Summary: In my opinion still the best helicopter simulator today (2012). Even if you do not like combat, the detailed systems and damage model allows for a much more realistic experience than any civil simulator I know of. The current version is "Black Shark 2", which is not available on some platforms like Steam. The update costs roughly 20 bucks, so in most cases you should avoid to buy the old version.
Summary: A military-grade flight simulator available for you! That's not a marketing gimmick. It's a fact! A military grade, historical (important milestone for hardcore simulation genre) flight simulator. As a trivia I'll add that DCS Black Shark allows difficulty and realism settings customization using which user can virtually change it to an arcade game. So what it so special about DCS Black Shark?
Summary: I do not normally write reviews for anything but DCS Black Shark was so good I have to tell someone. Eagle Dynamics have gone all out in simulating the Russian attack helicopter the KA-50. Black Shark is aimed specifically at the people who are hardcore flight simmers as it is simulating a single seat gunship where you do the job of both the pilot and gunner.
Summary: This is one of the best sims in the market. Great graphics, great level of realism! A Combat Flight Sim fun would appreciate it 100%. It intergrates a mission/campaign editor and the community is always up to something. Starforce is a necessary evil but it caused me no problem at all! The game was at a very friendly price (28euros) given its quality. If you are a sim fun its a must buy!
Summary: The best helicopter sim since Longbow 2 and the best overall sim of 2009. Yes, it does use Starforce, but not the version that installs malware on your PC. It simply uses online activation which seems to be the norm these days. The learning curve is brutal, but if you stick with it it's highly rewarding.
Summary: Paid $80 for this. Starforce wont accept my cd key. I cant play the game, And the store wont accept returns. I'd advise against buying this game, because there is a good chance your just going to be ripped off.
Summary: This sim goes the extra mile to model the behaviour and systems of the
helicopter, and is definitely the most convincing flight sim I have ever
played. NOTE: DCS BLACK SHARK 2 HAS BEEN RELEASED AND CAN BE PURCHASED QUITE CHEAPLY
AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE DIGITAL COMBAT SIMULATOR WEBSITE.
Summary: WOW !! What can I say. This is what I have been looking for for a
longtime.I am playing arcade mode at the moment as the reality mode would be
too hard to tackle.
If you want a good simulater this is the one.