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Graphics and Sounds

The difference in the graphics engine is the single most notable change from the first DCS: Black Shark. Terrain, lighting, shadows, cockpit textures, 3D models, are all new and improved.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - It looks like the old cockpit...

It looks like the old cockpit…

DCS: Black Shark 2 - ...but better!

…but better!

DCS: Black Shark 2 - NVGs

NVGs

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Cockpit lights have more depth, realism.

Cockpit lights have more depth, realism.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - It's attention to details that make all the difference.

It’s attention to details that make all the difference.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - 100 Internets to whoever correctly identifies what's wrong in this screenshot. Hint: it was fixed once before!

100 Internets to whoever correctly identifies what’s wrong in this screenshot. Hint: it was fixed once before!

Night and dawn/dusk environments are much darker than in DCS: Black Shark. I had to use the directional spotlight to find the UAZ in the Courier mission, a mission that was challenging enough in DCS: Black Shark!

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Night Shark

Night shark!

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Damage model? Check.

Damage model? Check.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - So your favorite first-person shooter game now has destructible environments? That's nice.

So your favorite first-person shooter game now has destructible environments? That’s nice.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - The MLRS is a rare sight in winter, often choosing instead to hibernate and live off its M77 DPICM reserves.

The MLRS is a rare sight in winter, often choosing instead to hibernate and live off its M77 DPICM reserves.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Mudhens inbound.

Mudhens inbound.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Call the ball!

Call the ball!

DCS: Black Shark 2 - The scenery is gorgeous.

The scenery is gorgeous.

Sounds seem largely the same to me, but then I am not really an audiophile. I did note a few seemingly minor touches that make a world of difference to the trained ear: you can hear the fuel pumps kick in during your startup sequence and the bug where starting the second engine killed the sound from the first engine has been corrected. These fixes speak volumes about the developer’s attention to detail. Many folks will be glad to hear that the radio and the Ekran voices are back in English. Personally, I had gotten used to the Russian and will be looking to mod it back, but it seems the devs were listening when folks complained about this feature when it was originally added.

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Budda budda budda....

Budda budda budda….

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Oh no, not again!

Oh no, not again!

DCS: Black Shark 2 - Low!

Low!

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