Ah, the joys of the brave new world of gaming! The seeker of quality and educational value is driven by a thirst that can only be quenched now and then. So, when the jug that will contain my holy water is offered to me, I pay through the nose ... just to hold it and to imagine the smell of sweet vapors that are still to come ...
The beta of the highly anticipated DCS: A-10 Warthog can be purchased from Eagle Dynamics' website. The official line is that you are pre-ordering the game and being offered an exclusive beta version while you wait for the release version of the game. Eagle Dynamics said that they want to test the simulator through the widest possible amount of hardware configurations, hence the "open beta" release. Rolling eyes here. Why not being honest and telling me "I want your money now, please". I will give it you at once, I love what you have done in the past, just stop with the silly excuses.
Considering is a pre-release version, DCS: A-10C Warthog beta is in quite very good shape. Off course there are typos, untranslated briefings, missing sound files (voices), one of the maps is unfinished, worrying framerate issues (around cities and when looking at your wingman) and other quirks. If you are thinking in hoping in and starting a campaign right after installation, you may want to wait until the full release.
But let's talk what is really important: this is the first flight simulator that has taken close air support seriously. I almost fell off the chair when the air controller told me "this is a type 3" and followed that with a 9-liner ... I almost cried of joy. There is a screenshot below about this.
Screenshots are clickeable.