Falcon 3.0

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Falcon 3.0
Falcon 3.0 cover
Developers
Spectrum HoloByte
Publishers
Retroism
Release dates
DOS 1991
Windows October 23, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) October 23, 2015[1]
Linux October 23, 2015[1]
Falcon
Falcon 1987
Falcon A.T. 1988
Falcon 3.0 1991
Falcon MC 1992
Falcon 4.0 1998
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force 2005

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with other games in the series.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

The Gold version includes all the addons and is fully updated (except for unofficials). Also includes special Art of the Kill training videos.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Operation: Fighting Tiger
DOS
MiG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon 3.0 Playable as a standalone addon, though works best when integrated into Falcon 3.0
DOS
Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter Playable as a standalone addon, though works best when integrated into Falcon 3.0
DOS
Strategic Falcon Unofficial commercial expansion for Falcon 3.0 that adds a greater degree of customization and planning to the game. Even capable of importing custom planes made with Falcon Test Pilot model editor. Formally available here, not available digitally.
DOS
An addon involving the A-10 Thunderbolt was to be the game's fourth official expansion but it was never released.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 3.05 for the base game and Operation: Fighting Tiger, updating it to be on par with the Gold version, is available here. Separate versions for MiG-29 (1.04) and Hornet (1.02) are available here and here respectably. An unofficial one for networking issues of version 3.05 some user experience is available here (might be irrelevant to DOSBox users). All Gold versions (including digital) are fully updated except for the unofficial patch.

Addon Launcher[edit]

Falcon 3.0 has MiG-29 and Hornet as their own executables, making it annoying to configure if you have the retail version. Luckily you can save the following as a .bat file and run it in DOSBox to get around this annoyance.
If used with Gold, you may have to replace the falcon3 command in the script with falconcd.
Addon Launcher
@echo off
:start
@echo off
CLS
echo                          	══════════
echo                          	Falcon 3.0
echo                          	══════════
echo.
echo      ┌───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
echo      │ [1] Falcon + Operation: Fighting Tiger                        │
echo      │ [2] MIG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon                        │
echo      │ [3] Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter                              │
echo.     ├───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┤
echo      │ [4] Reset Falcon Squadrons                                    │
echo      │ [5] Reset MIG-29 Squadrons                                    │
echo      │ [6] Reset Hornet Squadrons                                    │
echo      │ [7] Reset Falcon High Scores                                  │
echo      │ [8] Reset MIG-29 High Scores                                  │
echo      │ [9] Reset Hornet High Scores                                  │
echo.     ├───────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┤
echo      │ [S] Reset Settings                                            │
echo      │ [D] Load Stick Driver                                         │
echo      │ [C] Save Allied Campaign                                      │
echo      │ [V] Version Info                                              │
echo      │ [Q] Quit!                                                     │
echo      ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
echo.
:choice
choice/c:123456789sdcvq/n Choose Number:
if errorlevel 14 goto exit
if errorlevel 13 goto version
if errorlevel 12 goto save
if errorlevel 11 goto drive
if errorlevel 10 goto set
if errorlevel 9 goto rehighh
if errorlevel 8 goto rehighm
if errorlevel 7 goto rehighf
if errorlevel 6 goto rehor
if errorlevel 5 goto remig
if errorlevel 4 goto refal
if errorlevel 3 goto hor
if errorlevel 2 goto mig
if errorlevel 1 goto fal
if errorlevel 0 goto exit

:fal
CLS
falcon3
goto start
:mig 
CLS
mig29
goto start
:hor
CLS
hornet
goto start
:refal
CLS
f30reset
pause
goto start
:remig
CLS
migreset
pause
goto start
:rehor
CLS
f18reset
pause
goto start
:rehighf
CLS
echo Resetting Falcon and Fighting Tiger High Scores...
del topten
pause
goto start
:rehighm
CLS
echo Resetting MiG-29 High Scores...
del topmig
pause
goto start
:rehighh
CLS
echo Resetting Hornet High Scores...
del topten.dan
pause
goto start
:save
CLS
call savecamp
pause
goto start
:set
CLS
echo Resetting Settings...
del falcon3.def
del mig29.def
del hornet.def
pause
goto start
:drive
CLS
TM-STICK
pause
goto start
:version
CLS
CHECKVER
pause
goto start
:exit
CLS

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\falcon3.def
<path-to-game>\mig29.def
<path-to-game>\hornet.def
Windows <path-to-game>\falcon3.def
<path-to-game>\mig29.def
<path-to-game>\hornet.def
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\falcon3.def
<path-to-game>\mig29.def
<path-to-game>\hornet.def
Linux <path-to-game>\falcon3.def
<path-to-game>\mig29.def
<path-to-game>\hornet.def
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429520/pfx/[Note 1]
falcon3.def is for the base game and Fighting Tiger expansion, mig29.def is for the MIG-29 expansion and hornet.def is for the Hornet expansion.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\squad*.*
Windows <path-to-game>\squad*.*
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game>\squad*.*
Linux <path-to-game>\squad*.*
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429520/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Force high detail friendly and enemy planes[edit]

Use LOADHIGH parameter[2]
Copy OBJECTS over SOBJECTS[2]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Use Pause Emulation option for priority when using DOSBox.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
6 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus
Modem only. Can be extended to 6 players if using DOSBox tunneling or other forms of IPX tunneling.
Co-op is referred to as Allied and versus is referred to as duel in game.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Intro and mission reports play at wrong speed[edit]

The game's intro video plays too slowly and the mission texts scroll too quickly when played in DOSBox.[3] The hi-fidelity flight model also may have issues as well as SAMs.[4][5] Reducing DOSBox's cycles will solve these issues but unfortunately the game will become too choppy to play when on missions. One simple solution is to switch to the "Complex" flight model which allows for correct joystick input. Changing timed=false in DOXBOX will also alleviate joystick calibration issues.

Issues fixed[edit]

No sound in Art of the Kill (Gold)[edit]

edit the AOTK PLAYER.CFG file[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\AOTK
  2. Open PLAYER.CFG in a text editor.
  3. Make the following changes:
AUDTYPE = 2 ;SOUNDBLASTER 
AUDDMA = 1 ;DMA 
AUDIRQ = 7 ;IRQ 
AUDBSIO = 220 ;BASEIO 
VIDTYPE = 0 ;AUTO DETECT 
VIDMODE = 110 ;640x480x32K COLORS 
DBITDEPTH = 15 ;BIT DEPTH 
CDROMDR = D

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA
64-bit executable

Mods[edit]

Mods and utilities for Falcon 3.0 can be found here. Warning some files are version specific and/or don't work on the latest version of the game. Additional mods could also be found by digging in cd.textfiles.com though this archive is far less organized.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/429520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (429520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References