Falcon 4.0

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Falcon 4.0
Falcon 4.0 cover
Developers
MicroProse
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
MicroProse
Mac OS MacSoft
Retroism
Release dates
Windows December 12, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) June 1999
Falcon 4.0 at Wikipedia
Falcon
Falcon 1987
Falcon A.T. 1988
Falcon 3.0 1991
Falcon MC 1992
Falcon 4.0 1998
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force 2005

Key points

It is highly recommended to play the game with a joystick
The manual is required to fully understand the underlying game mechanics
Most of the community has switched over to Falcon BMS, a heavily upgraded fork of F4's source code.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Falconpedia - A wiki dedicated to Falcon 4.0

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Falcon, Falcon A.T., and Falcon 3.0 under bonus content.[1]
Windows
Humble Store
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Bundled with Falcon, Falcon A.T., and Falcon Gold.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

In-game audio settings (BMS Mod)
In-game audio settings (BMS Mod)

Patches[edit]

The Version 1.08 Patch provides bugs fixes.

BMS Upgrade[edit]

BMS is the latest and greatest Falcon 4.0 mod currently available. Released September 2011, it brings total Windows 7 compatibility and support for modern gpus among many other bug fixes, graphical enhancements and avionics and realism improvements such as completely new Flight Modelling, DirectX 9.0c support with Shader Model 3.0 and HDR to name a few. More info regarding BMS is here: BenchMarkSims webpage

It can also be downloaded from here.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings (BMS Mod)
In-game general settings (BMS Mod)

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429530/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\campaign\SAVE
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/429530/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings (BMS Mod)
In-game graphics settings (BMS Mod)

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings (BMS Mod)
In-game control settings (BMS Mod)

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Graphics glitches[edit]

Graphical bugs are experienced during gameplay while running in Windows 7. Some textures will show bright purple sections with and without the patch and with the patch, text is unreadable while using hardware rendering. Switching to software rendering solves this but the game slows to a crawl while the cockpit is in view. Sometimes the menu screens will bug, certain elements not disappearing when changing menu - running in Windows 95 compatibility mode could fix this (most prominent on Allied Force re-release).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 175 MB 600 MB
Video card (GPU) High Colour graphics card 8 MB of VRAM

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>/429530/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (429530) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References