Michael has been an avid gamer and part-time writer for more decades than he cares to remember.
19th January 2013
It would appear to all intents and purposes that Freefalcon is no more. It is sad news indeed, but the team responsible for it has taken down the website, and the download section is no longer available. If you search hard enough, you can still find the files, and the links on the Facebook page still appear to work intermittently. This article is left as an homage to Freefalcon, the team of devs and all their hard work.
Another Falcon 4 Variant?
Yup! This is another take on the the ageing Falcon 4 engine. It has been created from the ground up by a dedicated bunch of 3-D modellers, artists, programmers and various other specialists to represent the ultimate Falcon 4 experience.
So, what do we know?
Over the course of several years, they have improved just about every single aspect of the combat simulation. New and improved theatres have been added, and, perhaps most impressively, a vast collection of extra planes has been added as well. These range from classic 1960s jets to bang up-to-date modern classics like the new Eurofighter.
Not only are the external 3-D models included, but most of them have clickable 3-D cockpits, as well as the older Falcon 4 "photo style" cockpits.
I downloaded direct from the Freefalcon 6 website. The game came in several sections, all downloaded separately: first the main game, then the cockpit add-ons, then whichever campaigns you want. It was a simple procedure, but those without broadband are going to struggle!
Once you load up the game, which happens impressively quickly, you are presented with so much more than just another game. The presentation is really excellent, and the graphics, despite being Direct X 7 (shudder!) are absolutely superb! The scenery just jumps off the screen and is vibrant, whichever theatre you choose to fly in.
Avionics and Cockpit
As with Falcon BMS 4, which you can read about in another of my articles, the avionics have received a lot of attention, but not to the same degree. It is less complicated, but as a result, it's a lot less tricky to fly. That's not to say that this is some kind of lame arcade flight game; that's just not true. However, it is easier than BMS 4.
Another area that is not so impressive is the 3-D cockpit. The cockpits simply are not as nice as the BMS ones. However, they are perfectly functional, and it is nice to have the old-fashioned 2-D ones as a fallback; I know many people still like to fly with them instead!
Strangely, I did find that the Guided Munitions were modelled really nicely, and I think I prefer them to BMS 4.
Again, I must reiterate that I have never flown a real plane and that these combat flight simulations are just a hobby of mine. However, having flown for so many years "virtually," I like to think I know when something just feels right!
And Freefalcon 6 certainly does feel right. It's smooth as butter, responsive and has a great illusion of speed. With enough practise, even a total beginner (a nugget) can be performing aerobatic manoeuvres with relative ease.
Here is where Freefalcon really shines. The good old Falcon 4 campaign is present and correct, but if you choose to download the additional theatres, you have a lot more choice than BMS 4 gives right now.
I currently have installed the following:
Each theatre offers several different campaigns, some historical, some fictional. What's more, you are not tied to the F-16. The list of modelled planes is damned impressive, given the level of detail achieved. They claim about 100 in total, nearly all third and fourth generation combat aircraft!
Here is a short list of some of the available planes:
For more information on the campaign, I suggest reading my article on BMS as much of the information there is relevant to this.
Conclusion: A Content-Rich Mod With Tons of Variety
Wow, there is so much content that I have only just started to cover it!
Just to be clear, this is another totally free combat flight simulation. Yes, you can donate, but they are doing it for the love of the simulation genre and for the achievement of creating something special. I believe that they have achieved that goal in Freefalcon 6.
You don't even need the original game in order to play this like BMS—just download and play.
BMS vs. Freefalcon 6
If comparisons are your thing and you are wondering which of the two Falcon Mods to spend your time with, consider the following:
- BMS is the sophisticated, complicated, more realistic one.
- For the average user, Freefalcon 6 gives you so much variety that it's hard to pass up.
Do yourself a favour and make room on your hard drives for both titles; they are both deserving in their own way.
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© 2012 Michael Murchie
Anthony Thomas aka Ranger822 on September 20, 2019:
Hi Michael, it was kind of neat seeing the work of myself and Steve Wooters still living on. I am still active over at the BMS public and dev forums under the same username "Ranger822". I also still possess all the original developer files and source code. Anthony Thomas
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osterizer8 on January 24, 2014:
For some reason, FF6 prompts me to enter a Falcon 4.0 CD (which I don't have.) Any suggestions on how to fix this?
Dragan on September 24, 2013:
Need a help! Have already FF5 and Falcon 4 Allied Force on my Comp. Just tried to install FF6, but it prompted me to uninstall FF5 first. I would definitely like to keep FF5, together with F4AF as well. Any ideas how to do it. Thanks in advance.
CanOBeans on March 21, 2013:
The project lives on at http://freefalcon.org/index/
ICEER ISSMAEL on February 13, 2013:
WoW I Really Love These Videos It's Amazing ..So How I Can Get This Game Am Detected To Flights Games On My Computer & I really Did Great With These Kinda Games .. I Love This Game Its Look Like real Air Combat ( Dog Fights ) lOl ..I Enjoyed Watched The Videos .
Michael Murchie (author) from Parts Unknown on November 11, 2012:
Hey Iceman, don't worry, the english was just fine! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Free Falcon was made by fans like you, for fans like you, so go ahead and have some fun :)
Iceman on November 11, 2012:
I've been "flying" Falcon for so long that I can't remember... And it's always nice to read something from someone so enthusiast. Now I'm playing Falcon AF, but I'll give a try on Free Falcon. Keep your good arthicles. (And sorry for my bad english sometimes)
Michael Murchie (author) from Parts Unknown on May 18, 2012:
Glad to help! FF6 is a great way to drop some virtual ordinance, and the campaign will keep you going for ages, thanks for reading and dropping a comment, I appreciate it :)
Ayr3s on May 18, 2012:
Thanks man! I was looking for some versatile CFS and I think I found it!
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 22, 2012:
Thanks for the heads-up. I like flight simulators and may give this one a try. Voting this Up and Useful.