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Falcon 4.0 - PC

by Microprose
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC

Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000K4KF
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 10 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 15, 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,350 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC


Falcon 4.0 is a multiplayer air combat simulation set in the Korean peninsula with a real-time war in which you take the role of a single pilot in an F-16 jet fighter. Falcon 4.0's photo-realistic, texture-mapped graphics and detailed models of the F-16 provide one of the most realistic combat flight simulations available.

From the Manufacturer

Falcon 4.0 breaks the sight-and-sound barrier with its cutting-edge graphics, realism, dynamic campaigns, and multiplayer game play. Only Microprose could offer accurate topographical terrain, detailed radar, and hyper-realistic flight. Falcon 4.0 is a multiplayer air combat simulation set in the Korean peninsula with a real-time war in progress in which you take the role of a single pilot in an F-16 jet fighter. Falcon 4.0's superb 3-D photo-realistic, texture-mapped graphics, and detailed models of F-16 avionics, weapons, and threats provide the most realistic combat flight simulation available. The ongoing simulation of a complex air/land/sea battle, called the Campaign Manager, creates all the tension, chaos, and adventure that exist in modern air combat, immersing you within the game as no other flight simulation has done before.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PC
OK, you definitely need to patch this puppy to the 1.08 version when you install it. But it still reeks of realism, it's something you're not going to be bored of in a couple of months. I still don't feel like I have complete mastery of the sim yet. Time after time, I am humbled by this game. And,as with every undertaking of this magnitude, it's always not going to have 100% stability or the gameplay may fall short of perfection. My hope is that Microprose/Hasbro will continually support this game for the years to come. It could be just that great in a couple more revisions! At less than $20, it's really a steal. The sims coming out right now (like Jane's F/A-18) are not even close to Falcon 4.0 at revision 1.08. Caution: people with no patience for a big learning curve should steer clear of this game. The manual is over 400 pages! You're not going to be an ace within a couple of weeks. Frustration and death are going to be the norms when you are just getting into the pilot's seat!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark by which they will all be measured February 9, 2004
Platform for Display:PC
Summary: Fantastic flight model, incredible depth of simulation, amazing thoroughness of detail, beautiful scenery, fairly stable with 1.08 patch. Also, absolutely spellbinding on every level. The only jet fighter simulator better than this is classified.
Words simply cannot express the mind-boggling excellence of this simulation, or my level of satisfaction at finally buying, installing and taking on its challenge.
I'm a real-life pilot with over 2000 hours of small airplane flight time, and I think it's safe to say that I've got about 10,000 hours of "flight" time on classic sims such as F-19, F-117A, Janes WWII Fighters, EF2000, Mig Alley, Falcon 3.0, Janes F-15 Strike Eagle and FS98. I started "flying" on an Apple IIe in 1983, on the original Microsoft Flight simulator with a green screen monitor. Aviation, especially fighter aviation, has been an obsession of mine since I was 6 years old. If your profile sounds anything like mine, the simple truth is that Falcon 4.0 is your holy grail.
In the earlier Falcon 3.0, the people at Spectrum Holobyte pushed the outer limits of what the "casual" PC flyer could learn and do. In creating Falcon 4.0, the team at Microprose didn't just push those limits; they rammed right through them like a Durandal through runway concrete. Be assured, Falcon 4.0 isn't a game. It is nothing less than a full blown recreation of nearly every significant function and capability of the General Dynamics F-16C Block 50/52, and of every sight, sound and situation that the real life pilot of that aircraft would experience in wartime. Name a system, a weapon, a readout, a display, a HUD function, a capability or a feature of the real F-16, and the odds are about 98% that you'll find it perfectly simulated in Falcon 4.0.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but you have to know how to use it February 24, 2000
By A Customer
Platform for Display:PC
Falcon 4 is really two programs, a flight simulation and a ground war simulation. In my opinion, it's the best flight simulation and the best war game currently available.
Too many people have missed the amazing experience of the Falcon 4 campaign because of the irritating bugs. If you set up the program very carefully, however, the bugs aren't a problem. This worked for me: (1) start with a fast CPU, a up-to-date 3dfx video card and Win98SE with DirectX 6.1a (2) Defrag and install Falcon 4, the 1.08 patch and the 1.08i2 iBeta executable. Download all the latest device drivers. (3) Read the Falcon 4 articles and user forum at "combatsim". Do everything suggested in combatsim's "F4 Tuning" article. (4) Use PC Magazine's "Enditall" utility to terminate all unnecessary background processes before starting Falcon 4. (5) Save, exit and restart each time you end a flight in the F16. These steps will make Falcon 4 about as stable as, say, Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2000. If you're tired of ordinary computer games, it's worth the trouble.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't bail-out of Falcon 4.0 just yet. January 12, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
This extremely comprehensive and demanding flight-sim appeared back in about 2000 and, after release looked like it was in trouble. Despite the hype (a lot of it deserved), Falcon4 (or "F4") was dogged by both huge system requirements and numerous bugs. Based on the F-16 (and following a string of hardcore sims going back to the original Falcon of 1987!), "F4" had been awaited breathlessly by fans, and arrived with numerous bugs. MPS, F4's publisher suddenly announced that they were dropping the sim, paving the way for F4's nearest competitor, "Jane's F/A-18" to become the top game for fans of highly detailed and demanding ("hardcore") flight-sims. By 2002, with the stream of flight-sims having stagnated, a 3-year old sim still has much to offer - but the sim to beat isn't necessarily "F/A-18" (a great sim to be sure) but F4, rescued and brought to beautiful useability by a legion of on-line sim-fanatics. Having gained access to F4's source-code, these fans have crafted their own software called "Service Packs" which partly patch but mostly expand the original game. I'll keep this review confined to the original, though. In short - F4 still has much to offer.
F4 is focused on the F-16, the USAF's premiere multi-role fighter. Not an original concept (you can fly the "Viper" in campaigns, single missions and "instant action") but F4 never lets you forget that the proof is in the execution. The flight model is demanding: slippery along each of the major directional axes and, for a light fighter, can lose energy and get heavy really quick. The avionics are also comprehensive - think that "multi-mode radar" means "air-to-air" and "air-to-ground"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falcon 4.0
Falcon 4.0 is a stand alone flight simulation of an F-16. It has been on the market for a long time, not an easy item to find anymore. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roland Mata
5.0 out of 5 stars Stood the test of time
Let its enduring popularity among the flight sim community even today stand as a testament to its excellence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Radioactivebuny
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic military flight simulator for fans of F-16
Want to fly a Falcon Eagle ? This product is for you ! Falcon 4.0 is the reference among military flight simulators. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thierry
1.0 out of 5 stars Never got it
I expected to get the game with it, but it only came with the manual. Really disappointing and having to ship it back was a waste of money.
Published 7 months ago by Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars What a game!
1st post on this game.

Great,easy to install,if you want to hurry and get in the air,you can. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by Amishjedi
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the average gamer
To those of you who are looking for a quick and easy game to play without any real time commitment or those who are looking to just blow something up, leave the page and dont waste... Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by Christopher Federico
4.0 out of 5 stars F4 is THE benchmark combat flight simulator
Its been over four years since the release of Falcon 4.0, but it is still proving to be THE benchmark modern fighter simulator.
While the more recent fighter simulators (i.e. Read more
Published on June 27, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend.
Gigantic and imposing, 'Falcon' is more or less the last word in ultra-realistic, ultra-anal combat flight simulators, one which shot itself in the foot. Read more
Published on May 6, 2004 by Kevin Nunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A phoenix that's rixen from the ashes numerous times.
Unfortunately, the author of the Gamespot review wrote it barely 2 months after Falcon 4.0's debuet, and a whole month before Microprose (its original owner) started releasing... Read more
Published on March 8, 2004 by Reuben K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Falcon 4.0
Just like the real thing. This is not a game but a flight simulator and will take time to master.
Hours ( days) of fun.
Published on December 17, 2003 by Roy Ismond
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