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Falcon 3.0 (DOS)

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Description

Another update of the hardcore simulation Falcon from Spectrum Holobyte with everything that fans of the game expect, while taking advantage of the latest computer technology. Better missions in this version, as well as being able to fly in an 8-plane force, which you can do while linked to another computer, either by dialup modem or the ever loveable null-modem!

Screenshots

Falcon 3.0 DOS Rear cockpit view.
Falcon 3.0 DOS Firing the cannon.
Falcon 3.0 DOS High-G turns make vapor trails.
Falcon 3.0 DOS System settings. EMS can be used to cache data.

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User Reviews

Incredible flight simulator game for its time! taly01 (8) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
The best flight combat sim of 1991 gametrader (229) unrated

The Press Says

Power Play Jan, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90

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Trivia

Cancelled add-on

Spectrum Holobyte at one time planned an additional expansion pack for Falcon 3.0 in the same vein as MiG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon 3.0, Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter, and Falcon 3.0: Operation - Fighting Tiger that would let players fly an A-10 Warthog. Advertisements were even made and distributed with Falcon Gold (a CD-ROM version that boxed all of the above in a single set), but the game never saw the light of day.

Development

Falcon 3.0 was one of the few games released before 1995 that specifically utilized the optional add-in math coprocessor (now standard on everything made since the 80486) for additional functionality. With a math coprocessor, the game would give the player the option of using it to improve the accuracy of the flight model and increase detail, without slowing down the simulation.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1992 (Issue #100) – Simulation of the Year
    • March 1995 (Issue #128) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #10 in the "150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Most Innovative Computer Game
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #9 Hardest Computer Game
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 07/2006 - #4 Best Packaging (together with Falcon 4.0)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– Best Simulation in 1992
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Simulation in 1991
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Andrew Grasmeder, Michael Palomino and PCGamer77.

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Old man gamer (302) added Falcon 3.0 (DOS) on Jun 14, 2000