Falcon 4.0 license Before you install Falcon BMS, you need to make sure you own an official copy of Falcon 4.0 and have it installed. Falcon BMS will check for files and registry keys installed by the original Falcon during installation process and at each launch. You can find the Falcon 4.0 collection from Tommo on websites such as GOG or Steam.
As for current Falcon BMS 4.35 release, a lot of CPU or GFX code has been reworked and now you will need to have more performant hardware in order to play.
Minimum System Requirements:
Recommended System Requirements:
Falcon BMS can be downloaded from Benchmark Sims Website. If you don’t have an account, please create one and activate it. you will be able to download the package then. Once you have downloaded the package, please unzip the folder “Falcon BMS 4.3X Setup” (X being the current release version) it in a preferred directory.
Do not delete the setup folder you will need it through your game updates lifecycle.
This guide is valid for Falcon BMS 4.33 up to Falcon BMS 4.36.
It is important to keep in mid that the Falcon BMS Setup folder and game installation need to stay completely separate from one another (or you will have a lot of issues)…
Each new Falcon BMS major release (4.3X) will come with a dedicated installer, please note this is on purpose since each major release is a full new game installation.
Once you have your setup folder ready, you should have something like this:
You are now ready to start the installation by launching Setup.exe and following the installation process. The following windows will show:
You now need to accept the license agreement in order to continue setup. At this stage, Falcon BMS will launch a check on original Falcon 4.0 installation. If not detected, you will have a warning and Falcon BMS installation will abort. The last important step is now to confirm where to install your game working directory.
We recommend strongly not to use the windows standard folders such as
C:\Program Files (x86)but either in your OS root folder or any other drives.
The rest of the setup, is pretty straight forward and during installation, you will also be prompted to install the video codecs needed for Falcon campaign videos to play. After installation, you will be asked if you want to create shortcuts (which we strongly recommend to do):
One last question and you’re ready to go! Just say if you want to start now or later (by clicking or now the box). Falcon BMS is now installed, the fun starts now!
Benchmark Sims team will release updates as part of the continuous improvement lifecycle of a Falcon BMS Major version (4.3X). The update packages can be downloaded on Benchmark Sims forums and are incremental (you need to install each update one after the other).
This is the most common case scenario. You will need to install the update to the Falcon BMS 4.3X Setup Folder. (NOT the Falcon BMS Game folder!!!)
When starting Falcon from scratch with existing updates, we recommend the following procedure.
In the event that you would need to uninstall Falcon BMS, please launch the uninstallation process from the Falcon BMS 4.3X Setup folder. (DO NOT Remove game folder manually!!!)
In general, here are the files we consider safe to port from one major version to the other:
We do not recommend to try any campaigns, theaters, or Tactical Engagement missions that have been produced for previous versions (unless the author confirms it is safe to do so…)