The Free Way is a weapon featured in Thunder Force IV.

It is the successor to the Nova from Thunder Force II, and the predecessor of the Free Range in Thunder Force V and VI.


The Free Way fires a sweeping 45 degree spread of rapid-fire missiles (with one missile shot in the ends, two in the median, and three in the middle) in one direction and a single-stream rapid fire shot in the opposite direction. The missiles are angled in the opposite direction that you move Rynex in, but the rapid fire shot is also aimed in the direction you move the ship in.

When you have CLAWs equipped to Rynex, they fire additional smaller missiles.

The Free Way was later replaced by the Free Range weapon in Rynex-R and the RVR series.