I would posit that free will is separate from emotion and sensation.
If creatures cannot decide to change their behavior, then they do not have a consciousness or free will, regardless of feelings or emotions.
They cannot be said to be "aware" in any meaningful sense, even if they have the perception that they have a consciousness and are autonomous, without this ability.
To decide to change behavior and then to do it is the demonstration of free will. Creatures that cannot do this are merely robots or automatons.