Vector Thrust is a fast-paced action-arcade combat flight simulator, with a unique cel shaded art style for PC. With an extensive variety of game modes Vector Thrust aims to please both players wanting to get straight into the sky and those who love a flexible, diverse and customizable gaming experience.
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Release Date: Aug 21, 2014
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Why Early Access?

“Vector Thrust is absolutely meant to be a product for and by gamers, which is why we want to have the community to have a big say in and contribution to the last stages of the game’s development. This is also our first project so we want to make sure that the game reaches its full potential before its final launch, and who better to shape its final form than the gamers it is meant for.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are a small team but we envision to need between 3 to 6 months in Early Access before the game will be completely finalized. This is only a limited period but we feel the game is in a pretty good state now, after undergoing months of external quality assurance befiore this Early Access launch.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to release regular updates containing new game-modes, we will add more aircraft, more missions and other important features. We also will add more Steam features such as Achievements and Trading cards.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the game is best described as a pre-beta version of the game, or advanced alpha. Most elements of the game are already present but need finetuning, tweaking and improving. Multiplayer is functional but we will be looking to see how it holds up and enhance where needed.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes the game will be priced higher as development advances, with a final price level of 24,99 $ upon launch.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We want to maintain daily contact through both Steam forums and our own forums with the community. We are a small team but we will endeavour to answer questions as soon as possible, with the aid of the Community Management department of our publisher. We are looking for constructive feedback to better the game, suit the community wishes and fulfil the potential that is present in this first version. Through our various Editors gamers can immediately start to make their own modifications as well.”
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"Spiritual successor to classic Ace Combat action. Arcadey, explosive, and fun; Vector Thrust is a combat sim for all skill levels."
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December 3

Update v0.9114

This is just a small fix to correct the issue that occasionally causes the frame rate to drop considerably in the battle scenario mode and campaign missions.

But it also adds a few other fixes:


  • FIXED: group ID not saving data when change the type ID
  • FIXED: sub object remains active even if the parent radar is disabled
  • FIXED: edit countermeasures amount change the wrong parameters value
  • FIXED: remove button in mission edit not working for pickups and structures
  • FIXED: loading other mission in the editor do not remove pickups or structures
  • FIXED: Structures not reading the materials properly
  • FIXED: the mission editor not loading the dialog lines after returning from the test mission option

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December 1

Update v0.9113

New update, well I wasn’t expecting to release this update so soon, but during the development I’ve found and corrected some of the issues that were causing the game to occasionally crash during gameplay. After that, the game didn’t crash once and the frame rate also seems to be increased.

A change like this made me think that this update should be public as soon as possible so I didn’t had the time to add the challenges I was planning.
I’ve tested over and over again in the most intensive battles and I haven’t found a single crash, but it is always possible that there is still some issues there, also I didn’t experienced the drop in frame rate that some players felt, so if anyone experienced before, please let me know if it has been fixed in your end or not.


  • FIXED: crash when units with buff or debuff are near a projectile
  • FIXED: units that create jamming detection hole can't be hidden with similar units
  • FIXED: units that create jamming false targets for the allies can't create clones of units with similar ability
  • FIXED: refill countermeasures after respawn
  • FIXED: custom skins send glow and specular map
  • FIXED: misalignment in the mission complete in the skirmish mode
  • FIXED: crash after unit is killed (happen more frequently in Ziz and large battles)
  • FIXED: crash if placed wrong name for live animation
  • FIXED: crash after sub objects killed (happen more frequently in Ziz and large battles)
  • FIXED: max visible range not working properly for sub objects
  • FIXED: AI ignore the mission borders
  • FIXED: sub objects and ground vehicles not firing when equipped with some types of weapons
  • FIXED Bomb indicator shown in the top corner when looking away from the drop prediction point

  • ADDED: the ability to show "neutralized" using the display warnings action
  • ADDED: the option to configure start countermeasure values in the mission editor
  • ADDED: the option to add sound LOD in effect objects
  • ADDED: the option to add particle LOD in effect objects
  • ADDED: option to set meshs in the background
  • ADDED: MiG-29IB
  • ADDED: Mig-29SM4
  • ADDED: J-31
  • ADDED: ATA model21
  • ADDED: A_FX-12
  • ADDED: F-313
  • ADDED: P-48 Mod-A
  • ADDED: P-48 Mod-B

  • UPDATED: Visby
  • UPDATED: P-48
  • UPDATED: A-12

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About This Game

Vector Thrust is a fast-paced action-arcade flight simulator with a unique cel shaded art style for PC. With an extensive variety of game modes like the unpredictable and vicious Quick Action, a customizable Skirmish Mode, and multiple immersive story-based campaigns, Vector Thrust aims to please both players wanting to get straight into the sky and those who love a flexible, diverse and customizable gaming experience.

Vector Thrust gives the player full power over the game to alter any aspect of the game they choose, ranging from simple tweaks to full-blown modifications. Adding user-made skins, changing unit performance and parameters or even complete battle scenarios is easy and open to anyone. With fully fleshed out Map, Mission and Campaign editors, Vector Thrust boasts unlimited expandability and adaptability.

With advanced tactical AI that actively analyses and responds to a dynamic battlefield, as well as over 200 fully playable aircraft (through various iterations of over 40 aircraft models) and even more naval and ground units that all work to complete their objectives in different ways, Vector Thrust offers missions that are never played the same way twice.

Key features:

  • Stay engaged from dawn until dusk and beyond with many single and multiplayer game modes (multiplayer on an opt-in basis during the Start of Early Access).
  • Keep coming back for more with multiple missions via a series of campaigns.
  • Unlock over 200 aircraft through a simple yet competitive Challenge Mode.
  • Pit yourself against advanced tactical AI that responds to the world around it.
  • Clash against titanic aerial fortresses and super-weapons.
  • Duel with a myriad of Ace fighter squadrons, each with their own unique combat strategies.
  • Modify your game with easy, simple modding tools and share your creations with others.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX®–compliant, Shader 2.0–enabled video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
===This is a first impression review, subject to change - Vector Thrust is an Early Access game and this review takes so in account===

(Rev. 2 - December 2nd)

Vector Thrust is a promising and actually nicely playable Early Access-stage game in its current state. This flight shooter is, on the words of the devs, meant to be mainly able to support mod creation and usage. A per-saying spiritual sucessor to the Ace Combat shooter series, this game brings a number of its classic elements such as intuitive gameplay, an alternate world as setting, and fictional aircraft and weaponry - either mod-added or from the game itself.

For previous players of the Ace Combat games, the control scheme can be customized for optimal gameplay on either Keyboard, Gamepad or XBox controllers, on similar or equal schemes to the familiar dualshock controller layout. It's likely other controllers also have decent playability. Control elements such as target view, targeting boresight and special weapons are present in the game as well as the arcade-oriented flight scheme. I still have to perform some tests but I suppose it also functions well with flight simulator sticks.

Regarding graphics, the cel-shaded style has a certain charm to it, and the models have decent detail. Regarding effects, the afterburner and missile fire effects are in a good path. What I can pinpoint as possible issues are the condensation vapor trails on sharp turns and smoke effects after explosions, as well as missile lens flares (too bright) and their trails (too thin). Otherwise, the graphics are decent looking and don't require an extremely expensive rig to run.

In sound, the effects are 'sufficient'. At the same time they are properly placed, they lack the 'punch' and 'power' feels of actual sound effects and effects used widely in shooter games, the issue here being how they sound toned-down from their actual, noisy and extreme nature. Nonetheless, all the effects can be replaced with sound packs. Same for the voice lines for the ingame AI pilots, in which they use pitch distorted versions as placeholders for difference (You can prevent the distorted pitch variations in audio menu and lowering all the min and max pitch value sliders to 0).

Gameplay-wise, the weaponry and aircraft provided at first is decievingly small. Getting aircraft in the 'families' of the Fishbed, the Draken and the Starfighter, those are the starters in which you need to pilot through the Challenges the game offers to further unlock aircraft (You can also have instantly unlocked aircraft that are added through mods, or unlock the aircraft through the respective .ini files in the game directories).

The coding side of the game takes the short end of the stick. So far it seems there is a problematic in the stability of the game for players, with crashes and freezes at some points. I've witnessed those firsthand mostly during challenges (making it impossible to unlock some aircraft), though since this is still in the alpha stage, I believe this is in the to-do list of the developers.

All in all, the TL;DR for this review is "The game has a few issues, but given some time chances are they won't be permanent". Vector Thrust has a good start and is in for a decent amount of fans if it takes a good path.

I end this review with a line some of you will know:

"These skies belong to everyone! Now, let us take back our shattered skies!"
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
I found this game to be extremely fun, however being obviously Early Alpha the game has quite a bit of issues with crashing and performance. The gameplay is pretty much what you would expect from an Ace Combat game. At its current state right now, I can't really reccomend it if you just want to play. I can only reccomend this if you want to support the developer and point out bug fixes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
This is somewhat a customised version and mod free flight sims arcade. It's still in Alpha so my opinion based on it, maybe in full released all the "Cons" I listed might get fixed and improve.

-Classic manuever and engage like good ol' Ace combat.
-No ACAH DFM/ASM just classic style of hunting prey with missile and gun.
-Tons of creation or scenario can be made with the editor, You can re-create some of your favourite AC mission
-Tons of Aircraft to be played, More aircraft hope to be added in future.
-Variety enemy, even a giant fortress and large missile sub, maybe an "Arkbird alike or SOLG" in future dev?
-Good AI, feel the tense when battling.
-Difficulty is somewhat mixed match some easy to finish some tough

-The graphic for terrain and surrounding need more improvement
-The aircraft viewer look plain need some creativeness
-Need aircraft viewer in ALL gamemode since it help on navigate the aircraft/weapons choosing
-Still feel some latency on firing the weapons
-Graphic need some improvement, I keep getting Frames drop during massive battle
-Voice actor, please find more passionate not drunk
-music and ambient average, some of the music good but most feel plain
-some crash but rare occasion only since this still in Early stage

Final words: Eventhough It still in early stage and there so much thing need to improve. I can see this game has bright future it even give me better experience than AC:AH (the only AC pc). This game mostly sandbox for now, if you hoping for story mission just for wait for the game to full release since I can't recommend it for now. But for those who want to get going test all aircraft available and create your own battle GO AHEAD Worth A While For You. Best Flight Arcade Sims on par with AC

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194 of 213 people (91%) found this review helpful
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Early Access Review
Vector Thrust, the so called "fan-made spiritual successor" to Ace Combat and the Airforce Delta series. I've been keeping an eye on this 3D cel-shaded arcade-action flight shooter, developed by 'timeSymmetry' since it first appeared on web back in 2011 and I've playing the game since the early alpha was released on Desura back in 2012.

I must say it's really challenging for a game, the A.I. is brutal, sly and can be totally unpredictable at times which is what I need in a game these days. But don't let that put you off. If the player can do something it's highly likely and most probable that the fiendishly smart A.I. can do it too. The game mechanic's are what I would consider "Sim-Lite" in certain areas, like the very extensive electronic warfare mechanic's and can be very arcade-ish at times much like in Ace Combat.

The game features a large and still expanding collection of high quality modelled aircraft, surface craft and weaponry. The many game modes tend keep me from getting bored or stressed, for an example if I get stuck in a Campaign, I'd go jump into Quick Action mode to break up the pace and try something new. And here is where I do my rundown of what I've played so far of the pre-Early Access build, which is due to be released some time on Steam's Early Access platform and I must say I'm really liking many of the improvements done to the game so far.

Quick Mission mode is good but it became a bit repetitive after a few matches due to the same style of missions appearing. I don't know if it's the seed generator or whatever generates the missions but it could do with a tweak or two, in my opinion.

How I see it Battle Scenario mode is for practising and testing your own custom missions which you can create via the built in Editors, but I had trouble loading some old mission files I created during the alpha, though I managed to get them working eventually, I had to tweak a few things in the config files.

Arcade mode wasn't available to play in the pre-EA build so I can't comment on that, But I've heard some interesting idea's on what that might entail. Now Skirmish mode is where I found myself playing a lot of. The amount of Mutators, rules and other options you can chose from which are highly funny at times and give nods to other franchises which have clearly influenced TimeS, will keep you highly entertained for hours to come.

Now Challenge Mode is where you go to unlock the vast majority of base game's aircraft by completing a series of ever increasing challenging missions for that particularly aircraft family you wish to use. I'm liking the Challenge Mode aircraft tree, it reminds me of what you would typically see in a RTS or RPG game. I would of preferred it if the missions were a bit more unique like TimeS originally planned back in the early alpha, But due to lack of manpower and time it's an understandable sacrifice.

I haven't had a chance to try multiplayer yet, it should be noted however that the game uses Steamworks for the multiplayer and it isn't included in the main Early Access branch of the game. It's part of a sub branch under the Steam Beta Properties Tab and once selected the Steam Client downloads a patch to activate the multiplayer components. Though every time I selected multiplayer no one turned up in the lobby. I don't know if that was due to the lack of online beta testers at the time or other factors at play.

The Profile menu does what you expect. It keeps tabs on your play time, stats, performance and in game accolades which you gain by achieving certain tasks in certain game modes. There is also over 150 or so Steam Achievements to acquire for those who are into that sort of thing.

The game options are fairly modifiable. There's the typical stuff you would expect of a 3 dimensional game. The Display options so far allow the use of a wide range of resolutions with V-sync and Anti-aliasing available up to 8x sampling. There's various texture and model detail levels ranging from very low to very high. Other graphical options include Bloom, Glow and Radial Blur which is typical of a Ogre Engine based game. The artistic style of Vector Thrust is in the form of three dimensional cel-shading, which in my opinion adds a unique flair to the game without TimeS needing to focus too much on texture quality, least to say he's done an amazing job with them so far. So far I'm guessing for people who aren't too fond of the cel-shading, modders will probably create realistic texture packs some time in the future to cater to their needs.

Some quick thoughts on the background music, voice acting and sound effects. Well first things first, that air raid siren in the Main Theme blending with the female vocals. That alone sends chills down my spine. The intro has a sense of urgency to it, the rolling drums and beats convey that there may be some hope at the end of whatever conflict that the player will find him/herself in. Some of the other themes are pretty good too. One of my favourites is without a doubt is a musical piece called Evan's Theme which has some classical piano work which I find relaxing. One thing I've noticed a lot of though is the early alpha music and sounds are showing their age when played alongside the new musical pieces and sound effects. I can definitely say I'm looking forward to the rest of Jose Pavli's soundtrack.

The audio options menu allows you to change the various sound options ranging from Master to SFX, environmental and BMG. The sound effects of this game are fairly typical of this genre of game. Lots of bleeps, warning sirens, explosions and the occasional sound of Dakka. The voice acting of this game is a bit lacking but it's forgiven due to it been a produced by an independent developer and that there is more important things for TimeS to focus on like the game mechanics. There is however radio chatter options which you can use which change the voice modulation mechanic built into the game what the A.I. uses to make up for the lack of voice actors.

The control options allow the player to fully remap all the controls. The player can either use a keyboard and mouse combo, a Windows compatible HOTAS or a Microsoft compatible control pad. My preferred method of input is a wired MS-360 controller due to my familiarity with Ace Combat. The HUD colour palette and camera position can be changed to suit the player preferences. It should be noted however there is other options for the you to choose from in the options config file.

During missions there is a Command Menu which you can pull up and navigate using the number keys on the keyboard mid-flight, there's no need to pause the game or such. The Command Menu allows you inform your wingmen if you have any that is, what tactics, formations and weapons to use during the sortie. There is also options which do various things to your own aircraft too, like the ability to switch off your engine mid-flight and disable the Angle of Attack limiter.

Overall I could go on and on about the game, but the things I enjoy most about Vector Thrust is the open aspect of the game and the ability to change it to your hearts content. The ability to modify everything at will within a few hours of practice is a very tempting thing indeed. And with a few weeks of the game coming out on Desura there was a large collection of mods ranging from aircraft skins, to cosmetic changes to the HUD, even original aircraft designed by 3D modeller's. So imagine what the community will be able to do with Steam Workshop support if TimeS thinks of integrating it into the game. People say the sky's the limit, well in the case of VT the sky is just the beginning!
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60 of 65 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
This game is fantastic, it's simply a spiritual sequel of the classic Ace Combat games that I loved to play on PS2, this game reminds me of the good times and the many hours I spent playing Ace Combat : Distant Thunder, Ace Combat : Squadron Leader and Ace Combat : The Belkan War on my PS2 a few years ago. I highly recommend Vector Thrust to all the fans of this cult saga. Congratulations to TimeSymmetry, the talented developer of this great indie game !
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
Ace Combat fans, look no further.

Basically, Vector Thrust is a flight arcade action game. If you're not into flight games, this isn't for you. But if you are, you should definitely take a look. The graphics are cel-shaded, which is not popular or common in the action genre - especially not in the flight genre - but it definitely makes itself work here. One of the problems of the Alpha version was that the game had so few environments, lacking in variety of mission locations. Now the game comes with at least a dozen or two of different locations, from icy waters covered in glaciers to deserts with little vegetation. It's a beauty to see, and the shading method works spectacularly well.

I feel terrible for saying that I've never heard of José Pavli before I witnessed his work here on the soundtrack. And it's gorgeous. The music is absolutely gorgeous. Action-packed, thrilling, it just makes you want to fly more. And that's saying something for a lot of games lately.

Gameplay itself is varied, depending on the aircraft you're flying. I had a lot of difficulty with certain aircraft, but other aircraft worked perfectly well for me, and that's mostly because of their maneuverability and weapon loadouts. It's important to note that this isn't a simulator, so players looking for sim flight games should keep that in mind; there's lots of real-life elements in place, though, that refuse to allow this game pass as completely arcadey. Gravity and overheating guns are two that come to mind instantly. I know there's a very intricate jamming mechanic in place as well, but I haven't experienced it yet. Overall, flying a plane is really fun.

Now, please keep in mind this is Early Access. That means that there's bugs. Lots of them. And incomplete features. LOTS of them. However, Vector Thrust comes with more complete features than most games that release on Early Access - and that's a good thing. The core mechanics are all here, and if you're just itching for a really cool and really fun arcade flight game for your PC, then you found it.

Disclaimer: I funded this game's Alpha version on Desura. The Steam version is VASTLY superior to the Alpha. This developer is legit, and has been helping people on the forums since the minute the game came out.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Early Access Review
It's rough, to be sure, but for an alpha it's solid and the groundwork is definitely there.

These guys wear their Ace Combat influence on their sleeve, which is great seeing as Project Aces gave up on that when the PS2 went out of fashion. Even in its alpha state, this is the best Ace Combat-style (which is to say, arcadey flight sim) game on Steam.

No, H.A.W.X., I haven't forgotten about you. You either, Assault Horizon. Both of you, go to your rooms. You're being schooled by an indie, probably working with a total budget equal to what you spend on coffee.
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87 of 132 people (66%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
Yo buddy, you still alive?
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Early Access Review
Flight simulators are something I haven't been able to get into for many years, not since the earlier days of console flight combat when there were fun and less complicated arcade action experiences that focused more on intense combat than technical realism. Vector Thrust is the only of its kind in a long while to grab my attention and keep me plowing through the campaign obsessively the same way I did all those years ago, marathoning rental copies of Ace Combat for hours through late summer nights off from school.

In production for over two long years of dedicated development, Vector Thrust has already found a loyal fanbase of people such as myself who have been yearning for a lost aerial combat experience that is easy enough to hop into for all skill levels while still challenging enough to encourage thorough practice and countless heated retries in arcade spirit. Vector Thrust is a one of a kind aerial combat title that excels where the bigger companies have failed recently in delivering open dogfighting action that manages to keep me wanting to play through objectives over and over due to being just plain entertaining without the filler of modern games.

The game presents an ♥♥♥ kicking soundtrack as well as a slick cell-shaded style that while not exactly realistic gives a polished and stylish appearance to the explosive imagery of combat. Though it may not be a popular choice, it stands out and gave me a certain nostalgia for the cell-shaded visuals in Robotech: Battlecry and similar arcade-y air combat titles of the PS2 era.

The two campaign are a work in progress but already feature sixteen action packed missions between them that showcase everything from intercepting bombers to bombing carriers out in the ocean. These cover the core types of objectives you'll be carrying out as the game is fleshed out during its Early Access period and the campaign is crafted into a complete story with a narrative.

The variety and accessibility of the missions keeps the modest length campaign engaging from beginning to end, ground assaults feel a little rough with not a lot of risk of being shot down as you descend to bomb them but air-to-air dogfights are exhilarating and incredibly well done. Air-to-air combat is intense and fast paced and the A.I. is cunning and deceptive in how it maneuvers out of your view and attempts to keep you in sight at all times.

Before embarking on any given mission you're given a selection of true to life aircraft and their respective weapons to consider when taking on specific tasks. The selection is already great ranging from heavy and slow A-10 bombers to quick and deadly F-15 fighters and each excel in their own unique way, requiring you to put some thought into what you bring with you into combat. The environments you take flight in are gorgeous setting that paint the perfect backdrop for an all-out war, ranging from the dusty sand dunes of deserts to the sunny islands of the tropics.

The challenge mode appears to be the real bread and butter of the game being where most of the hundreds of aircraft are unlocked in the expansive tree of increasingly powerful choices. Each plane unlocked is a new mission earned, leading to even more unlocks for a massive amount of content that is genuinely exciting to blast through. The challenges are quick craft-specific tests of reflex and skill that present you with a seemingly simple task but must be conquered in expert speed.

These challenges are generally straight forward enough to finish, but the real difficulty comes in learning how complete each one in quick enough time to earn yourself a decent enough grade to move on and earn your next fighter and its respective mission. Each of the challenges include both a local and online score board enticing the player to revisit each of the diabolical scenarios to test your ability and see how you fare against the rest of the world.

Vector Thrust has come a long way since its already electrifying early alpha and is already the perfect arcade combat sim for people who just want to jump into some action and shoot their opposition out of the sky. With the promise of a fleshed out narrative that dramatically pulls you into the action in classic Ace Combat fashion, a more fleshed out multiplayer experience, and heaps more content to an already huge roster of available airplanes and modes this is the number one air combat fix to keep an eye on right now.

Whether you're a thrill-seeking arcade action fan looking for that quick dogfight or a hardcore sim veteran with a love for realism looking for something different Vector Thrust is absolutely the most accessible fun you'll have in a game in the genre which says a lot given the indie status, small budget, and even smaller team and it can only get better on its way out of Early Access.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
Vector Thrust is a good solid game, especially for early access. The gameplay is a bit similar to Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters or Heroes in the Sky. You fly, kill X objects and complete the mission.
But, Vector Thrust has several cool elements not found in similar games. It has (upcomming Co-Op and vs multiplayer, a mission editor (Already working) and a cool selection of modern fighter planes.
The controls can be set entirely to your liking and so far I didn't encounter any real bugs or errors. Maybe some menu presentation problems, but nothing that actually takes the fun out of the game.

A must have for any would be jet jockey.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Early Access Review
Do you like Ace Combat series? Buy this.
Do you like H.A.W.X. series? Buy this.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
Simple, fast and fun in it's current form, Vector Thrust is a fun game to play, even in it's current early access state. If you are thinking about getting it, I would get it before the current sale on it runs out, as I feel £20 is somewhat steep for the game as it is now, although I got it for cheaper due to being an alpha supporter when the game was solely on Desura. Overall, the game runs well on my low to mid tier PC, and looks stunning in it's own way, the cel shaded graphics giving the game a charm of it's own, and helping to counter any points of it being an Ace Combat clone. Although inspired by such games as Ace Combat, Vector Thrust is a game in it's own right, and not just a direct imitation. I'd recommend it to any players of the older AC games (anything before Assault Horizon, really.) and fans of the arcade jet fighter style in general.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Early Access Review
As of v0.9102:
Vector Thrust is an action arcade combat flight sim. It has nice cel shaded jets, and not so nice ground textures.
Quite competent AI with two levels of difficulty (grunt and ace) and 25 degrees of competence per difficulty (1 being the easiest to handle and 25 being the hardest). So, almost anyone can find an opponent that's fun to dogfight with.
Controls are pretty solid and work just fine with keyboard, gamepad or joystick/hotas. Although, gamepad and joystick do require some rebinding.
Campaign is pretty good, since most of the time you're gonna be doing the fun part - dogfighting. When it's time for "destroy ground targets" missions, you might get a bit bored.
Additional customisation with purchasable jets and weapons adds some variety to the game and it seems that developers plan to add a lot more stuff there.
So, to wrap it up - very solid, pretty fun action arcade combat flight sim. (unless you do ground missions)

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
A cell shaded (Borderlands Graphics) Ace Combat. Since Ace Combat Assault Horizon is the only AC game on steam, I'll gladly take this one. Work in progress but a fantastic start. 8/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
123.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
If you enjoy the Ace Combat franchise then you will enjoy Vector Thrust. It can run on almost any computer that has Windows XP (Which is what I use) or later and still looks fantastic. The game is a little buggy at points but since its still in Alpha its understandable and these issues will most likely be worked out in future updates. The game is also very easy to modify (At least in Alpha) where you can add your own music, missions, skins, aircraft and much more. And with an active fansite and monthly updates this game will be played for years to come.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
127.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
Understanding that this game is still a very early release, it's got a long way to go, but it's already come very far.

Yes, there's some problems, but they're being ironed out as new content is going to be added, but whether or not the content in game is ripe enough to be adequately played at the moment is a question that comes down to a personal matter:

If you're here for the ground attack part of arcade flight games, things aren't too great for you right now. Not a lot targets to shoot at, objects to fly between, ground attack munitions are now more or less properly implemented, but there's little obligation to be low, and typical of Ace Combat, little drive to fly an attacker rather than a fighter.

However, if you're here for dogfighting action, most planes work roughly as they're intended, even those that aren't fully ready yet. Between the multiplayer mode, skirmish, and the mission editor, an intelligent player who came for the dogfighting will get their fill.

In the mean time, it's one of the best arcade flight experiences I've had in a long time, coupled with one of the more user-friendly editors (I'm looking at you, ArmA ), so even if it's nowhere near done right now, it's still quite a lot of game to sink your teeth into.

Oh. Not having fun? Set up a Skirmish with the mutators Itano Circus and Overdrive enabled. I dare you to not have fun then.

Editted for relevance: as of this writing, ground attack munitions now work.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
71.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Early Access Review
There was an F-15 chasing me.

So I tokyodrifted around and shot him in the face with a missle.

This game's pretty decent.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Early Access Review
This game should have got much more atttention back in Desura.
Don't let the 'unfinished' fools you. This is Ace Combat Infinity DM Arena with NO FUEL! YEEEEAAAAAHHH!!!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
Wow.. this is somthing us aviation nuts have been begging for. It mixes the Gameplay of ace combat, with an open source easy to edit system like in the Janes Fighters anthology series. realistic enough to give some good vareity, but easy enough to pick up and play without having to look through a manual. Still needs some polish (obviously) and some stat balancing (like the F-22A have the same stealth rating as ye Olde Jaguar) but all an all, it's worth your time!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
If you enjoyed the gameplay of any of the PS1/PS2 Ace Combat games or any of the AirForce Delta series and are looking for a experience comparable to such, this is the game for you.

In Ace Combat 5 Namco reached just over 50 aircraft for the player to fly, as a comparision, Vector Thrust has already surpassed that and Time Symmetry has planned to include somewhere near 200 official aircraft in Vector Thrust's final stages!

Also with the in-game Editor which allows for an nearly endless amount of mission possibilities, and including moddability the replayability of Vector Thrust is through the roof.

In the Early Access stages Vector Thrust has already proven to me to be easily worth the $15 ($13.49 if purchased before Aug 28th 2014) and I plan to spend hundreds of hours on this game.
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