Vector Thrust is a fast-paced single and mulltiplayer combat flight game, using a unique cel shaded art style. The game features 260 fully playable aircraft (through various iterations of over 45 aircraft models).
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Mostly Negative (15 reviews) - 33% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (385 reviews) - 62% of the 385 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2015

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January 19

Update Released: v1.1400 Now Available

hi all,

We have a BIG new Update available with a.o.fixes, a new map, new airctraft and a lot of tweaks. The entire changelog is too long to post here in this announcement - so please head to the forum for it !

Game is also 66% off right now so a good moment to jump in !

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January 15

Trading Cards Now Available !

Hi all,

Good news for collectors. We now have Trading Cards designed and enabled for Vector Thrust. We do hope you'll enjoy seeing them fall down your screen starting today !

We're also planning to release a new patch for coming monday.

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About This Game

Vector Thrust is a fast-paced single and mulltiplayer combat flight game, using a unique cel shaded art style. 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 260 fully playable aircraft (through various iterations of over 45 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.
  • Keep coming back for more with 13 missions via a series of campaigns.
  • Unlock over 260 aircraft through a simple yet competitive Challenge Mode, which includes 170 challenges.
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX®–compliant, Shader 2.0–enabled video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 3 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX®–compliant, Shader 3.0–enabled video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Lt.Alto.K.Otomiya
( 91.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Well I Play this game for many time

I give 4.5/10

Because I like a Fighter aircraft game that doesn't mean this game are good. Ok It have a many plane many type(Good). I can add a skin from ModDB(Good). I can create a mission(Good)

But The only thing that Very very.......♥♥♥♥ me is Crashes so many time an no one fix it(Critical Bad). You know when someone enjoying it but get interrupt by game Crashes you know how it feel.
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Pedro
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
what a crock of SH*T
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Jackal
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
While I really hate to give them game a negative review
It's been much too long, even for day one bugs.

First off, this game is awesome, while I think it had some things in gameplay I don't like...
The dogfighting is fun, although the planes handling could be polished to be more responsive if you ask me.

The one thing, the one thing that ♥♥♥♥s this game up the most is
A. Challenge mode, its too hard and sucks(you can bypass it though by manually unlocking planes)
B. Crashes

This game crashes pratically 24/7 on my i7-3770 and HD 7770 w/ 16gb's of RAM.
It's obnoxious and I'm just about done with it, the game has potential, but this ♥♥♥♥ on full release is deeerp.
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Captain Storm (anime m80)
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
i havent had to much time with this game , but im enjoying it. the game had so much that it could be and i hope the Devs make it there
-pros
-over all it reminds me over Ace Combat.
-the story is good and the charaters are fun (from what i have played so far)
-the world that you are in is cool and something new.
-the texureing of the plans is cool and kinda remind me of anime some how , over all i like it.
-the combat is alright
-i havent run in to a any bugs (other than it crashing now and than)

-cons (this game is still being made so)
-updates seem to be slow (im not really sure on this)
-the AI plans will kick your ♥♥♥ if you let them lock on to you.
-the game's graphics seem basic for a PC game (with the buildings on the ground , it feels more like a Ps2 game or something)
-the controls for the game are kinda weird and it only uses the keybored (the mouse is for looking around) and as far as i know there isnt mouse flight.
-diolog cuts off now and than , and dosent match the text all the time.
-this weird glitch where the russian planes are good.

Over all i am loving this game , but im not sure if its worth the full price at the moment (i got it off of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ it could be a amazaing game and had a lot of good starts at the moment , i just hope the Devs keep on it and listen to the commuinty.
i have high hopes.
as of buying this game , i would say if you have the money sure , but i would get it when its on sale or something like that. (25 bucks might be to much)
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Slark Ate My Cat
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
I don't know why so many people are complaining about this game and giving it bad reviews. It's actually pretty slick. It's not a game you're going to jump right into and shoot down everybody. You have to actually outmanuever the enemy and line them up to get a good shot, which takes a bit of practice. Plus you have to worry about missiles coming at you and back up your wingmen. Overall, it's a good experience. At least it was for me anyway. Plus if they're adding on to it, it should get even better. So here's the verdict from me...

Don't get it if you want an easy game where you can just fly up to an aircraft and shoot it down.

Get it if you like to take on opponents tactically and blow them into bits.

I mean, you can take out multiple aircraft in seconds, or spend 5 minutes (or more) chasing down one fighter while trying to dodge incoming missiles.
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Hangmen13
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 17
To paraphrase a quote by American entrepreneur Victor Kiam, "You can hype a questionable game for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring trust."
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Unstumpable
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
I'd really like to recomend this game. I bought it in late 2014 in Early Access because I wanted an Ace Combat style experience on PC. I liked the cel-shade look of the aircraft, and the "arcade but not quite" use of weapons and ammo.
And I absolutely love the number of real life aircraft variants. But I couldn't play it in EA due to frequent crashes.

Now the game is complete, I haven't had any issue with crashes, but I cannot deal with the game controls. Vector Thrust is controller supported, but not controller only. Switching between M+KB in the menus and controller in flight is annoying to me. And Vector Thrust HATES Steam Controllers.
Maybe I'll find a set of keybinds and controller options that work, but everytime I need to make changes, I need to return to the main menu to do it.
So. good game. just not for lazy couch casuals like me.
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Roselle
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
TL;DR: Fun game, way too buggy, crashes a lot. Needs major technical work, but has potential.

Fun game, when it works. Still has some major technical issues, along with some campaign bugs(I'll get more into that in a moment)

Loaded up first mission and beat it first time through, or so I thought. Killed all enemy contacts, and flew to the edge of the airspace (as commanded by the NPCs). Then lost the mission due to going out of bounds. Load up, try again, this time let the jet that we're escorting go infront of me, seems to fix it, and clear the mission. This seems like a little annoyance but wait there's more. Working on playing through this one mission in a sandstorm and bombing an enemy attack force. No big deal, fairly easy mission all things considered, except for when you actually try to fly over the main force the game crashes. Almost every time. The game already crashed fairly frequently, but that mission in particular turned into try to bomb these things from as far away as possible and break away before the number of entities being loaded (I speculate) causes the game to crash and you need to start over again. And incase that hasn't conviced you of the game's bugginess, last mission alright? Have to assault this base and eventually the prince flies out and you have to shoot him down. Fine, decent enough story reason and fun mission to play. So he flies out, I start dogfighting him and winning to a certain extent. Wonderful right? Right. Then the AI for the prince decides to not pull up in time, and he hits the side of a mountain. Okay whatever. Mission doesn't end so I clean up the airspace and destroy all known targets. Badda boom badda bang, map's clear of any hostile contacts.... oookay, mission never ends and have to restart. Turns out that to actually beat the mission you need to shoot down the prince by wittling down his health through several diolague triggers untill eventually he's going down and shoots himself in the cockpit.
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Phatnom
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 7
Unfortunately I bought into the hype of this game. I was looking for a spiritual successor to the ace-combat series but was sorely dissapointed. Poor optimisation, repetitive gameplay and poor controller support destroyed this game for me.
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archaznable
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
The game is not working anymore the last time I played it
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EastIndies
( 31.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
days of downloading mods to this game led to flying a MiG-21 against an UI4054 Aurora, 10/10 would double kill a Morgan and a X-02 again
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Dario92ck
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
No save game, unclear objectives and what to do, nobody on multipayer. But a good game with lots of potencial
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Acrux
( 46.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Lots of negetive reviews for this amazing game. let's bring it down

If you're a guy who loves the story and going to beat the campaign mode, you'll be a little bit disappointed because of the bugs and the bad voice acting.

If you're a guy with high levels of adrenaline, this will be a boring game for you becuase of the slow-paced aerial combat (Not that slow).

If you're expecting this game to be a flight sim, Sorry but its not, its more of a realistic arcade.

But if you're a guy who are going to enjoy the game overally, this is for you. the graphics are cartoony yet amazing, the physics are good, the aircrafts' aerodynamics are OK but need some improvements though. There's also crap ton of aircrafts in here. Gamemodes such as the Skirmish mode where you dogfight with A.I in your customized settings. Challenge mode to unlock further more aircraft variants in a Family format through completing fun challenges. Editor mode is a mission/campaign editor, and honestly I'm having a good time creating Fan-based Ace Combat mission. Along with Campaign mode Multiplayer mode.

Also to enhance your gaming experience, this game supports Modification, which you can download custom aircrafts, paints schemes, missions, improvements and custom audio from the modding website ModeDB.


PROS:

-Good Graphics
-Decent Physics and Aircraft Aerodynamics
-Good A.I
-Large Variety of Real and Fictional Aircrafts
-Good Selection of Gamemodes
-Includes Editor mode
-Supports Modding
-Accurate Aircraft and Weapon description/details
-Awesome game for a single Developer


CONS:

-Buggy and Crashy Campaign
-Awful Missile Physics (Which can be revived by a mod)
-Slow-Paced combat (Depends on the aircraft)
-Can get bored of it in a short time
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A Bunny
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Tries to emulate Ace Combat (Not Horizon, other Ace Combats), but fails in many aspects.

The flying is very stale and stable (you don't -feel- like you're in an actual Jet) and it sacrifices a lot of what made Ace Combat good in favor of, I guess, realism? Missiles are hardly responsive, voice acting is mediocre (not really bad a thing, but...) and the developers are full of themselves for releasing this as a FULL PRODUCT when the patch notes clearly state it's never even reached version 1.0 yet.

This is still a frickin' beta.
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Cadet
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Controls are sketchier than the part of Flordia that you can't pass without getting shot at. Otherwise, its a pretty good game. Can't wait till I have the nerve to try multiplayer.
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Victorious
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
normally i really hate to leave negative reviews because i feel that all developers that know they only made a half game will finish it.
But as an air simulator developer my self and part of the development of many air sims (india devs)
i see it hard for this game to ever be finished, its like they update it every month but the update only works for a decent amount of people. becuase my version dont seems to get any of all the features that shows in the updates log,

and they seems to have been laying a huge amount of their time in the aircraft development and skins but somehow they never make it to the game?
normally this is the best part of an arcade aircraft game, but why make new planes when the old ones or the games basics isn't even half done yet?
it is like battlefield 4 that were making new dlc's even through half the game was buggy and unfinished, they did fininsh f the game now however after alot of people complained.

my solid point is, i think this game was made of people like me that loves aircraft games and wanted to make their own, to conmtrol it and keep it alive, but where they seperate from me is that i complete the things i began and dont stop before it is 100% ready.
( and no i will not post any links to the games i developed or been helping with as that is against the steam policy to promote other products)

been following it since alpha release on steam and were following it, on moddb when they first began, were afraid to buy it on moddb as it looked like a casual half done work but when it came on steam i had to try this out, because steam's policy was quite good when this game came on here, but to end this review

It is a decent game, but too overpriced compared to it stability and development, and many other flight sims can be released before this actually gets out of an real alpha state, because this is not a full release or a beta, and i know that.

but try it out on a sale you will enjoy it for 4-5 hours and that is it,

And no it doesn't look like ACE COMBAT at all, and i've been in contact with them for a long time and been a fan of their games, since 1998
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Ackman
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
I'm really sad this is a broken game.
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[OvO]wl
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Double click on game. Nothing. Double click on it again, incase I haven't clicked on it properly. Nothing.

Game is crashing. No crash report. No information. Nothing. Game just doesn't run.
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Noble Luna
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Just from looking at the trailers and game feature, you can tell the developer of this game is a huge Ace Combat fan (as is the target market for this game)
Unfortunately it does not due a good job emulating the many things that series did well. Nor it is a good game overall.

-Boring flying mechanics
-♥♥♥♥-poor voice acting
-Music is alright but the sound design is mediocre in general.
-Controller support STILL broken
-Combat is not engaging at all. It's a little hard to describe really, guns don't feel fun to use and missles are either completely useless or quite frankly boring to utilize.
-Not immsersive at all: this is a HUGE breaker, the Ace Combat games really got you pumped up. I would feel patriotism for this fictional country I'm fighting for and even feel bad for the bogies you shot down in those games. Needless to say, Vector Thrust does not deliver that experience at all.

To sum it all up:
-Boring
-Broken
-Belongs-in-the-trash


A huge dissapointment as I first followed this game on moddb, well before Steam early access was a thing.
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[FEAF]serch248
( 90.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Despite its bugs, it's still better than Ace Combat Assault Horizon
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
While I really hate to give them game a negative review
It's been much too long, even for day one bugs.

First off, this game is awesome, while I think it had some things in gameplay I don't like...
The dogfighting is fun, although the planes handling could be polished to be more responsive if you ask me.

The one thing, the one thing that ♥♥♥♥s this game up the most is
A. Challenge mode, its too hard and sucks(you can bypass it though by manually unlocking planes)
B. Crashes

This game crashes pratically 24/7 on my i7-3770 and HD 7770 w/ 16gb's of RAM.
It's obnoxious and I'm just about done with it, the game has potential, but this ♥♥♥♥ on full release is deeerp.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 7
Unfortunately I bought into the hype of this game. I was looking for a spiritual successor to the ace-combat series but was sorely dissapointed. Poor optimisation, repetitive gameplay and poor controller support destroyed this game for me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I grew up playing Chuck Yeager's Air Combat and later on TFX, so my opinion here is biased, but I love arcade sims. I had been eyeing this game for some time, and when it was in a humble bundle I pulled the trigger. While it's not a AAA title but for what it is, it's really good.

Graphics - the aircraft are absolutely grogeous. The landscapes and terrains, are ugly.
Story -While I must give credit to the developers for creating a post apocalyptic world scenario, so far the story isn't all that interesting.
Crashes - I guess I would say the crashes on thi game are on the higher side. So a lot of games crash, I would say the current state is similar to the initial release of a Bethesda game.
Aircraft variety - A huge variety of aircraft, that I'm just starting to unlock. Starting with a lot of Vietnam era aircraft including the Phantom and Fishbed, to modern aircraft. I haven't gotten quite far enough to know how far into the modern aircraft they go. Th aircraft do free different, and in the challlenge mode, as you unlock the different variants you get to learn about the history of the development of the various aircraft.

This game was my biggest reason for purchasing the humble bundle, but I'm an extremely cheap gamer so you probably shouldn't take how much I would pay for it seriously, but I do think it was worth it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Yes there are a few bugs, but the devs can easily fix those. The problem the game faces are runtime errors and simple bugs that could cause you to repeat levels. However, these aside it's still a charming game that needed to appear on the PC platform, and the extremely wide variety of aircraft ensures a lot of challenges and hours of fun.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Tries to emulate Ace Combat (Not Horizon, other Ace Combats), but fails in many aspects.

The flying is very stale and stable (you don't -feel- like you're in an actual Jet) and it sacrifices a lot of what made Ace Combat good in favor of, I guess, realism? Missiles are hardly responsive, voice acting is mediocre (not really bad a thing, but...) and the developers are full of themselves for releasing this as a FULL PRODUCT when the patch notes clearly state it's never even reached version 1.0 yet.

This is still a frickin' beta.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Fun, fast paced, and interesting storyline. Bugs and issues do come up. But I haven't experienced any yet.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
normally i really hate to leave negative reviews because i feel that all developers that know they only made a half game will finish it.
But as an air simulator developer my self and part of the development of many air sims (india devs)
i see it hard for this game to ever be finished, its like they update it every month but the update only works for a decent amount of people. becuase my version dont seems to get any of all the features that shows in the updates log,

and they seems to have been laying a huge amount of their time in the aircraft development and skins but somehow they never make it to the game?
normally this is the best part of an arcade aircraft game, but why make new planes when the old ones or the games basics isn't even half done yet?
it is like battlefield 4 that were making new dlc's even through half the game was buggy and unfinished, they did fininsh f the game now however after alot of people complained.

my solid point is, i think this game was made of people like me that loves aircraft games and wanted to make their own, to conmtrol it and keep it alive, but where they seperate from me is that i complete the things i began and dont stop before it is 100% ready.
( and no i will not post any links to the games i developed or been helping with as that is against the steam policy to promote other products)

been following it since alpha release on steam and were following it, on moddb when they first began, were afraid to buy it on moddb as it looked like a casual half done work but when it came on steam i had to try this out, because steam's policy was quite good when this game came on here, but to end this review

It is a decent game, but too overpriced compared to it stability and development, and many other flight sims can be released before this actually gets out of an real alpha state, because this is not a full release or a beta, and i know that.

but try it out on a sale you will enjoy it for 4-5 hours and that is it,

And no it doesn't look like ACE COMBAT at all, and i've been in contact with them for a long time and been a fan of their games, since 1998
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Just from looking at the trailers and game feature, you can tell the developer of this game is a huge Ace Combat fan (as is the target market for this game)
Unfortunately it does not due a good job emulating the many things that series did well. Nor it is a good game overall.

-Boring flying mechanics
-♥♥♥♥-poor voice acting
-Music is alright but the sound design is mediocre in general.
-Controller support STILL broken
-Combat is not engaging at all. It's a little hard to describe really, guns don't feel fun to use and missles are either completely useless or quite frankly boring to utilize.
-Not immsersive at all: this is a HUGE breaker, the Ace Combat games really got you pumped up. I would feel patriotism for this fictional country I'm fighting for and even feel bad for the bogies you shot down in those games. Needless to say, Vector Thrust does not deliver that experience at all.

To sum it all up:
-Boring
-Broken
-Belongs-in-the-trash


A huge dissapointment as I first followed this game on moddb, well before Steam early access was a thing.
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1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 9
EDIT: THIS IS NOT A PRE-RELEASE REVIEW. Check the date of this review before harassing me.

This game shouldn't have left early access, it feels like it was never finished, and it feels like it never will be.
At least, not anytime soon.

I really wanted to be able to get into this game, but it never happened for various reasons.

When I bought this game, I wasn't expecting a serious flight simulator, I was expecting a game that was going to be similar to Ace Combat's arcade-y feel.

However, I never got that feel. In fact, a lot of the planes feel very awkward and strange, and the story feels completely uninspired, and the music is alright, but it's nothing to write about. I knew the flying mechanics would be different, but the mechanics in this game need a lot more work before they feel like they have enough depth to be a good thing. I personally think there should be more feedback with every action, not just visually, but in the audio, the HUD, in anything. The immersion in the game is also extremely weak, which I personally believe is made worse when players hear the awkward voice acting.

One of the strongest positives about this game ( and perhaps the only one ) is the ability to mod the game and to create your own content.
However, the game is very small, and the modding community is even smaller. That means we will never be able to have intensive modding scenes that other games have, because this game died before it even had life. There are a few mods out there already, but they are nowhere as amazing as they could have been.

This game was developed by like one guy, however, the video game industry is a competitive market. There isn't a moment where we can say 'You get an A for effort.' because in the end, the consumers still need to spend money for the product. I'm hoping that this game somehow gets revived in the future, but it's very unlikely, and I cannot recommend this game unless players are absolutely sure that this is a game that they want to invest in the game as it is.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
This game has so much untapped potential.
It is currently incomplete, although you can play through the entire campaign and see the ending credits.
The game only ever crashed on me once!

- it is hard to adjust the sound so you can hear the dialog over engine noise etc. There are several sliders, but they are only available from the main menu :(
- The challenge mode boasts tons of unique airplanes with interesting history, but only 95% of the aircraft can be unlocked and many of the 'fun' experimental fighters have really horrible stats when you do play with them.
- The Mirage in the campaign had no special weapons and when I play with it the XP is given to another plane.
- The story is cool enough, but the missions suddenly become very unbalanced when you use realistic missile stats on easy. (I had to cheat to get through 2 of them).
- Mission 1 has two parts, it teleports you halfway but I did not notice, so every time it said "stay with target" I changed course - apparently that ends the mission (it could do with checkpoints!)
- The third camera mode is awesome to look at but impossible to play in. Game could use a replay feature post-mission so you can use awesome camera mode.
- All models are extremely detailed despite the low-res textures on ANGELS etc. Too bad you only ever see it in the editor. Consider making scripted events mid-mission so you get to see close-up footage of the gun-emplacements and tanks at least once in-game.
- Audio Dialog should be normalized - there was one issue of a squad member being VERY loud while the others were almost silent (Good thing it has subtitles!).
- The game lacks dooms-day weaponry. It would be awesome to have at least one aircraft with a laser or swarmer-missiles or scorched-earth-cluster-bomb-of-doom or something.
- Last level is ideal for some underground flight, so open up those hangar doors and put a generator inside.
- Sometimes scripted events cut off dialogs early. Like in mission 11 where I still don't know what Lynx wanted to tell me about the ANGELS.
- There are a lot of abbreviations that never gets explained. Consider adding dialog to explain what CAS, AWACS, RCS etc. is before every NPC starts flingin pilot jargon everywhere.
- The game could do with explanations for special options. E.g. I had no idea what the AOA limiter was until I disabled it and performed a turn so sharp, my aircraft suffered structural damage :D The AOA limiter and the engines_off button could perhaps become usefull if it was not so harmfull. Oh, and I was wondering if disabling the AOA limiter can lead to black-out and red-out. It should.
- The title of the game is vector thrust, but there is no button to enable vector thrust. I suppose it is another 'thing to come' item, but I am disappointed that even VTOL planes do not have any special mode of operation. ... There IS a button for Special Operations "O", but it does not do anything as far as I can tell.
- This game could end up beating both Ace Combat and HAWX, and it is so close - it is just incomplete. I can't wait to see the finished product.
- I read the list of "mutations" in the editor. Now we just need maps that use them, and we'll have even more fun!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Fans of the Ace Combat series can rejoice, Vector Thrust is a faithful homage to the arcade flight series while delivering fresh content of its own. A lot of reviewers complained of the missile lock system so the developers have implemented a feature allowing players to choose between the classic missile mode and the new improved mode which near duplicates Ace Combat's lock and fire approach. I elected to play with this mode. The game boasts a lot of aircraft including some not in the Ace Combat series and a passable story befitting of the genre; an alternate reality military/science fiction. My biggest complaints would probably be the sound quality and the lacking detailed cockpit view but this is still an early release title with a ton of potential! The developers are active and I am eager to see how Vector Thrust evolves.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1,235.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This game has mixed reviews because it's not a game. It is a work of art. Honestly, the cell-shaded planes are so pretty, I almost don't want to shoot them down! The music is exquisite. The post-apocalyptic premise is thought-provoking. And best of all, the mission editor. It's a simcade, but what it lacks in realism, it makes up for in surrealism. Some say it is unfinished, I say it is an unfinished symphony...or better yet, a ballet of bullets and barrel rolls, streaking missiles and falling shrapnel, where white fluffy clouds and billowing black smoke meet. Above a war weary world.
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15 of 28 people (54%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
101.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
This game is bad.
Buy IL-2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Great selection of planes, great graphics and very ambitious for an indie game.
Problem is that the game is buggy beyond belief.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
I have to recommend this game. It has it's fair share of things that need to be fixed; typos, dialogue not matching subtitles, etc. but the game plays wonderfully. Every time I find myself on the computer I play this game for at leasta skirmish match. The modding community is very active, with many things from Ace Combat and Yukikaze finding their way into VT. To be honest, the only thing I don't like is the lack of a hangar plane selection screen in skirmish. (You can actually take planes straight out of the unpilotable categories and put them in the 'Airplane' folder, thus enabling them for skirmish and scenarios, and you can edit the game's main campaign and add what planes you wish to use.)

ALSO: If you want to pick your targets carefully, use the boresight lock-on, don't use the 'change target' key. I believe boresight is CTRL?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
So I.ll give Vector Thrust my recomandation mainly for its gameplay however it has both its positives and negatives so here it is

Pros:
Solid and Challanging gameplay which you have to stay alert or you.ll be shot out of the sky so quickly.
There's some good music to it in some missions.
A interesting campaign story

Cons:
A bit buggy and broken
Missile tracking is not that great
Voice acting isn't great quality and it skips most parts or doesn't say the dialoge at all.

So my overall score is 7/10

Not as good as the Original Ace Combat games but its still a decient game in my opinion.



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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
First Impressions;

Started 'Quick Action' and had so much fun I just continued doing that so far...

Awesome game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I can not and will not say this game is perfect in any way, shape, or form whatsoever. I'll say it up front, this is a buggy, crash-ridden game with a lot of half-baked content in it. There are a bunch of aircraft in the game you've probably never even heard of, and unlocking them is a pain in the ♥♥♥ all the way through.

The campaign isn't bad, nothing new or interesting, but not bad. It's like being a regular at a restaurant and ordering something good that you normally get. It doesn't push any bars, but it isn't awful. The only part of it that bugs me is the voice-acting, which needs some work. Everyone sounds disinterested, though the lore of the world itself is pretty interesting from what the campaign tells you.

The gameplay is mostly trial-and-error. Once you learn the controls and spend some time beating the AI that tries so very hard to shoot you down even at lower levels, there's actually some meaning behind the consistent 'heroic'-sounding music that plays 24/7 while you're running down MiGs and bombers with your machine gun. Vector Thrust takes a lot from Ace Combat when it comes to boss encounters, you've got experimental superplanes and flying aerial battleships mixed in with the standard fighter jet fare.

There's also an Editor mode, for those interested in making their own missions. This is what's got me sucked in for the most part. I've spent a fair amount of time on this thing, and still haven't figured out all these fancy commands and functions yet. It's also where I've gotten the most crashes, mostly from trying to make xbox heug scenarios.


WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS GAME?

Vector Thrust is still a very buggy, buggy mess. I don't personally believe that it should be out of Early Access at the moment, because a lot of people would pick this up and spit on it after about 10 minutes. Unfortunately, I've been sucked in with 50 hours of my life taken from this game way back in Early Access, and honestly have grown quite fond of it despite the flaws. It's not perfect, but it's fun to screw around with if you're a fan of arcade flight sims.

If you're unwilling to spend $25 on a game that still has a long way to go in development, don't go for this. But if you want to appease your inner 'Maverick' and don't mind a game that's still very much a Beta, Vector Thrust is worth a try.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I really like this game!! I don't know why people comparing with Ace Combat, i've played ace combat:AH and i didn't like it at all...well it has "flashy" grapihics, but that's about it.
It has a nice collection of planes (and they'll introduce more).
Challenges to unlock planes are good (some of them buggy, but you can override or just pay pass points to buy the plane).
Skirmish mode...i love skirmish mode, you can dogfight for hours (you make the settings about opponents/time/win conditions/type of match).
You can create/edit missions in the editor...
You can edit everything...even tweak the fly models a bit and armament. So i can say someone can make it more "realistic" ( not Realistic-realistic like DCs realistic) or even more arcade...

The only bad thing so far is that the campaign lacks things here and there...and...it just needs more.
Also skirmish mode needs a ground strike mode or something (because i haven't found any if it has...but still you can tweak things in edit and create something like that).
The other bad thing - if you can call it bad- is the lack of mouse aim control. So you'll either have to play with keyboard or just get a gamepad.

I really like it for what it is (arcade sim?)... and i think the developers are making a good job so far.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Have really enjoyed this game so far. Sure it has its faults but I haven't had any more crashes than any other game. As a 20+ year veteran of flight sims I got more than I expected and the voice acting is just fine. The customization and mod potential here is off the charts, if you haven't gone and downloaded the voicepack mods for skimish mode you are missing out. Editor is just icing on the cake. Hope the next patch has the F/A-18 and Mirage 2000 hint hint.
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