Vector Thrust

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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 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.

  • 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.

Customer reviews


Overall a decent game

rladouceur | July 14, 2015 | See all rladouceur's reviews »

I bought vector thrust because I also bought a new joystick for Elite: Dangerous and felt like it'd be good to try a jet fighter simulator. I was pretty impressed when I tried the game. While I find the graphics to be a bit of a downside, the game itself is pretty darn good. By changing to the front view without all of the cockpit junk that's normally in the way, you're able to see clearly in front of you, and with a quick rotation of the joystick, behind as well. I found the different jets actually different, meaning they weren't the same style of control for all, but instead they actually felt different. This is something that isn't always accomplished in jet fighter games. Overall, I'll rate this game an 80 out of 100, because I'd prefer a training mode and I'd prefer more realistic graphics. Good deal!


Live Fast, fly high!

KingTed | July 9, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Dogfight Arcade games are not so common nowadays so titles like Vector Thrust are most welcome on PC. You like Ace Combat? This is basically the same thing. It's as Arcade as it can get. The game offers a great amount of customisation and the gameplay is excellent. Visually, it's a mix bag. Vector Thrust uses cel-shading to create really great looking fights in the air. However, the ground is poorly made (Well, you're not supposed to spend much time near the ground anyway). It's a fun game with a very fast pace. Too bad there are no cockpit view.


Much potential but a brutal learning curve

Brownninja97 | July 9, 2015 | See all Brownninja97's reviews »

Vector thrust is a really good game. Pretty much everything is solid however if you look at the type of community that plays it then that is where the trouble begins. Dont get me wrong they arent bad, they are good, they are really good and this means that anyone trying to get into the game for the first time will really struggle and then you have to realize that there will not be a lot of people on the game in the first place. In terms of graphics and physics this game can be compared to a triple A game easily its just a shame that next to no one plays it.


Arcade-style Ace Combat

sycomantis1991 | May 28, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

Vector Thrust looks and feels a lot like Ace Combat, but with a faster-paced, more arcadey Star Fox-esque feel. The controls are solid, and it's great dogfighting action through and through. The game isn't graphically amazing, but a lot of the planes themselves look super sleek. All of this combined with the varied enemy types and challenge modes make this a fun game you'll be putting many hours into.


Great for all

TokiMC | Feb. 3, 2015 | See all TokiMC's reviews »

Vector Thrust is an arcade dog-fighting game similar to the likes of HAWX and Ace Combat but with minor differences. The fast paced combat combined with the hundreds of unlockable planes makes this game extremely fun. The planes look absolutely awesome, as do the sky and the water. That's about the only plus point of the graphics. The textures of the maps are absolutely terrible, they are very low resolution and are particularly bad to look at when flying close to the ground. Textures of airports are also bad and look like they're just 2D images pulled from Google Earth. Particle effects are also pretty bad, explosions created by destroyed aircraft are very small and disappear completely after two or three seconds, and plane's don't have noticeable vapor trails. Lens flare is also bad, it's pretty much just a grey ring on your screen which really does not look nice. This game has no cockpit view, which is absolutely ridiculous considering the type of game it is. Flares aren't very bright and are difficult to see. The game's UI is only visible when looking straight ahead. The gameplay is completely brilliant. Fast paced combat, many different enemy types, ranging from drones to flying fortresses, and different properties for different planes. While the campaign is short, the main game mode is 'Challenges' where you take part in different challenges, ranging from shooting down balloons with your forward mounted gun or bombing enemy tents, to unlock the literally hundreds of planes that this game has.