Vector Thrust

Vector Thrust is a fast-paced cel shading action-arcade flight simulator.
With an extensive variety of game modes like the unpredictable and vicious Quick Action, a customisable Skirmish Mode, and multiple immersive story-based campaigns, Vector Thrust aims to please both players wanting to get straight into the sky or those who love a flexible, diverse and customisable game 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 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.

With regular updates containing new game-modes, aircraft, and other important features brought to you by a friendly, active and involved team from around the world, Vector Thrust offers an all-new aerial combat experience in a unique artstyle that will be sure to please both arcade flight sim veterans and new pilots.


  • Engage at your discretion with a variety of game modes
  • Take part in an scarred and battle-weary world with a series of campaigns
  • Unlock over 200 aircraft through an simple, yet competitive challenge mode
  • Pit yourself against advanced tactical AI that responds to the world around it
  • Clash against titanic aerial fortresses and superweapons
  • Duel with a myriad of Ace squadrons, each with their own unique combat strategies
  • Modify your game with easy, simple modding tools and share your creations with others

Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7
CPU with 1Ghz
GPU: 128 MB DirectX®–compliant, Shader 2.0–enabled video card
Ram 1GB
Hard-disk space 3GB
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c

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8 comments by timeSymmetry on Jul 1st, 2015


It is almost time, Vector Thrust will most likely release in the next 24 hours.

Before saying anything else, let me be clear, for release there were only two priorities, the Hollow Thunder Campaign and making a game as solid as it should be for a release. I mean with this, in gameplay and modding, and extra effort has been made to make the game adapt to missing textures, files or out of range values. To help the designer there is a new editor log that prints any critical situation but without crashing.

Of course, there is more new content in the release, but this has not been a priority. But as may know me, I´m always ready to add more content for VT, so there will be plenty of opportunities to add it later.

A game with open architecture like VT, there is no clear end for the development, but I feel a solid campaign and gameplay is what defines it as a full release

This world has been in development for a long time, I´ve seen some files that date back to 2007. (Would be interesting to find the date of the first file of VT, but that is a talk for another time)

Now is not the time for retrospectives, but I feel that the world could have been presented a lot sooner in the development. But fortunately with the release, we will now be able to see the world trough the perspective of the Hollow Thunder campaign.

Also! I almost forgot, the multiplayer has been fixed during joining and gameplay.

If you have played multiplier before you probably noticed a heavy lag on other payers. But that has been fixed! Actually it wasn´t lag! It was an issue in the code that made all NPC aircraft always move in the direction of the nose, this contradicts to the actual movement of the other player and that created a constant popping effect.

I hope with this multiplayer really takes off, because if it does I have greater plans for it.

But I´ll stop here for now, there is a lot more to talk about for the release, this is just the start. more reports will be available before the release has been launched.

So stay tuned!

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RaptorGod Voice Pack 1

RaptorGod Voice Pack 1

Aug 14, 2015 Audio Pack 2 comments

A voice pack of several different voices from several games come to Vector Thrust.

Enhanced Solid State Laser

Enhanced Solid State Laser

Aug 9, 2015 Weapons Model 0 comments

This pack includes the ESSL (Enhanced Solid State Laser) plus a modified .ini file for the XR-900 Geopelia so the plane uses this weapon instead of the...

VTRP Tomcat Sunset Pack

VTRP Tomcat Sunset Pack

Aug 8, 2015 Vector Thrust Realism Project Vehicle Skin 0 comments

Carrier Air Wing 8's final cruise with the F-14 Tomcat, plus special schemes from the retirement ceremony at NAS Oceana

XR-900 Geopelia

XR-900 Geopelia

Aug 1, 2015 Vehicle Model 27 comments

Based its design in both the original airplane and the awesome fan art I've found online. Only the X-49 left for all the playable radical aircraft to...

Command & Counquer Generals Voice Pack

Command & Counquer Generals Voice Pack

Jul 31, 2015 Audio Pack 8 comments

A voice pack that adds a few of the aerial units audio quotes from both Generals: Zero Hour and Generals: Rise of the Reds beta.

Dragon Ball Voice Pack: Goku

Dragon Ball Voice Pack: Goku

Jul 31, 2015 Audio Pack 2 comments

A voice mod that adds the English Goku voice from Dragon Ball Z to Vector Thrust.

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Guest Aug 24 2014 says:

Is there going to be update for the game this week ? I noticed some bugs when playing the game. such as the gun trajectories that guides the players to gun down enemies sometimes appears and sometimes does not. Also, does the fact that low-durability player aircrafts sometimes gets destroyed by missile in one shot (even on Easy difficulty) also true or also a bug ?
For the majority of the game, I enjoyed playing it. I love the visuals and the open-ended nature of it in which we can make custom missions ( though sometimes still buggy at the moment). The included campaign also nice. Though I was hoping there would be story cutscenes and voice actors for story-related dialogues.
Looking forward for the next update.

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SlyCooperFan1 Aug 24 2014 replied:

Update should be coming this Friday if all goes smooth.

Gun reticle only appears if you're close enough to the enemy aircraft for it to appear.

Difficulties are not set by the game. Difficulty only applies to campaigns, where the campaign's creator sets the levels for each difficulty. Easy in Campaign 1 is not necessarily the same as Easy in Campaign 2, if you get what I'm saying.

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szboudreau01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

About low-durability being one-shotted on easy..

Well, how much health is it? I don't think the difficulty does anything yet anyway

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SlyCooperFan1 Aug 24 2014 replied:

It does, but only in Campaign mode, because that's the only place difficulties exist.

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szboudreau01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

Wow, it actually does stuff? Well, I'd not know, I've not played Campaign much at all

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Nergal01 Aug 24 2014 says:

As per my century-old promise, here's the raw collection of Unreal Tournament 99 & 2k4 voicepacks in case anyone's interested. You still need to manually edit the respective .inis to put the voices in game however.

Bonus includes the infamous original UT 99 announcer voices, menu theme of UT2k4 and no-intro version of Quake 3's Front Line Assembly track 2/Civil Protection theme for BGM replacement. All files already in .ogg format.

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MyHatismyFriend Aug 24 2014 replied:

protip are they stereo because VT will not play mono sounds

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Nergal01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

I suppose they should be in stereo.

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MyHatismyFriend Aug 24 2014 says:

Love the fact that the napalm bombs explode into massive moving walls of rekt that wipe out tanks and buildings instead of playing a funny sprite effect and then vanishing like Ace Combat's NPBs.

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Nergal01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

Now that screams for a Vietnam-themed campaign.

Oh wait.

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Masterchief461 Aug 24 2014 says:

Will you be adding some of the famous Swedish jets that are used worldwide (SAAB-Gripen, Viggen and Draken)?

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Nergal01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

börk börk börk börk börk (translation: Just wait and see™. All Draken variants including the most obscure ones are already in-game however)

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John_Silver Aug 23 2014 says:

Finished both campaigns today, and the overall impression is great.

First of all - technical. No glitches or crashes. (One bug on the mission four of the new campaign, but I'm pretty sure it's a sripting error).
Overall difficulty is slighly higher that Ace Combat, but that's also a good thing. It's challenging, not impossible. Air-to-ship combat is the toughest so far, felt myself like Roy Focker or Alto Saotome, while dodgning those missiles.

A couple of notes though.
1) I beat the DDG-56s using "Kadushka" and "Udav" (dunno, how they're called in English) anti-missile manuevers I've learned in LockOn. A hint or small "manuever tutorial" might be needed for newbies.

2) A mission 4 scripting bug I've mentioned above. Enemy aces' planes cannot be damaged.

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timeSymmetry Creator
timeSymmetry Aug 23 2014 replied:

Yes, like Midsummersnow said, the dreamers are supposed to be immortal, but I´ll improve that mission to make them retreat when they have low HP.

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midsummersnow Aug 23 2014 replied:

The Dreamer Aces in mission 4 are meant to be to be immortal so you can battle them later on in the campaign.

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arazgriz25 Aug 23 2014 replied:

Still, couldn't they just bail out? or is that not a viable option right now since we're in alpha?

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szboudreau01 Aug 24 2014 replied:

Gameplay-wise, ejection is impossible.

But, they could always obscure it with radio dialogue apon defeat:

"Dammit, can't control it! Bailing out!"

Or something along those lines

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Nergal01 Aug 24 2014 replied:


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Vector Thrust
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Released Jun 2012
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Highest Rated (13 agree) 10/10

I am sorry I couldn't give it a 10/10 out of euphoria; but this is still an alpha; I am glad that such a ace combat pandora box has been opened; i was very pleased, really; and the only reason i cannot be more precise is the state of advanced sleep deprivation my brain is suffering from. The musics seem sometimes to be out of place and we can barely see what the entire game will be; but...... This is a godlike game. Really. I have never been so hooked on a game this "young" since years. Not even…

Jun 26 2012 by Wheaton_Adams

Lowest Rated (2 agree) 5/10

Pretty unplayable at the current moment, UI's too small, the game is also very buggy for me currently, every time I start the game it just likes to empty out all my controls, so I have to keep 'reverting to default' and resetting my modified controls over and over again. And also Desura seems to have wiped all my skins and modified content when I update (And also wipes all options again, including Display options) I understand that this is a Alpha version, but the game's bugs and problems are too…

Jul 2 2012 by DEathgod65

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