Fast pace cellshading flying action. Soar the skies as you take on the most vicious enemies above the ground. Experience an airborne adventure in an all new art style that will take you to something different and exciting. With the possibility to add just about anything you can imagine into the game, the sky it's not the limit. It's just the beginning.
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 Metal Gear Solid HD did it so fast. Wonderful work, TimeSymmetry, you made several dreams come real. Thank you.
Vector Thrust is a ballin' title in the atmospheric combat arcade flight game sub-sub-sub-genre. It is difficult for me review this game in contiguous paragraphs, so I will make lists instead.
+ The mix between arcade and realism mechanics is refreshing
+ It's going to test your situational awareness and your ability to gain the upper hand against your opponent as much as it tests raw skill without having a terribly steep learning curve
+ Features a large (and still expanding) collection of aircraft, ground vehicles, and weaponry
+ Great modding support
+ Cel shaded graphics work very nicely for this game and makes it stand out amongst the crowd (which thinks poop filters can make anything look good, strangely enough)
+ Did I mention that (at the time of this review) it's still in alpha? Even with what the developer has achieved so far there's still loads of potential for this game.
- The AI could be better (The problems are marginal and I'm sure this will be addressed as development continues)
- Menus could use more polish (I'm sure improvements will come in time for menus as well. This isn't even all that much of a con because they still look nice and function as they should, with a few exceptions.)
- It doesn't cook my meals for me
I am hard pressed to find bad things to talk about this game. Even if there were more problems there's a plethora of time between now and the full release for these things to be addressed and polished. Timesymmetry has done an awesome job so far and one can only look forward for the things to come in this game's bright future.
Final verdict (AKA tl;dr): This is a great game with incredible potential. It's fast-paced, fun, has a nice balance between arcade and realism, looks great, and is relatively easy to pick up and play. If you're interested in getting a flight combat game and you're a fan of the Ace Combat series, Vector Thrust is definitely worth your time and interest.
This game is essentially Ace Combat on the PC, something I have been waiting for for many a year. The art style is distinctive and clean with high quality textures and lighting effects, however what really sold it for me was the potential for modding; I can't wait to see the planes and weapons that both Time-symmetry modders alike put into the game, so far this is the only game I have been interested enough in to buy whilst still in alpha. Great job Time-Symmetry keep up the good work, looking forward to future updates.
At first I wasn't sure I should get this game, but I decided to get it anyway and I'm glad I did, the level of customization is so high and EASY to do that I was already modding the game 5 minutes after downloading without any help, this alone makes it worth. You can mod absolutely everything, from the models to the hud to the music and sounds to the campains, everything.
The controls are great too, feels very smooth and polished already and it's just the alpha version!
Also, gameplay wise, the game can be extremely challenging during some missions, which is great.
After the disappointment that was AC:AH, this is exactly the game I needed to scratch that nostalgic Ace Combat rash.
The game is still in Alpha, but even so, this game shows tremendous potential as a PC equivalent of Ace Combat, and also as a platform to showcase many peoples modding skills. The cell shaded art style is a refreshing change from Sir Grittygrey McLightbloom, and everything is very visually appealing as a result.
The jets handle beautifully, and are all richly detailed, with a nice assortment of weapons for choice.
It's not a bug free game, (Like I said, it's still in Alpha), like certain functions causing the game to crash to Desktop, and crashing in game, but I'm willing to overlook all of those by its early stage in development.
Overall, an excellent game that I recommend to any fan of Arcade Flight Sims.
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 re-playability 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 and I plan to spend hundreds of hours on this game.
This game has so much potential and looks great so far. 90+ planes and still in alpha! I don't know any AC game that had that many planes. Graphics still need some work but I'm certain you guys will get there eventually. One issue I had was that it was almost too realistic though. Although in reality it doesn't take 10 missiles to shoot a plane down,in Vector Thrust, I go down in about 3 making for some very quick mission fails. Giving your plane a little more durability will also allow for a little more in terms of epic fights between 50+ planes XD. Besides that, this game has it all, including mod support, I mean, what more could I ask for :P. Fantastic job so far though, keep up the great work, this game will definently be amazing.