VTOL VR is a near-futuristic combat flight simulator developed by Paolo Encarnacion, also known as BahamutoD, original creator of the BDArmory mod for Kerbal Space Program. VTOL VR was released on Steam Early Access on August 7, 2017. The game is built specifically for virtual reality and has players use their hands to flip switches, press buttons, and manipulate the virtual flight controls.
VTOL VR is playable on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift (S), Valve Index, Oculus Quest (ONLY USING OCULUS LINK) and Windows Mixed Reality. The game requires both a HMD and controllers. There is optional hardware rudder support, but no HOTAS support.
The game is in v1.0 and available for purchase on Steam.
VTOL VR offers many advanced multi-role jets:
1 . AV-42C Kestrel, a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capable vehicle.
2 . F/A-26B, a carrier based air-superiority fighter that can be configured for ground attack roles.
3 . F-45A, a small stealth aircraft with VTOL capabilities and an internal weapons bay.
The game offers missions that put players in transport, air-to-surface, and air-to-air combat roles. Additionally, users can create their own maps and missions or play other users' content via the Steam Workshop.
VTOL VR Rating
User Score (Steam): 9.7 / 10
VTOL VR Reviews
There are a bunch of games that you probably need to own in VR. SuperHot, Beat Sabre, Sairento and then this one. The balance of simulation and game play is just right. Graphics look unimpressive when you watch the trailer, but the VR immersion totally makes up for this. Flying down city streets and under bridges is a buzz. Tonnes of weapons to play with and master. I haven’t dipped into the Steam workshop yet and assume replayability is pretty much infinite with the addition of player built scenarios and missions.
So don’t be put off by the initially sparse look or simplicity of the graphics, it’s totally immersive once you get the headset on and absolutely worth a buy, even at full price.
Amazing game that is very immersive. Though the graphics could be better it probably is for the best that they aren’t so it requires a less powerful computer. I think that you could get bored very quickly once you finish all the missions but the 2v2 dogfight is something that i love cause i can fire 8 missiles really fast and obliterate my target. The tutorials kinda suck so you should find some one youtube for some help. And if you want this games for stunts I recomend it. if you want it for combat i still recomend it. but you should use headphones because there is a built in siri and you can use voice commands. my only issue is crashes
Extraordinary! I’m no flight sim nerd. I know my way round a plane roughly - played MS flight sim lots decades ago, and a dog fighting sim. Many many years ago.
This is just unreal. 1st session managed to land my VTOL plane on a roof top. It is amazing. You can look between your feet, all around you. Start the engines up, open the doors. I learnt to transition from hover to forward through instinct, same the other way round too.
Just done the 1st mission on the second attempt (pick up soldiers , etc, no combat). Soooo satisfying.
Apprehensive about my 1st combat flight as the training was a little confusing regarding weapons and each plane has different systems, but I’ll get there I’m sure.
So superb and suitable for all types. VR at its best.
I find the virtual joystick a little odd. You lose the sense of physical limits so you don’t know where the stick is at times, and I often let go and re-grip to “reset” my grip. I use grip-grip , as opposed to toggle grip which can get you in a whole lot of trouble when you move your hand forgetting they are locked onto controls. Same with the throttle.
I have run a utility called UJR which has reconfigured my Fanatec CSR elite driving pedals into rudders. Its a game changer for me in terms of control and immersion. You see your feet move in VR too.
I understand the Dev’s motivations for virtual stick and throttle only but I’d really really appreciate being able to use a basic joystick with top thumb joystick. It would not break the immersion and would be amassive improvement in terms of control precision. Having a floating joystick is a compromise, and doesn’t suit the Oculus touch controllers much.
Overall I’m giving this a “Brilliant”. A must have in your VR experimental library.
This game is AMAZING!! Have a decent PC and a decent VR headset? Buy this game! Like simulators and flight games? BUY THIS GAME!! This is a great game! Sure, the graphics are a little bit downgraded, but that’s for a good cause. Also, if you do not master the controls in the first day, don’t worry you will after some practice. More people need to know about this small game! There are 3 amazing vehicles, 2 of which can take off and land vertically. Every single one has a distinct cockpit and controls.
I love this game! I hope there will be more VR games like this about aircrafts! It’s difficult if you want it to be so: manually do everything. For example, make landing on the Aircraft carrier ship. And it can be easy if you use autopilot and skip some optional goals like refueling in the air. I’m sure the developers have found the optimal balance between real simulation and user-friendly game.
I have played flight simulator games since I was 12 yrs old. All these Microsoft flight sim, Combat Flight sim etc.. from 2002 up until 2020. I played war thunder, also VR version, and don’t get me wrong, I am still playing. they are all fun. But I haven’t seen anything like this game. I can not even describe how awesome it is :) It’s definitely easy on the eyes. Normally, I can’t play Vr games longer than 1-2 hours. AS of now, it’s been 9 hours, in a single day. it’s very detailed, has user friendly interface, feels like sim( but it’s not. currently you cant cause stress damage to plane), and it’s combat oriented. I dedicated myself to promote this game, its dev and its features. It’s so fun, and I would like anyone who is, or may be interested in aviation to play this game. If you’d like to see some of my videos, type ‘parstronaut’ in youtube, facebook and twitch. I’ll be posting contents on a regular basis(hopefully) See you on the field. ( Hope they will implement mp feature in future.)
This game is solely responsible for my spending of $1800 on VR gear. Played it once in a club and got immediately hooked. It is simply amazing, DCS might be better graphically and have more accurate simulation, but this game beats it by 1000000 miles in term of playability and engagement. It’s just like you actually piloting the damn thing (and I actually piloted the damn things, albeit not jets).
If you have VR set and at least somewhat interested in aviation, this game is an absolute must. Skip FSX, skip DCS, skip X-Plane, Il-2, Warbirds abd Red Baron, go for VTOL VR.
While at first impression, it’s a pretty impressive game, some of the controls are really unresponsive. Trying to get the targetting on the radar to work requires patience which, quite honestly is not what you want or need when fighting dog fights. There’s no training for defensive manouvers either so, you basically just have to wait to get killed and hope your defences work because you won’t be able to target your enemies due to the previous issue. Also, no real maps, the external graphics are like VR from the 90s. Limited numbers of planes to fly. I’d put this in the £10 game category at best.
By far the best flight sim. Other flight sims have you memorizing random hot keys on your keyboard or hotas, and fumbling around looking for where your hands are outside of vr. This game has a fully simulated fully functional cockpit, an active community of creators making new missions, and official multiplayer is on the way (a multiplayer mod can hold you over in the meantime). A must have for anyone with vr that enjoys flight sims.
This game is incredible. I never thought I would purchase any simulator, but here I am. It gets you up into the air flying in under 10 min, and the tutorials set you up to do the basics, but you will find yourself voluntarily teaching yourself and practicing. Lately I’ve been abandoning games, but for some reason I keep getting sucked into VTOL VR. I suspect it’s because this game feels so “real.” You get so wrapped up (especially in very stressful missions) that you forget you’re just playing a game. A game hasn’t made me feel that way in a while.
Plus I’ve learned the fundamentals of flight, which is a neat bonus.
I have not encountered any major bugs or crashes, either. Clearly, this game was made with a ton of love and brilliance.
Short Review: Amazing flight game (if not the best) for VR. If you are a fan of anything Aviation and or Military, this is a must have for your library.
Long Review: VTOL VR is an amazing game with an amazing community to boot. VTOL VR is a game that is easy to pick up and hard to master. This is certainly not the most realistic flight sim or combat sim you can get. However, it manages to perfectly blur the line between being realistic, and being fun and arcadey. For one example, if you want, you can start up your aircraft, just taxi to a catapult on a carrier, hook up, and take flight. Or if you prefer a more realistic approach to taking off, you can radio the tower, wait in cue, go through your own flight checklist, and take off. Either way, if you are taking off with AI, they are very smart and won’t get in your way too much if you just want to take off with no communication. The feeling of flying the three aircraft is absolutely amazing. The physics also blur the line between realistic and fun. The best way to describe it is Microsoft Flight Simulator with maneuvers and weight, with a little bit of Ace Combat sprinkled on top to keep the game feeling fast and smooth. I did have some trouble with some of the controllers not quite syncing up to what I want to have happen, but those have since been fixed. The combat is also extremely fun, yet very challenging. This part of the game is a little more realistic than other aspects. There is still some forgiveness with the combat, but you can’t go rocketing into a battlefield and lay waste to everything like you can in Ace Combat. The campaign is pretty good, but there is one issue. On the level for the AV-42C where you have to take out the missile cruiser with a long range cruse missile, I feel like it is pretty much up to chance if you hit your target. I’ve been stuck on that mission for hours and it is rather frustrating. Other than that, the rest of the game is brilliant. There is even a multiplayer mod that you can install if your friends have it too. Overall, if you have VR, you should at least try this game, the money spent is well worth it.
Best combat flight sim experience I’ve ever had. The way the game works in VR is just amazing.
If you’re fan of combat flight sims or just curious about them and you have VR - it’s an absolute must buy. I was initially afraid the game would be too hard for me as I’ve never mastered other sims like IL-2 or DCS. But this game is very easy to get started with, yet hard to master. It’s a somewhat simplified sim in terms of various systems (e.g. no engine overheat, limited flight system info presented compared to real sims), but the flight model is good enough. So it’s somewhere between an arcady flight game and a hard-core flight sim. The perfect sweet spot I would say.
You love planes?
You love VR?
Then this is a game you have to add to your library.
The game can seem arcady at first glance but it has a full physics simulation. Yes, the cockpit is simplified but honestly with the clunkyness of VR hands it is for the best.
The learning curve is totally reasonable since you start with control assist and you can disable it whenever you want.
This game alone makes my Oculus purchase totally worth it. I will always come back to this game to either have a relaxing flight experience or an intense air and/or ground combat.
This, for me, seems to strike the right balance between DCS and Ace Combat. It’s enough of a “hardcore” simulation to be satisfying make you feel like a bad ass pilot, but arcady enough to still be accessible.
It does have bit of a learning curve, but every time you succeed at something for the first time it’s a blast! First time you shoot an enemy plane, first time you land on a carrier, first time you dodge a missile… I find it super rewarding.
Absolutely awesome game. Just got VR and this makes DCS look like a kids game based on the performance alone. It is easy enough to play as a noob but also challenging for skilled players. The campaign is tons of fun and is very challenging. My most played VR game. Only complaint is it needs more planes and more missions or something. Making the terrain/target textures a bit nicer or the explosions nicer would be cool too. It’s an awesome game!!
VTOL VR is a simple game in concept: pilot one of three fighters into battle in a near-future environment and rain absolute hell upon enemies below or prevent hostile fighters from doing so themselves. The game is entirely controlled through VR; no keyboard, no mouse, not even an external HOTAS is required at all. The game has you flipping switches and pressing buttons in-game to toggle your APU, dump flares against incoming missiles, or even designating targets on your fighter’s TGP. The game is very immersive and the difficulty is intense.
That being said, there is a rather sharp learning curve ahead for people expecting a simple VR arcade game. For example, evading radar-guided missiles will be quite difficult for many players at first, and requires some very fine-tuned maneuvers to succeed at. The sheer difficulty of this game is balanced out only by the sheer satisfaction of nailing an enemy on the head from afar with a cruise missile, destroying a whole enemy convoy with a single 1000lb bomb, or even just nailing a steady carrier landing for the first time.
No matter which platform you play on, VTOL VR is a fantastic military flight-simulator to put scores of bigger military-themed titles to shame. This game is being constantly updated and it has a very active and helpful community. Totally worth its $30 price tag; a must-have for any VR players.
This game is next level. It balances immersion, fun and performance perfectly.
The way the controls are implemented is genious, and the game is extremely good at teaching you which thing does what so it is accessible to people who dont have flight sim experience.
The graphics are intelligently simplified in a way that gives amazing clarity compared to other vr games while still looking realistic enough to trick your brain. Due to the lack of detailed textures the game is only a tenth the size of most other vr games and runs at consistently high framerates even when stuff is blowing up.
Add to that a huge amount of player made campaigns and the price becomes a joke. Buy this now!
WoW I never thought I would say this - but boiling it down to what makes Combat Flight simulation fun - this game has it!
I was getting furstrated with DCS and its performance especially in VR.
VTOL VR looked to “old school” at first glance - watching some DCS People fly VTOL and see how much they enjoyed it got me to pull the trigger. Boy was I wrong not getting this at first sight - it does every thing right!!! - its been a long time that I had so much fun and still its not so easy to master - so thanks for making this!!! I really hope there is more to come - clouds (the hidden ones are good!), multiplayer and such would be awesome! (Integration).
Incredible. I bought this game last week, and it’s already my favorite game. It has extremely realistic vehicles, as the F45-A is even more realistic as the F35-A, C, and B models are currently being produced to replace several fighter for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force. It’s hard enough to where it takes a while to complete missions, but it’s easy easy enough for new flight sim players like me to only require a few minutes to learn, and months, or even years to master. I still haven’t learned how to drop the freaking MK-82 bomb. Do I jettison it? Still, The A/V-42C is realistic, and so is the F/A-26B for fictional jets. I have only finished one mission as of now, still trying to figure out the best way to take down ships. The game is worth more than 30 dollars, but is only sold for 30 dollars.
If you’re a fan of flying, this is a must buy. Probably one of the more immersive experiences you can find in VR at the moment. The mechanics are great, and there was clear effort put into almost every aspect of the game. Two of the three aircraft platforms have great campaigns, which are easy starting off, but increase considerably in difficulty once you get further in them. On top of that, there is a comprehensive mission editor, which allows steam users to create their own custom missions. Air combat is satisfying and requires a lot of focus, air support missions are satisfying, and naval combat is top-notch. The three platforms feel incredibly unique in their own way, and serve a specific purpose, not just a reskinning of the last. Overall, this is one of my favorite games in VR, if not my favorite. It is difficult, and you will be frustrated by the effectiveness of ground A/A, but it forces you to become a better pilot as opposed to making it easy. Absolutely recommend to anyone with a passion for flight, and a VR headset.