Blowing up everything in Brigador, one of the toughest games at PAX


Brigador brings up a lot of associations for me: Desert Strike's isometric vehicle combat, C&C Tiberian Sun's walking mechs, the future visions of 80s and 90s anime like Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01. The Desert Strike comparison isn't quite fair, though. Brigador's customizable tanks and mechs are much more complex vehicles. Piloting with the tank controls is tough enough at first—I started to get the hang of it after a few minutes, I think—but the weapons also require a lot of thought. Some guns fire in arcs while others fire straight ahead in a shallow dive toward the ground. And your backside is more vulnerable than your front, everything is destructible, and everything wants to kill you (except for the civilians I accidentally killed a bunch of). It's fast and tough.

In the video above, I chat with Stellar Jockeys founder Hugh Monahan about Brigador's inspirations, its custom-built engine, and the upcoming Steam Early Access release on October 20.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.