It’s well known that I’m a sucker for mechs and ¾ isometric games. Mechs because they’re intrinsically awesome and ¾ isometric games because Desert Strike is in my top 20 favorite games of all time.
On paper, Brigador sounds exactly like the kind of game I’d love: dystopian setting, mechs, ¾ isometric views, really cool synthy-80’s-Stranger Things soundtrack and Gibsonian aesthetic.
Thing is, once you get to playing it, Brigador’s rough edges become immediately apparent. The control of your mech or tank is, frankly, a bit of a mess. It’s difficult enough to use that I can’t tell whether it was intentionally made to be wonky in order to up the difficulty of the game or if it was a good idea gone bad. I’m no stranger to turret-and-leg manipulation, where the direction you’re shooting is not necessarily the direction you’re moving, but the addition of a third axis of range, which you control by how far away from your mech your mouse pointer is, more than occasionally makes the game keyboard-pounding frustrating.
I’m sure that with enough playtime, I could adapt and overcome getting stuck on debris that looks like it’s already crushed to a powder while correctly ranging my cannon that has a 3 second cool-down for some ridiculous reason, popping smoke that doesn’t seem to actually hide me from anyone, and learn through experimentation what all of the potential weapon upgrades do since the description of the ones you can buy for freelance (non-campaign) missions are obtuse, but I don’ wanna.
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