There are plenty of PC games out there that let you drive a tank, but few of them today aspire to simulator-level realism. They may have simulation elements or use real life as a template, but ultimately most of the best games where you drive a tank are either a decade old or ultimately beholden to multiplayer balance.
Gunner, HEAT, PC! or GHPC wants to change that. It’s an independent movie from a new studio called Radian Simulations. Centered on the Cold War era, GHPC uses the popular theoretical battlefield of Germany as its starting point.
It’s the kind of game that includes the dramatic tagline “DETAILED FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS” in the trailer. I guess you now know if you are interested, like me, or if you want to move on.
GHPC’s goal is to provide a simulation experience that remains fairly accessible and fun, something I would describe as similar to combat sims of the late 90s and early 2000s. It will include campaigns, skirmishes random and a cooperative multiplayer mode. Players will control armored vehicles like tanks and APCs, but there will also be AI-controlled forces of other types.
“It’s a strange time for fans of modern tank battle games,” the developers say. “The direct-fire simulation titles of the turn of the millennium are no more. As tank nerds, we need a game that cuts to the chase – modern tanks, a realistic system and damage models, and a focus on fun above all else.”
GHPC touts systems like its projectile flight modeling and an armor penetration model that includes hit effects like armor spalling, fragmentation, and blast overpressure, as well as their effects on the crew. . “A vehicle is knocked out only when injury, destruction, or conflagration causes it to become ineffective in combat,” the developers explain.
As of now and launching in Early Access, GHPC has a fairly basic campaign and semi-random skirmish mission mode. There are just over a dozen playable units right now, with authentic fire optics and fire control, from IFVs and tanks to anti-tank missile placements.
You can find Gunner, HEAT, PC! on Steam (opens in a new tab) for $30, 10% off until September 13.