Reviews for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers feels like game of the year material to mesheldipez | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all sheldipez's reviews »
In Brothers you play as both brothers using one controller (each brother controlled using one side of a controller) and have to traverse a mythical fairytale world on a quest to get a magic cure for your ill father. The game reminds me of the minimalistic fantasy world of Sony’s Shadow of the Colossus, like that game there is little verbal dialogue (the human characters do not speak English so emphasis is on physical emoting) and the world is sparse yet very atmospheric with excellent use of beautiful backdrops and a haunting score. An amazing game and one of my favourites of 2013.
An experience.connlasair | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all connlasair's reviews »
Brothers: a tale of two sons is something more than just a game - it's an experience that remains. The game is rather short (4 hours) and does not really have any challenge, but it is remarkable nevertheless. You play as one (or both) of the brothers and make your way through a seemingly ordinary, yet magical world. The burden on those boys is indeed heavy, their quest daunting and you, as a player feel that they have to overcome their weaknesses and muster more and more courage to push forward. There are some emotional moments here, as the brothers struggle to complete their quest. What's great about this game is that literally everyone can play and enjoy it. It is mature but at the same time it appeals the child's imagination. The game was specifically designed for a controller but a keyboard will do as well (however, it does control awkwardly sometimes). The key bindings (which can be changed) encourage co-op play and I think that's where the game truly shines - when you share the journey with someone you care for, sitting side by side, navigating two little boys through a stormy and beautiful adventure.
A wonderful tale that ends too soon..XGpredator | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
Like the melodramatic tales? You're not afraid to experiment with new types of gameplay? Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is for you. Indeed, it presents a unique but effective which is totally at the service of the narrative handling. Prepare to dive into a wonderful world where you have trouble getting out. This is indeed the main defect in the title, we would have liked this adventure lasts a little longer to continue to enjoy it.
Surprising at every angle!pan_dudi | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all pan_dudi's reviews »
I bought this game with not to high expectations. I just heard that it's got potential and decided to take a risk. Besides I wanted to get some rest from more "serious" games and have some fun. And fun I had in deed. Followed by very deep and emotional experience this game is! I have not suspected this fairy tale to become such an adult and touching story. From technical point of view, the game uses Unreal Engine 3 and looks just fantastic! What I didn't like about it - it's just too short! I want more of this game! Worth every penny.
Nice but short!CptTrips | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all CptTrips's reviews »
Really nice game with some beautiful graphics and a good story!
Only Con: it's pretty short - reached the end in under four hours, replayability isn't that big, just the achievments from steam could bring some more hours - despite there are pretty easy to achieve, you won't have that much after the first playthrough, because you have to do some weird, but funny things to get them ;)
You will need a controller to play this if you have a shitty keyboard like I do, at least you need one with '6 key rollover'.
Short but worth itnanbun | Nov. 9, 2013 | See all nanbun's reviews »
This game is absolutely a must play for any gamer out there. Despite being only about 3 hours long, the story and atmosphere will draw you in for a truly wonderful experience. The graphics are stunning to look at and although there are no narratives, the game does an excellent job at presenting its story and invoking emotional feels about it.
GREAT LITTLE GAMEklemen1702 | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all klemen1702's reviews »
This game is like a movie. It's about 3-4 hours long but it delivers a very emotional story and a very good one too. Brothers has a better story than most AAA games so its worth buying just to experience it.Graphic look a bit old but it works and the vistas are just beautiful (a bit like Trine) Puzzles are easy but keep the game going so you are not in one spot to long. One thing I recommend is have a controller its is very hard to play a game with keyboard ( you can if you try hard or better yet get a friend to play the other brother)
Fantastic, must experience yourself!shewbakka | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all shewbakka's reviews »
The less you know about this game, the better. If possible, please play this game with a blank slate. Don't look up any more details about this game, the less outside influences the better! Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a beautiful game, absolutely fantastic in in story telling and pacing. The dialogue between the characters are for the most part, gibberish, yet you feel compelled for these people and their lives.
Play this game in one sitting if possible, it do-able in 1.5-3 hours. It's a must play with a controller as well, with a keyboard and mouse it is still possible but this game was main with a controller in mind. Do it justice by playing it the way it was meant to be played.
Enjoy this game, it's truly one of a kind. One of my favorites of all time.
Puzzle storytelling at its bestsirgrummore | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all sirgrummore's reviews »
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons opens with the younger brother desperately trying to pull his mother back into a small boat on a stormy ocean before a strong current pulls her deep under water. Though there are no real words in this game, the impact of this event on the younger brother's life is surprisingly felt in the presented personality. Each brother interacts with the world in a unique way and each one has different strengths and weaknesses.
As they travel across a diverse and imaginative landscape rich with beauty and fraught with peril, we are presented with an emotionally complex picture of this fantasy realm. The two brothers are questing toward a cure for their mortally ill father, and the brothers repeatedly confront tragedy beyond what most would encounter at their age. And these tragedies, from a man hanging himself at the edge of a battlefield to a town filled with frozen bodies in the street, are never so crudely sapped for their emotional value as many games where the rugged protagonist looks out over destruction as the camera pans over the scenery and sad music plays. It is merely part of the world, just as loss is a part of the lives of these two boys.
The puzzles never get too difficult, but more than anything you're rooting for the brothers and you don't want the narrative to be too frequently interrupted with repeated deaths.
I could go on for ages about the sound track and the pacing of different scenes in the game, but I'll let you see for yourself. This game is a triumph. Buy it.
Very fun game!jackyboi1014 | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »
One of the best stories I've played all year. The game has a way of pulling you in and making accomplishments feel earned. The game mechanics are easy and unique with a controller and help seperate the fact that you're playing as two different characters.
The graphics are stunning and the camera positions itself perfectly to capture the depth of the scenery and this helps strengthen the story immensely. For a game that has hardly any dialogue I have never felt a richer story. An Absolute recommend
Brothers: A tale of Two Sons (and their adventures)unnammed | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all unnammed's reviews »
I had heard of this game on the local radio because of the director of the game. I came on here and bought it and try to see what "interesting concept" he might have used in this game. I was very doubtful about the game at first but I found myself grinning and giggling like a boy after a few min into the game.
What is so fun about the game? It isn't hard question to answer, the rare experience of controlling two characters at the same time, the adventures, their "own" language and the lack of narration creates an intersting and fun gameplay. There are many hateful reviews and disappointed people but what I saw in common with all those people is that they were recommended it and they consider it over-hyped. They point out lack of narration and that "it isn't that unique after all"; but in this game we don't need narrative, we can see what happens and we live the story. Some of the things are a bit silly but you have to take that too and enjoy it. The controllign two characters might not be unique but it becomes a very fun experience together with the art, fun puzzles and the adventures.
The art is really really lovely and the puzzles are fairly easy which makes it more enjoyable with people who are not into gaming. You can play with your partner, son, daughter, mom, dad etc. It's a game for family and friends and probably not for the hardcore gamer.
I enjoyed using a controller and played it with a PS2 controller using the (x360ce) program. This game was overall a great surprise and a great experience for me and I hope people can enjoy it and not judge it based on the "hype"
Fun gameplay, challenging puzzles, a great adventureBlockAgent | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
This is a great adventure game, but good eye and hand coordination is needed....and rewarded. Controlling the 2 brothers can be a challenge at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will love this adventure. There are so many unique things in this game that you have not experienced in a game before. The story is great, the graphics are pretty, and the adventure is real. Pick this one up, but make sure you have a controller with 2 control sticks on it, such as an xbox 360 controller. Otherwise it will be much harder to play. The game does have the option for you to use a keyboard if you have no other choice.
Nice one!RicBac | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all RicBac's reviews »
Platform puzzle would be a generic description of this game, with a simple story but with alot of feelings. The controll is interesting as you controll both characters at the same time. This is the challenge. 'The puzzles are fairly easy.
The games strongest part is the atmosphere of the different areas. This helps alot when making the story feel deeper.
This is a really nice game that will get your emotions going. Downside is that it is only for three hours.
Buy It!charlietrainer | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all charlietrainer's reviews »
I have a website that does a try or buy review this game is a BUY. Though the puzzles are not that puzzling the game is well thought out and pulls you right in. I also give props to the game designers having the intelligence to tell the user it is specifically designed for controller use but also giving the ability to go with the traditional keyboard and mouse. I recently also played Castlevania and the developers decided they wanted to try and create an entire knew UI which was extremely frustrating. Overall I would tell people to buy this game especially for the price!
UniqueOrtzz | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Ortzz's reviews »
A unique game that is a strong plot driven experience. I personally loved, but see how it could not be for everyone.
What makes it's central characters and plot so good is that they are both reflected in the mechanics. You control one brother with the right analog stick, and the other with the left analog stick. At first, this is very difficult and the brothers don't seem to work well together, but as you get better at the controls, so do the brothers at cooperation. It's really cool to see gameplay mechanics tell a story along with cinematics and other traditional plot elements.
The graphics are another standout point. The water effects and the lighting in paticular are impressive, especially for a game on the budget of this one.
There are some weaknesses though. The only graphical option the game has is resolution (at the moment), meaning if you have a lower spec system you might be missing out on this game. Also be aware a controller is basically required for this game. It is overall a fairly weak port for the lack of options it provides.
But if you have a good PC and a controller and like story driven games, this could be a good pick up.
A fable for both mature and young playersGeloriko | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Geloriko's reviews »
This is a really nice story with beautiful graphics and nice characters. Controlling brothers is a bit tricky at the beginning but I got used to it, even though I was playing with keyboard.
I thought that they picked best pictures as promo screens, but now I can say that the whole world looks very beautiful. The story is very nice but maybe a little too short. On the other hand, how long would they have to travel for the cure?
The only thing I didn't like were the puzzles. I'm not a fan of adventure games because I always can't find a way to get on with some riddles. In Brothers all of the puzzles were very easy. A little more difficult puzzles would be better, but again - on the other hand, you go on and on with the story and you really want to finish it...
P.S.: I feel guilt about that ball in the well...
Great gem!Shanti | Sept. 15, 2013 | See all Shanti's reviews »
This gem is really good for all players of oni age. -You need controller only XBOX 360 keyboard very bad +Very nice graphics because Unreal engine is trademarked but not by makers of this game they only license it but really well +You do not need console xb 360 it is PC game please seed +Sound makes very nice enjoyment for all patrons of the family +This is a port from x360 but it is good not bad so don't think it means what you think coding is good no errors no bugs. +Gem makes cry but men fail so player die but you need control -Very short I want more but its okay if you wanna hurry and go next no re
SweetDanJamesStone12 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »
This game is mindblowing- stunning visuals, great story, but unfortunately the controls are a little hard to master, but not too bad once you get the hang of it. The game can be completed very quickly though, and there is not much replayability, which is a bit disappointing. All in all though, 100% worth getting.
A dolis single player experienceCavalieroscuro | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »
This game is only about three hours long, but its story is unique and interesting. Graphic and sound are ok, creating such a nice atmosphere for the title. You will need a pad to fully enjoy the game, but give it a try.
Very immersive storyVerdungo | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Verdungo's reviews »
At the beginning I got some problems with controlling characters, but after all it gives bigger close up with them. I love the story, it's simple but describing a lot of character filings and needs without using a word (a normal word).Graphics is not high end, but very beautifull with painting style combinations of colors. Game is very short, and that's the reason why i want to complete it again and again. In this title all You need to do is delight of story :)
SweetOblaque | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
This is one of the few games you can truly call "art". The way the story is portrayed, the way characters are developed (even without any! comprehensible dialogue) and the way the game pulls you into the story is simply marvelous.
This game is a must play for any gamer worth his salt.
Nice unique control gameplayy1985 | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all y1985's reviews »
This game wasn't look that good but when you play it's another story. You need controller to fully experienced gameplay because you need to control both brothers at the same time using two analog stick, keyboard still playable but use WASD + arrow key isn't satisfy as a controller.
The game is about solving puzzle, it's not too hard. One downside is it's a bit too short for a 14.99$ game
Another Classic, bring a controllerCreationsAU | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all CreationsAU's reviews »
Lately it feels like we are getting strong indie type games with amazing stories, offering clever game mechanics and great feel off small budgets. "Brothers" is a story of 2 sons looking to cure their dad of a fatal injury, its a simple base ling that ends with a massive emotionally strong story and that is all about the ride aswell as the final destination
A game controller is REQUIRED to play the game (for some reason this isn't stated on GMG website,it is clearly listed on the steam store page however), you just the thumb sticks to control the 2 brothers at the same time! Initially its a bit weird but you learn it quickly and you are off, you use both brothers to solve puzzles as you progress through the story!
Something grateGojko | Sept. 7, 2013 | See all Gojko's reviews »
When you have something grate in your hand or your HDD it's big problem how to start short review.
Graphic... game is based on Unreal engine which told us that graphic is very good, especially when is in hands of good graphical designer. People you need to seed that environment, do I watching a movie or playing a game.
Sound... how is it possible that something so average be so good.
Story... that is real refreshment, finally someone remembered to write something very good. Story follows the two brothers on an who are trying to find a cure for their sick father (not mother).
When you merge all of this you will get a very good game that will give you a least of four hours of good entertainment.
AMAZING GAME!jonty1337 | Sept. 6, 2013 | See all jonty1337's reviews »
really good game, nice graphics but the controls are quite hard but you do get use to them. Its a very short game like Portal but a really good story even though the game play is about 2/3 hours long.
a little gemsoad667 | Sept. 4, 2013 | See all soad667's reviews »
I was waiting this for quite some time. And it was worth it... a lot.
Beautiful visuals, you really feel like you're in some fairy tale, everything is so damn pleasing. Controls are quite simple, you control the movement of the two brothers separately (WASD and arrow keys) and there is one action button for each, which is a "do it all" button for the various actions that are needed. You start simple with easy puzzles and it gets harder as you progress to the story, but not that hard. Game's main focus is to tell you its awesome story, not to frustrate you with the puzzle designs.
One small downside. Game is a bit short and there is really not much replayability. But you can be sure that the time it lasts, will be time well spent. Also, Steam says that a controller is required to play, but i still don't understand why such statement is there. Game works perfect without a controller and it can only hurt sales by alienating people without controllers for no reason.
Anyway, if it seems appealing to you by just looking at it, you have nothing to fear. I'm sure you're going to love it.