Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
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"The premise of Brothers – communicated entirely through theatrical gestures and conversations in an untranslated fantasy language – is as affecting and uncomplicated as the journey that follows." - PCGamer.com
"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a beautiful and unique twin-stick adventure brimming with imagination." - IGN.com
"Short, simple but immensely satisfying, it's Ico meets Limbo in Fable's world. One word: spellbinding." - computerandvideogames.com
Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode, like never before. Solve puzzles, explore the varied locations and fight boss battles, controlling one brother with each thumb stick. This is one journey you will never forget.
– Concurrent Gameplay – control the two brothers independently on one controller
– Puzzle and challenges for 2 – using unique qualities of big and little brothers (strength/size/speed etc)
– The Brothers – unique abilities and can achieve more together than they can individually.
– Game Director, Josef Fares – Established film director with a passion for Brothers.
– Narrative above the ordinary – an emotional story told without words.
Wonderful game, beautiful graphicsgarocco | Feb. 6, 2015 | See all garocco's reviews »
Contrast is a beautiful game. It is a combination of good graphics with gameplay, soundtrack and a wonderful story. In a few hours you can finish the game, what makes the player wants more. The most difficult will control the character and skills, because in the game you must control both characters at the same time. The story is very simple, very sad and can fully engage players. For me, the only bad points of the game are the challenges that are extremely difficult and also control both players at the same time. But no doubt the game is very beautiful and I think everyone will like to play, so I recommend to everyone.
Short but awesome storysakalj1 | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all sakalj1's reviews »
A very nice story about two brothers going to an adventure in unknown land to seek needed stuff to heal their father. It's a game which I actually enjoyed every moment, music in background keeps you relaxed and on the other hand makes you numb. Game is short, and you will solve it pretty fast but game is so good it will force you to enter the adventure once again. Controls are easy but confusing. It's recommended to play it on gamepad, because you must move both brothers and do actions at a same time. As I said, controls are easy but it can get confusing because you will look at one character and move other one. It happened to me all the time. Game was on sale when I got it, but after I played it, I wouldn't mind paying full price !
A strong 8/10
A Poignant Taleemptyhaven | Jan. 1, 2015 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
Brothers is a game that requires a lot of coordination, what with it being a singleplayer coop game. But once you start getting the hang of it, you start to notice the big and incredibly detailed scenes, the stunning backgrounds, the perfectly apt ambiance, and the short and sweet story of two brothers doing whatever they can to keep their father alive. It is such a lush and fantasy-filled world, and you'll just get lost in it as I have.
Gameplay is somewhat cumbersome and certainly difficult to adjust to at the start, but it's not too hard that the game is unplayable. If you insist, you can have two people playing this game, one with either analog stick controlling either of the brothers.
Overall, it's a wonderful journey and those looking for an interesting story with an equally interesting gameplay should purchase this game!
A short, beautiful puzzler - but not as touching as proclaimedCitrusAbyss | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all CitrusAbyss's reviews »
Brothers is a sombre tale of two sons questing to save their sick father. The world in which it takes place is visually stunning but fraught with danger. With no one to rely on but each other, the brothers have to put their wits together to overcome the challenges that lay before them.
The gameplay is simple but ingenious; it also favours a controller but is actually manageable with a keyboard. With a controller, you control each brother with a joystick and use either trigger to prompt that brother to interact with the world. This may be through picking up a pig, pulling a lever, or holding up one end of a large object. With a keyboard, replace your joysticks with WASD and the arrow keys and map the triggers to two rather accessible keys (Space and R-Ctrl).
The puzzles are not too hard - I only got stuck on one. They are integrated into the story very well, so you're never asking why you're doing what you're doing (unlike Skyrim and the fact that every other dungeon has a dragon claw key associated with it, for example).
In terms of the game's story and emotional impact, I would say that as that as a player, I did feel. By that I mean the game managed to make me feel happiness when I helped the brothers overcome a challenge; I felt guilt whenever I made a mistake and one brother plummeted off a cliff to his death; I felt joy when I helped them discover a little easter egg. I felt attached to the brothers. A lot of people say that the game made them cry - I didn't, but I can understand why you might. The game's emotional impact is magnified depending on if you have a sibling, and how close they are to your heart.
All in all, it is a very solid and short (4 hours to beat and get all the achievements (admittedly, there are only 12)) experience and I would recommend it at the sale price of $2.99. At a full $14.99, however, I would discourage it unless you really want to take an emotional trip.
Wonderful Story, tricky controlsSoulless2k4 | Dec. 26, 2014 | See all Soulless2k4's reviews »
Let's get the important part out of the way. The game's story is fantastic and thought provoking and will leave you thinking about it long after your journey through the game has come to an end. The actual controls of the game itself could be a little better. I feel that the developers had to dumb down their puzzles a little bit just to make up for the poor control system in place to switch between the two brothers on the fly. Most puzzles end up being quite easy and methodical and don't carry a sense of urgency that you'd expect from the context that the two brothers are on a race against time to save their fathers life.
With all this in mind I really enjoyed my time with the game and would recommend it to anyone. As despite its minor flaws it's still a great game.