Publicada: 21 de janeiro
Increible and charming game.
The control scheme allows for a set of unique and very creative puzzles. Although they are fairly easy and straightforward, they are well thought and entertaining. The fact that they where designed with the brothers cooperation in mind makes them quite unique and you won't see anything like it in any other single player experience. Contrary to what the store page says, it appears that the game CAN be played without a controller.
The excellent and yet simple storytelling in this game is yet another proof that well-designed videogames can be a form of art. Through a made up language the characters interact with each other and is up to the player to decipher what's going on by paying attention to the characters' body expressions and gestures. The game is obviously designed so that the story and emotions are easy to understand without the need of explicit dialogues, allowing the players to immerse themselves in this beautiful story by their own interpretations.
The game makes good use of the Unreal Engine, creating a fantasy-like universe with consistent elements with the overarching story and interactions between the Brothers. But it doesn't stop at that, as the game manages to create different environments for each chapters that are one more breathtaking than the other. From the remnants of a giants' battlefield to a glacial landscape filled with singing whales, every path the Brothers traverse was meticulously designed to resemble the syle of a pop-up storybook. This manages to convey the huge scale of the world that surrounds the characters and the significance of the journey of the two Brothers.
I can't find words to describe how much this concept is enhanced by playing the game in 3D. Making the game work with a 3DTV is fairly easy with some software like Tridef 3D (I guess Nvidia's 3DVision should work aswell). And I must say, it looks like the environment objects and the camera angles were designed specifically with 3D in mind (and I suppose it wasn't like that, seeing as the game does NOT natively support 3D). This was easily one of the best 3D gaming experiences I ever had, and I look at the 2D screenshots I took while playing and unfortunately they feel extremely underwhelming compared to the sense of scope I felt during those parts.
Overall, this game is a must-buy/must-play. Even if you can't find a way to experience it in 3D, the art design is strong enough to stand on its own and the beautiful story of the two Brothers may still be something to catch you by surprise and actually make you feel for the characters. The lenght of the game is approximately 3 hours. Maybe more if you decide to go for a second run in order to get the achievements you may have missed, but they weren't much an incentive to me.
One detail (Spoilers?): I still can't figure out if this game was designed for kids, or if it was made for grown ups. It begins as a colorful and charming game, but it quickly turns dark and gritty, full of scenarios I'm not sure how a kid would respond to. The easy puzzles also trew me off. But either way, the game is still something that should be experienced from beggining to end, even by adults.