Every once in a while a game comes along that redefines a genre by introducing mechanics that seem so mind-bogglingly simple yet completely new and original. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons by Starbreeze Studios is one of those games. Playable only with a controller, it splits the control scheme between left and right for each of the eponymous Brothers.
The setting is the kind of cute, cartoonish fantasy that resembles the original Fable, except Brothers delivers a more refined sensibility and simplicity that I’d say Fable didn’t have. And it’s not just the difference between an adventure game and an RPG, but rather the ineffable quality that lingers after each level or chapter, like an aftertaste that evokes memories.
A Tale of Two Sons is an exquisitely told story set in a beautiful and sometimes darkly world. Brothers is presented from a third-person view overlooking the two brothers. The brothers are moved individually by two thumbsticks on the controller. The player progresses by manipulating the two brothers at the same time to complete various puzzles, often requiring the player to manipulate both brothers to perform differing functions. In fact, It’s an immersive, emotional gem that’s not to be missed. 8/10
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
This game looked interesting, BUT its controls suck so bad that I hated every minute of the game. While playing I was to focused on trying to control the characters that I didn't pay attention to any of the visuals or story. Its a shame because I heard this game was an emotional joyride
Very, very short game - beaten in about an hour. Not worth full price due to length but good if it's on sale. Used the Afterglow XBOX 360 controller. I don't think it's possible to play with a keyboard.
Some video games don't need a single word spoken to show you exactly what they're about. Brothers set out on a journey to save their father. What they encounter along the way ranges from heart-melting to bone-chilling. It's a short but satisfying game that tests your coordination with the controller.