|System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
|Dev: Starbreeze Studios|
|Pub: 505 Games|
|Release: August 7, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Violence, Blood, Crude Humor|
It was an oddly gentle and kind thing for an ogre to do, and as the story unfolded, it became clear exactly why he was doing it. With no words at all--at least no words that I could understand--the game told an interesting and beautiful tale wrapped inside the larger adventure on which the brothers had embarked.
Graphically, Brothers is nice for a downloadable title--the limits of the platform do shine through with some aliasing and other minor problems, but all of the environments and animations are lovingly crafted. The developers did a good job of offering a wide variety of environments without making the game feel disjointed as well. It's very easy to lose yourself in the colorful world on offer here.
If there's a downside to this game, it's that there isn't nearly enough of it: It's over after four hours. There's no need for any game to wear out its welcome, but this premise easily could have supported twice as much content, and the price point of $15 is a little steep for such a fleeting experience.
But if you're as cheap as I am, you'll probably wait for a sale anyway. The simple fact is that Brothers is an amazing experience, filled with clever little challenges, an eerily quiet ambiance, and emotionally deep stories. Not many games have all of that at once, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by skipping this one.
Date: August 8, 2013