Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dev: Starbreeze Studios
Pub: 505 Games
Release: August 7, 2013
Players: 1
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.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot

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.

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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.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: August 8, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
It’s a downloadable game, but all of the imagery is well-crafted and colorful.
4.5
Control
It’s hard to control two brothers at once, but that’s a deliberate part of the game.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The gentle music complements the game well, and the fictional language is interesting.
3.5
Play Value
Four hours is definitely on the short side, but those four hours are incredible.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • 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.

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