Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game by 505 Games. The guys behind Sniper Elite V2 and III. Brothers has been out for quite awhile, starting with the previous Gen and recently it was released on current Gen consoles.

While Brothers may be a short game, it’s unique and very well done. It’s very much an adventure, no true combat to speak of, no real brain teasers for puzzles. Just a nice walk with some danger. There is no dialogue and no written words. The entire story is done through gameplay.

It starts out with the younger brother remembering how his mother died, showing that he can’t swim and couldn’t save her. The older brother comes along, and turns out, their dad is sick. The Brothers are sent on a quest to find something. Initially, you run into an ogre that helps you. Eventually, you see just how small they are, as the world around them expands to show Giants, Griffons, Giant castles, etc. The Brothers, naturally, run into hardships, and their lives get put in danger regularly. If you want to survive, you need to hone your double analog stick controls and help the Brothers work together.

The art style is really good, allowing you to sit on benches during the quest and view the road ahead/get great screenshots. The controls take getting used to, but work really well. There is no co-op, unless you want to share the controller with the person sitting next to you, but that’s alright as it adds a unique challenge for solo play or co-op play. The story of Brothers is very good and very unique with happy bits and sad bits thrown in at good measure.

The achievements in Brothers all require some hunting, as not a single one is actually story related, or for completing the game. You get a true sense of accomplishment from getting 100% of the achievements in Brothers, which is something that’s been lacking in most modern games.
At $20 USD, Brothers is a bit on the short end, but it’s still worth the $20 in my opinion.

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