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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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Game Reviewed: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Starbreeze AB
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3, Xbox360, PC
Category: Indie, Adventure
ESRB Rating: M (Blood, Violence, Crude Humor)
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Game Description:

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons opens with the younger brother sitting by his mother’s grave remembering back to when not all that long ago he witnessed his mother drown and was unable to save her. Now his father is deathly ill, so he and his older brother set out on an adventure to find a cure for their ailing father. In their quest they will experience many adventures as they come across trolls, a dark forest full of wolves, and a battlefield full of dead giants as well as a few other surprises.

One of the things that make this game unique is that the player controls both brothers at the same time. One brother is controlled with the right analog stick, and the other brother is controlled with the left analog stick. This can cause a little bit of confusion at times, but for the most part I did not have much trouble with it.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence


In one area the two brothers have to trick one troll into a cage, and another troll into falling down a pit.

In another area, the two brothers have to fight against a giant creature that is half woman, half spider. This battle involves pulling the creature’s legs off.

In one area of the game, the brothers will come across some dead bodies that are hanging in trees by nooses.

In another part of the game, the brothers come across a man trying to hang himself. The brothers can choose to help save the man or leave him to hang.

In one area of the game, the brothers come across a battlefield full of dead giants. There is blood in this area flowing in the water. The brothers also have to use a giant crossbow to shoot one of the dead giants in the head in order to open up a path for them to travel on.

In one part of the game, the younger brother has a nightmare where his older brother is beating him up.

Language

There is no bad language in this game. In fact, the entire dialog is in gibberish. The story is told more through the brothers’ actions than words.

Sexual Content

There is no inappropriate sexual content in this game.

Spiritual Content

In one part of the game, the brothers rescue a girl that is about to be sacrificed by some natives.

There are at least two parts of the game where the younger brother encounters a ghost of a loved one.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of the best indie games I have played. I would rank it right alongside games like Journey and The Unfinished Swan. In its simple form, it still told one of the best stories I have seen in a video game in quite a while. I would recommend Brothers to anyone who loves indie games, or games that tell a good story. It’s not a super long game (it can be finished in about 3 or 4 hours), but it tells a powerful story in the time you have with it.



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