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.
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Release Date: Sep 3, 2013

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"My top game of 2013 and probably of all time. A truly unique game in which you control a pair of brothers on a quest to save their father. Powerful."
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Winner of dozens of awards in 2013 including the DICE Award for Best Downloadable Game and BAFTA Award for Innovation, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a must for any discerning gamer.

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“"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an exquisitely told story set in a world overflowing with personality. It’s an immersive, emotional gem that’s not to be missed."”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

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About This Game

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 thumbstick.

A man, clinging to life. His two sons, desperate to cure their ailing father, are left with but one option. They must set out upon a journey to find and bring back the "Water of Life" as they come to rely on one another to survive. One must be strong where the other is weak, brave where the other is fearful, they must be... Brothers.

This is one journey you will never forget.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 /ATI Radeon HD 2600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
A very beautiful game which has a lovely emotional story and all controlled in a very unique way that tests how ambidextrous you are. A must buy.
Posted: October 21
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Brothers is a fantastic visual experience and tells a simple but touching story in about 3 or so hours. It's got a fantastictly designed and living world that makes for wonderful exploration.

However, the gameplay isn't nearly as good... The "single player co-op" is certainly an innovative design choice, but as it turns out it's a nightmare from controlls perspective. It's confusing and bothersome to controll both characters at the same time... I guess they made the puzzles super easy to make up for that, but really, I think a challenge would have been welcome now and again at least.

And for such a linear experience, there's quite a few bugs all arround. Nothing game breaking, but stuff that might force you to restart the chapter...

So bottom line, as a visual and narrative experience, Brothers is FANTASTIC! But as a puzzle/adventure game... There are many, many other games that do that better and will last you longer than 3 hours.
Posted: September 26
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
The only word to describe this game is: beautiful. The art direction, soundtrack, color patterns, interaction with the world, controls... everything is beautiful. Especially interactions and the responses of the items or people (wouldn't like to call them NPC's in such a game) depending on the brother you're interacting at that time makes this game astonishingly brilliant. Being directly involved in some major happenings (like at the giant tree, near the end of the game) makes it more than a simple platformer and enhances the game's influence on your emotions as you are doing those specific actions. Preference of using the player's involvement rather than showing those kinds of events as cutscenes turns this simple story to a bond between the game and the gamer.

Only negative points are:
Mostly holding LT and RT buttons might become tiring for fingers after a while.
Controller direction settings are set for XBOX gamepads, which are different than most of the gamepads on the market in terms of locations of digital and analog movement buttons, therefore while you're controlling a brother with analog, you'll control the other with digital and this kinda diminishes the revolutionary control system.
Game is too short and would love to play more of this.
Puzzles could have been harder (?).


At the end, it is a great experience to participate in the tale of two brothers.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Rating: 10/10 must buy - worth full price and then some ( WORK OF ART status)

Summary: Emotionally charged and beautifully designed adventure puzzle game. Can be played without controller but dont do it, use a 2 stick controller. Hits right in the feelings in the best possible way. No one will be left unmoved by the game.

Long review (SPOILER FREE):
Game is set in a fantasy world in which you play as two brothers on a epic quest to acquire a certain item. It is a very mature tale about growing up, brotherly bonds, effects of trauma on a young person, overcoming those traumas and acceptance of death as part of life.

Art direction is really good and make the world seem very alive which in turn makes you get really immersed in the game. Game is not long around 2,5h (4h if you stop to take in scenery) but in that short time it will take you on a emotional roller coaster ranging from heartwarming to heartbreaking. You will not feel like you were cheated by how short it is in the end, it will feel perfectly timed.

I can honestly say this is one of the few games that ever induced such deep emotions and cathartic feeling at the end. I am talking about The Walking Dead Clementine affection or MGS Sniper Wolf death scene level of emotions. This game will stick with me for the rest of my life. Please play this game in ONE sitting.

Characters in this game speak in a made up language and there are no subtitles yet design is so masterful you will never not understand what is happening or get lost or not understand a puzzle. In fact i was impressed that i developed such strong feelings for the brothers despite it. Puzzles range from easy to medium. Sometimes they are a bit "hard" just because you are most likely not used to controlling 2 characters at once using both analog sticks and R2 L2 triggers. Personally i did not find them clunky it worked really well for such a design.

Most impressive thing that really hit me in the feels was how the game managed to incorporate emotions into actuall controls. That blew my mind and if you play until the end you will know what i mean by that.

Only criticism i can possibly give would be that you should have a controller. Everything else is perfect at least for me. I will follow future similar releases from this studio. This game is a work of interactive art that can not be done in any other medium except video gaming.

GO BUY IT !!!

Posted: October 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
"Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons" is a beautiful gem of a game. You're controlling their adventure through tension, joy, shock, friendship, sadness, fear and wonder in an exciting little tale which circles around a matter of life and death.

I want to especially highlight the following aspects:
  • touching and immersive story with a powerful message as the core of the game
  • gorgeous designed characters
  • fantastic, detailed environment carries you into this Scandinavian fairytale
  • original controls and clever mechanics with full gamepad support
  • soundtrack and atmosphere perfectly match the different emotional situations
  • just the right level of difficulty for a challenging but never frustrating gaming experience
If you haven't played "Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons" yet, you definitly should do so!

10/10
Posted: September 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This game put me off in the beginning with the weird, nonsensical voice acting, but I'm really glad that I stuck with it. In fact, I think this game would actually have suffered with understandable voice acting. The puzzles weren't incredibly challenging, but they were fun, and I felt good after I completed them. There were some weird moments here and there where the puzzles only seemed to come from poor design choices on the part of the game's inhabitants, but they were outweighed by the rest of the game in a big way.

The only real con is that the game is pretty short. It is one of my more expensive games in terms of dollars per hour, but picking it up during a sale really helped to ease that pain.
Posted: October 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
One of the most beautiful games I've played in quite a while. Right in the feels <3
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
@3hrs: Two brave brothers descend on a journey filled with emotion, adventure and mystique, a journey portrayed through beautiful cinematography and musical score, a journey which will forever change their lives . . . and yours.
Posted: October 17
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
I really enjoyed the world depicted in this game. It looks like a fairy tale and is wonderfuly brought to life with an amazing soundtrack.
The singleplayer cooperation mechanic is really awesome, and it makes the ending that much powerful.
Few games have been able to sucessfully marry gameplay and narrative, and that is a feat I feel is done right here.

It's a short but superb and emotional adventure.
Posted: October 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Made Total Biscuit cry.
10/10
Posted: October 1
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Best game I played in quite some time. Pretty short (about 3 to 4 hours long really), but totally worth it. Unique, beautiful, powerful. Do not miss this one.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
While not as impactful as the game's hype would lead you to believe, Brothers is worth playing for its world, its mind bending controls, and a clever resolution.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
One of the more brilliant games I have ever played (been playing games what 30 years now?) it's easy to play, easy to beat, but the storytelling completely captivates you with no words, I want more games like this I would eat them all up. Unless you are made of stone it will touch you and the last moments of this game are brilliantly done from a gameplay perspective. A rarity to find such a tightly woven experience between gameplay and story.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A unique platformer that benefits completely when playing with a controller. Great concept and fun gameplay.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Such a beautiful game.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
11/10 Awesome game, leaves you with full of emotions and makes you think about what's really important in this life! recommended to everyone!
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
I fell in love with this game! A beautiful and very touching story, an epic journey through Scandinavia, breathtaking landscapes, an enchanting soundtrack with the Sami joik and challenging puzzles. Playing with the two brothers is also a lot of fun. I totally recommend everyone to buy "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" and I think that it deserves a sequel.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
An interesting tale about two brothers on a jurney to help their father, but during their path a number of though challenges and excitements awaits them. But for now let us hop into my thoughs of the game.
  • Story: This is one of the most luring storytelling games I have ever played. I do not usually get so drawn in by what the game is trying to tell me as I had in this one. I was tear filled many times during the game, both by happy moments and by sad moments.. I could not have imaginged how attached I had becomed to the story and the game. It kept me thinking of it for days after I completed the game.

  • Graphic: The graphics are very appealing to the eye, yet not high-end, so it will still fit a person without a high-end pc. They are beautifuly drawn together, every different scene and area of the game, give you a very distinct and unique look.

  • Sound & Soundtrack: The sound is nice to hear, the effects, language and noises makes a nice blend to your ears. The soundtrack is just gorgeous, it fits in with all the different areas you get to expericene, the really help you to give that atmospherical feeling that everything is special.

  • Cinematics: I took a nice note of how the cinematics were made, they blend in with the gameplay, without trying to stray to far from the game itself. It keeps a high standard showing the player the deep lore and feelings of the world and the characters.

  • Gameplay: This game does not offer you very challenging gameplay, everything is neatly done and well made, even though the lack of challenging gameplay (for me atleast), the game kept on suprising me. It took very simple elements of the gameplay, and combined it so well-done with the other aspects of the game that I forgot that I could not find it to be very challenging.

  • Controls: I did not run in to any bigger problems concerning the controls, except that sometimes I forgot which stick was controlling which brother. Although sometimes it could make your fingers go numb from having to hold in the buttons for a long while. Other than that I found it running smooth.
Although a short game of only a couple of hours (Three for me), this game can give you an experience which you can not stop thinking of. I though about the game several days after I had played through it, and I still get a little grin on my face when it pops up into my head.
Just the feeling of running around with the two brothers, completing varies challenges, exploring the world, learning their story and revealing their future path. That is what will make you adore this game.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Amazing visuals and sound design plus truly unique storytelling and game mechanics. This is a downright must-play for anyone interested in videogames and fairytales.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Stunning game, I don't usually like puzzle games, but this one is different. It's not too difficult and the focus is on the story line; not the puzzles.
Posted: October 14
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