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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An emotional and breathtaking tale that captured the hearts of millions of players worldwide. Critically acclaimed and winner of multiple awards, including 2013 DICE Award for Best Downloadable Game and BAFTA Award for Innovation.
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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

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
    • Storage: 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)
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rawr
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Awesome little game!
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Sony
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
A game that is much more than the sum of its parts, and a charming expedition into the territories of family, loyalty, and friendship.

It's not about the game mechanics, which are innovative and fun.
It's not about the quaint and beautiful vistas presented throughout.
It's not even about the heartfelt humor and interesting characters that champion its interactivity.

It is a story of sorrow, love, and joy.

It is about a sacred bond.

That of brothers.

9/10
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Chill
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
I beat it offline and,,, its not a game for me. I don't connect with the story or world. That is honestly why I don't recomend it. There is little that makes the player want to go through the world and why do I care about these childern or their dad? There is little to connect the player to the kids. I like games with richer/more developed charaters.This game does not fill that void for me. I have heart of stone and I need a lot of build up to pull at my heartstrings, If you are the same, avoid this game or pick it up on sale if you want a go of it
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mohammed.400000
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Good extra game
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Gallóglaigh
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
A truly beautiful game
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MaidenFallon
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Beautiful. Depressing. Beautifully depressing. Did I mention, beautiful? Great game, relatively short, easy achievements. The first time I played this I got all of the achievements just by exploring this beautiful, unique game. Story rich without any dialouge, intuitive puzzles, and did I mention it's GORGEOUS?
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Bitblender
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
Well... this is the first time using the controller contributed to the emotion of the game for me. They can be tricky, and the relationship between the right and the left can be a pain at times, but throughout the story the right and left develop a strong relationship of their own to match the heart-warming care the brothers have for each other. It feels so... lonely to stop using one side of the controller.

I'd recommend this if you're looking for an emotional story to occupy a few hours of your time, but it's definitely PG (in the literal sense) if given to younger audiences.

P.S. Watch for the side adventures to get your achievements. It can sometimes be easy to miss them.
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MGarceau
7.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is a wonderful adventure game. It's mechanics are simple: you control two characters at once (each brother) while running through its beautifully crafted world solving simple puzzles and discovering a tale of life, adventure, splendor and tragedy.

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Franckey007
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
What a unique game. Never played a game that you control 2 characters the whole time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Brothers is a deceptively simple puzzle platformer that has quite a bit going on under the covers. Its story is told almost entirely wordlessly, with a lot of little side excursions that paint a world of fairytales that is actually quite dark. Don't let the bright graphics and cartoony characters fool you -- while there are some funny and uplifting moments, this is not a feel good game. It's not deliberately out to depress you either, but it's more brothers Grimm than brothers Warner. I'm not saying you shouldn't let your kids play it, but I am saying you may want to look over their shoulder if they do.

Believe it or not, this is the game I bought a controller for. I borrowed one to see if the game was any good (it was) and then I completed it after buying one for myself. It's not easy to convince a hardcore mouse and keyboard guy to twiddle the sticks, so it deserves credit at least for that. It deserves some more credit for possibly being the very first game to use its control scheme to evoke an emotional response. I can't get into details (spoilers!) but you'll know it when you get there. It's beautifully done, and you'd need to have a heart of stone not to be at least a little bit affected. If you remember "press F to pay respects", this is pretty much the exact opposite of that.

The gameplay is just about right. It's not very challenging, but it's not a cakewalk between cutscenes either. The game does make the most of its controls, and coordinating two characters requires your full attention. Liberal use of checkpoints means you're not likely to get frustrated from having to replay bits, though. If the game was much longer the mechanics might wear thin, but its length works to its advantage here. My only gripe, if I can have one, is that one or two achievements are almost impossible to obtain without a guide, not because they require skill but because they require some very unintuitive actions. Still, this in no way detracts from the experience on your first playthrough, and the game allows you to replay chapters at will, so those who want the achievements can get them easily enough.

Whether you want to pay the full $15 for 4-5 hours of game is up to you, but even if you want to wait for a sale (or another bundle), this deserves to be in your library at some point or another. Two thumbs up, one big and one little.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Not family friendly!
Nonetheless, a great short game with great mechanics.
The views are absolutely beautiful.
This game is emotional.

Also, it is best to play it with your friend, or even better, your BROTHER.
Worth my money.
Have my thumbs up, Starbreeze
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Everything about this game is so amazing that i couldnt find any words to explain it. To start off,this game is a story of two brothers going in an epic journey to get some potions for their ailing father.The story of this game is so amazing that at the end of the game,am sure you will get emotional.The gameplay is superb,graphics and scenes are really beautiful and soundtrack is amazing. A must play and trust me, you will really feel good after you completed this game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Explains the plot through gameplay rather than exposition.

A lot of classic games either skimped on discussing any plot or simply didn't have the technology to incorporate a complex storyline. By reducing voiced character interaction to a minimum and having them speak in a foreign language, the player is left to interpret the story; a compelling and central aspect to this indie contender.

I've been told that this is one of the very finest games ever made and while I understand the appeal and certainly agree its worth your time, I don't think it belongs on the pedastal so many critics have garnished it with.

Despite clocking in at three hours, the game felt much shorter as it seemed to just fly by. Every blink I took was accompanied by a huge transition in location. Before I knew it I was adventuring in a completely different place, each one bearing its own set of rules and all goverened by the same overarching objective (venture forth and get your sick dad some medicine).

You'll never feel stressed and even dying won't set you back more than a few moments. Progress is blocked by a handful of simple, contextual puzzles. This is the perfect game for relaxing with one day.

Perhaps the strongest point and what makes this game so unique is that like Mario and Luigi RPGs you'll be controlling two characters (who can't typically sepraate far from one another). The way they both interact with the expansive world made everything come to life. One brother would kneel down to pet a sheep and the other would pick it up and carry it with him. One would admire the caged bird and the other set him free.

This game's been on sale before so try to pick it up on the cheap. I snagged it for about three bucks. You'd have to enjoy a AAA game for sixty dollars proportionately if you wanted that sort of value.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
They Story Of Ezreal, The Prodigal Explorer.
+ Landscape is beautiful
- not much you can do
- Bugs
- Crashed twice
- really short game
grab it on sale
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Amazing experience and highly recommended to all gamers.This game is a must :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Damn this game hits you right in the feels.
Sure, the 2 player mechanics may be awkward at times but they really incorporate the controls into the story.

Definitely a must-play for anyone with a 360 controller.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
"Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons" is a short and simple 3D adventure game with a truly beautiful art style. The intriguing control scheme adds some needed depth to gameplay that's otherwise fairly shallow, and the soundtrack is haunting and generally spectacular. It's unsurprising to me that this game is well regarded by so many people.

With all of that said, however, I thought the needlessly depressing 'narrative' (there's no dialogue) utterly ruined the experience. In aiming for some deep level of emotional impact, all the developers and writers actually managed to achieve was making the game feel remarkably pointless and unsatisfying. As the credits rolled after completing my playthrough, which takes at most a couple of hours (playing very slowly), the only thing really going through my mind was "this was a waste of time".

I had heard only spectacular reviews for this game, and this seems to be replicated in the Steam reviews here, so I was really hoping to love it. When it came down to actually playing it, though, I just really didn't.

As I said, the other reviews suggest that there's a good chance you'll love the game. Personally, the short length and flat narrative means I definitely wouldn't bother picking this up unless you're absolutely desperate to try it, and be sure to manage your expectations - perhaps if mine hadn't been so high, I would have enjoyed it rather more than I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Summary:


Short indie adventure from Starbreeze that perfects the unique art of telling its compelling and evocative story through its gameplay. A gorgeous world, stunning soundtrack, and a truly captivating finale which will leave you speechless really make this title stand out. The emotionally powerful ending alone - again sculpted by the player controlling the gameplay - makes this is not one to miss. Controller heavily recommended.


Rating:


1 - A masterpiece. An essential purchase for everyone.


2 - Great game. Highly recommended to most people.


3 - Fairly good game. Recommended mainly for fans of the genre or when on sale.


4 - Poor game. Not recommended but has a few merits.


5 - Awful game. Would not recommend to anyone in their right minds.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
A gorgeous, deeply moving story set in a wonderfully rich fantasy world and very creative gameplay mechanics. This game is one of the best examples for video games telling a very touching story with many emotional grips and exciting twists and not sacrificing anything for accomplishing this goal.
I couldn't recommend it enough.

A wonderful and moving experience indeed. I loved every minute of it.

SHOULD BE PLAYED WITH A CONTROLLER FOR THE IDEAL EXPERIENCE.
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