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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E6 | Cubbysablo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Game of Thrones could learn a thing or two from this game.
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DualHatSystem
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Went into the game with high expectation, based on what reviews I've read. Here's the breakdown:
  • beautiful world
  • interesting glimpses of game's mythos (most were unexpected to me); I'd love to see more of the same world/universe
  • once you get past the idea of controlling two characters at once, mechanics/puzzles are rather simple
  • some puzzle sequences were annoying due to the need to keep holding left & right triggers for prolonged periods
  • story sadly didn't move me; I kept expecting something to go horribly wrong, which took me out of the world
  • the only bit that hit me, was towards the end of the game, where you had to use dead brother's controls; that was a nice touch

It seems games can lately only pull on our emotional strings by going to the one extreme they know, death of a character. Once you keep that in mind, the illusion is somewhat broken. As another rewiever mentioned, made up language didn't help here, instead it left me feeling alienated from the characters.

Only recommending this game because of its shortness and eye candy. If that doesn't sound like your schtick, pass it.

[Playtime was around 3 hours, the extra hour is due to game running in the background.]
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salientsomebody
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is probably the only game to ever both make me smile wider than the pacific ocean and also turn my eyes into the great lakes. The closest competetor that I've played is The Last of Us. The graphics might not have the most high-res, but just look at the world and you will be blown away. The soundrack fits every moment it is used and simply elevated whatever feeling was present. You don't need english in this game, because the story is told through the game mechanics. The gameplay is not repetitive whatsoever, there are constantly new mechanics introduced that fully take atvantage of the coop structure. Not ever have I experienced such a harmonic integration of gameplay and story, which is what makes you feel emotional. If you don't have this game, get it and play it. You will have no regrets.
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Kaos
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Manly tears was shed.
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Stalaw
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Haven't felt feels like this since MGS3.
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C.r.@.n.E
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
beautiful
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vape cum $$$
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
♥♥♥♥ing amazing game. buy it while its on sale,please.
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Ruoho
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
You just need to play it for yourself. It's an experience that can not really be described.
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Keks
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
For everybody hesitating whether or not to buy this game because they dont own a controller:

- You CAN master the controlls with your keyboard
- You CAN`T master the feels you will get finishing this game

9/10
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107 of 133 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
[Spoiler tags are actual spoilers]

It didn't hit me when he died.

It didn't hit me when it made me bury him.

It hit me when it made me take his controls.

You will likely never get used to how this game controls, but I didn\'t realize just how strongly something so simple as keybindings could support a narrative.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
  • Beautiful game
  • Simple but unique and interesting game mechanics
  • Delivers a great story. No comprehensible language? No problem
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
There is and will never be a platformer as emotionally devastating as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Truly, it is a remarkable experience that won't hit you where it hurts until it needs to.


● Superb storytelling.
● Lovely visuals.
● Simple but interesting puzzles.
● Subtle but pleasant soundtrack.
● And perhaps most importantly: innovative gameplay mechanic which ties the controls to the narrative.

I proclaimed this my game of the year in 2013 when I played it on console and replaying it on PC now I would still rank it highly among my video game favourites. Such a unique, spectacular game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I have bought the game maybe two years ago, when I read good reviews about it and when it went on sale on steam. I have just played it on my new lenovo gaming laptop. I am only mentioning this because I thought the visuals were gorgeous, and it deserve to be played on a good PC. (Mine comes with Nvidia 960)
I was amazed by the story and emotions involved in the game. It might not be very obvious at the beginning of the game, but trust me it surprisingly gets epic. Although the game has no narrator nor it uses a known language, it communicates the story very fluently through the scenes. I want to say more but I think I might run into spoiling the story for the reader.
I highly advise buying and playing this game. I also highly recommend playing it with a joypad. I first played it with a keyboard and I almost gave up on it. It was really confusing to play on a keyboard and I couldn’t control the players properly. The puzzles seem to be more enjoyable when played with a joypad, and it seems that the way the creators intended it to be.
If I ever want to criticize anything about the game, it would be that I wanted to have more puzzles and a little more complication to come with them.
Final verdict:
9.5
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
A beautiful, moving story woven into a masterful piece of artwork. The gameplay mechanics are creative and fun to play, once you get the hang of it. The lack of tutorials might be bothersome in the beginning, but makes the game much more immersive till the end. The soundtrack is illuminating as well. Has some replayability value too, though they could've included some more achievements. A must have in your library!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
A fantastic novella-length adventure game, in which the clever gameplay is ultimately just a question of unfolding the story rather than an end in itself. I often dislike games of the scripted, on-rails type, but this one is perfectly paced and uniquely immersive. It lacks the courage and follow-through of what I assume must be its inspiration in Lindgren's "Brothers Lionheart", and because it is mute it is more abstract and like a fable, but as far as narratives in games go, this is 10/10.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Wow...that's all I can say...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons.
A short but absolutly breathtaking game!

Unique in it's kind both Graphics Story AND Gameplay.
It is very simple THIS IS A MUST PLAY.
As many have said before play it in one session.... Perhaps with a break.

No regrets on this purchase this is a ONE OF A KIND experience!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
A work of extraordinary beauty and imagination. The epic story, gorgeous world and poignant moments more than excuse a few wonky puzzles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
;_;

Amazing story, good controls that tie in to the narrative. A short yet enjoyable game.
Note: A controller is required for the best experience.
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