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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Robin
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Walking simulator, mostly boring with some occasional nice views.
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jasonskoubye
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game was the worst game I have played. It has cool graphics and has some great moments but this game is by no means meant for kids. Be prepared for lots of blood and violent scenes in what I read was a non violent game.

Not recommended for kids - definitely for adults that are not squeamish.
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Curthian
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
You should at least explain the controls and game mechanics. Maybe it is a great game and experience. But i will never know because i don't have the patience and time to guess how the controls are suppossed to work.
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#TheBats ✪ Rares 10 ✪
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It's a good game with a very interesting game,but this game is short. I recommend you to buy this game if you like sotry mode games. You need a partner to play The Brothers "A Tale of Two Sons"
I like it !
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Deitatis
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Just as much of an emotional rollercoaster as it is a game Brothers is a great, short, puzzle-platforming game that averages at 3 hrs to complete. Despite it's brevity it is far more compelling in it's character development, audio cues than many games that peak the 100 hr mark. Very much worth the purchase.
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H.I.T.G
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Story: 10/10
Controls: 9/10
Graphic: 10/10
Soundtrack: 8/10
gameplay control easy to play, fps lock on 60, need edit file setting to unlock lock fps
this game have very sad ending
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Literal Trash.
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is a short but sweet(ly melancholy) story-driven adventure game with a noteworthy "single-player co-op" control system, which has the player simultaneously leading both of the titular brothers by use of the left and right joysticks and triggers of a gamepad.

Despite having only a short playtime - with less than 5 hours needed to see the whole game through and collect all of the achievements - and a lack of distinct replayability outside of nostalgia, Brothers is still commendable for its rich environments and creative level design, allowing for a whimsical and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I can only think of three personal criticisms regarding this title - outside of minor bugs and glitches I encountered during my playthrough - and they are all rather minor.
Firstly, the atmospheric nature of the game left me somewhat bored in terms of the audio, given that there were several sections wherein no music was playing.
Secondly, I have to agree with other reviews regarding pricing; my advice is to pick us this title during a sale or - as I did - if you should ever find it in a Humble Bundle (games for charity!).
Finally, I would like to note that Brothers is just a tad awkward to play with a Steam Controller without a bit of tweaking to the controls.

However, none of these points are enough to detract me from giving a recommendation, and they are minor jabs at an otherwise great game.

8/10
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Tangie
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Fantastic world-building, characters, music, and unique gameplay. This is definitely a game worth experiencing.
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Mr Witzelsucht
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. A masterclass in visual storytelling. If you like Ico then I think you'll really love Brothers - A Tale Of Two Sons.

In the game you conrtol two brothers (one with each control stick) through a gorgeous fantasy landscape as they seek a cure for their dying father. On the way, they must oversome a series of fairly untaxing puzzles. Though very gentle in its difficulty level, the puzzles are so well correographed that you still get a real sense of achievement. Similarly, despite a gteneral lack of peril throughout, when rare moments of action arise, its pulled off with aplomb

I cannot stress how beautiful this game is and though not massivley long (5-6 hours) its the perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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archdeco
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Shoutout to the soundtrack, hope you like hearing a lot of EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Also your walk around and press buttons in places. My heart was wrenched.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game know how to hit your emotions!

btw it's a very good game, the charecters, locations, missions are so good even they are talking in a strange language. the game is short but it does all of the things so well in that short time.

i think everyone should try it
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10 of 10 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an Action Adventure game set in a fantasy world.

You're Naiee and Naia, two brothers whose father is dying. After taking him with the village’s doctor, he says the only cure lies in the waters of the Tree of Life, then, Naiee and Naia embark on a journey to the tree, hoping to save their father, but the world is huge and dangerous, beautiful and dark.

Words don't do it justice, I've played many games over the years, but nothing like this, something not only enjoyable, but also soul touching. Here, you’ll forget about everything, while drowning in a beautiful story, worth every praise it has already gotten.

★★★★★ | Loved it
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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
this is a beautiful short game that's pieced together admirably, and it's one that i've become enamored with ♥

it's certain that the story itself is the pillar of this game's foundation while puzzle-solving stands as an inferior element. i personally didn't find that to be an issue since i'm not opposed to a non-challenging game as long as it still has its merits, which in this case, it does. although the playthrough (generally between two to six hours) is quite momentary, the wonderful quality makes it worthwhile.

i was pleased by the unique, simple-to-grasp gameplay and non-complex obstacles that merged flawlessly with the story's fluidity. each transition was a passage full of adventure-- i found delight in being met with lovely little surprises like riding mountain goats and sailing on a sky glider. i'd also pace my course throughout the scenic journey so i could appreciate the landscape encompassed by an enchanting ambience. as for the brothers, they were personable characters with a charm suitable for the heartfelt story. my fondness towards them progressed alongside the heroic tale, and with that, so did my devotion to their valorous pursuit. inevitably, this endearing story steadily tugged at my heartstrings until i fell in love with the entirety of it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A beautiful game with a story line fit for a movie. It is truely an amazing tale of the unfairness of life and how two brothers over came them . Everything is a gamble in life and this game shows that no outcome is truely without consequence.

The graphics are creative and diverse, from mountain tops, to tree forests, to the depths of caves and water. This game brings to life an epic journey through its amazing artwork. Lastly the sound (music and voices) are not overly done, by being subtle in the background. This lets the visuals shine and be the true show case of the story telling.

I highly recommend this game for its amazing ability to tell a story of life, with it's realism and understanding, without becoming predictable or boring. Congratulations to the developers and I wish more games were this memorable and immersive!

I give this 5 out of 5 Beers!

Cheers,
Frost
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
pretty good game, but controlling 2 chracters at the same time is hard :3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is often named as one of the best example of games that use the tools proper of the video game medium in a way that no other does.

The main "gimmick" of the game is the fact that you control the titular two brothers at once, using one analog control stick and one "action" button for each.
This mechanic, alien at first, quickly becomes second nature, letting you fully enjoy your travels through beautiful scenery following the brothers on a quest to find a cure for their dying father.

Talking about storytelling, that's another way Brothers sets itself apart from most other games, as the simple, fable-like story is told using gameplay and rare in-engine cutscenes.

You find out the personality and quirks of each brother by the way they interact with each other and with the people and creatures they encounter during the journey. You understand the power of their brotherly bond by the way they help each other out solving puzzles or getting out of difficult situations. All of this without ever having to read or hear a single word.

I would 100% recommend Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons if it wasn't already clear enough, as the way the game marries its storytelling to its mechanics is truly fascinating and definitely worth the 2 to 4 hours needed to complete it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
First of all :'(.


Second of all, this game is amazing. I loved it, the story is perfect and get you in the feels. I really recommand it to everyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I often find myself disinterested in strongly story-focused videogames. If I wanted to read or watch a story unfold, I would pick up a book or a movie, respectively.

But I completely adored Brothers.

Why do we love stories? Personally I think it's because we look to stories for reflection of our experiences, and we love to be emotionaly manipulated. Brothers will make you feel all kinds of emotions, leading you to associate your controler's sticks and buttons with it's characters. I felt commited not to let my fingers slip in dangerous situations, even though I have hand problems and it hurt my wrists.

Brothers is also fundamentally a classic fairytale - it's magical and grim; it's characters are confronted with hardships that are often unfair, and everything it has to say about human condition feels very true. You will encounter all kinds of situations that hint at the wider world and what it is like, but without explicit lore, you can only guess at what is going on. After all, your characters are children and even the older one barely understands how the world works.

I would rather end the review here, than risk spoiling this amazing game for you. Let me just reiterate that it touched me deeply and I honestly would recommend it to basically anyone.
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