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  • Summary: Two sons must set out on a perilous journey to bring back the Water of Life to their ailing father.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    100
    If you're the sort of person who thinks video games are capable of not just entertaining us but also making us think and feel, you owe it to yourself to play Brothers.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    94
    It’s an incredible game well-worth its $15 asking price on any platform you desire – although the symmetrical sticks of the PS3 may be a bit easier to get used to than the 360′s design.
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    90
    A nordic-esque fable narrated with a feeling of peace and sadness, Brothers A Tale of Two Sons is just the kind of game a fan of Starbreeze's last titles should avoid. The story of two brothers and their journey will take us on a ride similar to other jewels like ICO or Journey. A ride that maybe has a very peculiar use of the pad -simultaneously 1 player cooperative-, but where we can interact with two characters to a level never done before, in a journey of search that requires us to accept its rules and let us go into the experience by the hand.
  4. Some games stay etched in your memory because of the emotional journey you experienced, like The Walking Dead, The Last of Us or Ico. Brother: A Tale of Two Sons does not quite belong on that list, but it does come very close. [October 2013 p.94]
  5. Jul 23, 2013
    83
    A surprisingly touching adventure with innovative single-player co-op and beautiful scenery and music. If not for the short length, it would be an absolute must-buy. As it stands, this is still a unique treat that deserves a look. [Issue#233, p.83]
  6. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Marred only by occasionally obtuse controls and a slight lack of difficulty, if this is the kind of content we can expect from Sony’s army of indie developers, the future is very bright indeed.
  7. Jun 12, 2013
    70
    This is a puzzle-platform game pared down to its base essentials, with a sweet, simple tale and an artfully imagined world wrapped around that core. [July 2013, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    10
    This game or should I say "interactive experience" is absolutely outstanding. This is exactly what the game industry needs, a breath of freshThis game or should I say "interactive experience" is absolutely outstanding. This is exactly what the game industry needs, a breath of fresh air and creativeness.

    The art design, sound and music, and character development is beyond expectation. A lunch price of $14.99 is an absolute steal for a gem like this. I can see myself playing this game multiple times as the tale is that gripping.

    The team at Starbreeze has done an excellent job and I support their efforts and hope to see more gems from them in the future... Enclave II please
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  2. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    I don't know how I should rate this game. But I will ignore the bugs and focus on the emotional effect of this game in addition to it's mindI don't know how I should rate this game. But I will ignore the bugs and focus on the emotional effect of this game in addition to it's mind teasing controls with it's simple wonderful puzzles.
    For controls. It's different. Controlling 2 characters at the same time and making them interact with each other to help each other solve a puzzle or pass a certain area is really wonderful. I liked. Playing as the older brother and trying to save your younger brother who you also control will seed you with how strong this relation is. You'll love them both.
    During the game play there are lots of fun moments that will make you chuckle. Also there will be sad moments that will drive your emotions to the edge. Just listen to main theme of the soundtrack and you'll understand how sad these moments could be.
    Puzzles are fantastic. Not hard at all. yet still challenging because of mind teasing controls of controlling 2 characters at the same time to solve those puzzles.
    The story is remarkable. One of the best stories I ever played through. It was touching really. You'll feel it when you play it to the end.
    You'll wish you can be their third character inside the game to give a hand. It was that amazing.
    I'll give this game a 10/10
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  3. Sep 10, 2013
    10
    What a feeling of joy and pleasure you receive when you work as a team!! As this is one of it's strong points it also occasionally getsWhat a feeling of joy and pleasure you receive when you work as a team!! As this is one of it's strong points it also occasionally gets confusing as to which player i'm controlling minus that minor bump in the road this is a must have one of the best buys from PSN!!! Expand
  4. Oct 30, 2013
    9
    It is a very good game for that price and you will think about it after you finished it. Maybe the ending is a bit too depresive but that'sIt is a very good game for that price and you will think about it after you finished it. Maybe the ending is a bit too depresive but that's why it's unique. The gameplay is siple, but fun in a beautiful world. Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2014
    9
    Amazing game for anyone who has ever had a fleshy, spiritual or otherwise person they viewed as a brother. The music is deep and rich, theAmazing game for anyone who has ever had a fleshy, spiritual or otherwise person they viewed as a brother. The music is deep and rich, the story line grabs you from the very start and the game finishes in a the most glorious and emotionally engaging way possible.

    I wish it was a bit longer and some times the dual stick controls make your head spin. Otherwise, its amazing. There is no reason for you NOT to purchase and play this game.
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  6. May 14, 2014
    8
    At first I wasn't sure if I'd get involved in the story since I didn't really liked the promotional art. I'm really happy I continued myAt first I wasn't sure if I'd get involved in the story since I didn't really liked the promotional art. I'm really happy I continued my purchase. It is an absolutely beautiful game with interesting puzzles and a beautiful and moving story. Very nice! A must play! Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I created an account just to review this game. I though it was something special to look at but I never got the hang of controlling two characters at the same time. Then the ending came, talk about a waste of time. The death of a young man while on a journey to save a sick older man undermines the whole reason for going on the journey in the first place. I'm sure the dad would have preferred to die instead of sending his son to death so it made the whole game feel pointless. You'll play through the game to save a life only to lose one even more important. This game is terrible & I hate it. I really wanted to like it but they killed the kid for "emotional impact" when all I could think was "Are you kidding me?!?! Why did I just spend three hours playing this game if the outcome solves nothing!!!!!!????" There is no resolution here, just a Frenchman's desperate attempt to pull on your "heart strings". Get out of here. No more Starbreeze Studios games for me. Expand

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