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  • Summary: 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 andGuide 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 thumb stick. This is one journey you will never forget. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 21, 2019
    100
    If you’ve already played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, there isn’t necessarily anything different or special about the Switch version demanding another purchase and playthrough. However, having a modern masterpiece readily available at home or on the go isn’t really a bad thing either. For those who have managed to avoid the game since its release a generation ago, there’s no time like the present to experience such a phenomenal example of how video games can stand out as a unique approach to storytelling and entertainment in general. Brothers is really a must play game, so you’d best get around to it sooner rather than later.
  2. 90
    Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons is such a natural fit for the Switch that it’s easy to look past its age and just enjoy the experience as the story sweeps you away.
  3. Jun 9, 2019
    85
    A small masterpiece.
  4. 80
    In addition to the touching story of two brothers trying to save their father that has been present in all previous releases, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Nintendo Switch finally gains the co-op gameplay option the game always felt like it was lacking. If you have missed out on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons in the past, there is absolutely no reason not to check out the latest release on Nintendo Switch in its definitive form.
  5. May 29, 2019
    80
    The worldless storytelling is as compelling as ever and the purposefully frustrating control system still seems an excitingly daring experiment – now softened by an optional co-op mode.
  6. Dec 16, 2019
    70
    Whilst the concept of controlling two different characters simultaneously differentiates Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from other titles, beyond this it can be somewhat simplistic. However, it is certainly well-crafted, creating a pleasant and laid back journey, with many touching moments. Graphics, sound, and style of gameplay also come together harmoniously, in a way that suggests a lot of effort has been put into building the general vibe of the world. It's certainly not a game for those that love fast-paced action, but for anyone wanting to take the time to appreciate the world around them, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a good choice.
  7. Jun 19, 2019
    50
    My suggestion would be to invest in something a lot more engaging and more extensive like Unravel 2 or Overcooked 2 to satisfy your couch co-op desires. It pains me to say that the implemented co-op feature has defeated the whole purpose of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and it should have been left how it was — in the past and untouched.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 25, 2020
    10
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is such a beautiful and magical tapestry of story weaving. The minimalistic design told through imagery, ambianceBrothers: A Tale of Two Sons is such a beautiful and magical tapestry of story weaving. The minimalistic design told through imagery, ambiance and music come together to create a gem of an experience. Simply a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2019
    10
    A lovely game, and the Switch port is quite lovely. The mechanics of the game is easy to learn. The atmosphere is very fitting into theA lovely game, and the Switch port is quite lovely. The mechanics of the game is easy to learn. The atmosphere is very fitting into the setting. Definately worthy. Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2019
    10
    Best Indie I've ever played, hands down. I played for 8 straight hours until I beat it. I hope that more companies get opportunities to makeBest Indie I've ever played, hands down. I played for 8 straight hours until I beat it. I hope that more companies get opportunities to make titles like this one in the future. Worth every penny!!!!! Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2020
    9
    Just finished the game. Not bad, not bad at all! Ran very smoothly on my Switch docked and undocked. Controlling two characters at the sameJust finished the game. Not bad, not bad at all! Ran very smoothly on my Switch docked and undocked. Controlling two characters at the same time took a little getting used to but it didn't take long to do so. Challenges/puzzles weren't super hard. However sometimes it felt like the control scheme made the puzzles more difficult than they had to be, but this was pretty uncommon. Graphics certainly weren't state of the art but were still appealing. Overall a relaxing experience, at least until that ending... yeezus. That story got pretty dark at times.

    TLDR: Great game. No regrets here!
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  5. Jul 24, 2019
    3
    I bought this for my Switch because I remembered it fondly from my days on the Xbox 360, boy was that a mistake. After just the opening sceneI bought this for my Switch because I remembered it fondly from my days on the Xbox 360, boy was that a mistake. After just the opening scene I couldn’t take how horrible the graphics looked. I thought to myself “well maybe they were just as bad on the 360 and playing in 1080p for so long has jaded me” so after a lengthy ordeal of finding, hooking up and signing in on, my old Xbox I booted the game up and admittedly the graphics weren’t the best, but they were NOWHERE near as horrible as they are on the switch. This is one of the worse ports Ives ever seen for a game . It removed lighting effects, shrubbery, physics from the character models hair. Sure it runs smoother and the anti-aliousing is better but at what cost? I seriously don’t recommend getting this game. It is laughably awful looking Expand