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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: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 3, 2020
    10
    As usual my reviews are based on cost to enjoyment ratio. I can't understand the 3/10 score here due to a few graphical elements that haven'tAs usual my reviews are based on cost to enjoyment ratio. I can't understand the 3/10 score here due to a few graphical elements that haven't come over in the port. I played this on PS4 originally and didn't even notice a difference.

    So anyway the game is a short puzzle game, around 4 - 5 hours. It plays via a split control ststem. 1 joystick and shoulder button for one brother and 1 joystick and shoulder button for the other. This makes for some funny brain frying moments when the brothers swap sides on the screen and it is a great mechanic. I don't know if a game has been done this way before but it was new to me and fun.

    The game is foreign language but there is virtually no dialogue and it plays out a beautiful story. The graphics and sound are very fitting for the game and the world varies a lot in design from stage, to stage and some fun little means of transport are occasionally thrown in.

    The gameplay, story, sound and graphics fit together perfectly. I always find that games that feel whole like this are often the most immersive and therefore most enjoyable. I found Y's Origin to be amazing for this harmony of game elements too.

    It's hard to describe a game like this but when I finish it, it feels like I have just sat through one of my favourite films. You will be constantly active in gameplay, it's not a visual novel but it just leaves that feeling of a completed story.

    The puzzles are simple, you might have to ponder them for a minute, or two at times but they are simple and if they were challenging it would slow down the adventure too much and that's what this game is - an adventure.

    A lovely short game that you won't regret buying. One of the few games I have replayed and no doubt I will play it again in a couple of years.

    Despite its short length, Brothers remains one of my favourite game experiences and I consider it a masterpiece. It could be likened to Journey and Flower but I found those two boring and thought Brothers was miles better than them. I have had many, many AAA titles over the years that have not given me a fraction of the enjoyment that Brothers has.
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. Jan 9, 2021
    7
    The beginning of the game is rather bland and boring, and that part goes on for a good while - it's not particularly challenging, but it'sThe beginning of the game is rather bland and boring, and that part goes on for a good while - it's not particularly challenging, but it's interesting enough to keep progressing. But then as you get deeper into it, it gets stranger and stranger, culminating in a rather bizarre scene towards the end - which made it all worth it. The main control mechanic, of controlling both brothers at the same time, is also worth mentioning. The graphics aren't exactly top notch, but there's still a lot of love put into the world creation here, and I wouldn't be surprised if this got a remaster of some sort at some point. Overall a game definitely worth playing, it's quite original - but it's also definitely not the epic adventure some reviewers will have you believe, in my opinion. Expand
  7. 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