Man, this game is a rollercoaster of thrills. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons came to Nintendo Switch from the hand of 505 games and Turn Me Up games. The game was originally launched in 2013, with excellent reviews to its name. After playing it on Nintendo Switch so many years after its original release, I must admit that I fully understand each and every one of the excellent reviews that the game received and continues to receive to date.
A story that don’t say much to say it all
Brothers is an adventure game that has a pretty simple central idea and an easy to understand gameplay. This is the story of two brothers looking for a remedy that is in a faraway place to restore their father’s health. The game is not exactly long so I will leave the specific details of the narrative for you to enjoy.
The game has very few lines of “dialogue”. I say “dialogue” because in fact the characters speak very little, but when they do, they do it in a made-up language for the game. This language, according to the commentary of the game by its director Josef Fares which is included in the version for Nintendo Switch, is based in Arabic. What I can say of the narrative is that the visual and auditory elements combine very well to give you the personality, experiences, fears and insecurities of each of the brothers.
There were many moments of reflection despite the fact that the game doesn’t last as long as I wanted. With ease, the story can be completed in 3 to 4 hours if you take your time and enjoy each of the puzzles and scenarios. In spite of this, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is pure gold in those three hours.
Two brothers who have a goal, but nothing in common
Both brothers are opposite poles. One is older, the other younger, one is afraid of the water, the other swims perfectly, one is tall, the other is short, one has physical strength, the other one can move easily in places where the other is not capable because of his size. The whole game revolves around collaborating and using these differences in favor of their common goal. This mechanics is present at all times, each puzzle and boss are designed around this collaborative practice.
In Nintendo Switch this works perfectly. Because with cooperative mode you can use one of the joy cons to control one of the brothers and the other for the remaining sibling. Brothers is an experience that goes beyond just cooperating. It reminds me a little of what it feels like when you cooperate with someone on Journey. The game of truly manages to create a strong emotional connection between the story of the game and the mechanics of the gameplay, which results in a good amount of moments to reflect along with the person you play it with.
One of my strongest recommendations is, play and share the experience with someone else. Although, I assure you that you will still have an excellent moment alone, do not take that experience that is both entertaining and emotive without including someone else.
It’s been a long time since 2013…
Graphically Brother has an excellent art direction. You won’t see realistic photogrammetry or particle effects that defy the hardware here. What you will observe though is a fairly polished and stable game with very well-made scenarios. There are sections of the game where both brothers can take a seat and see the panorama.
Despite the fact that so many years have gone by, these scenarios look great. It really makes you appreciate each detail on screen. It is a game whose launch year is noticeable. But this does not stop you from admiring how much can be achieved with love and dedication on the developer’s side. Brother: A Tale of Two Sons begins in a simple way in terms of the graphics department. As the brothers progress on their journey, the scenarios become more complex and the art shines more and more.
In terms of audio, the soundtrack and the ambience of the game are top notch. There is no complaint in this department. Every detail of the audio is well taken care of. Many peak moments of the story are perfectly in tune with proper acoustic queue elements.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, this is a mandatory purchase if you have not played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And even if you have already played it and have a friend or significant other with whom you wish to share a pleasant time, surely this title will not disappoint. The current price in the eShop is $14.99, at this price it can’t be missing from your collection. Brothers is not just a game. It is a beautiful story with touches of humor, tragedy, overcoming and acceptance that is worth experiencing. It is a short game. But what it lacks in duration, it compensates with the memorable and lasting appeal of this magnificent tale of brotherhood and cooperation.
If you want to take a look at the Spanish version of this review, you can check it out here!
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