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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: 505 Games
Developed By: Starbreeze Studios AB
Genre: Adventure
Players: 1
Rated: T for Teen (Blood, Crude Humor, Violence)
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Screenshots: Link
Price: $14.99 (PS3)
Written By: Matthew Prunty

October 3, 2013 Ė Even some of the bigger studios; responsible for big budget titles, can take a break from it all and release a unique experience that warrants a second look. Developer Starbreeze Studios AB is responsible for notable titles like The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Syndicate, Payday 2 and now Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. One thing that all those titles have in common was the high production values and exuberant amounts of death and destruction. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ventures down a different path than previous titles, resulting in a unique and memorable experience for gamers.

The premise of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons revolves around two brothers that must trek across this fantasy world in order to seek out a mystical cure for their dying father. While the story itself isnít new to games, the emotional connection they have to one another and their family plays out within your adventure and is what draws you in to the events as they unfold. The brothers rely on each other to get through this epic journey, which is evident in the style of gameplay. The younger brother has been mentally and emotionally scarred due to witnessing his mother drowning; as a result, he must rely on his bigger brother to help him cross bodies of water. At the same token, the older broth is too large to travel through certain areas, and must rely on his little brother and his abilities.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons takes a unique approach to gameplay, usually left to a co-op mode in many other games. Both characters are controlled via one controller. That wasnít a typo; you will control both brothers with one controller. Each brother is assigned to an analog stick on the gamepad and you will perform context-sensitive actions via the respective triggers. The whole notion of controller both characters at once is a little off-putting, but once you get the hand of it, you can spend more time enjoying the experience. Starbreeze Studios AB could have easily made an experience that will tax your problem-solving skills or mental aptitude, but instead the experience you have here is one where you are taxed not become emotionally involved. Iím happy to say that thatís one challenge Iím happy to have failed.

Whatís surprising about Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is while the developer opted for a simple, yet engrossing experience; the visuals are cartoonish a full of detail. The environments you traverse range from dense forests to snowy mountain tops. Each environment is chalked full of detail and life. These settings looked like they could have been pulled out of real-life settings, but given a cartoonish vibe. A nice touch to the design of the game is the fact that you canít understand a single word spoken in the game due to the inhabitants speaking a Sims-like language. As a result, you must focus on body language, facial expressions and the ton of their voices to discern whatís going on. Itís kind of like learning your first foreign language through watching television and movies. The lack of understanding through words, forces us to connect on an emotional level, which results in our fondness of the two boys to grow.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is indeed a thrilling tale that starts off charming and welcoming, before venturing into the dark and mysterious. This romp, depending on how you take to it, can be completed within the matter of hours. Though not as long as I would like, the experience is definitely emotional yet memorable. The biggest deal breaker for this title will be simple-minded approach to difficulty and the learning curve for the control scheme. But if you refuse to let those things stop you, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is definitely an enjoyable experience.


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