Brothers – A tale of two sons is a small and nice PEGI 12 adventure game, in which the player controls two brothers as they search for the Water of Life needed to heal their father. It was published on PlayStation 4 in Sept 2015, and it was directed by Josef Fares, a Swedish-Lebanese film director and game designer, who also directed A Way Out, another nice game published by Electronic Arts and available for EA Access members.
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Here is a walk-through with a view. I have noticed those little benches since the beginning, as I also finished A way out a couple of weeks ago, and there is a trophy in that game that you will get by resting both characters on a bench in the middle of the woods. So I decided to save a nice clip with all the great views of the game and I was happy-surprise when, in the end, I realized that there is a trophy doing exactly this.
Now, the game has its own language and a lot of interactions, ones just for fun, others to complete a chapter or get a trophy. Usually, the chapters are small puzzles in a fantasy setting. And I think it is rated PEGI 12 because there are some tough sequences, as stoping a guy from committing suicide, or blood. Rivers of blood. It sounds bad, but it isn’t that bad. The game is non-violent.
There is a catch, of course. The game is not only good looking, sharing a sad story full of meanings. It has a catch. As I said, the player controls two brothers, but I didn’t mention two things. The player is controlling these two brothers at the same time, with both hands: the right one is controlling the smaller brother, the left one the bigger brother.
Isn’t that an awesome idea?!
I will not tell much about the story (this article already contains a lot of videos about the game), because I think games are like movies, and this one is a great one, and I am sure it will let you with some mixed feelings at the end, so I don’t want to ruin that for you. The materials are not ruining that, their purpose only is to help in your quests. You will still be surprised by the story, as the end of the game is not marked by the last trophy. The story continues.
🏆 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons | Trophies
If you are a trophy hunter, take into consideration that most of the trophies are unmissable, as they are part of the main story, but you might lose some of them if you are not paying attention at details. As a side note, the director invented a language for this game (based on the Arabic language) to increase players’ curiosity. If you carefully interact with the environment, you will get the whole movie, and also the trophies.
If not, here are some hints. There is a link of a Youtube Playlist with all trophies, playlist that I also embedded below. I have made a video for every trophy, except 🏆Bunny Buddies – You made the bunnies play nice. As you will notice, when I get the 🏆Black Sheep, all the rabbits are black. Oh well, one was white and I did the same thing with it as I did with the sheep.
Funny thing: after I took both trophies I thought that I can do both at the same time with both hands/brothers, as the sheep and the bunny are pretty close to each other and they need to get dirty in the same spot. Anyway, if you buy the game and do that, don’t forget to save the clip (here is how you can do it by pressing two buttons at the end of a sequence), post it on Youtube, and drop a comment here! 🙂
About the playlist, just note that some of the trophies are just unmissable if you know the place. For others, you need to do some extra work and search for the missing parts. The game is not long. If you are not playing like me, saving clips and pay attention to other things like mechanics and logic behind the nice graphics, you might finish this game in 2-3 hours.
Final conclusions and ratings
Should you buy it?
If you want a nice but short story, yeah. I don’t know.
I bought it because I have finished A way out and, somehow (marketing, of course, haha), I just wanted to play this game also, being directed by the same great guy, and I have found out a nice and emotional story, with good graphics. On top of that, at the moment there is also a 79% discount on PlayStation Store for this game. You will pay the equivalent of one beer.
I don’t know if it is even fair to rate this game, as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is only a nice story made with a very low budget (you might want to listen also to the director story available in the game’s menu!), but I here it is.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (2015) rating
|Content:||(5.0 / 5)|
|Sound:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Graphics:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Cinematics:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Control:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.8 / 5)|
Content is 5 because I like very much the story, the idea of controlling each brother with one hand, and the puzzles. Great job!
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