It was no accident that Brothers is subtitled A Tale of Two Sons. Emphasizing this game as a tale is appropriate as the story is the strongest facet of the Brothers. Despite lacking (discernible) dialogue, Brothers presents an unspoken narrative that is touching and powerful.
It is a story that is both narrow in focus yet grand in scope. It is simple as its surface yet complex at its core. Brothers aspires to capture the essence of brotherhood and in the end, does so admirably.
The plot is simple, two brothers that have lost their mother set out on an adventure to cure their father of an illness. Though this story isn’t about plot twists and complex storylines, it is a story that allows for some interpretation as no word is understood throughout. It is entirely told through music, physical interaction, and even player controls.
The music in Brothers has an appropriately dreary yet epic feel to it throughout. While no song was catchy enough to stick with me after playing it, every song felt appropriate for what was happening. Throughout Brothers I felt rightfully immersed and a big part of that has to be attributed to the choice of music.
The other facet of storytelling was character interaction. Both brothers felt unique and each time they interacted they had to do so with quite a bit of physicality. While noises were made, I (rightfully) never understood a word. Yet due to great physical representation I was never confused. The game makes a statement for how much clearer an action is.
The most interesting storytelling aspect of Brothers was the use of controls. The game controls each brother with two separate triggers, meaning you begin identifying each trigger with the corresponding brother. The game uses this to great effect in giving each brother separate abilities to exemplify the cooperation on their journey. At times the game uses these controls alone to communicate to the player something that would otherwise be impossible. The moments in which the game’s mechanics communicate the Brother’s bond are some of the game’s finest.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons relies entirely on the bond shared between the brothers from beginning to end. The developers infuse a real sense of charm and personality into their physicality that understandable dialogue would feel unnecessary and misplaced.
If you are willing to be taken on a beautiful tale of brotherhood, I highly recommend doing so. Despite it being very short and lacking in gameplay depth. You are better off focusing on what Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons does do well. It is an intelligent, beautiful, touching, and unique game that nobody should miss, especially at its low price and length.
Ratings are out of 5 yarns and the Overall is not an average.