Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons looked interesting and garnered a solid amount of praise, but it was never something I was in the mood to play. Even after I got the game for free, I just couldn’t bring myself to give it a chance.
The moment I got my head out of my butt and actually played it, I realized this was a huge mistake. Brothers is a brilliant approach to deep storytelling and allegory.
The kicker? My older brother Gabe, the guy that introduced me to Nintendo way back when (though considering we shared a room, I probably would have found the NES sooner or later) just happened to be chilling with me the first time I sat down with the game.
I had heard from various sources that the game was rather short, enough so that it could easily be completed in a single playthrough. So when I finally set aside a few hours to game, I was ready to go the distance. And indeed, I feel that the punch it packs is best delivered and received without interruption.
Experiencing the journey and fate of these two digital brothers when my own brother was solving puzzles alongside me made me feel a stronger connection to the events as they unfolded. The fictional siblings mirrored the two of us in a number of ways.
In a way, it felt like we were the brothers setting off on an adventure, overcoming numerous obstacles and hardships in the name of love for one’s family.
This game is incredibly heartwarming, and a must-play for anyone out there that feels human emotions.Many games — at least the current stable of big-tier popular titles — are all about living out power fantasies, feeding that basic inner need to be super badass and kill shit.
But the fact that the gaming landscape allows for that sort of bravado machismo while also producing titles as sincere and thoughtful as this game bodes well for the industry. At times, gaming is plagued by the stigma of childishness and stymied further by an overabundance of violence, sexuality, and profanity.
While I enjoy many of those games, I’m glad we also have games like Brothers; titles that know what it means to be human and fragile.