Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 26 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 26 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
A or higher
A or higher
Jun 20, 2019

For those who have managed to avoid the game since its release a generation ago, there’s no time like the present to experience such a phenomenal example of how video games can stand out as a unique approach to storytelling and entertainment in general. Brothers is really a must play game, so you’d best get around to it sooner rather than later.

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GameLuster
Buy
Buy
Jun 4, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons rises above its simple puzzles with a quiet but deeply engaging world, story and characters. Minus a few potential bugs, the Switch port delivers a generally beautiful experience of the game that looks good and runs well. The game is a short but sweet trip that culminates in a truly memorable ending.

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Scored Reviews

The Digital Fix
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2013

Perfectly treading the line between game and film, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is interactive storytelling at its best; a evocative, devastating and ultimately triumphant portrayal of love, loss, death and reunion which fully deserves all of the plaudits it will no doubt receive.

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Next Gen Base
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2015

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a simple game, yet at the same time an incredibly complex coming-of-age story about fraternal love, loss, the conquering of fear and the importance of family. It's the kind of game that will leave you wanting to go and find someone you love, hug them and never let go. It's not perfect, and the control system will irritate at first, but it's worth persisting with it for the chance to roll with the punches that get thrown all around at the end of it. If you've yet to play it, it's impossible not to recommend it, and if you have then it all comes down to whether you want to experience it all over again.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
NintendoWorldReport
Xander Morningstar

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, while short, has a lot to offer thematically. It doesn't show anything mind-blowingly new, but rather comes across like a beautiful amalgamation of the greatest hits from dark fairytale. It only scratches the surface of its own potential, but the beautiful scenery, music, themes, and interesting take on gameplay make it a definite title to check out.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 29, 2019

If you've already played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on another platform there's not much in the story or in-game achievements to warrant another trip. Playing with a partner, however, creates a whole new experience that's certainly worth sharing. And if you've never experienced this tale before, you should. The puzzles are fun, the story is touching, and it comes together in a way that's likely to leave a lasting impact.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 24, 2013

A gorgeous world, bursting with personality. Great storytelling makes up for the short length and unchallenging puzzles.

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The Game Fanatics
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2014

Buy it. The game doesn't take much time and is very good. There are few reasons not to pick this up.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

An indie gem that shouldn't be missed regardless of your platform of choice. It would have been ideal to see this re-release separate itself more from previous versions, but it's still a very good and memorable experience.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 28, 2019

As poignant, heartbreaking and memorable as it was back in 2013, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons hasn’t lost any of its emotional impact in those intervening years. With a captivating soundtrack, an aesthetic design evocative of Fable and a genuinely clever take on co-op, you can really see why it’s held in such high regard.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2013

That's precisely what makes Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons so endearing -- the undeniable contrast created by the highs and lows that come with the entire experience being driven by love. It's so strong that it even dwarfs the game's core mechanical flaws, making them feel trivial when they should sully the whole affair. It's a powerful venture that isn't necessarily about where you began or where you end up; it's about everything that happened in between.

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Pure Xbox
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 24, 2015

Brothers is a game that will endure in the hearts and memories of those who have experienced it for a very long time and should feature on many "Games You Must Play" lists. Fans of the game will find themselves once again transfixed as they embark on the journey once more and for those have not yet taken the plunge, now is definitely your chance. Just remember to keep the tissues handy. You might be in need of them.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

The opportunity to play Brothers A Tale of Two Sons in local co-op is not a bad idea in itself, but the experience is less relevant since it was designed as a solo game at first, with a single player able to control two characters at the same time.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 17, 2015

The worldless storytelling is some of the most compelling of the year and the purposefully frustrating control system an outrageously daring experiment.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 28, 2019

In addition to the touching story of two brothers trying to save their father that has been present in all previous releases, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Nintendo Switch finally gains the co-op gameplay option the game always felt like it was lacking. If you have missed out on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons in the past, there is absolutely no reason not to check out the latest release on Nintendo Switch in its definitive form.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 14, 2015

The best way to play the game on consoles and it's very much worth playing if you're yet to experience it.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 13, 2015

If you've already played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, it's still very worthy of your time, but there's not much new to see beyond some concept art and commentary. If you're yet to play it, though, you now have no excuse. A well-told and engaging story awaits for those of you willing to forgive the slightly awkward controls.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons may seem a game, on its surface, simple, naive, but as we go deeper into it, we dwell on its playable proposal, its history, the characterization of each brother ... as we observe the different layers of meaning with which Josef Fares has wanted to compose his work, we are conscious of the complexity that it entails and of the genius of some of his ideas

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2015

Despite the lack of replay value, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons remains a remarkable journey by the folks at Starbreeze, a game that's worth checking out for its emotional punch and fantastic soundtrack. The controls take some getting used to, and the graphics could've been a little bit better, but overall, this is a sibling rivalry you should check out.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 28, 2019

Its emotional experience is worthy of praise, as it is its heavy, gritty environment. The plot is rather short-lived, which makes the journey less involving than it could be, but overall the experience of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is worth exploring by all those who are interested in a more emotional component of gaming.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 29, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Nintendo Switch is a decent conversion of a game that may not have aged very well, surpassed on several fronts by many other exponents of the same genre.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 19, 2015

You'll run, jump, climb, push, pull and rinse and repeat; it feels at times like each mechanism has just been potato-printed onto a different environment

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Rapid Reviews UK
May 27, 2019

I’m a big fan of games with strong narratives. When Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons came out back in 2013, I was excited to play it, but for one reason or another, I never got around to it. When I bought the game years later, I, for some reason, couldn’t get into it at all. Fast-forward to yesterday, where I got sent the code for the game to review and finished the game in a single sitting – only breaking to eat dinner with my wife. I had a great time with Brothers, aside from a few small issues that I’ll go into below.

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COGconnected
55 / 100
55 / 100
Jun 15, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons looks like it would be a fun, artsy game to play with a buddy, but most of what you do feels like pointless busy work with almost no trace of the story past the two-minute mark.

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Screen Rant
Screen Rant
Scott Baird

Top Critic

May 28, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons isn't worth the high asking price

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DualShockers
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for the Switch should've been an exciting time, but this wasn't the case.

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