Did Finish – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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Some time has passed since I finished Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Why has it taken so long for me to write about a game on our top 5 games of 2013 list? I wish I had a good reason, but I don’t.

Let’s move on, together. Like two people who are controlled by analog sticks.

That was a great segue. Just truly amazing.

I like speaking plainly about my experiences with games here. So here it is — Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons made me cry. No, I am not going to tell you why. But I can tell you it’s directly related to my life. I have an older brother. The journey I took in this game was influenced by that in some profound ways.

You may not be in the same situation as me. That’s okay, I’m sure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will tug at your soul also; this game is that amazing. The journey the brothers undertake to save their father is gorgeous. It’s easy to cite a game for looking good or having a cool style, but Brothers is just GORGEOUS! A true pleasure to just look at. Sometimes, you just want to sit on a stone bench and look at the sweeping vistas.

And Brothers lets you do that. Because there are stone benches that overlook most of the sweeping vistas. That was nice of them.

Now, let’s discuss the awkward thing about Brothers: the controls. I don’t know if I am broken (probably), but I would have to keep the younger brother on the left side of the screen and the older one on the right. Why? The younger is controlled with the left thumb stick and the older one with (you guessed it) the right thumb stick.

You are eased into the controls with some very clever tutorializing. From time to time, I would find myself thinking about what my hands were doing. That’s when I’d lose control of the game completely.

The trick is to stop thinking, and play. When your brain and fingers are just enjoying the experience, things work. There are some very cool moments that make good use of the control style, and you will feel super awesome when you play through some of the tricky scenarios placed before you.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will take you just under two hours to finish. It is the perfect length for what it has to say. What it says should impact you. If it doesn’t, maybe it’s time to seek therapy of some sort? Are you nice to animals? Stop being a monster!

I think you should go play Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons right now. You can get it on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Steam. So you really have no reason to not play it. It requires a gamepad if you are on Steam, but my brain hurts just thinking about trying to play this game without one.

Have you taken the adventure? Leave a comment below, or hit me up on twitter and tell me about it. Don’t forget to join the Did Not Finish Facebook page. Also, feel free to Email me. If you are on Raptr look me up.

About Donald Conrad

Donald Conrad is an avid father and a dedicated gamer -- or maybe that's the other way around. He loves his games, and he loves his family, and he's pretty sure he loves sleep, even if he doesn't remember what it was like. Follow his life confusion on Twitter @ConManEd