I’ve recently been on something of an indie game trip; taking advantage of discounts from both PS+ and Steam. This week sees the release of a very intriguing indie game: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.Journey
“A Big Thumbs Up From Me”
Developed by Starbreeze Studios and published by 505 Games, this downloadable story-driven adventure game has drawn parallels with two extremely popular games: Journey and Fable. Now, I loved Journey and believe it thoroughly deserves each and every one of its awards so anything reminiscent of that game gets a big thumbs up from me.
The game is centered around two brothers who set out to find a cure for their ailing father. Said cure is the ‘Water of Life’ and it’s going to take nothing less than their combined efforts to retrieve it.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (BaToTS!?!?) is its control scheme: the player controls each brother with one of the analogue sticks, allowing complete control over each character individually. The action buttons are also divided between the pair.
“Trying Something New And Different”
I can’t remember another game attempting such a control scheme (please feel free to jog my memory if you can think of one) so I love the fact this game is trying something new and different. This can be said for most indie games, actually, and this is precisely why 90% of the games I’ve played these last few months have all hailed from the ‘indie’ section.
The game also relies heavily on its art direction with your heroes inhabiting a beautifully created world that perfectly sets the tone of this adventure.
BaToTS was released on Xbox Live Arcade on 7th August but saw its release this Tuesday on Steam and PlayStation Network.
Not that I want to rely only on Metascores, but I do like to reference the scores of games I discuss to give you a bit of context and to highlight what much better writers think of the games I generally slander and belittle.
With a Metascore of 86 (Xbox 360) this game is getting some serious praise. If you’re yet to be sold on downloading a copy of BaToTS, here’s a relevant quote from IGN: “[Brothers] might be the best downloadable title since Journey.”
So there, go and fucking buy it.
It’s only £14.99, you penny-pinching trolls.