Sunday, March 1, 2020
Console Corner: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers is the story of two boys, Naiee and Naia. Their father lying deathly ill in the family’s small, seaside hut, the village doctor sends the pair on a mission to the Tree of Life to collect the waters that will save him. Both the boys able climbers and eager to help, they embark on the journey of a lifetime to get the valuable resource. Norse in theme, their journey through the fields, mountains, and beyond is full of surprises, good and otherwise, the pair must pass to get to the Tree of Life and help their father.
Why Starbreeze chose to make the game playable only on one controller is something I’ve gone back and forth over in my head. Though it can only be played on one controller, it is, however, simple enough that two people can play it together, each holding one half of the controller. Only three buttons used for each brother (the joystick and two shoulder buttons), it’s entirely possible for a pair of people, sitting very close, to share the one controller. Is this by design, i.e. to bring people closer, dare I say, as brothers? Or is it just cheaper design, i.e. less money spent on development and interface? I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter. It is what it is, and I had a blast playing with my small son on one controller—the 1.5.*
*My son was five years old at the time, something that as we played I came to understand is too young for the game. About halfway through, after seeing something that was too much, I distracted him, turned off the Playstation, and later finished the game myself, alone—a good choice given that the content only became more difficult for a five year old. Suicide, horror elements, battle, blood, and death, I would not recommend this game for young children.
Posted by Jesse at 8:18 AM