Last night I played through the game Brothers for PS3. The game was developed by the Swedish Starbreeze Studios and the director is Swedish film director Josef Fares.
The game is a platformer/puzzle type game where you play as two brothers at the same time. The left analogue stick controls the big brother and the left controls the little brother. You travel through a mythic Nordic/fantasy landscape, inhabited by trolls, giants and the like, where you have to make your way to the tree of life to bring back a cure for your sick father.
In order to progress you have to find a way to get by a number of obstacles. The two brothers have different traits that you’ll discover as you try to solve the problems presented to you. For example, the big brother is stronger and can swim. There are hints in the environment on how to solve the problems, but you’ll have to figure out how to interact with different objects on your own. There’s only the analogue sticks for movement, an interact button for each brother and a camera angle control. People in the game talk, but in a made-up language, so that’s not of much help.
The game wasn’t all that difficult, but enough to be entertaining. You have to stay focused while playing, though, since you’re controlling two characters simultaneously. I tried to keep the big brother on the left side (matching the stick position) as much as possible to avoid confusion . There were a wide variety of problems to solve in various environments. There are a couple of small ”side quests”, but the game is otherwise mostly linear.
I didn’t time how long it took to play though, but it was less than four hours. There’s more to the game than just the problem solving though. The landscapes look great (apart from some tearing) and the creatures are a nice mix of Norse mythology and fantasy. The soundtrack also sounds very Nordic with the Scandinavian herding calls/singing (kulning). Even though you don’t understand the language they are speaking, you get more attached to the characters as the story unfolds.
If you play the game, do yourself a favour and play it all the way to the end. And don’t read anything about the plot before you play it! You can try the short demo first to see if you might like the mechanics.
Now is a good time to try it, because the game is on sale in the PlayStation Store until January 22nd. It’s just 44 SEK ($5), instead of 135 ($15). Definitely worth 44 SEK. I also bought Ni No Kuni, which I’ve been meaning to get, at a heavily reduced price.