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Platform Win, 360, PS3 Publisher 505 Games Developer Starbreeze Studios Release Date 2013-09-03

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review: both hands

We've often heard the idiom "they're sharing a brain" applied to siblings who are exceptionally close, each seeming to know what the other is thinking or feeling without exchanging a word. But developer Starbreeze (of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and The Darkness) asks a difficult question: What happens when that bond is tested? Two unnamed siblings, referred to only as Little Brother and Big Brother, are united by a common quest: to find a cure for their father's mysterious ailment. Thrust out of their village and into a gorgeous storybook-reality, their only weapons are their minds, and their only resource is each other. You'd be forgiven for thinking it sounds like a cooperative game, but Brothers is actually something much more. The player controls both...

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons creator teases new project (update)

Swedish film director and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons creator Josef Fares is working on a new game, he told Digital Spy at the British Academy Games Awards. "I'm moving on to the next thing. I have my next idea ready, it's super cool. It's very different," he told Digital Spy. "I can tell you this — if I tell you the idea now, you'd say, 'I haven't played something like this before'. I can't tell you more. But definitely something that hasn't been done before." The Starbreeze Studios-developed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons allows players to control two brothers simultaneously as they embark on a quest to save their father. It launched on Xbox Live last August, followed by a release on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC via Steam Sept. 3. Fares mentioned the new title won't be developed by...

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PS Plus: Smart As… free, Final Fantasy discounts galore

PlayStation Vita owners with PlayStation Plus subscriptions will find Smart As... has joined their Instant Game Collection tomorrow, Jan. 28, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. Climax Studios and XDev Studio Europe's connected collection of brain-training minigames is designed to "foster a sense of community and competition," Nicolo Accordino, assistant producer at Sony Santa Monica, told us ahead of the game's release. Check out our interview for our impressions of Smart As... and its logic, memory and word puzzles. Sony will also discount 11 Final Fantasy titles for all, with extra discounts for those with PS Plus. Games on sale include the PS Classics Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy Origins, both of which are normally $9.99, are on sale for $5.99 or $5.39 for PS Plus...

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Brothers, Worms: Battle Islands join PS Plus as PS Vita deal begins

Sony will continue two of its most popular sales tomorrow: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Worms: Battle Islands will become the latest games to go free on PlayStation Plus, and "PS Vita Play" will kick off a four-week series of release discounts. Brothers, originally released on PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live Arcade last summer, is a heartfelt adventure from Starbreeze Studios with a unique control scheme that helped cement its place on our 2013 Games of the Year list. Team17 launched Worms: Battle Islands, another entry in the long-running series of 2D multiplayer worm warfare titles, on PlayStation Portable and Wii in November 2010; it is also playable on PS Vita. Both Brothers and Battle Islands usually cost $14.99 on the PlayStation Store. Tomorrow will also mark the...

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Polygon's Games of the Year 2013 #6: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

This is a story that could have been told in another medium, but it's effective because it uses the expectations of how the game is supposed to work against the player. The ability to control two characters with one controller is used as a way to explore the relationship the two boys share, and so many of the game's best moments come from small details in their world. The game forces the player to think of the two young men as part of a whole, and you won't be able to figure out the game's puzzles without learning how to use each brother both discretely and as a pair. A single-player, story-based game where you control two distinct characters at the same time is already interesting, but it also helps explore the relationship of two people who have been together their entire lives....

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The Last of Us, Tearaway, Gone Home lead 2014 GDC Award noms

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, Media Molecule's Tearaway and The Fullbright Company's Gone Home lead the pack of 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards nominees, with each game getting nods in five categories. The full list, which can be found below, runs the gamut from indie titles by tiny teams to the biggest-budget productions in the industry. Other multiple-nominated games include Lucas Pope's Papers, Please; Starbreeze Studios' Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons; and Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto 5. The 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards will follow the 2014 Independent Games Festival Awards, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on March 19 during the 2014 Game Developers Conference. Game of the YearGone Home (The Fullbright Company)Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)The...

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PlayStation Plus offers BioShock Infinite, DmC, more in January

Sony is kicking off 2014 with a bang when it comes to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, with free downloads of some of 2013's best games. Throughout January, six games will be added to the library of free games for Plus subscribers. Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve will become the third free PlayStation 4 game on Plus, following November's offering of Resogun and Contrast at the console's launch. PlayStation 3 owners will be able to check out Ninja Theory's DmC: Devil May Cry, Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite and Starbreeze Studios' Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And two PlayStation Vita titles round out the lineup: Smart As... from Climax Studios and XDev Studio Europe, and Team17's Worms: Battle Islands. You can check out all the games in the PlayStation Plus video...

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Looking back: How a film director shook up Starbreeze

Childhood wasn't easy for Josef Fares. Until the age of 10, he was exposed to violence every day of his life. War forced him to flee his home with what little he could carry. It forced him to start a new life thousands of miles away. While most kids were busy learning long division, Fares was busy learning a third language. Because for him, growing up also meant moving on. He couldn't change his past. But he could come to grips with it. So, Fares turned to cinema. Directing films allowed him an outlet where he could use his past as source material. Little by little, his troubled childhood became successful European movies, which became a way to cope. He could finally express what his young self had seen. What he had experienced. And when he couldn't express himself through...

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons soundtrack arrives

The official soundtrack for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is on sale now. Developed by Starbreeze, the story of two boys helping one another find a cure for their ailing father scored a nine in Polygon's review, which called it "one of the most moving and wonderful games" of the year. Certainly, its primal, lilting Nordic soundtrack is a key element in the game's emotional pull. The soundtrack is on sale for $5 on Bandcamp.

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John Carmack, Mario & Luigi, Brothers, Rob Wiethoff, Paradox Interactive: Speed Run

John Carmack is joining Oculus VR as chief technical officer. We spent some time with Mario and Luigi: Dream Team and Starbreeze Studios' Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Rob Wiethoff, voice of Red Dead Redemption's John Marston, joined the voice cast of Kickstarter project Codename Cyngus. We dive deep in the life of Fredrick Wester and his role in the growth of Paradox Interactive. John Carmack becomes Oculus CTO, will remain at id as well Mario and Luigi: Dream Team review: wide awake Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review: both hands Red Dead Redemption voice actor joins the cast of Codename Cygnus Solving Paradox: how the historical strategy game maker stayed alive

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons headed to PS3 and PC Sept. 3

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Starbreeze Studios' game that tests the limits of brotherly bonds, will be released on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC through Steam Sept. 3, the developer announced today. The game, which allows players to controls its two brothers simultaneously, will cost $14.99 on both the PlayStation Network and Valve's digital distribution platform. It was released today on Xbox Live Arcade for 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). For more on the story of brotherly love from Swedish film director Josef Fares, be sure to read our interview with the developers from earlier this year and check out Polygon's Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review.

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  • Windows
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Starbreeze Studios
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 08/07/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Starbreeze Studios
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher 505 Games
    • Developer Starbreeze Studios
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