Starbreeze are making a game that doesn’t involve shivving someone. That alone should be remarkable, but Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a more unusual project still. It’s mechanically novel: you control two siblings simultaneously, one on each thumbstick of the (very much required) gamepad.
You’re guiding them on a quest to obtain medicine for their ailing father, navigating puzzles through a process of asymmetrical cooperation between the brothers – and your thumbs. Each obstacle is different, deploying tricks that are never seen again for the rest of the game’s four or so hours. It creates a lively pace to what might otherwise be a decidedly gentle adventure.