Braid (important, but possible spoiler)


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This is a possible game-breaker, so I thought it would be best in its own thread, rather than hidden in the depths of the XBLA one.

If you're obsessive/compulsive enough to want to collect all eight secret stars that make up the constellation visible in the hub level (that's the spoiler right there), do not, I repeat, do not assemble the puzzle painting for World 3 until you're absolutely sure it's safe to do so. Once pieces have been joined, there's no way to get them apart again. A strange oversight for such a well thought out game...

This has been a public service announcement.
#1 at 11:40:07 - 10/08/2008
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I went to have a look at some videos of how to find the stars, glad I didn't bother looking for them, they look pretty damn tricky to find on your own.

Does it unlock anything?
#2 at 13:11:50 - 10/08/2008
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Want to see the worst Braid review ever?

Here
#3 at 10:36:38 - 13/08/2008
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peej said:Want to see the worst Braid review ever?

Here


Bah, banned
#4 at 11:57:06 - 13/08/2008
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I can copy and paste the review - it's that short...

By Brandon Hofer - 12 Aug 08
A couple of weeks ago Microsoft unveiled their “Summer of Arcade” lineup for the month of August with some high profile titles that people have been waiting to play. One of the titles in that list, Braid, was released last week. Braid is one of those titles where you don’t really know what to expect before you play it, however, once you do play it you are immediately enthralled with it. The graphical style is unlike any other arcade game available on the Marketplace offering a distinctive water color-esque background. It defies categorization as it is simultaneously a 2-D puzzle solving time changing platformer. To survive and progress through this title you are going to have to think outside of the box and perform tasks that might seem impossible at first. There are a variety of different puzzles in this title whether you are trying to figure out how to get to a key that is across a chasm all the way to finding puzzle pieces in the environment so you can put together an actual old school puzzle.
The controls for Braid are simplistic and no one should have any problems quickly getting accustomed to the control scheme. If you have played similar platformers in the past then you will already be familiar with some of the concepts in Braid. To take out most enemies all you have to do is jump on their head. However you will come across some puzzles where something is out of your reach and you will have to use these same enemies to help you get to that elusive spot. For long time gamers there are also events and comments that will be immediately recognizable as being an homage to past titles. One such instance would be at the beginning of the game when you come across a castle. The person inhabiting the castle comes out to greet you by apologizing and saying your princess is not here and that she is in another castle.
The storyline for Braid will make you think and will toy with your perception of how things are and what could happen if they were different. The whole adventure seems surreal and is complemented by the masterful music you will encounter throughout all of the levels. The whole title is amazingly simple while being incredibly complex all at the same time. This title succeeds in almost every way and is definitely one of the shining examples of what we can hopefully expect from other independent titles. The only shortcoming of this title for some would probably be the length. It is a little on the short side, however the time you do spend in the world of Braid is amazing. This is a title that everyone must experience. Be sure to download it and show your support so that more independent titles can make their way to Xbox Live.

9/10

O_O
#5 at 12:24:57 - 13/08/2008
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Aside from that review, would folk really recommend the game at that price point now you've finished it? My daughter is expressing an interest in games beyond the Wii (guess she's figured out it's shit already)... don't expect her to get it all, but the more simple platform elements should engage her.

Plus it gives me an added incentive to get it. But that price, though...

/sucks teeth
#6 at 12:33:11 - 13/08/2008
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Try her out with the demo. It actually allows you more than enough gameplay to get a good taste of whether she'd like it or not. It's a tough game though so it might be a bit offputting for youngsters but she'll love the art direction and the non-violence of it all.
#7 at 12:35:14 - 13/08/2008
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To be fair, I figure if I get it it'll be more for me... just looking for that extra push.

The only thing I've bought at that price (Oblivion stuff not withstanding) is Bankshot Billiards... and I play that two years on.

Braid seems like very little bang for your buck in contrast. There's really no excuse for that price, i don't care what anyone says. At 800 points, I wouldn't hesitate...
#8 at 12:38:04 - 13/08/2008
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It doesn't last forever, and I doubt I'll replay it for quite some time, but I really really enjoyed it. It's a great brain work out, and really well put together.
#9 at 12:44:52 - 13/08/2008
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Yeah the shortness and replay value are concerns worth raising. But for an XBLA title I guess you could pretty much say that about its stablemates too.
#10 at 12:51:55 - 13/08/2008
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The pricing reminds me of Portal. As a pack-in it's an essential play but for $20 as a Steam title? No friggin' way!

I'm intrigued to see what the finished version of Braid gets priced at on the PC
#11 at 13:20:57 - 13/08/2008
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I didn't mean to sound down on it.

It's up there with my favourite games this year.
#12 at 14:53:37 - 13/08/2008
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Stars? I saw the constalation, but didn't realise stars were involved... interesting! I also don't recall picking any up...
#13 at 10:35:40 - 14/08/2008
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We have a review courtesy of GamePeople on the front page.
Kapow.
#14 at 02:12:10 - 17/08/2008
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Coming to the PS3, yay.
#15 at 09:08:09 - 01/08/2009
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NewYork said:Coming to the PS3, yay.



o/

Finally... :D
#16 at 19:04:44 - 01/08/2009

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