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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] Explore the human condition and manipulate time as our hero Tim leaps onto the PlayStation Network in the lush, painterly world of Braid, a puzzle-platformer that takes you from a house in the city on a journey through a series of worlds to solve puzzles and rescue the princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, including the ability to rewind, create parallel realities and utilize time dilation to overcome the many obstacles in your path. There is no filler in this game; every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world. [Hothead Games] Expand
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  1. Braid deserves success for being bold, original, and brilliant. Get it as soon as you can. [Jan 2010, p.83]
  2. I was initially pretty skeptical about Braid, and it took me some time to get past the game's severe melancholy. I eventually found the game's story and the way it plays against the gameplay to be academically interesting, and the game's final payoff is terrific, but it's the ingenuity of the mechanics that makes Braid so engaging.
  3. One of the most innovative games in years, of the highest quality and unique nature, Braid is a game you can’t miss. Already a must have for PC and Xbox 360 users, Braid deserves a space on your Playstation 3 hard drive.
  4. Complex and beautiful, one of the best puzzle games of all time. [Feb 2010, p.84]
  5. Braid is a rare gem in the gaming world. It combines a wonderful audiovisual presentation, a philosophical story and ingenious puzzle gameplay into a brilliant gaming experience. If one game would deserve it to be called art, Braid would be that one game.
  6. One of the most original puzzle platformers in years, Braid is an engrossing experience from start to finish.
  7. Despite the occasionally high frustration levels of Braid, the game is cleverly designed and often very rewarding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. AlfieW
    Jan 5, 2010
    Braid is a must have for ps3. I have just bought it and I am totally hooked. The puzzles are all unique and the game brings you satisfaction that no other games will, yet it doesn't frustrate. It is worth 100% the price. Expand
  2. NeoNeo
    Jan 25, 2010
    Where do I begin... Braid has changed my life. I thought I was once another lost soul in this infinite universe, but know I have realized I am the son and the father of chaos and anarchy. One mind, one body, one soul woven, "braided," into space and time. This game makes you look into the darkest caves of the mind, the depths of mankind, until you reach the madness in search for an answer, for her. Defying the law of physics to reach the goal of salvation. Our whole lives we fight the evil, and strive to conquer our demons, but in the end we are the demons. We are the universe observing itself. We are the universe destroying itself. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2012
    This game is perfect. An interesting story, nice controls, time puzzles that are well done and a great set of secret stars to find. @RussellL Oh, you wanted to be Soap Mactavish and teabag very noob in an online mode. Delete your Metacritic account(if possible) and go back to join your retarded friends in COD, I'll go play Braid. Expand
  4. PauloA
    Nov 15, 2009
    Despite being a short game and limited replayability this is a GREAT game. New concept of platforming and great puzzles, not to mention the great looks and soundtrack. A must try for any gamer. Instant classic! Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2012
    This is one of the coolest side scrollers I've ever played. This is almost the perfect example of the recent trend of side scrolling puzzle games, along with other games like Limbo. The mood of this game is very....well, mysterious. You feel like you've picked up right in the middle of something, but you don't know what exactly preceded it. Anyway, keeping away from spoilers, the game has a lot of very interesting puzzles to it, and if you have a lot of time to spare, there are even more things to do. It's a short game, but a game that shouldn't be all that long. It's one of the better games of the current generation of games. Expand
  6. May 25, 2012
    Extremely hard and obtuse puzzles from a very early stage. Well designed game but just oversteps the fine line between challenging and irrirating for me. Expand
  7. RussellL
    Jan 16, 2010
    Pffft. I have no idea why this gets high scores. Games are supposed to be fun. It's not fun. I don't care about 'concepts' and 'ingenuity'. I'm playing games for enjoyment first and I found none to be had here. Expand

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