If you’ve been following the hype and resulting critical acclaim of XBOX Live’s Braid, you are probably just sick of it, regardless of having played it or not. The official site features quotes from reviews which proclaim the game as being able to “make you look at the world differently” and feel “an actual sense of pride”, and having “the potential to change the way you think about reality”. Beyond that, you might have heard the developer’s self-indulgent interviews on various sites, magazines, and podcasts. People love to discuss the ‘depth’ of this game, but really all it comes down to is that it is just a great puzzle platformer.
Besides myself, it seems the only other person to really ‘get it’ is none other than 18 year-old rapper “Soulja Boy”. Here’s his review (contains “coarse” language, maybe NSFW):
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That’s right, nevermind the fascinating ‘juxtapositions’ you are put in during the game; it’s just “stupid as hell. man”. A lot of people try to come up with metaphors in the game, which the creator says nobody has figured out yet. I think Soulja Boy finally figured it out – “…It look like Mario in the future… Ain’t no point to the game!”
Braid is available on XBOX Live Arcade for 1200 spacebucks ($15 USD). It will be released on PC later this year.