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Braid [Online Game Code]

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code
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  • ASIN: B002YGS98S
  • Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code

Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where the player manipulates the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, and it is time's strangeness that creates the puzzles. The time behaviors include: the ability to rewind, objects that are immune to being rewound, time that is tied to space, parallel realities, time dilation, and perhaps more. Braid treats your time and attention as precious; there is no filler in this game. Every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely unique game November 29, 2009
By Nona
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Braid has been out on other platforms for about a year already, but has just recently been released for the PS3. Nothing significant has changed between the PS3 version and the original Xbox 360 version of the game, but if you haven't played this game yet you should seriously think about getting it.

Braid is a puzzle game set in the guise of a 2D platformer. If you are even vaguely familiar with classic Super Mario, then you will recognize all sorts of references to monsters, levels, and themes from those games. However, Braid's central mechanic is the ability to "rewind time", which lets you, among other things, undo mistakes that you might make, whether that be accidentally walking into an enemy or jumping into a pit full of spikes. As such, you can't really "die", and you can easily experiment without fear of failure. As you progress through the game, new mechanics (which all are based on manipulating time) are gradually introduced.

The main objective of this game is to collect various "puzzle pieces", and these form the core of the puzzle aspect of the game. To obtain these pieces, you will have to think about how you use the time-based mechanics to reach those pieces. By the end of the game, some of the puzzles are quite challenging, but because of the time-rewind mechanic, you can easily experiment with many different ideas without any downtime.

The art and music in the game are both wonderful. They compliment each other very nicely, and the music also interacts well with the time-rewind mechanic. The story of the game is actually quite mysterious, but I really shouldn't say anything more about that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 3, 2009
By Keith
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an awesome game. Definitely, try to make your way through without using any walkthroughs. The puzzles are all solvable if you take some time to think about them (and there is not much to the game other than the puzzles, so if you don't take the time to solve them you won't get anything out of the game)

My one complaint is that, despite being expensive for a PSN title (most games are in the $5 to $10 range; this is $15) is it really, really short. If you're good at puzzles, it should not take you more than a day or two to finish the game. Having said that, there is a little replay value -- the full-game speed run is not easy, and collecting all the stars is quite challenging if you don't use a walkthrough for them (and not that easy, even if you do)

It's an excellent game though, and if the extra $5 that you will spend (over other PSN titles) doesn't matter to you, it's worth it. It is definitely not "just another game".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, artful puzzle platformer -- a new classic October 7, 2011
By Ryan
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code
Braid is a rare thing among games -- a genuinely fresh experience, executed with both skill and artistry.

First of all, the "rewind time" mechanic, which occurs in several variations (depending on game stage), is pure genius. The puzzles will bend your brain, especially when you start to grapple with objects and enemies that operate in their own timeline. I give kudos to the design team: many levels are challenging, and some require real thought to figure out, but I was never frustrated by a lack of a clue what to do next or undue difficulty at the jumping-and-dodging aspects. In fact, the rewind button came to feel so natural, that I was conscious of its absence in other games. To me, that's a gameplay mechanic done right.

However, Braid's gameplay alone isn't why I find it brilliant. The gameplay takes the standard "save the princess" story and does something completely *different* with it. Something more grown-up. In fact, the game doesn't really have a story in any conventional sense, but more of a multilayered meta-story, revealed in floating snippets of text that appear on the between-levels screens. At first glance, the "plot" appears to be about a relationship that has gotten derailed in some way, with the nature of time being the dominant theme, but as the game progresses, we learn that there are other connections...

The colorful hand-painted visuals compliment the creative design and ambiguous emotional content quite well. A collection of jigsaw puzzles that become wall murals depict enigmatic scenes, with some apparent connection to the in-game prose. Like the story, it's not exactly clear what they're all about, but they add to the haunting, evocative vibe of it all. The music is pleasingly warm and acoustic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blow Your Mind April 29, 2011
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code|Verified Purchase
This is an awesome game to play when you want to be pretty mentally challenged. Each world has its own unique set of physics/time laws and so you have to change your game play to fit the situations. The visuals in the game are beatutiful as their are very artistic and stylistic. The soundtrack for the game is wonderful and fairly relaxing as well through the majority of the game. This game is very short in theory, but unless you are able to crack each unique "puzzle" quickly, I expect it will take a good chuck of hours to finish. But worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An experience November 4, 2010
By Nichlos
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3 PSN code
I'm not a big fan of 2-d scrollers, but playing Braid proved to be both a fun and memorable experience. The puzzles are both unique and challenging and will have you willing to replay (or rewind) a level an unnecessary amount of times before you succeed. While this may seem frustrating to many, the complexity and novelty of the game mechanics make the puzzles very fulfilling to solve, even if do what I did and had several friends trying to figure out the levels while I played on the big screen. The several different game mechanics add depth to the gameplay as the story proceeds, and they are all excitingly new even to players familiar with time-traveling games. For example, one level in the game has the typical Mario jump on Koopa to proceed objective, which is made a very difficult problem when every time your character moves forward time goes in reverse and every time you move back time goes as normal, and you have to plan the order of which you kill the monsters. The game is also helped by the natural controls, which make all the gameplay seem extremely fluid, though if you are playing it on the PC I would suggest grabbing an Xbox controller to make it a little easier. The twist at the end is also very surprising, and is the shining point of a strangely deep and unique story, that will have you scratching your head for days. While the game is short, I do not believe putting in more levels would have added to the gameplay experience, even though I would like to have seen maybe a level editor to allow the online community to come up with fun and creative challenges. Additionally I think a multiplayer level where two players have to work together to proceed through the game would be an enjoyable addition that could be designed similarly to the last level of the game. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars game unfair
FULL CONFESSION: I played about halfway through this game without cheating, then used a walkthrough on and off for the second half. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Caraculiambro
5.0 out of 5 stars Braid Review
"Wait...what?"
beat
"Oh my God! No way!!"

That was more or less what I was blurting out at the conclusion of Braid. This game is truly a gem. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by bluehobbes_7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gaming experience
This is one of the most creative puzzle games to date. It makes you really think. Once you figure out all the puzzles, however, there isn't much incentive to go back to replay the... Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by Ban V. Tran
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PLATFORM / PUZZLE GAME BUT POSSIBLY CHEAPER ON PSN.
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This is one of the best games I have downloaded from PSN, they have started having weekly sales & I suggest you check out the PSN store as right now this game is... Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by Alan Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Eye Coordination
Mind-eye coordination, curiosity and some sense of humor are what it takes to successfully travel Braid because that's the kind of journey Braid is. Read more
Published on January 26, 2010 by A. Dent
3.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 concept!! just 2 short!! wish were longer!!!
Buy it now while its 7.49 cuz its kinda not worth 15 bucks. unless u look at it like this. u pay 11.00 dollars to go to a 2 hr. movie. Read more
Published on January 26, 2010 by Donald L. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game- Rather Short
I was surprised how much I liked this game. I normally pass on 2-D platformers (not even a big fan of Mario Brothers) but this game was great because it plays like a big puzzle. Read more
Published on January 26, 2010 by John L
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
This game has been given a lot of praise for it's difficult puzzles. Most of them are OK, but some of them are pretty much impossible to figure out on your own. Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by ravl13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, makes you really use your brain.
this game makes you think. gets the whole family involved(at least for my case). everyone i have showed it to loved it.
Published on December 30, 2009 by Shavy Shav
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