Soulja Boy Approved: Braid on Sale This Week

Braid

TimI’d been waiting for a sale on Soulja Boy’s favorite Xbox Live Arcade game, Braid, for some time. Fortunately, it finally went on sale for Gold Members in the final week of my Gold membership (gasp!). The game was well worth it at $15, but at $10 I can’t resist. Anyone else jumping on this? Anyone that has the game already want to share their thoughts on it?

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  1. sheppy says:

    Anything Soulja Boy approves of, I must appropriately poopoo, but I heard he hated this because it had correct grammar, full words, and a story that couldn’t be summed up in a chorus of what he calls music so…

    The barrier for me now, however, remains simply buying Microsofts BS point system. I can use real money everywhere but my Wii and 360… it’s a real putoff.

  2. Nushio says:

    I played the demo. Braid is horrible. I really don’t get the hype, I couldn’t even stand playing the demo.

    I wouldn’t get the whole game for free :-/

  3. lasersanchez says:

    I played the demo. Braid is horrible. I really don’t get the hype, I couldn’t even stand playing the demo.
    I wouldn’t get the whole game for free :-/

    The demo doesn’t really portray the cool time powers in different worlds (notably worlds 4 and 5). Watch some youtube videos if you’re interested at all.

  4. fierce diety says:

    its such an amazing game, probably the best of last year along with brawl, gta4 and world of goo
    seriously buy it
    you’ll love it
    and don’t use a walkthrough, its so satisfying when you work out how to beat one of the many puzzles.

  5. Nushio says:

    The demo doesn’t really portray the cool time powers in different worlds (notably worlds 4 and 5).

    Prince of Persia Sands of Time also has time powers, looks a lot better too and was incredibly fun 😛

  6. cramill says:

    I don’t have a 360, but my roommate does. I’m thinking of buying it for him, I’ve heard a lot of great things about the game.

  7. CKcheeseboy says:

    The barrier for me now, however, remains simply buying Microsofts BS point system. I can use real money everywhere but my Wii and 360… it’s a real putoff.

    Well, you can use real money in $20 increments on the Wii with the Points cards (don’t know about XBox though, but I would imagine they have some similar thing). I just don’t get Microsoft’s weird conversion system. For the Wii, 100 points = $1, easy enough. But for a $15 XBLA game, it’s what, 1200 points or something? Where does that come from? Are they just trying to trick people into thinking it’s only $12 when it’s really $15? (Actually, I’ll answer my own question: probably).

    Anyway, I’ve heard good things about Braid, but I don’t have a 360, so no go for me.

  8. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Sweet deal! But, I had already bought it sometime last year. Still a fantastic game though. I just may play through it again now…

  9. roadjcat says:

    Demo: Boring
    Full Game: Fun, irritating, not as good as everyone says.

    I don’t about everyone else, but I would HIGHLY recommend that you get Castle Crashers instead. I know it’s 5 dollars more, but trust me, you’ll get WAY more play time out of it. I played Braid once and don’t have much desire to go back and play it again. I’ve played Castle Crashers about 12 or 13 times. Plus there’s an online mode in CC and 5 of us already own the game, so it should be easy to find someone to play with. 😛

    In short, Braid: fun, Castle Crashers: 10x more fun than Braid

  10. sheppy says:

    Well, you can use real money in $20 increments on the Wii with the Points cards (don’t know about XBox though, but I would imagine they have some similar thing). I just don’t get Microsoft’s weird conversion system. For the Wii, 100 points = $1, easy enough. But for a $15 XBLA game, it’s what, 1200 points or something? Where does that come from? Are they just trying to trick people into thinking it’s only $12 when it’s really $15? (Actually, I’ll answer my own question: probably).
    Anyway, I’ve heard good things about Braid, but I don’t have a 360, so no go for me.

    Wii Point cards, can you now? Some retailers charged $23 (Toys R Us) or even $25 for a $20 Wii gift card. And it’s a whole matter of spending money for the right to spend money.

    Let’s put it this way. You go into a store and say “My dear man, I wish to purchase a copy of Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max on PSP, how much money is that?” They’ll of course tell you it’s $10. Which is great, since you can hand the man $10 and he’ll give you said game.

    Same scenario except Microsoft this time. “I say, dear sir, that copy of Braid has my fancy, however much is that?”

    When informed of the $10 price tag, I am enthralled and hand him a $10 bill, to which he looks at me curiously and says “By jove, whatever is that strange thing you have in your hand. We accept no foreign currencies. But we will gladly convert your space money to our native exchange bills. So let us see, you have $10 in wacky money and so that’s 800 points. Let us see.. choices choices. Well, we CAN sell you 1600 pints in which you can have 800 left over points to spend in our country however you wish. Of course this is double the price so that might be considered odd…. I have it. You can exchange $12.50 for 1000 points which brings you closer and you’re only stuck with an odd number of points of which hardly anything carries that value aside from, of course, an NXE theme. That seems most beneficial for you. What’s that? No you can’t simply spend $10, you must convert to our local currency.”

    And that’s how point systems are. I can’t spend $8 on an SNES game on Virtual Console. I have to buy $10 so I can spend $8.

  11. ultimateDK says:

    Played the demo, I’d totally buy that for 10 smackers. Wish I had gold, but I’m not online much anyway….

    *side point* it’s a little creepy how similar in taste we are, ray. a little bit creepy…

  12. CKcheeseboy says:

    @sheppy: I haven’t noticed anybody charging more than $20 for a 2000 Wii points card, so I don’t know about that issue. It’s dumb if some places do that, though.

    But yeah, I can see what you mean by having stuff left over (in essence, money you’ve paid for nothing). I was mostly commenting that you said you couldn’t use real money, which seemed to imply not being able to at all.

    Although I’m not entirely sure about this, but I was always under the impression that if you used a credit card on the Wii Shop channel you could buy different amounts of points instead of just 2000. I could be completely wrong since I’ve never done it that way, but that’s how it seemed when I heard about that. That brings up other things like security with a credit card number/not being able to use cash at all, but it at least would solve the leftover points issue. Again, I’m clueless about how Microsoft does it, so I don’t know if they have a similar option.

    The thing is, there doesn’t seem to be a system that could work perfectly. The only thing I could think is that they implement a gift card like system: you pay in cash or whatever to charge the card with however many points you want, and then when you redeem the card it knows how many points are on it.

  13. Tim says:

    Although I’m not entirely sure about this, but I was always under the impression that if you used a credit card on the Wii Shop channel you could buy different amounts of points instead of just 2000.

    CK, my brother just asked me about this and right after I answered him, I read your comment. This is weird, here’s my response to my brother: “I was always under the impression you could just use a credit card to buy the exact amount”

    Our brains must be synced up or something!

  14. FluffyPanda says:

    Prince of Persia Sands of Time also has time powers, looks a lot better too and was incredibly fun

    Not the same thing at all though. PoP:SoT was great, but I think Braid is probably one of the best (and most important) games ever made.

    The demo made braid look like mario with time rewind when you die. That’s selling this game so unbelievably short.

    The reason is that the way that time flows changes throughout the game. Sometimes you move forward in time while enemies move backwards, sometimes the time of the level is directly controlled by how far along the width of the level you are. Every single puzzle in the game makes you think of a new way to use time manipulation. There’s absolutely no repetition of ideas.

    For an indie game to produce the depth you see in the puzzles in Braid is staggering. Tie that with the artwork and you’re on to something truly special. Then you reach the ending and you realise that all the thinking about time you’ve been doing throughout the game has still not prepared you for the final, glorious surprise. That’s when Braid really blows you away.

    Really, don’t watch videos of it, any spoiler will destroy this game for you. Just pick it up for whatever it costs you, play it and enjoy it.

  15. roadjcat says:

    It’s official. Braid is now on my list of overrate games, along with Golden Sun and Metroid Prime 2. Still not saying it’s bad, just not that great…

  16. roadjcat says:

    Probably really late, but I see you bought it Tim. I’d like to know what you think when you’re done. 🙂

  17. FluffyPanda says:

    ok, I realise that nobody will read this, being an old thread and all… but it just occurred to me that people might not have actually understood the plot to Braid.

    There’s a good (brief) explanation here:
    http://www.gamesradar.com/f/confusing-game-endings-explained/a-20090217174060058

    Though it’s very spoiler heavy, so be warned!

  18. roadjcat says:

    Yeah, I know about Braid’s story. It doesn’t make the gameplay suck any less.

    Okay, well that’s kind of harsh, but the story is just weird and sure it’s slightly surprising, but it doesn’t make the game super amazing like everyone says…nor do the puzzles IMO.

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