(it’s coming for PC on Q1 2009, or if you have an Xbox you can get it now from XBLA)
You need to play Braid because it’s beautiful. I don’t mean just visually – and it is a visual treat. I mean the whole package. It’s just a precious, beautiful gaming experience as a whole. Easily one of the most emotionally/intellectually rewarding games I’ve played in years, and that’s not a qualifier I throw around lightly. In these times of formulas, repetition and franchises, to find a game that challenges and engages you not because of its difficulty, but conceptually as a whole is rare. And to find it in the shape of, basically, a 2D platformer is just a miracle of design.
But it’s there, and it’s beautiful. Everything, from watercolor painting visuals, to its amazing soundtrack, its clever design and superb writing combines to make something unique.
Yes, there is life and original thought in today’s gaming. You can get it from XBLA for (I believe) $15 which is a steal for the experience you receive in return. Or it’s coming for PC soon. Whatever your case, this is not something you wanna miss. It’s smarter, more beautiful, more engaging, more thought-provoking and better designed than many, many of the games out there which took an army of people to make.
P.S.: Yes, I got a 360 for xmas. Games I’ve been playing: Rock Band 2 (which is awesome), Kung Fu Panda (which I stole from the kids because it’s great), Lego Indiana Jones (which is nice to look at but horrible to play, just like every other Lego game), and I’ve been beating the everliving crap out of the Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Remix (which I love and I don’t care what you think).