A stunning painterly adventure through a platformed word and the history of a relationship.
From the starting sequence, I was in love, it started so simply control was instinctual move and jump, got it! I was engaged, the emotion you can feel in it narrative, is real. This game served as an emotional outlet for its creator and that element of Braid makes it feel very sacred. That is where my love affair with Braid begins and ends.
Braid loses me when the time control function comes into play. I have gotten no introduction to this mechanic. it is just all the sudden mandatory to move forward. This now feels like the first REAL OKG review. This mechanic and the way it controls both on screen and on the controller have ended my experience with this game.
Here is what this actually looks like, I am sorry I don’t have a stream, that is coming soon. Play along with me though.
Camera fades from black and iris open to a wide angle shot. Liz is sitting facing her monitor, controller in hands, grin on face and feet at the ready under her chair.
The soft hum of in-game music can be heard in contrast to the clicking of nails against a plastic controller. Full attention is focused on the monitor that glows before her. As you watch Tim, the on-screen avatar bounce around platforms and off enemy heads you can see Liz hold her breath and her mouth tense just a little each time she presses the jump button to send Tim soaring.
She is still progressing but the grin has faded and her shoulders have rolled forward . Then she gets here, this screen shows the end of this game for our Okayest Gamer, Liz Cooper.
From this screen forward the game degrades very quickly, the quickness of the death, frustration, grief and then determination, rinse and repeats for a good 10 minutes. Then and only then does our Okayest Gamer Liz admit her defeat.
So what does OKG say?
So after experiencing my masochistic attempts at progress in this game, what do you think I am going to say here? If you are an OKG like me, there is a chance this mechanic might catch you up too, but maybe not. I would try a friend’s copy before buying to see if you are all clear, or maybe just add to Steam Wishlist and get when on deep discount during a sale.
If you do not have OKG tendencies, then you are a lucky devil and in for a wonderful experience. I have watched youtube playthroughs of more successful players, and it is a fantastic game with such emotionally strong narrative. Settle in for a great game and some life lessons on the side.