Braid tangled up in PSN

Hothead Games confirms plans to bring Jonathan Blow's highly regarded puzzle-platformer to Sony's online platform in NA, EU; release TBA.

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Jonathan Blow's Braid is widely regarded as one of the best games of 2008, an accomplishment made all the more significant by the fact that it saw first run as a downloadable title through Xbox Live. Having since expanded to the PC and Mac desktop platforms, it appears as if Blow's story-driven puzzle-platformer will also see release on the PlayStation 3, courtesy of Penny Arcade Adventures developer Hothead Games.

Braid continues to entangle new platforms.

The news comes by way of the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), otherwise known as Germany's game software rating board. According to a listing in the USK's online database, Hothead Games will serve as the game's publisher on the PlayStation 3. (Microsoft Game Studios published the game on Xbox Live.) The game was also given the most inclusive age ranking possible in the USK's system, indicating Braid was not submitted in playable form.

A Hothead Games representative confirmed that the studio is indeed prepping Braid for release through the PlayStation Network in North America and Europe. Unfortunately, the rep also noted that Hothead has yet to determine when the game will be available.

The rating comes as the industry gears up for GamesCom, Europe's newest industry event sponsored by Germany's Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (German Federal Association for Entertainment Software). In 2007, the BIU announced that it would be pulling its support from the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, dooming that show and in the process establishing GamesCom in the more cosmopolitan city of Cologne. GamesCom is set to run August 19-23.

For more on Braid, check out GameSpot's full review of the Xbox 360 edition.

Discussion

121 comments
slayer1090
slayer1090

This game was made with genius and innovation in mind, sure it isn't that long for someone like me; who's more advanced at puzzle games, but this is by far one of the best games I've played this year. Very well done and I hope that they continue to make games like these and stop making generic and rehashed titles.

XeonForce
XeonForce

One of my favorite games on the 360, I'll def buy again on PS3. Just another excuse to play through it again. =P

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Besides Halo 3 and Gears of War, does the 360 have any exclusives left on it? If there were a way that I could use the 360 controller on a PS3, i think i'd convert.

joke_man
joke_man

@SovietAgent You're on crack kid, and your wry attempts of sarcastic belittling are poor at best. Quote me and maybe you'll have some ground for your weightless claim. The first comment I left on this particular news feed was directed towards you in response to being called a Nazi. Stop acting like an asanine tool and bugger off.

SovietAgent
SovietAgent

@joke_man Ok then, don't be like Stalin and attack people for having different ideas. Don't play innocent when you were being a jerk to two people. /end flamewar

joke_man
joke_man

@SovietAgent What in the hell are you talking about? I haven't even posted a comment relating to this news feed and here you are directing loose words and ignorant comments towards me. Who is the real nazi? LOL The guy directing comments towards an innocent person who never said anything directed towards him about Braid. Ow wait, and the same person with the name soviet agent! HAHA Nice try Stalin...........

SovietAgent
SovietAgent

@joke_man No need to be a nazi, I was just expressing my opinion. You can be a fanboy though and think that everyone who doesn't think Braid is the greatest arcade game is absolutely wrong.

Dualmask
Dualmask

@kratos788, no, it's not about convincing. It's what my friends and I do. Sometimes I buy the games, sometimes they buy the games. I bought Bionic Commando Rearmed, one friend of mine picked up SFII Turbo HD Remix, another bought WipEout HD. It's just how we do it. I'll let one of them pick up Braid; I'll wait for Trine.

yerfinalfantasy
yerfinalfantasy

Woot woot! I've been wanting to play this game. One less reason for me to get a 360 when I already have a ps3!

SovietAgent
SovietAgent

There are many arcade titles substantially better than Braid, however the trial version of Braid just didn't appeal to me. However the time reversal & puzzles was pretty cool. Braid was also 15$ when it came out. I feel like there are better (or cheaper but just as good) arcade games as opposed to Braid. Battlefield 1943 Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers Worms 2: Armageddon Marvel vs Capcom 2 Although one could make the arguement that I don't really have the "appreciation" for Braid, but I actually understand what they mean, I am actually not really one for puzzle games, I guess given the list I showed you, I like those easy games where you beat the crap out of each other :D

ico92
ico92

i like braid

towelie892
towelie892

Awesome, I've been meaning to play this game! Looks excellent.

Godak
Godak

@BlueFlameBat I see no reason not to. I intend on getting this for the PS3, and I certainly think that the Wii would be another great platform for this little jewel.

DrDoom007
DrDoom007

cool, more people to enjoy this gem

kratos788
kratos788

@Dualmask, u are just a big freealoader arent u? convincing ur friend to buy it so u can get it for free on his expense, tsk tsk tsk. If it were up to me i wouldnt give u anything just for saying that. I got an idea, if u want to see what its all about so bad, buy it yourself.

athenian29
athenian29

For all the people who aren't sure whether this is worth it, there's a free PC demo available for download.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I'll see if I can convince a buddy of mine to get this so I can yoink it and see what it's all about. $15 sounds steep, even though it's probably worth it quality-wise. If it were a DS/PSP game or something, I could see myself doing it for $20, beating it and selling it back since I'd never play it again.

REA24409
REA24409

Awesome, I always wanted to try it out.

rougewarrior198
rougewarrior198

Already played this on the 360, but it is a great game. Some people will not get it.

Adziboy
Adziboy

D3A7HJOK3R: It's an EXCELLENT game, I just played it, but not worth 10 bucks or however much it is (played it round a friends). Fat Princess looks like it would be a much better purchase - or just some game; I personally don't find add-ons worth it.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

can anyone tell me if this game is good? i oly have 10 bucks left on my psn accountand thought about d/l Midnight Club addons

Nyvlac
Nyvlac

Misleading title...but i guess that's the trick that GS has to use to keep user's interest...

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@taylormadederek I appreciate both your kind words, and your concern about price points. However, I find that the marketplace has a way of sorting these things out over time. You are absolutely correct that Braid's great success at the $15 price point encouraged many other developers to go the same route. However, for games like Braid, I have no problem with this. High-quality work deserves a bigger payday. The sort of talented, dedicated people that make games like Braid will want higher pay to match their higher quality output, and that is not only reasonable, but a boon to us consumers in the form of better games. Thus the bigger budget demands a higher price tag. If anything, it's almost a minor insult that a finely crafted, unique work of art like Braid should have the same price as some Bejewelled knock-off or a strip poker game. Other DLC will go up to $15, but they'll soon find that people were willing to pay more for Braid because it was such a special product with rapturous reviews and loud buzz amongst the hardcore gamer community. People will be much less willing to pay "Braid money" for something less special. After a few months of dead sales, lesser DLC will go down to $5 or $10, and the marketplace will have established the four strata of DLC games: high-quality gems for $15, decent games for $10, cheap distractions and strip poker games for $5, and indie games made by your weird uncle for free.

bodylotion
bodylotion

@Korrupt_Soul : every game get's boring. And there are more good games besides Mario in 2D...

Korrupt_Soul
Korrupt_Soul

What do you guys see in this game. It looks like it's meant for super Nintendo. I know games are rated mostly on gameplay but c'mon I wouldn't be caught dead paying for this crap. 2D gets boring unless it's Super Mario. I'm sorry but i'd expect more from this gen of gaming. whatever floats your boats I guess.

metalguitar13
metalguitar13

Since 360 get exculsive gta4 stuff we get to take the 360's stuff as payback!

ninja_where
ninja_where

Nice to know the PS3 gets to have a share from the 360's downloadable library. I'm so buying it along with Castle Crashers. Good games from the 360 that finally hits the online shelves of PS3. I can't wait for its release.

LegionXVIII
LegionXVIII

with such gems as "indicating Braid was not submit in playable form." and "has yet to determine when the game when be available. " I just ask one question. WTF?

LegionXVIII
LegionXVIII

Wow... I wonder if this guy actually even read what he wrote. Cause dear lord, thats alot of typos.

Hot-Tamale
Hot-Tamale

Misleading news title. 'Tangled up' sounds more like it's being DELAYED on PSN. I suppose you absolutely HAVE to have these little jokes in all your news stories, thoug...

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ Rottenwood You are one of the only people in these forums that I have respect for. You always give a balanced, informed opinion and comment with meaning. It was an absolutely amazing game. Probably the best to be a downloadable title. My beef however is with a 1200 MS point or $15 price tag. I do not want digital games to move into this territory. This is the same with retail releases. When Banjo Kazooie was released it was @ 39.99. This was great because not all retail releases should be $60. A downloadable title was originally $10 and that is where it should stay. If you have noticed there has been a trend to raise it to $15 ever since Braid came out ( the first title to do the $15 price point). I hope I am making my point clearer now. Anyways, keep up the good commenting. I always enjoy your posts.

Microsoft1234
Microsoft1234

this is one of the best platformers this gen, i would argue better than mario galaxy and little big planet, try it but dont use a strategy guide im begging you this game is so much more fun without one.

seankane
seankane

Good news. This is a game that everyone should get the experience to play, not just us Xbox360 users. You PS3 guys - GET THIS GAME.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@taylormadederek Getting a full completion of Braid in four hours requires either supergenius puzzle-solving skills, or a walkthrough. The average gamer will never manage it. Unless you mean simply getting through the final stage without all of the bonus goals and achievements, in which case, the game is far from finished. Besides, it's quality, not quantity. Braid will stick with you long after you've forgotten your average $60 release. Sometimes you have to measure a game by depth rather than length. I'd rather be enthralled by a brilliant game than merely distracted by a longer one.

Quadster
Quadster

I really liked Braid, and what really annoys me is when the 360 gets a PS3 title, everyone is up in arms about it, vice versa however and everyone cheers...seriously who cares? if you go back a few generations of platforms, you had just as many multiplatform titles as you do now, most platforms back then had most of the games as other systems....whats so different about now? i would love to see this trend return without all these bitter people going on about 1 game not being in their console's back catalogue.

dellis66
dellis66

I too have to agree with Soulja Boy

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Don't pay $15 for it though. It is an excellent game and really fun. However after the 4 hours of playing and beating it you will likely never touch it again.

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool i doubt ill get it thru

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

This is a neat and fun game. Sucks they aren't planning to make a Braid 2

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Nice, I will be grabbing this for sure.

Furry_McTank
Furry_McTank

all ps3 people should buy this game, it's spectacular

gshell
gshell

ah man.....i already own it on the 360.....i would have loved to have it on my ps3....gotta increase my trophy count

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Absolute no-brainer purchase for anyone with just a PS3. Not only is Braid a great thinking man's game, but the visuals and music are utterly superb for a downloadable title. As the article said, one of the best games of 2008, and you don't have to even go to the store or drop sixty bucks to enjoy it. And make sure you take the time to actually read the story fragments; Braid actually has excellent writing.

kx6593
kx6593

@ascalon94 That's the point. This game is influenced by Mario quite a bit purposefully. And it seems like you just haven't played the game, it does a whole lot more than just adding a rewind button.

ascalon94
ascalon94

In all honest truth this game really isnt that good, for one it definitely rips off Mario then adds a rewind button.

ascalon94
ascalon94

@ HAMODA unless you are joking, its funny how you guys scream and cry when 360 ppl get one of your exclusives and turn around and shout YES!!! we got one of theres... time to grow up fanboy btw I own both consoles

Excedra
Excedra

Another mirosoft exclusive down the drain for sony dudes to pick up.

Odna23
Odna23

LOL when i saw the title i thought someones braid of hair got tangled in a ps3.