Shippin' Out August 4-8: Braid

Jonathan Blow's time-manipulating Xbox Live Arcade platformer leads a slim week of releases as Monster Madness arrives on PS3, GRID swerves onto DS.

With Soulcalibur IV and Geometry Wars 2 still keeping many a gamer busy and Madden 09 unofficially kick-starting the holiday gaming rush next week, it's time for the (refreshingly brief) 2008 summer doldrums.

The lack of AAA system-sellers this week might give some less-heralded games a chance to shine, specifically Jonathan Blow's Xbox Live Arcade platformer Braid. A platforming puzzle game with a time-manipulation game mechanic, Braid won the Game Innovation Award at the 2006 Independent Games Festival. The game has a distinctive style, from its self-described "painterly" visuals to its protagonist, a squat, red-headed man in a shirt and tie. Braid will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Beyond Braid, there are a handful of notable retail games, spearheaded by ports. The PC edition of Beijing Olympics 2008 is expected to finally clear its last hurdle and appear on shelves, where it will be joined by Monster Madness: Grave Danger for the PlayStation 3 and Grid on the DS.

As for the Wii's downloadable games, Nintendo is releasing the Sega Master System port of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Virtual Console for 500 Wii points ($5). The downloadable-game service will also see the addition of the Sega Genesis action game Splatterhouse 2, which will sell for 800 Wii points ($8). Joining those retro offerings will be Gameloft's original WiiWare game, Wild West Guns. Available for 1,000 Wii points ($10), Wild West Guns is a quick-draw competition for one or two players.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

AUGUST 4, 2008
B-Boy (PS2)
King of Clubs (Wii)
Summer Athletics (Wii)
Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (PC)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Wii Virtual Console) Splatterhouse 2 (Wii VC)
Wild West Guns (WiiWare)

AUGUST 5, 2008
Monster Madness: Grave Danger (PS3)
GRID (DS)
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour (PS2)
Little League World Series 2008 (Wii, DS)
Rock Blast (DS)
Quick Yoga Training (DS)
The Cheetah Girls: Passport to Stardom (DS)
Professor Brainium's Games (DS)

AUGUST 6, 2008
Braid (Xbox 360)

AUGUST 7, 2008
Sony has not yet announced it's PlayStation Network releases for the week.

AUGUST 8, 2008
Fate: Undiscovered Realms (PC)

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48 comments
lelio
lelio

"Y have i never heard of this game... lets think... maybe because its not good..." Now that's a reliable system for grading games.

PieCrusher
PieCrusher

Y have i never heard of this game... lets think... maybe because its not good...

runstalker
runstalker

Braid is great. It will massage your brain. Don't miss it.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

This week looks like a great week to go to the movies. The Dark Knight, anyone?

TheVinster
TheVinster

Beijing for PC? I can't imagine any keyboard will stand up to all the mashing, because my 360 controller barely did. What a trashy game. Other than that I will try out Braid, cool concept I just don't know if I am int he mood for thinking games at the moment.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Still playing Bad Company so I don't mind the slim pickings.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

OK, so MS plan worked with the 'month of arcade' stuff and I decided to look into braid. Other than it looking like a Wii game... sorry, 'nice talk' on: other than it looking like a game where the graphics do not appeal to me personally. It seems like it would be fun, but not enough to actually pay for it. Maybe the demo will convince me otherwise.

DeathHeart95
DeathHeart95

Luckily when I get Gold on Xbox Live that will keep me busy... other than that... nothing good at all.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

1200MS is too much for an XBLA. Puzzle Quest - probably the best game on XBLA has recognised the need to cut its price to 800 to get the sales it deserves.

BeanTownBrown86
BeanTownBrown86

this is why i hate microsoft's points system, im guna have to spend like $20 jus to get the amount needed for braid. i dont get it, if there going to sell xbla games for 400, 800, 1200 points why dont they sell exactly that amount?

scphan
scphan

GO WATCH BATMAN, GREAT MOVIE

theshadow1212
theshadow1212

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stziggy
stziggy

What a sad week. We need something fun to do while the Olympics is going on.

km1498
km1498

Wow pretty bare this week.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Aw nuts still no Turtles In Time or X-Men Arcade releases.

halosniper52
halosniper52

Yah this week nothing to good but next week. Madden 09 and head coach ooooo ya baby.

DeathKurse
DeathKurse

Next week is the week of celebratory releases!

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

sarcasm/ !#@$ Braid, I'm getting Hannah Montana /sarcasm

Jigsaw9798
Jigsaw9798

Um Proman84, where is Boom Blox mentioned in this article?

Jigsaw9798
Jigsaw9798

Jeez, $15 is like pocket change. I don't see why so many of you are complaining expecially if it's 10+hours(longer than Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, another $15 game)

vaejas
vaejas

Okay now... I can load up my Nintendo Wii to buy and play a Sega Master System port of a flagship Genesis title? Talk about a circus of values. Someone has to put a stop to this madness! I'm looking forward to trying Braid, but it really would have been a coup de gras for the month if this week was Dishwasher Samurai.

cooldude03
cooldude03

I don't care if Braid is awesome. It's not worth $15.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Bleh, few XBL arcade games are worth $15. I wish they would have kept selling them for $5 like the arcade ports, with new titles going for $10. It's not like they don't make enough money copying code over and over, with little to no overhead.

darobinson67
darobinson67

i should have known that ms would try to overprice braid

NightRain
NightRain

I'll just download the trial so I can have another entry in the Summer of arcade contest...

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Braid looks great but god...$15!? Damn greedy Microsoft! Lots of people will pass on this great game because of this, plus those buying are paying a but much.

Wolfather
Wolfather

$15 for Braid? I would easily pay ten but now this is a maybe. I'll have to wait for some reviews to see things like replay value or how long it actually lasts to see If I wanna buy now. Otherwise I'll wait for a price-drop.

BRAWLL
BRAWLL

yes Monster Madness !!

jimmyand360
jimmyand360

$15 for Braid? Lame! This game was done on a shoestring budget.

paullywog
paullywog

braid for 1200 points? screw that.

kos1085
kos1085

Very slow week......

Hokkie
Hokkie

woo Splatterhoues 2!

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Good thing nothing is coming out it will give me some time to watch Starship Troopers 3.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I forgot that Grid was coming on the DS so I'll have to take a look at that for sure. Looks like a quiet week for me. Gives me time to finish up a couple more games in my back log before Madden hits next week.

Thraxen
Thraxen

Sony has not yet announced it's PlayStation Network releases for the week. Hey proofreaders, you missed something.

THEmassacre325
THEmassacre325

OMG i can't wait for Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour for ps2 :)

peetowser
peetowser

Well, a slow week.... I'll probably still be getting Monster Madness: Grave Danger, I loved Zombies Ate my Neighbors and I loved the demo, especially the huge arsenal of guns you can make and upgrade (over a hundred weapons). I thought it would be coming out on the PSN though and not in stores... Too bad, guess I'll have to make a trip to the Ebee then :) Too bad the XBox only has Braid coming out, but like they said maybe more people will notice it because of that hopefully...