Limbo vs Braid: Which is better?

Limbo, then. It’s pretty great, eh? If you’ve not yet experienced its incredible sensory experience and mind-bending puzzles, click here to find out why you should buy it yesterday. For those who are either getting to grips with its bleakly dark world or have finished the game, we’re curious to know how highly you rate it. Namely, do you prefer it to the brilliant Braid?

We know they're radically different games. But both do share a brave artistic vision, expressed with narratives told in an innovative way. It's an issue which has got the office split right down the middle, too. Well, all three of us who're in today. Cundy and Houghton both think Limbo is the best thing since sliced Braid, claiming they prefer it to the time-hopping adventure. Meiks on the other hand still holds Braid up as the pinnacle of 2D gaming this generation, believing that Limbo is just a bit too stop/start in places.

Above: Bleak and jarringly violent, Limbo is one of this year's most striking titles

Above: Braid remains an absolute head-f*cking, though thankfully awesome, experience.

Anyhoo, enough from us. What do you think? Have you played both games? If so, do you have a favourite? And with XBLA's Summer of Arcade, do you think we're entering into a 2D renaissance? Let us know in the comments section.

26 July 2010,



  • kduff51 - July 26, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    i haven't played limbo yet, but if it compares to braid, I really want to play it.
  • Jacob816 - July 26, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    I prefer Braid. Also, couldn't you guys through up an actual poll? It would be a lot easier then having to sort through comments.
  • Nannooskeeska - July 26, 2010 3:54 p.m.

  • gamebrain8505 - July 26, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    I WANT LIMBO NOW!!!!!! too bad I lack Xbox w8ing 4 a pc port
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 26, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    > Limbo is just a bit too stop/start in places. So he's telling me that when he played Braid it wasn't a stop/start experience? No offence to Meiks or the game, both of which I love spiritually and sexually, but NOBODY is smart enough to get that game to completely flow, it's a prime example of a stop/start experience.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 26, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Oh and I haven't played Limbo so on the which is better I'm a N/A. But I really, really, really, really want to, pc port please :(
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - July 26, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Limbo was better IMO i liked the art direction a lot better.
  • AngryScotsman - July 26, 2010 4 p.m.

    I couldn't have disliked Braid more, I think. I just got so confused, hated the whole style and the puzzles were just awful in my opinion. I really enjoyed Limbo, apart from the ending.
  • Lovelost - July 26, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    Limbo... Just an Awesome atmosphere and great gameplay. Surprisingly my family sat down with me on the couch and were totally interested in the game.
  • xenon - July 26, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    I like both games, but I say Limbo because I hate Braid's enemies looks.
  • atroublingabsenceofbadgers - July 26, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    I liked limbo much more because of the atmosphere. I liked braid, but limbo is much more immersive and stylistic.
  • bakakaba - July 26, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    For me Limbo was more emotionally affecting. Relatively easy to beat in one sitting(I only got stuck on 2 puzzles for about 15 minutes each) with a sparse yet beautiful sound and art design, and a sparse narrative that is simple yet open to a lot of interpretation. I liked Braid a lot, but its narrative and art design were a little pretentious at times. Gameplay wise though it's puzzles were much more inventive and required the player to think inventively as well so it's got the advantage their, but ultimately Limbo wins out in my opinion. Plus, Limbo and its brutal deaths brought back a huge wave of nostalgia for me from the first time playing the first Mechner Prince of Persia on PC which I also love.
  • Felixthecat - July 26, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Limbo >>>>>>>> Braid. Anyone who disagrees is wrong.
  • Ded - July 26, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Played them both, and I prefer Braid. Not saying I don't like Limbo, I loved it, but I found it too short (even by Braid's standards). Braid is more varied in it's puzzles too, in my opinion. Plus it has more of a "story" (if you can call it that..). Limbo was more emotional, but explained even less than Braid in what was going on. I'm sure there's lots of theories, but without spoiling it too much it really could just be "was all a dream" sort of game. Great these sorts of games are being made though :) need to see more of this stuff.
  • Ded - July 26, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Oh, and polls like this annoy me :D Not saying GamesRadar is guilty of it, but do we reaaally have to fight over every set of games that are slightly similar? It was like this with Infamous and Prototype.. Can't we all just get along?
  • Wolverine08 - July 26, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    Purely for the haunting look and premise, Limbo wins for me. It may sound weird but I haven't been impressed with Braid yet, but Limbo rocks my socks each time I see it. If only it were on PSN....
  • Rodrigo90 - July 26, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    "the best thing since sliced Braid" Oooh... ohhh that was painful to read xD
  • Samael - July 26, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    Limbo, Limbo, Limbo, a thousand times Limbo. Braid oozed pretentiousness. Limbo oozes awesomeness.
  • RazielArcanum - July 26, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Do we know if there is actually going to be a Limbo port yet? Is it worth petitioning? I've only got a PS3 and laptop, and I'm not buying an XBox just to play Limbo. Unless it really IS that good.
  • k1ng94 - July 26, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Braid is the better game by a mile. Limbo is only 3 hours long, it has almost no story, puzzles are simple and require little effort. Braid however really makes you think and in my opinion one of the closest games have been to art. The idea of a game taking place in the mind of a man involved in the creation of the atomic bomb and trying to cope with the guilt is in my opinion one of the most creative story this generation.

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