No one really pays attention to user reviews, and this isn't technically a review.
Anyways, Limbo has been getting amazing scores. I have played through a lot of the game and its fucking hard. I read some reviews of it before I got it though, and a lot of them are severly mistaken.
Take Brad's for example. His review was extremely well written, and he gave a perfect score. Now hold up: he gave this game 5/5 stars, like up there with mario galaxy 2 and SSFIV. The price alone should bring that score down, as most people report beating the game in 2 - 3 hours, and it costs 15 dollars. Also, Brad and IGN's review rave about how good the artstyle and atmosphere are, but to me they just seem lazy as shit.
No music is somehow "artsy" and having a weak low function character is "original." I forgot who said it but trying to be original has now become unoriginal, and by that I mean leaving the whole game to black and white with very little rendering is bullshit; sure it looks nice, but it isn't affective. It just comes across as lazy, and it stays in the front of my mind, while looking "nice" goes to the back.
More original, independent, and artsy games seem to come when they aren't trying to make these mega profits, and aren't lazy. Only 2 forms of jumping, no music, very little sound effects, and no use of color or HD and a game that lasts 3 hours with no narrative. Cheap, lazy and overrated. Don't get me wrong, this is a good game, its just dangerously overrated and most of the reviews did not catch it. Although gametrailers did, and i bet some others did too.
MAJOR EDIT PLEASE READNo, this is not me changing my stance, just me clarifying.
Despite the fact that most people are exclusively addressing the price point factor, but I'm here to discuss what I really think: the game could have been 5 hours longer but my stance would be basically the same.
Limbo's puzzles are interesting, but they reuse a lot of the same tools. If every moment of the game was gold, if all of the puzzles weren't push a box or find a rope, this blog would not have been written.
In contrast, a similar priced, similarly rated game called Braid succeeds were Limbo falls short. Limbo is a great game, but to a game like Braid continues to surprise and challenge the player, were Limbo feels familiar from puzzle to puzzle. The different mechanics and unique puzzles spawned from time manipulation and precision platforming along with an amazing score and a unique (yes, B&W has been done before) artstyle. Limbo had no gameplay, it was simple and fun, but easy and obvious. It sometimes relied on trial-and-error and other times resorted to just hiding a trap in the black and white (which again is trial and error).
Braid is priced - or overpriced - about the same as Limbo, but because Braid has a new experience at every turn, it feels like a much more worthwhile experience than a game that relies on some cheap platforming and a weak character.
Limbo is a great game. It belongs in the 4 - 3 star range.