I appreciated Ryan Davis's laughter, his wit, his gleefulness, and his utter lack of pretentiousness. I am still having a hard time accepting that he's gone. He had a way of making me, the audience member, feel welcome. I'm going to miss him greatly, and if that's weird to say about someone I've never met, then so be it.
Bastion and Limbo, definitely -- they are both games worth playing even if you aren't normally a fan of those respective styles of games. Braid has a narrower appeal, in my opinion. If you like puzzle-y platforming, and aren't put off by the emotional story trappings, then Braid might be for you.
Mr. Heir arguing for no more review scores is about as palatable to me as someone from Chevrolet arguing that Consumer Reports shouldn't give automobiles ratings because comparing their car to Honda's car via a rating is too reductive.