Posts Tagged ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’

Wot I Think – The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth

Four years after its original release, The Binding of Isaac [official site] is still one of the games I’m most likely to turn to given a spare fifteen minutes (or couple of hours). The recent release of Afterbirth, a DLC/expansion/semi-sequel has rekindled my love, and I’ve spent most evenings since locked in a basement of shit, blood and tears. Whether you want to classify it as an expansion or an entirely new game, it’s one of my favourite things released this year.

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No More Tears – The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth Is Out

I quit. For the next three or so months, I have better things to do than write about video games: I shall be playing the one and only game, the game of games, the game’s game, The Binding of Issac: Rebirth [official site]. The roguelikelike shooter’s expansion ‘Afterbirth’ has just come out on Steam, adding a new character, hundreds of new items, enemies, bosses, areas, room layouts, and so on. Oh, plus a whole new mode, and something no day of my life will be complete without: daily runs.

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The 10 Best Games Based On Books

Books! They’re like films without pictures, or games that are all cutscene. Old people and hipsters really like them, teenagers think they’re like totally lame, and quite frankly we should all read more of them. There are countless games inspired by books – most especially Tolkien, Lovecraft and early Dungeons & Dragon fiction – but surprisingly few games based directly on books. Even fewer good ones.

Perhaps one of the reasons for that is that a game can, in theory, cleave closer to what a book does than a film can – with their length and their word counts, their dozens of characters and in some cases even their own in-game books, they can to some degree do the job of a novel. They don’t need to be based on books – and often they can do so much more, thanks to the great promise of non-linearity. Of course, the real reason for the dearth is that novels are so rarely the massive business a movie is these days. You might get a forlorn Hunger Games tie-in here and there, but suited people in gleaming office blocks just aren’t going to commission an adaptation of the latest Magnus Mills tale, more’s the pity.

I suspect that, over time, we’ll see the non-corporate side of games development increasingly homage the written word, but for now, these ten games (and seven honourable mentions) are, as far as I’m concerned, the best, and most landmark, results of page-to-pixel adaptation to date.

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The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth Voms Up Release Date

You probably want over a thousand new rooms, 120 new items, 8 new bosses, 25 new enemies, 4 alternate chapters, 10 new challenges, a new game mode and daily runs for twitchy Catholic horror roguelike/twin-stick shooter The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site]. You probably want to know when you can have those things, too.

I will tell you: October 30th. That is one day before there are lots of student house parties attended by sexy zombies and people who think dressing as one of the Avengers counts as a Halloween costume. And one day before every single videogame in existence adds a one-day-only spooky mode. So at least the Afterbirth expansion – that name being the first time I’ve felt just a little bit repulsed by The Binding of Isaac’s body horror grotesquery – is getting in there first.

Full details on the add-on plus a CGI-y trailer below.

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Greed Is Good: Isaac Afterbirth’s New Mode Revealed

I had expected this week would bring a trailer announcing a release date for the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] expansion Afterbirth but no, sadly not.

Instead, co-creator Edmund McMillen has finally revealed the mysterious new mode he’s been teasing. Named Greed Mode, it’s a mob/boss rush-ish survival challenge mode which relies heavily on shops to give lots of options in how you build your baby.

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Bouncing Bloodlasers In Binding Of Isaac Expansion

Part of the torment of tracking the upcoming ‘Afterbirth’ expansion for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] is seeing its changes and additions and crying “I DIED SO MANY TIMES BECAUSE I NEEDED THAT.” I get bitter about Isaac losses. Case in point: the shot-bouncifying Rubber Cement will combo with beam weapons like Brimstone and Technology to reflect shots everywhere, and I can think of at least three times it might have saved me after I foolishly picked up cruddy Technology.

Edmund McMillen’s latest dev blog post shows off this and a few other combos coming in Afterbirth, along with a new boss. (Warning: GIFs ahoy (WebMs, really, unless your browser doesn’t like ‘em).)

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Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 1

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day one of the sale.

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Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Expansion Adding Daily Runs

Remember that time I said “if The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth adds daily challenges, I will ditch every commitment short of a funeral to hit the day’s run.” Well! To my friends, my family, lovers, acquaintances, colleagues, rivals, and enemies, I apologise. I shall bail on you all soon.

The ‘Afterbirth’ expansion for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will add daily runs with leaderboards, co-creator Edmund McMillen has announced. Like in Spelunky, Nuclear Throne, and many more roguelikelikes, daily challenges let everyone compete by playing on the same set of levels.

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Binding Of Isaac Double Newsblast: Eternal And Afterbirth

Meet Eternal Famine in all its awfulness.

Who knew crying babies could generate so much news? Anyone who knows new parents, I suppose. Jokes. But here I mean The Binding of Isaac [official site], which has exciting new things going on with both its original Flash version and the fancy remake Rebirth.

BoI’s ultra-difficult ‘Eternal’ update is now out, introducing a new difficulty mode full of ridiculous bullet-spewing variants of enemies. It’s somewhere between challenging and trolling. We also have more word on the ‘Afterbirth’ expansion for Rebirth, with a glimpse of new alternative levels and talk of making secret character The Lost maybe actually fun.

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Afterbirth – Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Expansion Info

I’m still making steady progress through The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site], with 111 of 178 secrets unlocked. Not shooting for specific goals, I’m slowing down, and suspect I’ll still have a fair few to go when the expansion hits. That’ll “hopefully” arrive around the middle of this year, Edmund McMillen has said in a nice big blog post with more details on what to expect from the expansion. It’s named Afterbirth, for starters.

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