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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

4 days ago

The Binding Of Isaac’s tribute to Satoru Iwata is sweet, for Isaac

Every year on December 6th, the birthday of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata (who died in 2015), The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth pays tribute to him and the Nintendo games which inspired Isaac in a special daily challenge run. We get to play as a wee Iwata, clad in his smart suit and clutching the 'Gamekid' item, while loot pools are slanted towards many of…

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3 months ago

The Binding Of Isaac adding Antibirth mod in next expansion

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the basement, another expansion for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth has been announced. Following the small-ish Afterbirth+, which was supposed to be the roguelikelike cry 'em up's final expansion, The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance will be a big'un: rolling in the wild mod Antibirth, along with new stuff. First released in 2016, Antibirth adds…

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4 months ago

Crossover fighting game Blade Strangers released

I settled a 'Dracula vs. Frankenstein' debate the other day by referring to the authority on power rankings: Top Trumps cards, where Dracula trounces Frankenstein. Granted the debate was about the books rather than a monsterfight, but it's still fun to throw fictional folks together to see who'd win a rumble. Enter Blade Strangers, a crossover fighting game released today. Along with pugilists from previous…

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6 months ago

The Binding Of Isaac becoming physical card game

A party's not a party until you've necked a handful of mystery pills and wept over a poo, I always say, and soon that experience will be available in a more hygienic form. Edmund McMillen, the big man of The Binding Of Isaac, has designed a physical multiplayer card game based on the rad roguelikelike shoot 'em up, and it already smashed its Kickstarter goal.…

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7 months ago

Unbound: Isaac joins fighting game Blade Strangers

As an avid The Binding Of Isaac player and a fan of absurd disparity in fighting game crossovers, I'm delighted to hear that Isaac has joined the cast of Blade Strangers. Isaac, a murdered child who in his native roguelikelike top-down shooter fights sentient poos by crying on them, will face a roster of heavily-armed crossover characters including Quote, the warbot hero of Cave Story.…

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Isaac: Afterbirth+ unwraps new character in final Booster

The fifth and final free 'Booster Pack' content update has arrived for The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth's Afterbirth+ expansion, bringing a new secret character, new items, new enemies, new room layouts, and heaps more to the roguelikelike cry 'em up. The update fixes a load of longstanding glitches and irritants in Isaac too, bringing back a feeling of polish to a game which has been…

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10 months ago

Feature:

Have you played… The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. 'Played' in the title suggests something concluded, but clearly if you did ever play The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (plus its various expansions), you're almost certainly still playing it. Forever and ever.

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11 months ago

Purr! Edmund McMillen is poking at Mew-genics again

My lifelong dream to become a cat lady is stymied by my flatmate's allergies, but at least I'll get to become a virtual cat lady. Edmund McMillen, the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac, has announced that he will likely resume making Mew-genics. It's a game about breeding and caring for hordes of strange cats then entering them in cat competitions, with…

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Feature: I hate these guys

Dungeon of dicks: The Binding Of Isaac’s most hateful enemies

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth (plus Afterbirth add-ons) is very much my jam right now. It's been in my life for a while, but December (and now January) was when I fully committed to it. By which I mean 'it took over almost my entire life.' I've seen so much, I've killed so much, and I've been killed by so much. I have a degree…

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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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Feature: Return of the not-Mac users

Wot we played on our holidays

Welcome back, gentle human bean, to another year of PC gaming thrills, spills and ambient anxiety about the correct deployment of the term 'roguelite' here on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. As our beleaguered forms struggle to cope with the sudden shift away from Chocolate Oranges for breakfast, now is the time for our time-lost minds to reflect upon how we occupied ourselves over the past ten…

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1 year ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Feature: Do tell

What are we all playing this weekend?

Alice is on holiday and she's taken all the games with her. Luckily some developers released new games after she'd left, so the rest of us still have something to play. Our choices are below, but we want to know from you: what are you playing in this weekend of plenty?

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ adds more items & enemies

Ace roguelikelike allegory 'em up The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] last night launched the fourth 'Booster Pack' for its Afterbirth+ expansion, adding new items, new enemies, new room layouts, and more. As with the other Boosters, this is bringing player-made mods into the base game. I do recognise one tasty addition brought over from ace mod Antibirth: the Schoolbag, which lets players hold…

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Music to my ears: live improvised soundtracks

Game music that responds to your actions can be a magical thing. I'm talking about sneaking through enemy lines accompanied by an eerie string quartet, or cresting a hill while the scenery and music swell around you. Joost van Dongen, the man behind Proun and Cello Fortress, recently did an experiment with live soundtrack improvisation that makes for interesting reading. Dongen and his fellow improviser…

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Feature: The best bargains

Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations - both general tips and some newly added…

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2 years ago

Super Meat Boy co-creator announces The End Is Nigh

Edmund McMillen, the co-creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, has announced a deadly new platformer. The End Is Nigh [official site] is its name, and coming out in July is its game. It's a collaboration with Closure creator Tyler Glaiel and no, it's Øuroboros, another platformer those two had been working on. The End Is Nigh is a "sprawling adventure platformer"…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ opens second booster pack

Yet more items have dropped into mom's basement with the second 'booster pack' for The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth † [official site]. Out now, it rolls more player-made mods into the official roster. Some of them are handy, like Jumper Cables recharging your active item as you kill enemies, while others appeal to vanity, like more graphics for bomb combos and a dresser table reshuffling…

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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ unwraps mod Booster Pack

Rad roguelikelike The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] has launched its first 'Booster Pack', a collection of player-made mods now made official and rolled into the game. The first batch plucked from the Steam Workshop (and slightly tweaked) are mostly new items and trinkets, along with odds and ends like extra hairstyles for Eden and optional charge bars for Brimstone attacks. They're simply part…

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Mod me up! Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Antibirth future plans

The first of the promised official mod packs for the new The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] expansion should arrive in March. The developers have blig-blogged about how they'll go about rolling player-made mods into official updates and yup, we can expect them to arrive by the end of each month from March onwards. In other mod news, the makers of the amazing mod…

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