Posts Tagged ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Purr! Edmund McMillen is poking at Mew-genics again

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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 all the mutations, oddities, and gross bits you’d expect. But McMillen and fellow Team Meat founder Tommy Refenes went quiet and what they did say made it seem unlikely to ever arrive. Well, start purring, as McMillen now says he and Tyler Glaiel are prototyping ideas for it and we’re likely back on. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Actually, Ultra-Greed has yet to ever kill me, but it's a more exciting screenshot to open the post than, say, a single bastard spider

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 of skill at the game I never believed possible (and which, clearly, pales into insignificance against that of longer-term players), but even so, there are certain enemies that always, always give me grief, even as I am able to face down far great horrors.

I say enemies. I mean dicks. Absolute, total dicks who have humiliatingly cost me victory on more occasions than I could ever admit to. These are those dicks.

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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 roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.

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Wot we played on our holidays

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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 days.

To wit: what videogames did we play, when time, relatives, bloating and demanding pets allowed?

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Best PC games of all time

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 an extra active item. Only one more Booster is left to come so I’m glad this update seems a good’un. Read the rest of this entry »

Music to my ears: live improvised soundtracks

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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 Rene Derks set up shop at the Abunai convention in the Netherlands and invited people to come in and play any of 40 games. After turning in-game soundtracks off, Dongen with his cello and Derks on a djembe drum improvised their own music in response to whatever was happening on-screen.

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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 staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

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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” past the end of the world about a blobby lad named Ash who certainly will die a lot. Have a peek in the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

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 your appearance-changing items. And huzzah, the update has also reworked Angel Rooms to be less useless! Read the rest of this entry »

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 of Isaac now, nothing to download separately or activate, appearing in all parts of Isaac. This is only the start, as new Booster Packs are due to follow “monthly(ish)”. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Antibirth [official site] for plain ole Isaac: Rebirth are still fixing bugs and have smashing plans to expand and renovate bits they didn’t have time to finish properly. Read the rest of this entry »

Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ rebalances annoying bits

A much-needed patch has arrived for the new Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] expansion, Afterbirth+, to fix bugs and balance problems. Yes, this does address some of the irritants that Adam raised in his review. Those flipping nuisance enemy-summoning portals are less common, for one, and the Sister Vis boss battle is less of a chore. I’ve already put a fair few hours into Afterbirth+ myself and welcome these changes. Some parts of Afterbirth+ made Isaac simply worse, so I’m glad it’s being worked on. More patches are in the pipeline too. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth †

The new expansion for the marvelous The Binding of Isaac is a mixed bag. Stick your hand in and, fittingly, given the grotesque nature of the game, you might find a pleasant treat, a razor blade or a little cluster of dingleberries. Toxic dingleberries. For the first time since its release, Isaac really is creaking under its own weight and Afterbirth † feels as overstuffed as a trio of turduckens. It’s not a pretty sight, but there is plenty of meat wrapped around all those little choking bones.

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The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ expansion released

The second expansion for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site], the world’s premiere roguelikelike shooter about crying babies, launched last night. Afterbirth+ whacks in new items and enemies and levels and another character and all that but, perhaps more importantly, brings official mod support. Given the wonders players made with unofficial tools – have you seen the Antibirth mod? – I’m mighty excited by what might happen now. Read the rest of this entry »

Binding of Isaac player-made expansion Antibirth is out

Bloated blood-burping bumbleflies, electrotears, and so many more secrets are now buzzing around the basement in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, thanks to the release of a huge and hugely impressive community-made expansion. Yes, the second official expansion launches in a fortnight but before then absolutely do check out the free Antibirth [official site] mod. Antibirth is mahoosive, adding new characters, new enemies, new bosses, new items, new music, new… it’s really big, and really well-made too. Also, this trailer is all sorts of creepy: Read the rest of this entry »

Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ starts weeping January 3rd

The second The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] expansion, Afterbirth+, now has a release date: January 3rd. It’ll give the roguelikelike dungeon crawler a new chapter, a new character, new items, new enemies, and that other typical expansion stuff, but also bring official mod support. Afterbirth+ was expected to launch by the end of this year but hey, I’m sure the holiday season can provide you with enough tears, torment, inner demons, and family confrontations to tide you over for another three days. Read the rest of this entry »

Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to officially add some mods

Tearjerking expansion The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ [official site] will add new items and enemies and bosses and all that to the baby simulator, I’m sure you know, and bring official mod support too. We’ve known that for yonks! Here’s a neat twist: some of the best mods will be officially added to the game in updates. Read the rest of this entry »