The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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a game by Nicalis
Platforms: XBox One, PS Vita, PC, Playstation 4
Editor Rating: 9.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a remake of the original roguelike, dungeon-crawling game, preserving the original game mechanics while adding in tons of new content. Like in the original game The Binding of Isaac, you control Isaac, a young boy exploring the depths of his basement and beyond. As you navigate the randomly-generated rooms of each floor progressing further down, you'll acquire new weapons and power-ups while growing in power. Unique and grotesque bosses challenge you every step of the way, with only the most skilled gamers able to reach the end. Much like its predecessor, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an immensely addictive and enjoyable game that provides just the right combination of challenge and reward.

Main Game Features

  • Hundreds of dungeon rooms to explore
  • Over 50 challenging bosses
  • Improved graphics and gameplay

Story

The story in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is just like the original, but with the added benefit of visually enhanced cutscenes and gameplay. The story is pretty straightforward, putting you directly in the action and focusing on it throughout the experience. At the beginning of the game, you play as Isaac (although you can also unlock additional characters), a young boy living with his fiercely religious mother. One day while playing in his room, his mother attacks him with a knife, claiming that he has been corrupted by sin. Isaac escapes into the basement, and with nowhere left to go, he dives deeper into the world of pain below.

Gameplay

The Binding of Isaac is all about challenging gameplay, which is reflected in its roguelike structure. You start off the game completely powerless, firing tears as your only attack. Enemies are easy enough to avoid at first, but get subsequently harder with each passing floor. As you find keys, gold, and other currency, you'll gain access to unique rooms that hold special power-ups. There are hundreds of power-ups to find and unlock in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and finding the most effective combinations is tons of fun.

Once you've completely explored a floor (or are simply done gathering items), you can attempt to battle against the boss. In order to reach the next level you'll have to topple these tough foes, and if you don't have good enough power-ups, death is sure to come quick. You only have three hearts at the start, so it's best to be cautious while weaving through boss attacks. If you die you lose everything you've gained and must completely start over, although new items you discover will continue to appear. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth offers dozens of new bosses, hundreds of new rooms, and a countless number of power-up combinations. It's a truly addictive gameplay experience that tests your ability and strategy, but it's loads of fun.

Conclusion

While the original game has its own charm, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is superior in almost every way. The gameplay feels more balanced and fair, there are tons of new power-ups, and the bosses are as interesting as they are challenging. The new pixelated graphics work well with the retro-inspired gameplay, offering a twisted adventure that feels like an exceptionally violent Legend of Zelda game.

9.5

It's a game that consistently challenges the player while also offering a steady progression of new items and abilities, each one more interesting and useful than the last. Thanks to its roguelike structure, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a fantastic game for both long and short play sessions, guaranteed to glue you to the screen for as long as you wish.

Pros

  • Gameplay feels fun and addictive
  • New items are powerful and inventive
  • Excellent pixel-art

Cons

  • Some frustrating bosses
  • Confusing item descriptions

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XBox One

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PS Vita

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 4

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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