The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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 so many new characters and floors and enemies and things that work in different and surprising ways, and feels mighty polished too. As someone still playing Isaac every day, I’m always up for more.

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Cave Story+ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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 games by developers Studio Saizensen, it draws characters from games including Shovel Knight, The Binding Of Isaac, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Cave Story. But which is better, a spade-swinging knight or a weeping dead child? There’s only one way to find out: fiiight!

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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. Like the virtual version, The Binding Of Isaac: Four Souls will send players to battle terrible (and often faecal) monsters and nab loot. (more…)

Cave Story+ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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. A bit like watching Butt-Head fight Godzilla on Salty Bet. That said, seeing Isaac in action in the new trailer below, I am surprised by how much of a scrapper the wee guy is. Even if he does cheat by getting his mum to fight for him. (more…)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth just received its fifth and final Booster Pack update on PC, adding new items, enemies, room layouts, a secret playable character, and more.

As with previous Booster Packs, the Forgotten Booster (as this latest is know) requires the Afterbirth+ expansion to function, and much of its new stuff is the work of the dedicated Isaac modding community - albeit touched and and polished to a sheen by publisher Nicalis before finding its way to the masses.

Its eight new mod items are Blanket, Sacrificial Altar, Lil Spewer, Marbles, Mystery Egg, Flat Stone, Rotten Penny, and Baby Bender, and they're accompanied by several community-created visual fixes in the form of the Real Cone Head and More Dirt Sprites mods.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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 a bit scrappy since Afterbirth+ in particular. I’m very keen to dive in and check everything out, and especially to unlock the new character. (more…)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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. (more…)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

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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. (more…)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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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Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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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