Not only does The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth launch on November 4, it is coming to Steam, PlayStation 4, and the Vita. The original price of the title is $14.99, or free during November for PlayStation Plus members. With tons of new items, enemies, and bosses, this iteration of Isaac should be enough to make even veteran players of the series kneel and give thanks.
First released in 2011, The Binding of Isaac was designed in Flash by Edmund McMillen and programmer Florian Himsl. The duo aimed to create something they were both familiar with, while maintaining low expectations for the outcome. They had no idea that their game would go on to sell over a million copies. The idea of getting Isaac from the PC to the console came from Nicalis, whom offered to develop the game. However, instead of simply porting the game over to the PlayStation 4, they agreed upon redoing the game to make it an experience even more immersive than previously. After two years of work, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is ready for gamers everywhere. The game contains all the content of both previous iterations and is available on the PlayStation 4, Vita, and Steam.
The most obvious difference is the art style. The original ended up looking the way it did mostly due to time constraints. These new graphics represent a semi-16 bit art that quickly comes to life. So much of the world is constantly animating that it becomes easy to sink into the character and focus on aspects more important than graphics. Here is the new trailer. Warning, it shows off rated M gameplay and rather odd live action folk.
The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of the Lamb is the first expansion to the game and came out in May of 2012. The expansion added a lot to the game: two new endings, more than 10 bosses, 40+ unlocks, 100+ items, alternate floors and even “Super Secret Rooms.” Wrath of the Lamb proved to be quite big, it is said to have 70 percent more content than the original. How exactly does The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth match up?
The big news is that Rebirth is said to be as big as Wrath of the Lamb. First of all, it has local multiplayer. In order to avoid online delays, local is the only way to play multiplayer. More than 200 new items are thrown into the mix, in association, there are plenty of items to unlock, which can show up at the store. The store now has a cumulative donation box which expands the number of items in the store and unlocks more items. Now, what to use the new items on? Probably the 50 new enemies and 15 new bosses. All this brings about a new question, who to use? In addition to the previous cast, three new characters join the roster.
Those that have the original Binding of Isaac on Steam can get the new expansion for a 33 percent discount. Plus, those the preorder the game will get a special promo item for the team based shooter, Team Fortress 2. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth comes out November 4 for Steam, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.