It’s official – The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will launch on November 4th. I couldn’t be more excited, especially since I’ve put in a solid 60+ hours into the original. The remake is an instant buy, but where will I buy it?
In case you are unaware, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a complete remake of the original in an entirely new engine with redone art and a lot more content added. If you are even more ignorant than that (and some of you will be because the game’s content is pretty questionable for most people to past/enjoy), then let me refresh you on what makes this game so good. It’s a roguelike in the same style as the dungeons from the original Zelda on the NES (square rooms, top down perspective) though minus the puzzles. There are powerful items that can change your gameplay drastically, such as altering your shooting into a constant laser beam. Plus, it’s all randomized so stringing together a successful run takes some twitch skill and decent management of your bombs/keys/money to win.
The game controls are pretty simple; essentially, it is a dual stick shooter. That’s why the allure of purchasing it on my Playstation 4 is so strong. Also the remake has local co-op, so that ups the ante in my PS4’s favor even more since it is easier to lug around than my desktop.
Though, considering the way I have played The Binding of Isaac in the past, it makes more sense to get it on PC. Since the game can be pretty difficult and has that ‘love it or hate it’ quality of most roguelikes where you are guaranteed to lose the majority of the time, I typically play in short bursts. In between television shows or while waiting to go somewhere, I start it up, see for far I make it, then turn it off. That becomes more difficult (in the privileged, first world kind of way) when I have to actively decide to turn on my console.
Plus, anyone who already owns the game gets a 33% discount on Steam during the preorder process, which puts a preorder at roughly $10, which, frankly, is a fucking steal.
Good news everyone, the decision doesn’t have to be made and this is a non-post post that’s really just a chance for me to squee a bit about Binding for no real reason. Push Square reported that a person at the company behind The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has already leaked that it will be in the Playstation Plus lineup, so assuming you are a member (which you should be), then it’s included in your benefits!
In other words, I preordered on PC, will download it on PS4, and I ultimately get to have my cake and eat it too. I love modern gaming so much more than the days where I paid full price for a game I had almost no idea about that often had a dubious amount of replayability!
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