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  • Summary: Rebirth is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with emphatic Roguelike elements. Following Isaac on his journey gamers discover bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him extra-human abilities and enabling him to fend off droves of mysterious creatures, learn secrets and scrapRebirth is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with emphatic Roguelike elements. Following Isaac on his journey gamers discover bizarre treasures that change Isaac’s form giving him extra-human abilities and enabling him to fend off droves of mysterious creatures, learn secrets and scrap his way to safety. Expand

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  1. Dec 5, 2014
    93
    An improvement in nearly every way to the original. It is a fun, highly addictive, and immersive experience that will grip you with its unique design, tight gameplay, high replay value, and compelling cast of characters.
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    92
    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is the perfect version of The Binding of Isaac, with more content, more blood and more mom.
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    90
    It is a spectacular, affecting journey, even if its destination is perhaps the creator's alone.
  4. If it’s not the best indie game of the year, it’s pretty bloody close to it.
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    90
    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an even greater version of a already amazing game. Rebirth addresses the frame-rate issues of the original and adds new items and bosses to shoot your tears at.
  6. Jan 21, 2015
    90
    The Binding of Isaac pulls off everything it tries to do, and very well. The story is interesting, the gameplay fantastic, and the art and music are wonderful as well. The only things I found wrong with the game were that the bosses were repetitive and the challenge mode was lacking fun.
  7. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a fast-paced and fun twin-stick shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 74
  2. Negative: 9 out of 74
  1. Nov 4, 2014
    10
    After the first hours of playing this I am addicted. This is everything that was promised by the developers. If Binding of Isaac was the kingAfter the first hours of playing this I am addicted. This is everything that was promised by the developers. If Binding of Isaac was the king of Action Rogue-likes (with countless "clones" made after it) this is the **** EMPEROR.

    Despite the new pixelated graphics, the graphics are BETTER. The soundtrack is amazing, it makes you tingle with horror and excitement at the same time. The controls (although mouse was not implemented) are flawless everything responds exemplary. The content ... well the content is ... I have no words for it ... other than godlike in every aspect.

    Crap-loads of new items (it will probably be weeks before you can memorize what they all do) with brilliant interactions and new mechanics, each game plays differently ... and when I say differently I mean it almost feels like it's another game entirely.

    Support the developers and buy this game! This is too good ... you will be playing and enjoying it a lot more that whatever else 15$ or your local equivalent can buy. I guarantee it.
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  2. Aug 17, 2015
    10
    In this game you cry into poop and battle things like spooky ghosts and kamikaze spiders. With that in mind, could I really score this lowerIn this game you cry into poop and battle things like spooky ghosts and kamikaze spiders. With that in mind, could I really score this lower than a perfect? Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2015
    10
    I have 300+ hours in this game and I'm still playing it and I don't think I'll be stopping anytime soon. This game is fun, challenging andI have 300+ hours in this game and I'm still playing it and I don't think I'll be stopping anytime soon. This game is fun, challenging and almost infinitely re-playable. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2015
    9
    Game is so addictive. Quality indie title, if you like rogue-types and don't mind dying (A LOT), give it a shot. Its like Legend of Zelda,Game is so addictive. Quality indie title, if you like rogue-types and don't mind dying (A LOT), give it a shot. Its like Legend of Zelda, but grittier and more dark. Expand
  5. Nov 18, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game brought me happily into the world of roguelikes. Let me rephrase: Binding of Isaac did, this is an expanded version. This game doesn't boast an entirely new game. The game's creator was very vocal about Flash limitations, and this game has been given the creative space and development capability that the creator wanted all along. Along with over 400 items, different endings, a number of different playable characters, and secrets that are worth trying crazy things to find make this game a blast through-and-through.

    Imagine The Legend of Zelda, but take out the world map, and you complete dungeon after dungeon. This is the core gameplay of BoIR. You may see the term roguelike a lot in reviews, and this solidifies the game. Pickups, enemy drops, and each level is entirely random. Some games you'll die in the second room, others will leave you playing hard to the final boss. You will find the game unforgiving and death is permanent, though your unlocks are not. If you die, you start back over on a new run. Death is unforgiving, but each run is typically no longer than an hour at the absolute most.

    The graphics continue the style of BOI allowing a filter to keep it foggy and pixelated or clear and sharp, depending on your liking. The environment isn't as engaging as BoI, but it is appropriate to the game. It is a dark game, fighting demons, angels, spewing blood, and destroying piles of dung. Definitely not your average game, but still very much the style that BoI players have come to love.

    I have both the PC and PS4 version, though I haven't noticed any differences except that the controller makes the game slightly more difficult. I have begun opting for using X, O, Square, Triangle for shooting rather than both sticks. With some item synergies, you may find that tapping to shoot is easier, but tiring, and forget about swinging the stick to shoot in those situations. This game is mostly enjoyed on a keyboard, in my opinion.

    Beyond that, Rebirth took some great steps in terms of item synergies. In the old game, you often found yourself overlapping items rendering them useless, but this does a much better job of incorporating different bonuses to Isaac. A welcome touch.

    This game can be replayed over and over, and should be, for alternate endings, new items, and a host of players with different pros and cons (Cain being my favorite). The new co-op option is small but welcome, allowing new players to be recruited at the cost of a heart, and though they can fly, Player 1 is still in complete control of the game. This could be helped out by a few different tweaks, but it is still fun to throw your buddy a controller and play through. There were some glitches with this, players disappearing but still able to shoot and live, but other than that, I have had great playthroughs with almost no hiccups, though I have noticed some graphics stuttering from time to time, but that seemed more attributed to behind-the-scenes. It did not seem like this was due to screen clutter or bullet hell and I found the game very smooth overall.

    Replayability is the best thing that BoIR has going for it. Death is permanent but short, and picking up again is always beneficial. Many items are unlocked by what seems to be external counters, spending x amount at slot machines or blood banks, so even if you can't see unlock counters, you are always benefitting from a playthrough. There is also a great new mechanic in the form of a playable character with completely random, but balanced, starting loadouts and stats, but you can only play as this character for each time you beat the game. Though I'm not sure the exact benefits of this, I know that it will unlock some cool features.

    This game is great, addicting, and simple-but-fun. Without the need for connectivity, this is a great fallback game when your internet is down or when you just want to play a good old-fashioned side-scroller. I have a blast playing every time.
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  6. Mar 16, 2015
    8
    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a very big suprise for me. I expected to play a simply game but when i play, I became open-mouthed. TBOIR isThe Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a very big suprise for me. I expected to play a simply game but when i play, I became open-mouthed. TBOIR is a very good rogue like game, very addictive and funny. It looks great, also it have local coop, and hundreds of items to explore. A very real diamond for your consoles and Pc's that you can't left it forgotten Expand
  7. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    An overrated and over hyped game that comes as a cook recipe for teenagers, p** and p**p gags+gore+baby hero=choking sensationalismAn overrated and over hyped game that comes as a cook recipe for teenagers, p** and p**p gags+gore+baby hero=choking sensationalism all-rounder. Hipsters and dumbsters have really questionable tastes sometimes. Expand

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