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  • Summary: The latest expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features: 55+ new items, new final chapter with boss and ending, new playable character, greed hard mode, daily greed runs, 5 new challenges, loads of new achievements, new bosses and other little editions, plus new dev tools! so you canThe latest expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features: 55+ new items, new final chapter with boss and ending, new playable character, greed hard mode, daily greed runs, 5 new challenges, loads of new achievements, new bosses and other little editions, plus new dev tools! so you can design, edit and play and endless number of mods, features and whole new games that the community will no doubt eventually design. Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. NF Magazine
    Apr 24, 2017
    90
    The final chapter of the Isaac series has arrived, and what a wacky, bare-buns ride it's been. [Issue #27 – May/June 2017, p. 69]
  2. Sep 7, 2017
    90
    The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is my favourite version of the game having played it across literally everything it has released on.
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ on Switch isn't just a brilliant port - it's arguably the best way to enjoy a modern roguelike classic.
  4. 85
    I think the game is supremely enjoyable, but it’s not for everybody. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to travel through Mom’s Scarred Womb and destroy what appears to be a giant fetus before taking on Satan. Toodles!
  5. Sep 11, 2017
    80
    Too weird and repellent for a mainstream audience, too brilliant for any serious gamer to ignore, The Binding of Isaac has found a surprisingly natural home on Switch. It’s ideal for short bursts and longer sessions of handheld play, and the sort of title that only gets richer and more interesting the more hours and effort you put in. Edward McMillen’s cult classic isn’t for everyone, but if it’s for you there’s no better way to play it.
  6. Mar 29, 2017
    80
    The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is the most updated console version and features two-player co-op. With both Joy-Con, there is a lot of game here to play with someone friendly. With over 10 endings and a seemingly endless amount of unlockable content/features, expect to get far beyond 100 hours logged in. For its price, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ pretty much has it all and more thanks to the Switch hardware. For some it may become a grind, and others may never be able to get past Edmund McMillen's wonderful sense of humour. Those who get beyond those quibbles will have one of the most addictive and creative indie games in their pockets and on their TV.
  7. Oct 11, 2017
    78
    The points that makes the game special are the endless ways to reinvent it and the many forms to take a walk on your own path of chaos. This Nintendo Switch Version is a good way to upgrade "the Binding of Isaac Experience" which brought us Edmund Mcmillen 6 years ago. Perfect for those who never played it or who just simply want to have fun anywhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Mar 17, 2017
    10
    This is the ULTIMATE version of The Binding of Isaac and has all the DLC and expansions. The pre-order version or first 2,000+ copies have anThis is the ULTIMATE version of The Binding of Isaac and has all the DLC and expansions. The pre-order version or first 2,000+ copies have an instruction booklet, stickers, and a reversible box sleeve/artwork. The game is amazing fun and with all the random dungeons, will provide hundreds of hours of gameplay. Having this on a cartridge (which is how I purchased) helps save space on the internal memory. The expansions are simply more of the original and add quantity to the experience. As an indie game it feels big budget. With Best Buy's GCU discount, I got it for $31+tax. Well worth it for a boxed version with cartridge and limited edition instruction manual. Reminds me of gaming in the early 90s. Expand
  2. Sep 18, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Probably like anyone who has ever been sucked into the golden toy chest that is The Binding of Isaac will probably like me have a major love/hate relationship with the game. I love the game through and through, I enjoy the variety and unpredictable nature of every run, I love the item and tear synergies that seemingly have endless combinations and effects, I love the challenge and difficulty that varies in each run, I love remembering what each item of 600+ does and how they react with one another and trying to figure whether an item is a game changer or a game ender. I just love it. What I hate about it though is that I just can’t stop coming back to it!

    So if you don’t know what The Binding of Isaac is. Here’s the basic version - It is a procedurally-generated roguelite game that features Isaac on the run from his psychotic mother who wants to kill him because ‘God’ demands a sacrifice. So he escapes into the basement and he has to fight for survival. Poor little Isaac.

    To elaborate even more what The Binding of Isaac is, I will explain it as I did to my wife, which quite frankly left her in shock. While chilling in bed in the late evening before bed, Wife is sat browsing through her various social medias on her phone and she turns to me and says, ‘you love that game don’t you, can you tell me more about it?’ Being quite ecstatic that my wife is finally taking some interest in one of my games, I promptly reply and talk her through what I’m doing on the screen. ‘Well basically you play as Isaac, he’s a naked five year old boy with a shaved head who is always crying and his mum wants to kill him in worship of God, and he escapes into the basement and has to fight through randomly generated levels with randomly generated items, weapons and pills to pop fighting against various different enemies and bosses’ as I demonstrate by killing giant turds with my blood tears. ‘Oh that’s horrific!’ a completely expected reply. ‘Oh that’s nothing, you can even kill Isaac’s foetus at a later point in the game, as well as Mega Satan, his Mom, a fistula and angels'. The conversation got a little deeper and I explained that there is a huge possibility that Isaac is likely severely schizophrenic with multiple personality disorder induced by his terrible upbringing, so yeah there is that as well. Wife was in more shock, maternal instincts likely kicking in thinking she could never let anything happen like that to our little girl. I could see in her eyes she felt like I do for Isaac, sympathy and wanting to give him a big hug.

    On the surface, Isaac seems like a truly shallow smutty game with lack of story, emotion or any real connection to the player but when it sucks you in and you’ve put so many hours into it. You develop a strong bond with Isaac and his multiple personalities and you realise that there is so much reading to do between the lines. You pick up small pieces of lore through Item descriptions, you can figure out the twisted demise of guppy, you can witness the severe bullying that Isaac has endured at school as well as at home, and then there is all the religious content that relates to different stages of Isaacs life and how it has contributed to how his mother and Isaac are at the point of the game.

    I will say no more, this is a 10/10 game and probably my most played game ever. I just love it. At 600 hours playtime, I have no intention of stopping playing anytime soon.
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  3. Jan 24, 2018
    10
    I didn't quite get this game at first. I honestly almost brought it back to the store. Then it clicked, and after checking the other day,I didn't quite get this game at first. I honestly almost brought it back to the store. Then it clicked, and after checking the other day, I've played TBOI 5 for longer than I played Breath of the Wild. The replayabilty it top of the line. It's not quite enter the dungeon hard, but it'll challenge you for sure. The fact that it comes with all the added content for free is a huge bonus. This is also one of the best portable single player games on the system. Buy this game for sure, if you like a challenge. I've also yet to encounter a glitch of any kind. Expand
  4. May 29, 2017
    9
    I love the Binding of Isaac. A lot. It's a very fun game and making it portable is a great idea, because it's perfect for taking around. II love the Binding of Isaac. A lot. It's a very fun game and making it portable is a great idea, because it's perfect for taking around. I know that Rebirth came out for 3DS, but that wasn't very good. This is a very good port for one of my personal favorite games of all time. The only real downside is the few bugs that it has. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2017
    9
    The most addictive dungeon crawler formula you can play. The game is different each time you play it, with an insane amount of dungeons andThe most addictive dungeon crawler formula you can play. The game is different each time you play it, with an insane amount of dungeons and enemies. The Switch version is the best way to play it anywhere you want. The prize is too expensive, so you may want to wait until is more afordable. Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2019
    8
    This is by no means an easy game, and its themes will be offensive to some. There is a lot of gore and literal toilet humor, and aThis is by no means an easy game, and its themes will be offensive to some. There is a lot of gore and literal toilet humor, and a thinly-veiled criticism of Christian dogma. If you can get past all that -- and you might even be drawn by it -- you'll find a challenging, engaging Roguelike with elements of The Legend of Zelda mixed in. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2019
    0
    After several hours of playing, I wanted to stab my eyes out. The fact that the layout changes after you die makes it feel pointless andAfter several hours of playing, I wanted to stab my eyes out. The fact that the layout changes after you die makes it feel pointless and futile. Too much like real life. Add to that the fact that this is basically an Adobe Flash game that costs $50 and I just don't get why people rave about it. I made the mistake of buying the digital edition from the Nintendo Store, so there's no way to return or sell it. Now it is forever stuck on my home screen reminding me of my poor life choices. Expand

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