Grotesque, grim, revolting are just a few of the words that you could use to describe The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
Some of you may have already played through the game when it was released on Steam back in 2011 when it was a Flash based game, now with the latest released in late 2014 on the PlayStation 4 console this gave the creators Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl the chance to bring additional features that weren’t possible with the Flash version of the game.
The game itself is a 2D dungeon crawler game which focuses on Isaac, who retreats into the basement of his house when his mother receives ‘a voice from God’ telling her to sacrifice Isaac as a show of faith, this plot is loosely based on the Biblical story of the same name. The game touches on many sensitive subjects including child abuse, infanticide, neglect, suicide and abortion, all of which video games generally avoid.
The game pits you against a number of differing adversaries, giving you power ups to collect, coins to buy new items and hearts to replenish the lives that you will lose along the way.
The main aim through the game is to defeat Isaacs Mum, who can be found on the sixth floor, however, once you had defeated her, you then get to travel into her womb eventually taking on her heart and then onto fight satan! Yes its that mad.
Your main weapon in the game are your tears, firing tears from your eyes, and in some places getting a power-up giving you a third eye to fire from. Other power-ups include chocolate tears, rapid fire, bigger tears, each come with their pro’s and con’s with regards to the strength of attack, for example, one power up gives you a much higher firing rate, however it reduces the strength of the tears right down so unless you pick up a power-up that increases your strength of tears you are going to be ill equipped to take on the bosses that can be found on each level of the basement.
The game itself, while grotesque and sometimes revolting is at the same time cute and endearing, with some great characters and animations this game is an instant hit and anyone sitting on the fence should dive into the basement!