follow us:

Latest News

Pre-Order incentives for Hitman: Absolution released
Recently announced by Square Enix is the exclusive North America pre-order incentive for Hitman: Absolution. Pre-order Hitman: Absolution through GameStop and receive the stand-alone Hitman: Sniper Challenge beginning May 15. Hitman: Sniper Challenge follows Agent 47 on an ... [read more]
Smashing records: Minecraft: Xbox360 Edition becomes profitable in an hour
With over 100,000 copies sold and over 400,000 unique player entries on the scoreboard, Minecraft: Xbox360 Edition on Xbox Live Arcade became profitable in just an hour of its release. The adventure game Minecraft: Xbox360 by Mojang was released on May 9 and broke the previo... [read more]
When good clowns go bad: Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC trailer
If you think Batman had it rough at the end of Arkham City, wait till you see how Harley Quinn is taking it. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

"Not just another zombie game" Sandswept Studios talks about The Dead Linger
With the huge success of the Double Fine Kickstarter project that raised over $3 million, game developers flocked to Kickstarter in hopes that their game would become the next crowd funding success story. One such developer is Sandswept Studios with their game, The Dead Lin... [read more]
3 reasons why there's no need for story in fighting games
If you're playing a fighting game for the story, you're doing it wrong.... [read more]
From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

The Binding of Isaac Review
When was the last time you played a game that blew you away with craziness? It’s been a while? The Binding of Isaac is easily one of the craziest games that I’ve played with some of the most simple yet incredible gameplay I’ve seen. I’m not going to hide how much I l... [read more]
Skullgirls Review
As the fighting game revival continues to bloom, a small indie company is looking to shake-up the genre. Can Skullgirls, a fighting game for fighting game fans by fighting game fans, hang with the big boys?... [read more]
Sine Mora Review
Sine Mora is a side scrolling shoot'em up title that borrows heavily from past titles in the genre such as the cult classic Einhander. The premise involves war torn characters battling a bigger threat as you shoot down enemies and gigantic bosses in your little plane. Althou... [read more]

Latest Videos

The RPG Fanatic: dnd (PLATO) Creators Gary Whisenhunt & Ray Wood Interview
In the mid 1970s Gary Whisenhunt and Ray Wood created one of the earliest computer roleplaying videogames, dnd, which also happened to be one of the first "fan games". Although little known today, their work pre-dates much better known series like Ultima, Wizardry and Dragon... [read more]
The RPG Fanatic: Seiken Densetsu 3 Retrospect and Review + Operation Manafall
You might know this game as Secret of Mana 2, but this video is titled by the only name it was officially released as. This was a Japan exclusive game in the Mana series that many people aren't aware existed, but let's change that starting right now!... [read more]
From the Editor's Desk: Is the Gamestop Lawsuit Good or Bad for Gamers?
Gamestop settled on a lawsuit regarding the sale of used games that are missing DLC. Is this lawsuit a win for gamers or will this cause more problems for gamers? ... [read more]
The Binding of Isaac Review
Posted on May 11, 2012 by www.Original-Gamer.com

When was the last time you played a game that blew you away with craziness? It’s been a while? The Binding of Isaac is easily one of the craziest games that I’ve played with some of the most simple yet incredible gameplay I’ve seen. I’m not going to hide how much I like this game before getting into the body of the review because it’s that damn good!

The Binding of Isaac is a 2D platformer that features ‘The Legend of Zelda’ inspired dungeon crawling gameplay.   The game has some religious tones while remaining somewhat politically correct despite the very dark storyline of Isaac and his mother.  The story is a callback to the Biblical story of Abraham binding Isaac for sacrifice.  Packed in with tons of video game references (especially Valve titles) this game was created for older gamers.  Those who are reading this might want to start your download on Steam as I break down why you need this game.

SURVIVING THE DUNGEONS

Keep it Together - Collecting items while trying to get achievements for playing the basement or dungeon levels perfectly helped expand the gameplay beyond my original expectations, making this simple game a longer and more fulfilling experience that could be consumed multiple or even dozens of times. 

Incredible Intelligence - The game has some great artificial intelligence. Most game developers go back thinking with classic 2D-style games to give just simple and extremely difficult AI but developers Edumund McMillen & Florian Himsl slowly increase the AI difficulty with each level and each new enemy revealed.

Evolving the Levels - Each level of the dungeons gets progressively more dynamic and difficult as you play. Most games simply take big jumps in difficulty every few levels which doesn’t make the experience smooth and instead shows how lazy the game designers were.  With a natural evolution of new enemies and more difficult AI, the game seemed to be progressing at the right pace that most gamers would be seeking.

DEAD AGAIN?

And Again? - The Binding of Isaac is not for the average gamer as this game will beat you up over and over and over until you finally beat the title after maybe a dozen or so attempts through all the basements and dungeons. With limited items and weaponry, this might be a case of ‘the difficulty being so high’ that it’ll affect the opinion of the game. All I’m saying, is an ‘Easy’ mode would have done the game better justice and given the game a longer lifespan.

Wrong Platform - This game has terrible controls for a keyboard interface and deserves to be on a platform with better controls.  Replying to a question asked by one of their fans recently, the creator of the game Edumund McMillen, revealed that Sony really wants to get the Binding of Isaac.  Sony also has the perfect platform for the title: the Playstation Vita.  The game offers up an average of 20 to 30 minutes for each playthrough which is about the average amount of time that gamers would most likely be using their Vita if they were on the go. With dual-analog sticks and a large high resolution disiplay, this game was meant for the Vita and would do very well on that platform.




Looking at everything together, the Binding of Isaac combines a gameplay experience that isn’t repeated many times while keeping to the same basic layout of certain rooms, creating a game that is still played by a large majority of the indie scene even though this game was released in September of last year.

The Binding of Isaac is definitely the top of the 'craziest' games I've ever played. Being a mashup of video game references while saluting one of the best platforming franchises of all time, it does a perfect job of balancing all the nods while giving an interesting gameplay experience that never seems to never get old. While the game is not for a mass audience, hardcore indie fans will fall head over heels for this title. For only five bucks, anyone that uses Steam for indie games should check it out if you haven’t already.

- Drew Bergmark

www.Original-Gamer.com - www.Original-Gamer.com og (@) www.original-gamer.com | all author's articles

Is crowd funding the way of the future?

Absolutely. It gives power to the gamers by letting them pay for the games they want to see.
Nope. Crowd sourcing will be fine for a year or two until too many developers do not follow through with their games and waste our money.
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Con talk, Mass Effect 3 talk, and Asshole talk


Dead Space Review

Dead Space Review

Notch explains why there's no Minecraft on Steam

Other Gaming News From The Web
Gaming News