The Binding Of Isaac Rebirth  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | The Binding Of Isaac Rebirth  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Non-MOBA Games for MOBA Players to Unwind With Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

MOBAs are among the most competitive environments offered to gamers. It’s almost inevitable that if you start taking them seriously, you’ll end up becoming significantly more competitive to suit. That kind of intense competition can seriously take its toll, and this is why it’s not uncommon to see people raging or otherwise just getting completely fed up.

While it’s natural to get frustrated, it’s often best to step back from the game and take a break. A bit of time spent relaxing and getting back into a more positive mindset can go a long way in helping you climb through the ranks.

To that end, I’ve provided a short list of games MOBA players might enjoy for such a purpose. These games are chosen largely because they’re all on PC, they need some skill and awareness to excel at, but they can be as relaxed or as competitive as you choose to make it. I’ve also tried to keep them reasonably cost efficient -- after all, most MOBAs are so free.


For a period of time, osu! was the go to game during extended queues for a number of notable League of Legends streamers. It gained quite a bit of popularity for itself and other rhythm games, though few others on the PC really took advantage of it and the surge of attention eventually died down. osu! remains, however, and is really quite good.

Taking the gameplay of the Nintendo DS Ouendan games (or Elite Beat Agents), osu! is a rhythm game that sees you tapping or dragging buttons in time with the song’s beat. It can be as simple or as intense as you want it to be, with a slew of modifiers to apply for customised gameplay, not to mention some ridiculous difficulty settings for the truly dedicated.

Coming equipped with an editor, the game has a truly massive library of songs built and amassed by players over the years, so there’s likely to be something here to interest you. osu! is also fantastic for practicing mouse movements and coordination -- certain to give you an edge when you return to your favourite MOBA. You can download osu! on the official website.

Genre Alternatives: Stepmania, Audiosurf 2

Path of Exile

Famous for its Skill Tree of Doom, Path of Exile is a Free to Play Action RPG with a ridiculous amount of potential for customisation. Starting from basic archetypes such as indestructible tanks or mages raining fire on foes and going all the way to rangers throwing spectral greatswords or rapidly teleporting ninjas, Path of Exile has so many different ways to play the game.

While it ultimately boils down to lots of clicking as you kill and loot your way across the game world, Path of Exile is great for picking up, picking a crazy build, and seeing what you can do. There’s a huge amount of content in the game as well, and even replaying the same areas on higher difficulties can be quite the experience.

The game is regularly updated with new temporary Leagues providing unique spins on the game, as well as constant new features and cosmetic items. If you haven’t dabbled in Path of Exile yet, it’s well worth taking a look at. You can find it on Steam.

Genre Alternatives: Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, Grim Dawn

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

There’s little I can say about this game that hasn’t already been said. Sporting overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam years into its release, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a delightfully twisted game that sees you roaming through randomly generated dungeons and fighting all sorts of grotesque and misshapen foes.

A staggering amount of powerups and items are available for you to find throughout the dungeons, many of which create interesting or strange combinations of effects that can completely change how you play. There’s a huge array of unlockables, playable characters, and hidden content to delve into and find. But most importantly, regardless of what items you get, getting there (or losing in the attempt) is entirely up to the player’s skill.

Whether it’s for a single quick run through the game or a marathon session with multiple playthroughs, The Binding of Isaac is a fantastic game that’s great to wind down with. Might not be for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, though… fair warning!

Genre Alternatives: Enter the Gungeon, Risk of Rain

Rocket League

Remote controlled cars playing soccer. Need I say more?

A surprisingly simple concept that has since taken the world by storm, Rocket League takes The World’s Game and shrinks it down to a handful of cars pitted against each other for control of an oversized ball. Featuring extremely tight controls that are quick to learn but very deep and involved to master, Rocket League can be as simple as you want it to be or end up becoming just as consuming and focused an activity as any MOBA.

There’s an array of customisation options for giving your chosen car its own stylish flair. There are a number of different maps and play modes from the serious 2v2 or 3v3 ranked games to the more ridiculous Rumble Mode. Rocket League is fast, it’s fun, and there’s nothing else quite like it. Well worth giving a shot.

Genre Alternatives: ...I don’t know, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 maybe? There really aren’t any. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars being the spiritual predecessor to Rocket League.

Team Fortress 2

Admittedly, jumping from MOBAs to an FPS is not always the best way to relax. Both genres can get quite heated and competitive, after all, and it can be quite frustrating or demoralising to go into this thinking you’ll be able to take it easy only to get sniped from across the map repeatedly.

But that’s why I’ve selected Team Fortress 2, because while it may be an FPS, the players have since made it into a virtual playground with plenty of less serious options. Exploring through the servers and maps, you might find all sorts of crazy new ways to play. From matches of dodgeball, to hide-and-seek prop hunt games, to fighting against one super-powered player, the possibilities are endless.

If none of that takes your fancy, there’s always just playing the core game itself. It’s a bit different now from how it launched, but there’s still a really good game at the heart of Team Fortress 2. With a staggering amount of weapons and options across all nine classes and huge amounts of maps, there’s never really a bad time to just kick back, relax, and grind some new hats.

Genre Alternatives: Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

This is just a small sampling of good games that MOBA players might like to try when not playing MOBAs. Still, at the end of the day, just about any other kind of video game will suffice for the purpose. Perhaps you want to go roam around and slay dragons in Skyrim, or go exploring in World of Warcraft, or even just kick back and enjoy a visual novel. The world is your oyster.

It’s always worth remembering that we come to video games to be entertained and have fun. Amidst the eternal grind of competitive games and less than savoury insults being hurled back and forth, it can sometimes be hard to remember that. But it is something to always remember. If you’re not enjoying yourself, step back and give it a bit. The game will still be there when you’re ready, and you’ll be much more refreshed and able to give it your all.

What other kinds of games do you enjoy in between your MOBA sessions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

(Header image courtesy of TeeTurtle)

Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth gets even more crazy with Greed mode reveal Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:07:28 -0400 Destini Islands

Afterbirth, the name of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC expansion pack is set to release sometime this year. It will add over 100 new items, new endings and items, characters and enemies, and most impressively, over 100 additional hours of gameplay.

While the developer's blog has been slowly updating to give insight into the expansion, the biggest reveal so far has been about the mysterious new game mode: Greed mode!

Greed mode features:
  • Randomly generated mobs
  • Few to no lucky drops (only pennies)
  • Press stop button / timer feature
  • Lose a heart each time you stop the waves from spawning
  • Store is where you buy pickups and treasure keys

Current Greed mode layout (subject to change)
Cursed room
Devil/Angel room
Double wide store
Main room: A double height room with a button in the center
Two treasure rooms
Exit room

How to Play

According to the developer,

"The game starts with the store, one treasure room, and [the] cursed room unlocked. Once the button is pressed, all doors become barred, the first mob spawns into the room, and a timer appears under the button. The button turns red and grows small spikes around it and becomes the 'stop button'

Once the time runs out or the mob is killed, the next mob spawns in and this continues till you have cleared x waves, you press the stop button, or you die."

Expected questions like "How do we open devil rooms?" and "Where does his mode end?" will most likely be answered next week. Since "Boss Rush" was added as a result of popular request, there's no guessing what other excellent news may come fans way.

Nintendo's version of Isaac: Rebirth isn't doing well on 3DS Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:44:45 -0400 Aaliyah Bandy

A lot of people were extremely excited to see The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth making its way to the New Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, it hasn't been doing so well.

People who have purchased the game reported that it crashes constantly.

Luckily, Tyrone Rodriguez, who is the producer of the game, said on Twitter that a patch is being tested for approval and should be available soon.

Hopefully, Nintendo of America will approve so everyone can play without worry that their game will crash and they will lose progress.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an action game about a little boy who flees from his mother after she tries to kill him to prove her faith to God. Isaac escapes into the basement, facing many evils ahead of him in this remake of the original game, The Binding of Isaac. The game recently came onto the New Nintendo 3DS with a few modifications, since the game is focused around the bible.

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Expansion Revealed Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:57 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is getting an expansion next year, and fans can help create 10 items which will feature in the expansion.

On the Binding of Isaac website in a post Edmund McMillen says:

once the holidays end, the nicalis gang will be jumping back into the abyss and digging into the very large design doc i have ready for em. i have big plans for this expansion, i hope to add a very huge chunk of gameplay in the form of a new game mode that will almost double the amount of things you can do, im very proud of this new design.

So Isaac fans will have to once again 100% the game, for the third time.

As for the fan created items go, Edmund has laid out some rules, these are pretty basic but will help in getting exactly what Edmund wants.

  1. He only wants item effects, no names or how the items will look. Think an item which affects your tears, or an item which can reroll something in the store. 
  2. No redundant items, which would be something to the effect of an item which is better than this other item, or something which will reroll all items in the current room.
  3. Nothing too complex. Something like an item which will teleport you to the closest boss, gives you one extra heart, makes the boss faster, spawns a random high level item, and will give you a revive is a bit too complex.

Some examples of items already in Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

Reddit will be where you can post your own ideas, and be sure to upvote any ideas which you think are the best. Edmund also wants the community to downvote any items which are bad, or do not meet the guidelines. The 10 items Edmund deems to be the best will be implemented into the game as unique community items.

The expansion will not only include a whole new mode and the community items, but a host of new enemies, new bosses, new areas, new endings and a new playable character.

Make sure you put foward your ideas for the best item on the Reddit page, and be sure to read the rules. Expect new information on the Binding of Isaac: Rebirth expansion on the website on "(almost every) monday."

Gamer Gift Guide: Indie Games on Steam Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:50:50 -0500 Pierre Fouquet


Interstellar Marines


Interstellar Marines will set you back $18.99, €16.99, £13.99.


Interstellar Marines is a tactical FPS, it will have a full story campaign down the line, as it's in Early Access. But the content is has is well worth the price of admission. The developers, Zero Point Software, love to call this a AAA Indie game. This means it has good graphics and is built to a high quality, and this is reflected in the game. There is a recent addition in the form of a co-op mode, which is fantastic. The goal of the game is to offer a fully story driven tactical FPS experience, with co-op and competitive online play. The game first started as competitive only, so that the server systems and netcode could be built to a high standard and have low ping no matter where you are. And this is exactly what the game delivers. Once again for all Early Access games, please read the Steam page before purchasing.


Super Meat Boy


Super Meat Boy will set you back $14.99, €13.99, £10.99.


Super Meat Boy is a game where you play as a piece of meat. Yes you read that correctly. The game is inspired by Mario, apparently. Well in the way that it's a platformer which you have to dodge traps. One of the games best features is the ability to see all of the times you failed in a when you finish a level. Be warned it is VERY hard!


Next Car Game: Wreckfest


Next Car Game: Wreckfest will set you back $29.99, €23.99, £19.99.


Next Car Game: Wreckfest is a game all about aggressive driving. This means crashing into other cars to give yourself the advantage. In Wreckfest there are no rules, only the ones you set yourself. With an amazing damage system, where every scrape to massive pileup is reflected on your car. And really good handling mechanics which free real enough but are still very forgiving. Wreckfest is a developed by the guys behind the FlatOut series, Bugbear Entertainment and their skill is onces again shown in this game. This is in Early Access also, meaning the game, as good as it is now, will only get better. Like with all other Early Access games, check the Steam page first.




Starbound will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £11.99.


Starbound is similar to Terraria however with some fundamental differences it's sci-fi for one. It also supports drop in and drop out co-op, making playing with friends a breeze. Also there are multiple planets for you to explore, as well as your own home planet and own Starship. Both your home planet Spacecraft can be decorated and customised. Starbound is a great game in the same way Terraria is but it just keeps getting better due to it being in Early Access, so again see the Steam page for details.




Terraria will set you back $9.99, €9.99, £6.99.


Terraria is a 2D side scrolling building, exploration, digging and combat game. Run through the game mining, fighting and building. You might want to go to the deepest darkest parts of the world to find some special items, or you may want to simply build a massive house, or a small town. Be creative or destructive, the choice is yours.


Kerbal Space Program


Kerbal Space Program will set you back $29.99, €29.99, £22.99.


Kerbal Space Program is a space simulation game where you fly characters called Kerbins off an Earth like planet called Kerbin. But that is not all, start your own space company. Launch your own space ships, which you have designed yourself. I say launch, it will be crash or explode, to start with. You can also set up your own orbits, collect science points, and use them to research new and amazing toys to explode your space ships with. This game is in Early Access which means it is not fully out, and is undergoing constant improvements, see the steam page for details.


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £10.99.


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth lets you die a lot. You play as Isaac who has escaped death by the hands of his mother, she wants to kill her son as God has demanded a sacrifice. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has Rogue-like elements, which means death is permanent. The levels are randomly generated. You fight deranged enemies, Isaac's fears, family members and finally Isaac's own mother. The art style and the content of the game contradict each other, due to the art style being very cartoonish but there being a lot of gore. It has a lot of very dark humor, but it's all done tastefully.




Transistor will set you back $19.99, €18.99, £14.99.


Transistor is a sci-fi action game, with light RPG elements. It is by the same guys who brought you Bastion (which is also on this list). And the similarities to Bastion it has are in the narrator. Transistor however has a combat system which merges real time, and turn based.


You play as Red, a singer who has lost her voice. You stumble across a magical talking sword, called the Transistor. Finding previous owners of the sword grants you the ability to use different Functions, which can be chained in combat to change how each Functions reacts.




Bastion will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £10.99.


Bastion is an action RPG. Well it has light RPG elements. You play as a character who is only ever called The Boy. You fight your way through a world which has just suffered a catastrophic event called the Calamity, you must also find the secrets of the Calamity. Bastion also features a one of a kind narrator. He will narrate every action you take, reacting to what you do. And just look at the art style, gorgeous right?


The Fall


The Fall will set you back $9.99, €9.99, £6.99.


The Fall is set in a mysterious environment. You start off in a cave, and find your way to a facility for the testing and destruction of faulty droids made by a company called Domesticon. The game is a side scroller with point-and-click style puzzles. You take control of an AI called ARID. ARIDs job is to save the occupant of the suit who is mortally wounded. Read my full review here.




Limbo will set you back $9.99, €9.99 or £6.99.


Limbo is an atmospheric side scrolling puzzle game. You play as a boy who enters Limbo to find his sister. Battle spiders using your wits, dodge traps and solve puzzles. The game is simple, yet the atmosphere really pulls you in. Run and jump your way to answers, or will you just have more questions?


So it's the time of the year again where everyone wants to buy, for others of course. This 'other' is a gamer, and this gamer wants games, naturally. However you already know that they don't like the AAA, or they only like a select few AAA games. So what do you get them?


Go no further for indie games are here!


Indie games are all special, but which of them is the best? If this gamer plays on Windows, Mac or Linux there is something for everyone in Indie, especially on Steam.