Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tempest Plays The Binding of Isaac: Holy S#@%!


No pun intended on the title.

I just finished The Walking Dead Season One and its DLC 400 Days over the weekend, so I figured it was time to start on another new game. Well, another indie title, that is (even though I'm not quite sure if Telltale falls into the indie category). I've been playing various indie games around the "big titles" that I'm playing right now because I've managed to snag so many.

Usually, indie games are much shorter than the bigger titles I'm playing, or at least, that has mostly been my experience with them. The only indie game that I've played that took up a pretty good chunk of my time was Bastion. I'm not saying there aren't more out there that are lengthy. I'm just saying that I haven't encountered them, and I'm not opposed to encountering them. This method has been working out pretty well since I want to get my "to-be-played" stack under control.

I've sort of been going in alphabetical order through my PC "to-be-played" pile with priority being given to games that I really want to play right now. After completing Anna, The Binding of Isaac was up next. I'd actually been on the fence about this game for a long time until the Steam sale. I'd finally decided that I didn't need it when it went on sale. I'm weak against a Steam sale, so I snatched it up.

First, this game is a bit difficult, especially when paired with my lack of coordination where the controls are concerned. When I first died, I had no clue that I was starting from the beginning. I thought I was starting from the same level. You're not going to even believe how much I freaked out when I realized that wasn't the case. You die and start all the way from the beginning of the basement. However, it's not demoralizing enough to just start you all the way from the beginning. Oh no, they have to change the level on you every time you die. You can't "learn" a level because it's never the same if you die, even the boss can change.

It was that moment when I said: "F*** DYING!" and proceeded to die nine thousand more times after trying to be a bit more careful and strategic with my attacks. I had so many near wins, but near wins just aren't good enough, sadly. Why am I still playing if it's so difficult? I'm enjoying the challenge. Yeah, I've had some near rage quit moments, but nothing would be right in the world if I didn't rage at least once during any given game.

Besides, I like the fact that it keeps you on your toes, even if I do want to flip my computer at times because of it. I also started playing with my controller thanks to Joytokey, which has made the experience much, much better. I managed to get pretty far before calling it a night yesterday, I think, but there's still so much I need to do. I've only earned 13 out of the 80+ achievements the game has. I can see myself racking up some serious hours in this game.


This blog is a mishmash of thoughts, pictures, and rantings among other things about games I've played, games I will play, and games I am currently playing. From time to time, I may post book reviews that I've written that are about different games and/or game worlds. Feel free to recommend games or add me on the platforms I've listed. I don't do competitive multiplayer much anymore, but I'm always down for some co-op these days. I'm usually DigitalTempest everywhere unless otherwise specified.



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2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Tiara has read 6 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Tiara's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Elfstones Of Shannara
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Gardens of the Moon
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Tiara's bookshelf: read

really liked it
Review to come.
tagged: 2016-star-wars-reading-challenge and 2016-audiobook-challenge
The Girl from the Well
liked it
More reviews @ The Bibliosanctum TL;DR Review 2.5 to 3 stars. Not badly written… I’m just disappointed by the squandered potential. I’m going to reread Anna Dressed in Blood to make myself feel better about this Longer Review: T...
tagged: 2016-women-of-genre-fiction-reading, horror, and young-adult
Thirteen Reasons Why
I don't think this quite captures the complexity of bullying and suicide, and some of the issues that Hannah started facing toward the end of the novel really seemed to detract even more from the feelings she was going through by having ...
tagged: young-adult, popsugar-2016-reading-challenge, 2016-audiobook-challe...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
liked it
Spoiler free review to come.
tagged: 2016-star-wars-reading-challenge
The Phantom of the Opera
really liked it
tagged: classic-horror, classics, audiobook, 2016-audiobook-challenge, horr...

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