The Binding of Isaac might be a cult favourite on Steam, but so far the recently released expansion Afterbirth+ is most certainly not.
Released last week, Afterbirth+ is the latest expansion to the roguelike action classic The Binding of Isaac. Isaac has been one of the highest rated games on Steam for years, thanks to its challenging nature, replayability, mechanics, level design, and music.
And that’s one of the common themes cited in the thousands of negative reviews for Afterbirth+ so far. With a 52% rating from almost 3,100 reviews, users have panned the expansion for spoiling some of the original mechanics, uninspiring enemies, a lack of fresh assets and content, broken mod support, derivative bosses, unfair level design and a new character that is weaker than the original Isaac.
Critics also cited a post from creator Edmund McMillen said on the game’s official page that he “personally scraped the barrel when it comes to item design”.
A patch was issued late last week to correct some of the more severe glitches, although some noted the expansion is still causing the base game to crash to desktop.
Here’s what people are saying: