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"shearing through robots in a Neo Tokyo setting makes for a nice change of pace within a genre typically populated by alien antagonists and Eastern European enemies" -IGN.com
THE MACHINE AGE HAS BEGUN
In this immersive and atmospheric squad-based shooter in which you need to regain control of a futuristic Tokyo from an emerging robotic threat.
Set in 2080, the story starts when Dan Marshall and his squad are sent to bring the robotic community under control as they begin to infiltrate society and slowly take over undetected, leaving humans redundant in their wake.
Thrilling encounters with highly intelligent robotic enemies require you to think tactically, make challenging, real-time moral decisions and build up trust with your team mates in order to guide your squad to safety and success.
A NEW TAKE ON FUTURISTIC TOKYO
Experience dual layered Tokyo with a run down and derelict lower city and a clean and affluent upper city.
THE CONSEQUENCE SYSTEM
Under the pressures of battle every action, every choice and every word affects everything.
Fully destructible and highly resilient robots adapt to the damage they sustain encouraging you to analyse each enemy, find their weaknesses and dispose of them in the most efficient way.
WEAPON MODIFICATION AND SKILL SELECTION
Alongside a full armoury of unique weapons, put emphasis on the skills that will benefit you.
Almost the definition of mediocre.Belgand | April 18, 2014 | See all Belgand's reviews »
It doesn't do anything that hasn't already been done better before.
Shallow, dull characterization and a plot that can't decide if it wants to be serious (and typically luddite "humanoid robots are immoral") or goofy all wrapped in some fairly generic third-person shooter gameplay that cribs thoroughly from other games.
It sure throws in just about everything too in the hopes that a decent game will emerge: you've got the dismemberment mechanic from Dead Space (but without the concept of alternate weak spots that made it interesting), a light RPG system of character customization, selectible companions (with a "loyalty" system that will influence some of the cut-scenes and the ending), some on-rails shooting sections, and most awkwardly of all a speech-recognition system (that never worked for me) for controlling the AI companions and answering occasional questions. Except while they were throwing all of this together they never thought about whether it improved the game or added anything. So it just feels very mashed together.
The levels are deeply linear and the settings aren't anything new or exceptional (slums, factories, sewers, offices, etc.).
The story sort of tries, but again, the mood whiplashes between goofy and overly serious and I found myself sympathizing far more with the "villains" than the dumb, meathead protagonist. The later plot twists range from obvious to ludicrous.
The shooting itself is... decent, but it's unexceptional. If you absolutely have to play a third-person shooter there's nothing technically wrong with it and it will provide about 15 hours of generic gameplay, but you can almost certainly do better.
Truly a surprise...albeit a positive one !EDGE1812 | March 22, 2014 | See all EDGE1812's reviews »
I bought the game here not expecting much from it but have to say this game totally sneaked up on me.The gameplay while being a little generic still is fairly enjoyable and satisfying while the boss fights feel grand in nature and deliver mass shots of adrenaline. The voice acting too is pretty decent which compliments its layered plot.Yeah, disabling mic is recommended as it isn't needed and can be done just fine through your controller/KB.
The game is way better than Inversion which came around its time (and which I bought on release instead of this which I now regret). Grab it asap is all i can say :)
Some Review after playing the gameHi6Na3 | Feb. 18, 2014 | See all Hi6Na3's reviews »
Well the game play is overall fine though the it's better not using your microphone as your mates always responds to almost every single thing from your grunts to other background noises that will give them commands that can cause you to be a burden to them and/or fail the mission
The Multiplayer... well I'm unable to get a game, I was actually looking forward to this. I can't say anything else because the developers behind this are epic bunch of people. Now here's wishing that I could play some multiplayer!
Binary Domain reviewalratar | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all alratar's reviews »
Well I got to say that this game surprised me! I really, really enjoyed it. The game is an cover-based, linear, sci-fi third person shooter. It have a very nice graphic and music and an interesting story. I don't spoil the story in any way, so don't worry I'll let you enjoy it when you play it. The characters are stereotypical but they seem to be alive. So all in all a good game that I recommend to everyone who loves sci-fi or TPS.
Now I have to touch on one thing that annoyed me a little bit. It is just a port. It is not unplayable but this is the worst port what I have ever seen. Besides that it i's a good action game with a very good story!
Fun game with issuesMandemon | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all Mandemon's reviews »
Binary Domain is one of these games that, while not bad, isn't quite there in "good" category. Yet, the gameplay is fun and it's hard to say exactly where it is so bad.
Biggest selling points of the game are trust system and voice commands. Trust system, while good idea, is however not fully realized. Depending on how much your squad trusts you, certain points in the story play out differently. However, yet comes down to agreeing with your team mates and being a very good at killing enemies. It does not really offer chance to roleplay.
Other is the voice command system. Personally, I never really used it, since more often than not it picked a wrong command from it and squad members seemed to be capable of handling their own.
Now, enemy variety is good and since all your enemies are robots, it offers nice tactical angle. Merely shooting out the legs of a robot does not mean it's out of combat, quite opposite, it will keep crawling towards you Terminator style. Blast of the robots hand? It will switch to other one. Destroyed it's head? It's now blindly attacking it's allies.
Squad AI, while not terrible, leaves something to wish for. Allies will run in front of you and then complain that you are shooting at them.
Visually, game is stunning. Game offers wide variety of environments to fight in and they look beautiful. However, voice acting is not quite there and is downright bad in some places.
Single player is relatively short, offering mere 9 hours of gameplay on medium difficult. However, in that 9 hours, you won't get bored. Environments, combat and action keeps changing. It is quite enjoyable.
Game offers some replayability with it's trust system and how it changes things here and there, but the basic story will remain the same. There are collectables you can collect, but I never really went out for them. They do offer some interesting bits of lore of the game, however.
Control wise, it's OK. I played with XBOX 360 controller, which felt OK but sluggish occasionally.
Ultimately, the game is fun shooter, but one should not go into it expecting too much. It's something different from all the other shooters and will entertain you for at least one playthrough, but can't guarantee more than one.