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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.
Competent, FrustratingUndeadRufus | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all UndeadRufus's reviews »
Binary Domain is a functional third-person shooter. Graphics and sound are terrific, and the sci-fi concept of a goon squad enforcing international robot law has some potential. As cover-based combat goes, the game fares quite well, with explosive gunplay and huge boss fights.
Voice-acting is lackluster throughout and just downright bad in places. I've heard worse, however, and it can be overlooked if you're sufficiently engaged by the more shooting-focused elements.
Sadly, things go off the rails early when the game's "trust" system is introduced. This is in effect the Binary Domain nod to role-playing games, wherein your squad-mates will gain or lose trust based on how you approach certain situations. The problem here is that the title of the game is very applicable -- it's one or the other, with little to no middle ground. Keeping your companions loyal boils down to just figuring out their personalities (or reading on a wiki), and then making sure you say what they want to hear. Much of the all-important banter is utterly childish. Through it all, you as the player aren't allowed to have a personality, because you have to constantly change based on who is in your squad. The characters are poorly-written, and their trust mechanics are far too shallow to add anything worthwhile to the game.
Additionally, the combat AI is atrocious. Squad members will wander in front of your firing weapon without a second thought. Oh, and if you hit them when they do stupid AI things, this also causes them to lose trust.
Take out the trust system, and you have a nice cover-based shooter in an interesting sci-fi universe. With the trust system, it's possible to still enjoy the combat and story, but everything soon reduces to a frustrating slog. Since the trust rating of each companion is fundamental and affects the endgame quite substantially, the system wastes little time in becoming an annoyance that, for me, offsets any good the game delivers elsewhere.
Solid & Serviceable ShooterDPbrad | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all DPbrad's reviews »
A fantastic under-the-radar shooter that is undoubtedly one of my favourites of this generation. How the robot enemies react and respond to taking hits and being under fire keeps the entire gameplay feeling fresh, exciting and fluid. The satisfying 'ping' of chunks of metal flying off of robots, and the brilliant mechanic of where headshoting robots causes them to frenzy against their own kind makes battles enjoyable and fun.
The voice-command system is a little clunky and I could never quite get it to work consistently, although it can be ignored (and I would recommend it).
The story is serviceable and actually quite interesting, and I wanted to continue just to see exactly what the outcome of the entire plot was. It contained a few twists here and there which were well paced and written.
The boss fights were almost all fantastic, with a notable mention of the Tsar Runner which is one of the best boss fights (If a little crazy) I have ever done.
All in all, a great shooter with an interesting story and some cool boss set-pieces.
Good Third Person Shooter with Good StoryADUAN | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all ADUAN's reviews »
As a shooter, Binary Domain is probably a serviceable one. I had fun playing through it, and the enemies and bosses that I fought were all a fun challenge to take down. The voice command system was a unique mechanic, although I rarely used it as the AI was quite competent in taking down the enemies by themselves. The trust mechanic was also a nicely implement gameplay mechanic in my opinion.
The story of Binary Domain, which involves a multinational spec-ops team going into Japan to arrest a man who is suspected in making human-like robots was at first glance, seem to be a generic story, although the plot twists that is revealed makes the story actually more complex than it looks.
If you want a good shooter with an engaging storyline, then you should get this one.
Game of the Year, Every YearCoillyZ | Sept. 23, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »
This game was amazing. It was the perfect mix of Mass Effect, Gears of War, and Terminator. The gameplay is tight, the boss battles are epic, the soundtrack is inspiring; everything fits perfectly. The voice acting is believable, with a story to support it. All of the characters are lovable and the story blurs the line between man and machine. Pick this up now.
One of the best stories i have ever experienced!Roydo | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all Roydo's reviews »
This game, first off, is super underrated and i dont know why. This game may not be my most favorite game but it is indeed a game to remember! lets make it simple with a list of pros and cons
Pros: Story Characters Graphics Weapons ENDING! my God I kid you not you will never expect it! Boss fights
Cons: Gameplay Controls Voice/mic Control Voice acting Multiplayer AI
With all these in mind, i dont care for the controls because i love me a great story! the controls are a problem but u get used to them and sometimes the AI are derpy. The thing i hated the most was voice commands i found myself yelling Yes! and it choosing no lol [and there are a lot of voice command moments]. and i would say my most favorite parts are the bosses they are fantastic! some rage worthy but great and the story is hands down original! or at least hardly used plot Great Game IT NEEDS A SEQUEL! i hope it gets the popularity it deserves