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  • Summary: Binary Domain puts players in the middle of a fast-paced and intense battle for humanity in robot-invaded 2080 Tokyo. Fighting through the derelict lower levels of the city, players control an international peace-keeping squad that soon starts to question their surroundings and the choicesBinary Domain puts players in the middle of a fast-paced and intense battle for humanity in robot-invaded 2080 Tokyo. Fighting through the derelict lower levels of the city, players control an international peace-keeping squad that soon starts to question their surroundings and the choices they are making. Are the robots becoming more human, or are humans becoming more like machines? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    90
    This is an amazing shooter with a great and enthralling story and good graphics. Though the voice controls are problematic at times, they are fun and a refreshing alternative to the average TPS. The only big issue is the mediocre multiplayer. The great mixture of the post-apocalyptic Tokio and the futuristic city above combined with the synthetic enemies guarantee an absorbing atmosphere. Great game!
  2. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    Binary Domain is a nice surprise. Shooting mechanics are really well-devised, with an astounding mecha design and boss fight. Unfortunately the light rpg squad aspect of the game doesn't work properly.
  3. May 6, 2012
    80
    It's a fun, frivolous sci-fi narrative with just enough strength of writing to provide some memorable moments of dialogue; satisfying combat and set-pieces; and a competent grasp of pacing. After some bad experiences with the genre, Binary Domain has convinced me that there's still some value in cover shooters.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    It convincingly apes the mechanics and behaviours of the best shooters on the market, but its augmentations feel noticeably forced and artificial.
  5. Mar 7, 2012
    75
    There's some deeper thought going on behind Binary Domain's cold, robot eyes and its themes and story take its action far beyond a generic shooter.
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    Right now, Binary Domain is an accomplished and enjoyable shooter that proves excellent combat can make up for shortcomings in other areas.
  7. Mar 23, 2012
    58
    Binary Domain is a decent third person cover shooter with great set piece fights and a few fun boss battles trapped inside a gimmicky command structure and a story that disintegrates near the end and turns what should have been a surprisingly good shooter into one that is tough to fully recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    I've played the Gears of War games to death, and love them, and so my first impression playing Binary Domain was that's it's a little vanilla.I've played the Gears of War games to death, and love them, and so my first impression playing Binary Domain was that's it's a little vanilla. It's doesn't have a strong atmosphere, and atmosphere is what primarily makes the Gears games so memorable after the shooting.

    But Binary Domain does have very strong characters who made me laugh, so I actually cared about them (when does that happen?!?!), and it has a great sci-fi story that is very well told. When I finished the game, I felt like I'd had a great emotional experience, not just played a dumb shooter, even though it's that too. But what's with the critics on this one? The best it got is like an 80. Seriously? I've played most of the major games this last console generation, across all three consoles, and Binary Domain definitely ranks in my top ten fun experiences. It's just a very, very good game.
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  2. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    Superb game!!!! I really love this game's great story, very nice graphics and brilliant gameplay.
    Sega once again proved they know how to make
    Superb game!!!! I really love this game's great story, very nice graphics and brilliant gameplay.
    Sega once again proved they know how to make the game with great gameplay. I enjoyed the game from the beginning to the end and will play it through again very soon, cause the game is worth it and I know I will have the same fun with it, maybe more. The graphics btw is really brilliant. Its crisp, detailed and even the virtual materials (carbon, steel...) looks like real. For me, its the biggest surprise in 2012. Hope people will find their way to this game, cause the game is really worth ones salt...
    Top notch game, top notch fun... its Binary Domain
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  3. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    Surprise Hit of the Year : I'm having an absolute blast playing this game! It is refreshing to see heart and soul in a video game again, pureSurprise Hit of the Year : I'm having an absolute blast playing this game! It is refreshing to see heart and soul in a video game again, pure Japanese glory. In short, blowing robots is fun and rewarding, shards and explosions abound. The game has a wonderful pace that keeps you in the action and enthrals with good story-telling. The multiplayer is not as flushed out as it could be, nonetheless, it is an enjoyable experienced that is added to the package.

    This game is the best robot shooter I have ever played to date. The soundtrack provides a fusion rock and electronic music that blends well with the slick environments, from calm to intense battles. You have a new fan, Thank You Toshihiro Nagoshi and Team! - A Californian
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  4. Mar 4, 2012
    9
    An excellent game, with only a few flaws that keep it from greatness. The cons include, slow melee controls, poor execution moves, andAn excellent game, with only a few flaws that keep it from greatness. The cons include, slow melee controls, poor execution moves, and glitchie wall leaping; however all these are masked inside an enjoyable story and excellent gun play. Robots are demolished piece by piece, bosses take up the entire screen and just enough gun variation to boost the customizable factor. I cant wait for the second installment and hope its just as good, if not better than the original Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    8
    Great story, unique and original in some ways, gameplay feels like a gow clone.
    Some nice memorable moments in the game for sure.
    Overall a
    Great story, unique and original in some ways, gameplay feels like a gow clone.
    Some nice memorable moments in the game for sure.
    Overall a great game, i give it 8.5/10.

    Sega should make a sequel
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  6. Mar 14, 2012
    8
    this game is great, ok so it's not a AAA title, the story's a bit weak and don't expect character interaction and development of mass effect,this game is great, ok so it's not a AAA title, the story's a bit weak and don't expect character interaction and development of mass effect, but its still a pleasurable game to play. everything works and does what its supposed to. only draw back is the voice commands are a little ropey and its probably better to just play using button commands rather than trying to shout words that just wont be recognised. Great game, great price and will keep you entertained, give it a shot! Expand
  7. May 7, 2012
    4
    Felt too much like a cheap console port. The voice options were fresh, but unfulfilled. I was left feeling empy inside when i finished thisFelt too much like a cheap console port. The voice options were fresh, but unfulfilled. I was left feeling empy inside when i finished this game. Usually i have a feeling of rejoice or discontent. Expand

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