Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic 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. Apr 5, 2012
    85
    A jolt of energy that the shooter genre has needed for some time now. The varied and beautiful environments are a slap in the face to brown, repetitive corridors, and the control of both shooting and moving gives stop-and-pop a run for its money.
  3. Mar 9, 2012
    85
    If you enjoy action games with quirk and charm, I can't recommend Binary Domain enough. It has all the hallmarks of an unpolished gem - except it's actually polished.
  4. Mar 4, 2012
    85
    A very good shooter, with enjoyable gameplay, well defined characters and a thought-provoking story. The problematic voice controls and a shoddy multiplayer are our only complaints.
  5. Mar 1, 2012
    81
    Players should not come in expecting a balanced single player and multiplayer like the competition may offer, but instead be pleased by the solid campaign that is different from any other shooter.
  6. 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.
  7. 80
    While its ambitious ideas fall by the wayside, the core act of shooting robots is done better than we dared to hope. [Issue#83, p.87]
  8. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    There is a very enjoyable action game here, wrapped in a well plotted storyline populated with likeable characters and powered by a simple-yet-genius system to make you actually care about who you fight alongside, managing what other shooters struggle to accomplish after entire trilogies.
  9. Mar 10, 2012
    80
    Binary Domain introduce new and interesting features to third person shooter world, although voice commands and team management would have deserved more attention under development. Fortunately Binary Domain has some really good game mechanics and a very exciting story.
  10. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    Binary Domain is Japan's answer to Gears of War, with exciting, energetic third-person shooting. The multiplayer is lackluster, and the optionally voiced squad tactics are largely inconsequential, but the campaign's sharp shooting and smart story make for a vision splendid romp through Japan's future.
  11. 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.
  12. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    Maybe this won't be remembered as the best TPS of all time, but it's a pretty damn entertaining, intense and solid Japanese Gears clone.
  13. Mar 2, 2012
    80
    Like other recent SEGA titles, such as Vanquish, Binary Domain isn't one that instantly jumps out, it is however one that will grow on you over time and one that becomes very hard to leave alone until finished. It has some faults granted, but the overall package outweighs any negatives easily.
  14. 80
    This is very much a single-player pick, and the game Terminator wishes it could be.
  15. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    A game a few degrees short of greatness, an intense and hectic romp that needs that final level of polish to compete with the very best.
  16. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    These clashes between East and West cause more than enough sparks to make Binary Domain one of the most interesting culture shocks in a long time. It's redolent of the late Dreamcast/early PS2 era, when games were edgier and more interesting, before they were focus-tested into oblivion.
  17. Feb 28, 2012
    79
    Binary Domain is a solid shooter. Looks nice, features an action packed campaign and offers an interesting history.
  18. Apr 17, 2012
    78
    A Japanese adaptation of the Gears of War franchise with voice commands. Besides the mechanical novelty, which would have been better executed with buttons, the game is just another regular shooter with some interesting boss fights. [Apr 2012]
  19. Feb 28, 2012
    78
    Unimpressive visuals and bland characters hamper an otherwise thrilling and surprisingly thoughtful shooter. It's a shame that the whole teamwork system lacks subtleties.
  20. 75
    Overall, Binary Domain is worth picking up if you've exhausted yourself on Gears of War 3 and found Mass Effect 3 was too much of an RPG for your liking. It's almost like Gears of War was torn down, and remade by Capcom. It goes from being made by fist-bumping American frat boys to whacky Japanese anime fans.
  21. Mar 13, 2012
    75
    Binary Domain is a good alternative for those who are looking for a new, original shooter other than Gears of War or Call of Duty. It's a pity that the satisfying, high quality gameplay was not backed by a better plot. The game's story has a good starting point but does not live up to its full potential. [April 2012, p.72]
  22. 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.
  23. Mar 5, 2012
    75
    The intriguing world of Binary Domain rises above its conventional appearance, thanks to the satisfaction of shooting robots to pieces.
  24. Mar 2, 2012
    75
    A Japanese action game that takes elements from Western games to achieve a very interesting blend that action gamers will appreaciate. It is not the best action game out there, but it is different and deserves an opportunity.
  25. Feb 29, 2012
    75
    I enjoyed my time with the game, and I can see it grabbing a rabid cult audience. I'd recommend it to anyone who can relax their expectations a bit, particularly when it comes to the voice recognition. The more you're able to focus on where it succeeds and look past its obvious failings, the better.
  26. Feb 27, 2012
    75
    Binary Domain may not be a trailblazer, but it's a damn good follower. Perhaps the best attempt at "Western" shooter gameplay from a Japanese studio, this robot-carving romp keeps up an exhilarating level of fast-paced combat from beginning to end.
  27. 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.
  28. Apr 3, 2012
    70
    A fun, Japanese Studio's take on Mass Effect, but gameplay feels limp due to few fresh ideas. [May 2012, p.76]
  29. Apr 3, 2012
    70
    Initially, Binary Domain doesn't look like much. But it grows with the experience, delivering a great story and top notch action.
  30. Mar 24, 2012
    70
    It's ironic that a game about robots wanting to be human has so much heart, but is failed by technology that simply won't reach as far as its developer would like. [Issue#120, p.112]
  31. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    Binary Domain has a respectable mechanical foundation and a feel that allows it to mingle with the mammoths of third-person shooting. However, it does not manage to surpass any of them. The campaign offers a engaging ride through Neo-Tokyo, but the multiplayer is so uninteresting that the product as a whole would not suffer if it was removed.
  32. 70
    Right now, Binary Domain is an accomplished and enjoyable shooter that proves excellent combat can make up for shortcomings in other areas.
  33. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Some of its ideas work and others don't, but Binary Domain can really offer some solid third-person shooting hours.
  34. Mar 3, 2012
    70
    Binary Domain is definitely a very solid third-person shooter, and while it falls short in some areas, there's enough variety in the meat of the game to make it worth a playthrough.
  35. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    Binary Domain is like a Frankenstein of ideas and concepts that work well, but it ends up not being better than many other games.
  36. Feb 24, 2012
    70
    This aimed for Vanquish and missed – but in doing so it at least made a decent Terminator game that's better than any actual licensed Terminator game.
  37. Mar 8, 2012
    68
    The gameplay is sound at its core, but suspect AI, plodding boss fights, and a heavy-handed plot all stand out as flaws that should have been eliminated before mass production. As is, this interesting prototype could be worth examining--just don't expect it to attain peak performance.
  38. 68
    It's definitely a mediocre game. It plays it safe in every way possible. It's only feature of note is its voice recognition system, but everything else feels like it came straight out of a How to Make a Cover-Based Shooter for Dummies book or something. It's not bad; it's just generic. It's a "me too" game that tries to sell you on ideas that could be awesome but aren't fleshed out all that well.
  39. May 19, 2012
    65
    Binary Domain wants to be more than a generic shooter, but unfortunately drops the ball with the unique gameplay elements. What remains is an entertaining, reasonably interesting and good looking shooter that could've scored better with an extra layer of technical polish.
  40. 65
    Though sometimes repetitive, combat is tense, frantic, and structured in such a way that a big new boss or new challenge is always around the corner.
  41. Mar 2, 2012
    60
    Binary Domain ultimately feels as if it's pandering to schizophrenic expectations. It aims for the stars, incorporating a jack of all trades mentality, but in a market crowded with third-person shooters, this lacks the quality to stand out. In the end, it's more I, Robot than Blade Runner - an enjoyable romp, but far from a classic.
  42. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    When the curtain drops on Binary Domain, you're left with the sense that, while accomplished, this game is largely a rote exercise in genre. It adequately, but not outstandingly, mimics the nuts and bolts of the western cover shooter, while bringing little new of worth to the table.
  43. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    9
    binary domain is an all round good game its not bring anything new but wot it does, it does well, is got a great story an action to keep you playing,for me this game play a lot better than syndicate ,i got both game on the same day and out of the 2 binary was the most enjoyed Full Review »
  2. 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, 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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  3. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    At first Binary Domain appears as a standard third-person-shooter. The fact that this game takes all the good things from other great third-person-shooters and combines it makes this game an awesome action game for every fan of the genre. The graphics mostly look great: The aimations of the characters,. the motion blur and especially the destruction of the enemy robots never gets boring couse it just looks too cool. The scenario seem to look quite boring, but it's fitting right into the setting of an incredibly modern society. And last but not least: the story is the best I remember of a shooter for a long time. Well written with interesting and funny characters, told with long and great cutscenes.
    The gameplay itself never gets old: Giant Bossfights, tactical & action-packed gameplay... and the possibility to actually talk to your squadmembers and also to answer if they're asking you for tactical options and totally random stuff, too.
    Binary Domain doesn't make many things new but almost everything perfect!
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