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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 18, 2012
    80
    If you can get over the weak beginning the game will catch you – Binary Domain is a breathtaking shooter set in a Hollywood style. A must-have for all fans of "robots-went-angry" situation. [June 2012]
  2. May 2, 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. PC Master (Greece)
    May 28, 2012
    78
    An interesting and honest action/shooter, it should have worked more on the features that strive to set it apart from other games of the genre. But even in its current version, Binary Domain is fun and worth investing time into, especially if you are a fan of sci-fi and frenzied shooters. [June 2012]
  4. May 7, 2012
    73
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. May 2, 2012
    72
    Whenever the authors finally get the chance to tell their story it evolves further than "Gears of Blade Runner". Nonetheless Binary Domain gets stuck in the middle between the eastern excellence of bossfights and the western school of modern shooter action. Unfortunately the PC version suffers from sluggish and not fully customizable controls.
  6. Jul 3, 2012
    70
    Less Hot Shots and more Hot Fuzz. [July 2012, p.66]
  7. May 4, 2012
    40
    Binary Domain looks and plays the third-person, cover-based shooter part, but it's really just a soulless imitation. And I'd love nothing more than to bash its robot brains in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 84
  2. Negative: 14 out of 84
  1. Jun 17, 2012
    10
    I'm not sure if I played the same game everyone else has.This game is totally one of the best Third Person Shooters I have ever played.AwesomeI'm not sure if I played the same game everyone else has.This game is totally one of the best Third Person Shooters I have ever played.Awesome graphics,great music,engaging and interesting story and solid gameplay.What else can I expect?

    Of course there were some flaws in the PC port,but those can be fixed as easily as running the configuration tool and doing small options tweaks,like showing keyboard buttons for example,something people have complained about.They patched the game for those options to be default now anyways,so there's no problem anymore.

    Seriously,this is a must-play for anyone with a slight interest in shooters and/or cyberpunk-themed stuff.
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  2. May 28, 2018
    10
    Great graphics, history and gameplay, huge final bosses, top 5 third person shooter on PC.
  3. Sep 26, 2014
    9
    For some reason I really love this game. The dialog is terrible, the love story is cheesy, the voice recognition butchers every command IFor some reason I really love this game. The dialog is terrible, the love story is cheesy, the voice recognition butchers every command I give, but there's something downright charming about Binary Domain.

    I played the demo with a keyboard and mouse and hated it (it's a terrible console port), but later after I bought a 360 controller I found the game and sale and gave it a second shot. The first thing that will strike you is the destruction physics of the robot--there's nothing like it in any other game I've played. There is an incredibly visceral feel to every shot you take that either dismembers, decapitates or otherwise cripples a robot. Every weapon feels really good and every baddie feels really good shooting. Boss fights are particularly satisfying as they often evolve and change tactics as you decimate them piece by piece.

    Second, the near-future setting and story taking place in a closed-border Japan is really really cool. The environments give an epic feeling making you feel like as small as a fly. And the story, although not terribly deep, keeps things moving at a nice pace alongside the constant action. As mentioned previously, the dialog is really, really, cheesy; but somehow it works. I don't know whether it was done on purpose but you feel like you're in a B-rated sci-fi film except that it's actually quite entertaining. Finally, the game is the perfect length for me--it's always better to want to stay in the game's universe a bit longer than getting bored and having too much. Binary Domain does the former. Overall, A fun sci-fi action-romp that surprisingly became one of my favorite underrated games.
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  4. Jan 27, 2017
    8
    Ever wondered what would happen if the Yakuza team tried something new? Ever wondered if they could make something else, other than the YakuzaEver wondered what would happen if the Yakuza team tried something new? Ever wondered if they could make something else, other than the Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) series? Well, here's our first taste at that - and its tone is very different from the games that they usually make.

    If you're expecting innovation, then this isn't the game for you. The gameplay is the same as every other cover shooter in the last decade. The only thing going for it is that every enemy is a robot, and that their covering flies away into bits and pieces when you're shooting them. There's also the trust system which affects your team's view about you, and their performance in battle. Other than that, you'll just plow through enemies like you did in Gears of War's casual mode. Mini games? Not here. Cooky and weird moments? You'll have to play Yakuza for that.

    This game is all about story - and it's one heck of a wild ride; a lot different from Kazuma Kiryu's adventures in the Japanese underground. The game doesn't throw a lot of exposition around, and the player is treated as a foreigner to this world that the dev team created. Binary Domain is mature, emotional, and adrenaline-fueled; somehow balanced by smart comedic timing. Though it dashes through the themes and philosophical questions that it asks itself, it's great to see a game try and tread topics like the evolution of AI, and climate change.

    And there you have it.
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  5. May 31, 2016
    7
    You can call Binary Domain a half-hearted console port, a silly joke for its rather dumb storyline and numerous design flaws, or a fun gameYou can call Binary Domain a half-hearted console port, a silly joke for its rather dumb storyline and numerous design flaws, or a fun game for hours of satisfying firefights filled with entertainment. Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2016
    6
    A fairly standard third person shooter, nothing that makes it great. Guns feel light and mostly weak. Story is nothing but cliches. Where itA fairly standard third person shooter, nothing that makes it great. Guns feel light and mostly weak. Story is nothing but cliches. Where it gets interesting tho are the artificial intelligence themes this game carries. PC version runs fine, tho its clearly a console port with small amount of options and customization, Controls on mouse and kboard can feel wonky and overly sensitive which shows when youre faced against some of the annoying bosses.

    Its a decent game that runs fine and plays ok for the most part, but nothing special by any means.
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  7. Apr 30, 2012
    0
    Totally messed up controls. I am surprised mouse is supported at all. Game is introducing you to these messed up commands by messages whichTotally messed up controls. I am surprised mouse is supported at all. Game is introducing you to these messed up commands by messages which contain pictures of gamepad buttons and NO actual keyboard input. Its amazing that anyone can get such a complex project to this stage and forget to update few VERY important introductory messages. Expand

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