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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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  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, General, Shooter, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Shooter, Third-Person, Tactical, Sci-Fi
  • # of players: Up to 10
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    100
    Considering Domain is just a game, it's surprisingly human.
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Despite the lacklustre online multiplayer that's been tacked on, the explosive campaign's action packed set pieces will constantly find your finger squeezing on the hammer one minute and tugging on your emotions the next with its diverse cast of likeable characters, as they fight to right the wrongs of morality towards mankind.
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    80
    For shooter fans craving something with a little more substance, Binary Domain is definitely the ticket. Behind its hokey yet self-aware characters and stereotypical premise is a hugely intelligent shooter, one that packs just as much heart as it does brawn.
  4. 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.
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Apr 3, 2012
    70
    It's a shame the idiotic A.I. and hit-and-miss recognition spoil it, turning this into a merely "solid" shooter. [May 2012, p.79]
  6. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 4, 2012
    70
    The bot is pretty special as their outer flies off, and you need to be tactical at times to get the best of them. Not bad, but not great either. [March 2012, p78]
  7. Hyper Magazine
    May 14, 2012
    50
    Every single thing that Binary Domain offers has already been done, and done better elsewhere. [June 2012, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    10
    An interesting and well directed story, good solid characters, a well balanced mix of humour and deepness that drive into suspense, anAn interesting and well directed story, good solid characters, a well balanced mix of humour and deepness that drive into suspense, an outstanding playability, the smoothness of controls, a superior AI, often above average graphics, the variety of scenarios, the ability to suck in the action and the best boss-fights ever seen since a long time now are just few of the reasons that makes Binary Domain one of the best shot actually on the market, it's definitely worth the fee cause it's a real gem that will let play itself several time before letting you say "ok, now I definitely want Binary Domain 2". Few little things like some voice not always "perfect" at a given time, a sporadic repetitiveness of some teammates in few circumstances, or the smallness of some non-shooting areas doesn't scratch a bit the greatness of this game. Just do yourself a favour, it's a wonderful 2PS or "TPS", as good as GoW series if not even better, don't ruin it pick watching anything on the web, if you can think you could like the gender buy it blindfold, you will not be disappointed. I can highly recommend this game, I give it an overall 9,4 (better CG on PS3 but better controls and details on 360) cause it deserves it, happy robot wrecking to everyone...and thanks to you Nagoshi for this great game. Expand
  2. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    Sad story of a brilliant game just not getting good enough advertisement.

    Try it now you've finally heard of it, if you like cover
    Sad story of a brilliant game just not getting good enough advertisement.

    Try it now you've finally heard of it, if you like cover shooters, you'll love it.
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  3. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    Great game with a superb story.The interaction between the characters is believable and sometimes humorous. You can choose reply options thatGreat game with a superb story.The interaction between the characters is believable and sometimes humorous. You can choose reply options that can hurt or help the trust between yourself and your teammates and effect the endings.The sci-fi setting is really well done and looks clean and sharp throughout. In some of the areas there is a break from the action and you can walk around and speak with NPCs. I think that the best way to describe this game is like a great book...you want to keep going because the story builds into it's greatness but you also realize that by progressing you're moving closer to the end of a great adventure...if that makes sense.The best testament to this game is to just try to find someone who finished it and didn't like it,...I'm not talking of professional reviewers who sometimes don't even complete the game before passing judgement, but just regular people who have played it..check the forums of regular gaming sites and you'll see the love for this game. In fact this is the only game I've ever written a review for because I felt it was that good and more people should know about this game. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2015
    8
    Binary Domain is truly the definition of a hidden gem. A fantastic game that never got the popularity or mainstream success it deserved. It'sBinary Domain is truly the definition of a hidden gem. A fantastic game that never got the popularity or mainstream success it deserved. It's only real flaw is the lack of an ability to stand out in a genre saturated to the brim with shooters, but that doesn't stop it from being a very satisfying experience.

    First off, the shooting and cover mechanics are phenomenal, very reminiscent of games like Mass Effect 2. The shooting feels good, and the cover system and dodging works fantastic, making you feel like a badass as you pull off some crazy maneuvers. The main hook BD has is that all enemies you fight are robots with armor that can be chipped away to weaken them. Destroying armor is not only essential, allowing you to create weaknesses or exploits, but it also rewards you with credits to upgrade your weapons. Shockingly, upgrading your weapons is actually tangible and you can feel the difference and how much more powerful your gun becomes as you progress.

    Every form of gameplay can get somewhat boring though, so BD takes the initiative and always throws something different or new into the action to keep the game fresh. It ultimately stops the game from getting boring and repetitive, even if some of these small sections were a little annoying. What also impressed me were the very well done boss fights. Using the same hook as the standard enemies, the bosses have armor that can be chipped away to reveal weak spots, allowing you to fully destroy limbs and other integral parts to the machine. This either kills them or opens up another weak spot of theirs for you to pump all your ammo into. Each boss - big and small - has different tactics and styles of fighting, making each encounter different and fun.

    The only things wrong with the gameplay are the other two gimmicks it tries to implement. BD tries to add in using a microphone to give specific commands and responses to your comrades, but it barely functions. Just turn it off immediately. Also, the trust system - which centers around your comrades liking you - is another nice gimmick, in which you choose the correct responses to an ally's questions, save them in battle, or perform admirably in combat. Choose negative responses or accidentally shoot them and their trust will go down. It's a good attempt, but it only succeeds in annoying you. Shooting a comrade who gets directly in front of your gun on purpose while firing is always annoying, or at least it was until you realize what little consequence the trust system actually has. Even when at full trust, your allies performance doesn't feel any different. It might be because of the badly programmed AI, which is present in both the allies and enemies alike. However, this problem is remedied by giving you allies' huge damage thresholds, and it also makes enemies easier to deal with.

    Overall, the sound quality and voice acting are well done, but the most surprising part of the presentation is the graphics. Three years after its initial release and this game still looks great, with great character models, detailed textures and backgrounds, the graphics of this game still hold up.

    However, the biggest surprise about Binary Domain is the well done story mode. Centering on "Hollow Children" or androids, these robots look and act just like humans. They even think they're human by having false memories implanted in their heads, and it leads to some great twists in the story. They're able to eat, feel emotions, and even reproduce with regular humans, creating hybrids, which are humans with no mechanics, but are stronger, faster, and have better immune systems compared to the average human. The hybrids and hollow children give this game some great lore, but the story itself is good as well. Taking place as Dan "The Survivor," you head up a group of soldiers sent to hunt down these hollow children and their creator. The story is simple, straight forward, and a little cliche, but it's surprisingly engaging for a story in a military shooter. The rights of the hollow children and the hybrids touches on some very real current moral issues. The prejudice, ignorance and hypocrisy towards these robots and their offspring is infuriating, but it accurately represents a lot of human history. The events surrounding these morale issue stands out, and it honestly made me look at the protagonist and his allies in a negative light on occasion. Their hatred and willingness to put these people down disturbed me. As for Dan, his story is entertaining, with fleshed out characters and moments that truly hold impact or make you laugh. Binary Domain's story is truly the most memorable thing in this game.

    Lastly, the multiplayer community for this game is largely gone, and it's not even considered very good multiplayer either way, so it's best to avoid it altogether and play this game for its story.

    Overall, Binary Domain is a great game, with solid gameplay and an awesome story. It's a true hidden gem that deserves your attention.
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  5. Mar 6, 2012
    8
    It is very likely you, at present, do not own a copy of this very charming third person shooter. A game designed in the East with the mindsetIt is very likely you, at present, do not own a copy of this very charming third person shooter. A game designed in the East with the mindset of the West at the forefront of its development, the result is something surreal. A game with balanced combat, great visuals, impressive boss fights and an enjoyable, if slightly surreal, plot to weave them all together in one of the most complete and enjoyable campaigns I have ever played in a shooter. The package is, however, somewhat let down by its multiplayer component. Its a tack on, and I have no other words for it. Obviously an obligation rather than concern, the developers have made no exemplary effort to set Binary Domain's multiplayer apart from the herd. It can, however, be enjoyable for small sessions at a time but will never raise you out of your seat or impress in you anyway. Is this a game for the competitive purist? Neigh, but it is likely the best campaign you will find in a third person shooter this year. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. May 17, 2017
    7
    A good story with interesting characters, a solid shooting mechanic and some quality boss fights Binary Domain is a very good game with oneA good story with interesting characters, a solid shooting mechanic and some quality boss fights Binary Domain is a very good game with one major flaw for a game designed with it in mind the voice controls are shocking. Expand
  7. Dec 1, 2013
    4
    I'll keep this short. Terrible voice controls that keep insisting that you're cursing when you're not, terrible floaty controls, blandI'll keep this short. Terrible voice controls that keep insisting that you're cursing when you're not, terrible floaty controls, bland enemies, terrible gameplay sequences and terrible dialogue. Basically, Binary Domain is pretty terrible. There are too many great games and life is too short. Avoid and play something better instead. Expand

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