Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
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Very Positive (2,944 reviews) - 87% of the 2,944 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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Includes 3 items: Binary Domain, Binary Domain - Dan Marshall Pack, Binary Domain - Multiplayer Map Pack

 

About This Game

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • PROCEDURAL DAMAGE - 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.66 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB RAM (XP)/3GB RAM (Windows 7 / Vista)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT220 (512MB) / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT (512MB)
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB free hard drive space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.66 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 3GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB) / ATI Radeon HD 5750 (1GB)
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB free hard drive space
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160 of 176 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Binary Domain
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: Third-Person Shooter; Tactical; Story Rich; Sci-Fi
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 6-14 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: Auxiliary
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Strong narrative advocates; Game atmosphere connoisseurs

REVIEW
Binary Domain is a third-person shooter with squad-based tactics, a cover system, and an intriguing storyline. It spent a couple of years sitting in my backlog, consistently ignored. My eyes scanned right past it a hundred times as I looked for new games to play, and every time I ultimately selected something that was a little more recognizable. Then one day, finally, I noticed it and gave it a try. And I am ecstatic that I did. I had a blast playing through the campaign. Binary Domain may not be a GOTY-worthy masterpiece, but it certainly deserves more recognition than it receives. Any advocate of the genre and/or fan of good sci-fi would be wise to give this game some consideration.

There are a number of well-executed features in Binary Domain, but I would argue the most prominent is the excellent sci-fi narrative. The setting offers an interesting conceptualization of a possible future for Earth that touches on the classic themes of AI progression, eugenics, and the distribution of wealth. The actual storyline follows a squad of stereotypical shooter-game heroes as they kick ♥♥♥ and take names all the way to victory. A lot of it is cliché at the core, but it is executed well. Fun cutscenes and excellent pacing to the narrative bring it all together to really keep your interest as you play through the campaign.

But if all you wanted was a good story you could just watch a movie, so why bother with Binary Domain? Well, there are also several appealing aspects intrinsic to the gameplay. One cool feature is the voice-recognition system that allows you to use your headset to respond to your teammates’ inquiries. It is gimmicky, and totally optional, but I thought it added some welcome flavor to the game. There is also a companion trust system which will reward you for performing well in firefights. Even headshots have a little twist in this game, as they will confuse your robot enemies into attacking their own kin. Additionally, boss fights, monotony-breaking vehicle segments, and evolving enemy weaponry keep the gameplay fresh and fun throughout the campaign. It is an enjoyable gameplay experience overall.

Of course, there are some flaws. The concept of using one button for: jump, take cover, break cover, switch cover, and sprint has been causing annoying moments since it was introduced… and it will likely cause a few during a playthrough of Binary Domain. Also if you are interested in maximizing trust with your companions, you’ll probably incur a few head-shaking-moments when they run into your line of fire and promptly lower their trust in you. But these, and other, slight annoyances are just that: slight. They won’t sour the overall experience in any substantial way, but they will pop up from time to time.

Binary Domain also has a few auxiliary multiplayer modes. Although, the Versus Mode can safely be considered defunct. Six players are needed to even start a match, so unless you have the patience to orchestrate a meet-up, you won’t be playing it. There is also Invasion Mode which is a co-op horde mode. You can actually play it solo, but you most likely won’t get far. With a friend or two: it can be fun, but nothing too outstanding. The campaign is definitely where Binary Domain shines brightest, so you can just as well ignore the multiplayer modes entirely if you don’t mind leaving behind a few achievements.

So if you enjoy the genre, good single-player campaigns, and strong narratives then you will probably enjoy Binary Domain. It is a good game; perhaps not top-shelf premium, but good.

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57 of 73 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
It would be a normal tps if it were not for:
A brilliant characterization of teammates (it reminds a bit of Mass Effect)
An interesting story (uncommon on pc's tps)
And finally various well-made giant robots

It's been a good surprise
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Be honest, you're only looking at this game because it's free...

The sad truth about this game is, it actually IS a great Gears of War style game that got absolutely no attention when it should have at least been regarded as a good backcatalogue game, like with Sniper Elite v2. The cover mechanics are solid, the game is fun, your squad isn't the worst thing ever, the AI's pretty solid, and the voice commands (yes, commands with your mic) do add a bit of flair to it.

Also, let me just point out that it has a very interesting and unique storyline. It does.

Do yourself a favor and pick it up while it's free. You won't regret it. Besides, if it isn't your kind of game, at least there's Streets of Rage 2...
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
The 80s buddy cop movie/sci-fi anime mashup you never knew you wanted.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Kind of a hidden gem that got swept under the carpet by more higher profile games of the time but still well worth playing today.

Pros -
- Very solid and decent third person cover shooting.
- Hundreds of evil robots to kill which shatter in to itty bitty pieces.
- Your side kick looks like uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air!
- A cheesy B-movie script which is surprisingly well acted.
- It's a Japanese game so during cutscenes the camera will zoom in on the female character's boobies for no reason (That's a plus right?)
- Will run at a silky smooth 60fps on your old toaster of a PC.
- Likeable characters who ♥♥♥♥ talk eachother at every available opportunity.

Cons -
-Really weird keyboard controls and if you use a controller the on-screen prompts still tell you to press keyboard keys which i find to be pretty distracting.
- The multiplayer is deader than disco but it probably wasn't all that great anyway.
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