Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
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Mixed (35 reviews) - 68% of the 35 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    • 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
    • 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Deserves far greater praise than it gets

I picked this game up for an absurdly cheap price on sale. Even so, I haven't had this much fun in weeks.

From the outside it only looks like another run of the mill head-click hallway shooting gallery, but you'd be wrong to dismiss the gameplay so casually. Headshots turn enemies into low hp allies, immediately making large crowds more managable. Medpacks don't regenerate your health, instead they self-revive you when you get knocked down. Allies can pick your stupid ♥♥♥ up if you fall too often, so you're free to go full HAM on everything you see. There are a ton of different enemies, and an ♥♥♥ load of unique bosses. Everything you shoot at has destructable parts, which makes gunning them down feel so visceral and satisfying.

As if the upstanding gameplay wasn't enough work, the developers went the extra mile and iced this cake with such unexpected delights as: vivid characterization, humor, absurdly over the top action, a relatable plot full of intrigue, philosphy, and betrayal.

This game continuously reminded me of Spec Ops the Line. The paralells are there, but this game outshines the other.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Ever 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A severely underrated 3rd person shooter!

The closest game to Binary Domain (BD) is Gears of War (GOW), so I am going to use as the standard.

Think of BD as the Japanese version of GOW.

- Gameplay: GOW is better in term of realism & the visceral feel but BD does a good job, too, but it requires a little time getting used to it. BD has an element of RPG, in which you upgrade characters & weapons & certain specific stops in the game. It also has that cartoonish, anime feel most Japanese games have. (Think of Suda 51, Mikami, & Kojima games)
- Story: BD is definitely better than GOW's, especially GOW 2 & 3. Leave it to the Japanese to produce such a twisted, cohesive, & entertaining story. If you like manga, anime, or JRPG, you’ll like BD's story & gameplay.
- Graphics: Look pretty good, but not WOW!, on maximum settings & performs fantastically without issues.

The game starts slow & the controls feel quirky at first. It doesn't help *at all* that the very first chapter is the worst in the game. It gets so much better later on. The voice control doesn’t work well with the player’s real voice but it works alright with the keyboard shortcuts.

Overall, a really good experience & I am truly glad I clenched my teeth & went past the 1st chapter.

Get it if you like 3rd person shooters.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This is an interesting game from a certain point of view. I enjoyed playing it, does have a special graphic and game mechanics, the overall sound is okay. Keeps you entertained and satisfied.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
You fight robots with the power of friendship.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Even now, i'm not quite sure HOW this game showed up in my Steam Library. I don't ever remember putting it on my Wishlist and i'd never even heard of it prior.

And having played it now, I am so glad I gave this game a chance.

I am usually not that big a fan of cover based shooters as a lot of them tend to feel samey and have this overly serious grim tone to them, but Binary Domain makes itself distinct from other such shooters with some nice little additions that can change how you play. Having a secondary weapon you can change up giving more options for shooting and planning for future encounters, using teammates to initiate tactical moves, blowing off an enemy robot's head or its legs to hamper its movements or destroy its recognition systems, add these to a bunch of different enemy types the game sprinkled in generous quantities and I was having an absoloute blast.

The trust system was something I didn't really pay attention to at first, but toward the end of the game I wish i'd taken more notice of. It's nice to be able to pick your party members for mission sections, for the most part, admittedly the game does sort of drop that toward the end and sticks you with certain people. But even so, it was nice to be able to pick and have teammates suggest actions based on what they good at, Cain's resillience, Bo's distractions, Faye's sniping and so on, it adds just enough variety along with the various different levels and setups that it kept me wanting to play along.

The story reminds me of Metal Gear Solid in a few ways, mostly the absoloute love letter to advanced technology and building up this nice developed cast of characters you really start to appreciate the deeper into Tokyo you go. Especially the main character, it's so nice to be able to play someone who has a decent sense of humour and isn't just serious all the time, it gave the game some much needed levity at the right times.

I'm going to make special mention of the boss fights because, I didn't think shooters had it in them to do boss fights anymore. But this one sure does and a lot of them really know how to make things exciting, be it with incredible resillience, massive size or wicked designs. The final boss is a bit of a let down in the designs regard, but that's not to say it isn't a ridiculously tough final opponent. Big thumbs up on the bosses in this game, I just wish there could've been more.

This game isn't perect and I think it does have it's share of flaws. The music gets repetetive quickly, especially considering they tend to repeat the battle music over and over again. It's not bad music, it just needed more variety. AI partners can be difficult to deal with too, especially when they'll move in front of you when shooting and get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ at you for it. The voice controls, I couldn't deal with either. I just turned them off and used tab, made things a bit easier. That being said, mouse and keyboard support probably won't be much good to most people. I was able to adapt to it in due time, but it will probably throw some people for a loop, and even then it can be annoying trying to get into cover and watching Dan leap over it and skirt around it instead of getting behind it.

Overall, Binary Domain is a surprisingly good cover based third person FPS, with good visuals, good characters, good story, amazing boss fights and mild to annoying controls. If you want to see cover based shooting done right and like killing robots, this is an absoloute reccomendation for you. Hell there's even a demo, so you've got no excuse not to try it at least.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Binary domain is a sci-fi good discovery.

This ignored by the masses shooter is in simple words a very well done game, balanced between cut-scenes of good facture and action exploration of Japan, during a future robot domain. Maybe the title would better be Robot domain?

If you readed Isaak Asimov you will find here a good example of morality that the humans will have to resolve when the IA and robots will be so evolved to be autosufficient. So the good plot evolves between a war against robots and the big question: is the human race better than IA robots and dare to put the end to everything that human do not undestand at all?

Difficult to say, in any case the graphics is well designed, levels are dynamic and final monsters enough different to be destroyed. The game is a good shooter with hi-tension moments, well designed dialogs with characters deeply refined, expression and text well written. And so everything else.

What I dislike most was the precision level of weapons: in short words you have to pay to upgrade your precision (as well as other stats like ammo number, ratio, etc) and aim is not sufficient to destroy the head of a robot transforming it into an ally that shoots to the other enemies... Your shoots will always have a range of error in a square that is your target.

So fights are interesting and in continuous movement, but the chaos is always present. Sniping is reduce to a rifle.

I sincerely expected this game to be worst than this. If you appreciate good shooters without call of duty scenography, this is a must (also for the lowered price). Otherwise take it in good consideration.

Good luck and discover what having robots all around means... maybe you will undestand the future itself.

Lord Hol Napult's experience: 7/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Extemely satisfying action thanks to ability to literally shoot robots to pieces
Cool sci-fi setting with some heavy and light moments.
Witty dialogues

Well worth your money
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Product received for free
When I got this game from a promotion Sega did with some website I looked it over, some third person shooter. Then I decided to play it. Got to say, to Quote Big Bo, "THAT WAS SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET"

It really was an enjoyable experience, lots of action, memorable boss fights, the team was enjoyable to work with,and the story and world, I really want to see more. I think if you are a fan of cyber punk or third person shooters this game might be right up your alley.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
fps where you get to walk down corridors conveniently littered with waist-high barricades or person-height obstacles to hide behind, where most of the enemies are bullet sponges and the only increase in difficulty between them is just how absorbent they are. also every 2 or 3 fights you have to stop and give voice commands in a forced interactive cutscene. also 2 of the characters are english and clearly demonstrate scotland's mistake in not properly following through in the past
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
I wanted to like this game and do to a degree, but the controls are completely stupid. The gameplay got a little old also since there is always something to hide behind. You literally hide behind something and poke your head around to fire in every single fight. Having to stop and give voice commands is supposed to be neat but I just found it annoying. I can't recommend this game.
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Ants like fake Cheese!
0.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
This is an interesting one, levels are quite unremarkable so far and the voice recognition system is awful, some of the controls could be better as it feels like a lazy port from a console.
However the enemies are AI are pretty good, the fact you can shoot robots in the head and they may become your allies is something I haven't seen in too many games, the storyline so far is good and gripping. Ray is probably the best character in this game as his witty dialog and comical behavior really help give this game a more friendly atompshere. So far the game is 50/50, I would recommend getting this game if it is on sale or part of a bundle. I do feel some of the review on various game aggreagator sites have been unfair and I do feel it is slightly underrated.

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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
что там в дедматче происходит? вылезает долбаный маркет, и все, ничем не сотрешь
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10.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
Good game.

History: pretty good
Gameplay: reminds me of a more basic gears of wars
Graphics: Very good.

Only downside is the 30fps lock in a 2012 game, it would look much better in 60fps or even more.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
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9.5 hrs
Posted: October 20
The game is built very solidly around its localized damage system. Bust bits off the robots and bosses to take them down faster. The game gets really cheesey at times, which is enjoyable to those who are resiliant. The game is overall paced very well, has a good enemy variety and a bunch of boss battles. If you wish shooters had more boss battles that aren't QTEs then you'll love this. Also the game has some minimal rpg elements, a few story branches to choose, and a servicable amount of weapon and squad choices.

Overall it's a solid game.
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11.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
Another underradar game for me. Trully good linear sci-fi FPS game with decent story and boss fights. Your part of military squad fighting against robots trying to arrest their creator Amada. You can upgrade weapons and your character and with your answers you can influence the storyline. Even the idea with comunication with npc thrue mic is good (but for me doesnt work well, problem with pronunciation, could be turn off). Graphic is old, still good enough to enjoy. Also I dont have any problems with keyboard controls, like I read below. You get used to it. The game becomes increasingly better far you get in the story. 7/10
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13.3 hrs
Posted: October 19
Its wonderful! very inmersive and the combat is very creative. The story is very engaging, I havent have so much fun with a game for months. Defenitly recommend.
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