Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,431 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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"While not everything it could've been, this robot-killing cover shooter was a surprise gem that earned every fan it quietly made."
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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
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
First impression of this game is that I hate to play it cause the default settings is bad.
The controls is so bad, even my mouse sensitivity went crazy.
The voice chat command is also bad, It just won't detect my speech.
After doing all the settings manually, the game is now playable.

I'd say this is a very decent game.
3rd person shooter with a great mechanism of cover and dodging.
What I loved the most of this game is the story.
The relation between each character develop each chapter.
And yeah, It got it twist plot.
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
This is probably one of the most underrated games ever, just because of the saturation of shooters that happened during its release. But the reality is, that this specific shooter has very interesting features that the others don't have. Basically those would be:

A truth system with allies, with the possibility to choose between teammates.
Unique enemies (just robots all the game, which its great). It feels a lot like Vanquish.
A very interesting story. Yes, it really has a nice story. Who could have though something like that with a shooter?
A lot of cinematics, some very lenghty ones. I don't know but it feels like a Hideo Hojima game sometimes.

All of this, maybe because the game was made by a japanese studio. So yeah, it's another shooter, but a very interesting one and unique. As I said, it remembers a lot to Vanquish, and obviously, Vanquish is better, but since there is no Vanquish on PC, this alternative is excellent, and should feel kinda enough for the ones that probably never gonna have the chance to play it.

The only problem that I really found with this game, was with issuing orders with your voice thorugh a mic. I'm just gonna say that it's better to ignore that feature and keep issuing orders like old school times, with Keyboard/Mouse or a Controller. You don't really need to issue orders with your voice, it's not necessary, and the game is still very enjoyable without that.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
For some reason I really love this game <3 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.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Pros:
+ Movie-quality cutscenes, the strongest part of a game
+ Good story
+ Robot destruction system: destroy robot's arm — it will take gun in another arm, destroy one leg — it will jump on other, destroy both legs — it will crawl to you, destroy head — it will start shooting other robots, armor plates are falling apart etc...
+ Characters and relationships between them
+ Game world, it's not very good quality, but it's believable
+ Small gameplay changing moments like operating a crane or sliding down the dam wall
+ Upgrades, it's fun to buy them...

Cons:
- Upgrades, they almost don't do any difference and all are just stats improvements, no gameplay change
- Graphics, not really bad but certainly not good
- Repetitive gameplay (shooting part)
- Weapons, they all feel the same, boring
- Voice recognition system that simply does not work
- Without voice recognition it's hard to choose an answer to your teammate because the responds available to you are not contextual ("Damn!" "Sure!" to any question...)
- Controlling your team makes no difference too, only the basic command like "Fire!" or "Hold Position" are available and most of the levels have no place for tactics
- Controls, I got used to it but some people say they are really bad
- Optimisation, I had to play with my mic turned off at all, otherwise the resolution is screwed up

This should be the movie really. The game itself has almost nothing new: run, take cover, shoot. The gameplay is pretty repetitive but not boring, it has some good ideas, nothing revolutionary though. But the cutscenes are simply masterpiece! When you watch them you almost forget that this is a game, it's really like a movie. The story is very good, the characters are all cliche but interesting, plus this game has some pretty cool boss fights. Basically this is one of those games where everything says that this is just another cheap-quality cover-shooter with bad controls, BUT you nonetheless like it. I really liked how story develops, how levels are changing, the relationships beetween charachters, the boss fights... I really wish this game got a quality reboot. If you love robots/sci-fi, give it a try.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
It's a goofy 3rd Person shooter with some interesting story beats, solid gameplay, and a french robot. Don't let Big Bo down, buy it!
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Most of the aspects of this game work very well and it's very fun. The single player is a big, quality time ride. That's why I got it.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Amazing Story Line and great to play with a freind. :)
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Nice Game
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Fabuła i scenariusz w Binary Domian przywodzą na myśl najlepsze japońskie bajki animowane. Jest wątek miłosny, trochę dramaturgii oraz cała masa świetnie zaprojektowanych przeciwników. Do tego jest to gra zrobiona pod target ,,globalny'', a więc jest bardzo przystepna dla ludzi, którzy zazwyczaj obchodzą szerokim łukiem produkcje w stylu dalekowschodnim.
Szczerze powiedziawszy jest to bardziej taki interaktywny film, poprzerywany bardzo satysfakcjonującymi etapami walki i nienachalnymi, przyjemnymi QTE ( których jest z kolei zaledwie kilka). Poziom trudnośći jest świetnie zbalansowany, postacie są charyzmatyczne, a roboty rozsypują się na drobnę kawałeczki blachy i innej elektroniki. Gdybym miał porównać tę grę do jakiejś produkcji to byłoby to Lost Planet - tyle, że jeszcze bardziej liniowe. Tak czy siak, polecam. Warto.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Haven't played a fun game like this in a very long time!
Amazing plot, hilarious and unique characters, great graphics and cinematics.
Boss fights were pretty damn awesome but challenging.
The end was so mind blowing it'll catch you off guard.
Their SpeechFX program allows to use your MIC in-game to shout commands at your team mates and repond in dialouge with them to boost character morale, I couldn't get mine to work even with my $120 headset, so luckly you can turn the setting off and respond with hitting keys which was actually simplar.
Never got to test the Multiplayer out because no on plays on it.
Would highly recommend! Another great game published by SEGA much like Alpha Protocol.
10/10
Posted: October 18
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
don't waste your money on it i wasted $14.99 on its it was a waste of money
Posted: October 4
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I'm sorry, but this game is terrible, not because the graphics is bad, not because the controls are terrible and not because the plot is bad, but because the game relies on a gimmick, worse than the kinect, namely voice commands. That's right, you're supposed to yell commands at your AI teammate. As much as breathing into your microphone is going to make him go "Huh?", "What?", "You were saying?" and, in my case, lowering the sensitivity made it impossible to issue commands.

It boggles the mind what the developers, or whomever made this incredibly daft decision, were thinking. Let's base our game on some half-working gimmick that doesn't add to the immersion but rather takes away from it, as you are painfully aware of yourself awkwardly uttering commands. Not only that, but the voice recognition layer seem to have problems with understanding accents, which is an added frustration if you don't speak with a neutral north-east American accent.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Not compatible with Xbox One controller.
Posted: October 3
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13.1 hrs on record
Warning, you will feel like a total badass after playing this game.
Posted: September 26
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13.8 hrs on record
Highly underrated game. Memorable characters, intriguing story, fun combat with locational damage (shoot a robot in the legs, it can't walk; shoot a robot in the head, he shoots his friends). Controls with mouse and keyboard are kinda weird, but they work. Gamepad support doesn't show gamepad controls, which can be confusing until you get the hang of it. Unlikely to ever get a sequel, despite the teasing at the end. Maybe if more people play the game and generate some interest it could get picked up.
Posted: October 20
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11.7 hrs on record
Very underrated game, good combat, good history, good characters and multiple endings, a well done third person shooter action packed game.
Posted: October 19
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1.0 hrs on record
A potential game with so many bugs.
Posted: October 15
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11.8 hrs on record
Oh MAN, what a blast! This game is the best Terminator game you've never played. It combines Gears of War, Terminator, Future Japan, and just a ridiculous amount of fun. The voice control is stupid, and you'll never use it, but the rest of the game is a joy to play. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
Posted: October 15
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8.9 hrs on record
I don't know what I expected going into this game. Maybe a mediocre game with laughable dialogue and good enough action to keep me interested. Instead, I think I got one of my suprise favorite games this year.

From the get-go, you'll realize how similar it is to Gears of War. Even the font looks the same for the HUD. And you'd be partly right. It does cover-based third-person shooting pretty competently. What I really enjoy is the story. Right from the get-go, it establishes the world with its "Hollow Children", and, oddly enough, it feels natural. Being the makers of Yakuza, a franchise well-known for its story, I'm not too suprised. Maybe what sells it to me is the voice acting. They could've sent any old B-Team dubbers to pick this up, but instead we get Grade-A performances from Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker. Really, there isn't a person I can pick that was awful. It's kind of jarring that they use Japanese dialogue for the police (Which I enjoyed) but switch him to English when he talks to the party. And Johnny Yong Bosch trying to keep an accent with that was kind of strange, but almost endearing.

But this is a game, right? You're not here for the story! You want to shoot lots of scrap-heads! And that is also a fantastic time due to the limb system. Having tactics to maybe shoot approaching robots in the legs to slow them down while shooting heads off another group to start infighting makes the fighting unique to the genre. You will fight a lot of the same humanoid bots, but there still is a suprising amount of enemy variety, not to mention the boss fights. I was not expecting so many different boss fights, but they are certainly enjoyable.

One of the main advertised features of the game was voice commands, but honestly I didn't use them. My microphone is garbage, so that might have had something to do with the game not recognizing anything. You can opt to play without it, and I didn't feel very limited. There's a simple command list for your squad that does it's job. The affection system is interesting, and I was engaged in trying to max out my teammates. That might eventually lead you to min/max that stuff, but I recommend playing it blind the first time to see what outcome you take.

On a port scale, it looks stunning. I don't know about PC controls because I'm casual scum who plays with a controller, but that in itself was an enjoyable experience. No issues with inputs and all that.

I didn't try multiplayer. I don't even know if the servers are still up at this point, or if it's local like Space Marine. Apologies.

I'm almost a little worried giving this a glowing recommendation. I went in expecting schlock (Which it does feel kind of B-Movie sometimes- in a good way), or an unplayable mess, but I got a really engaging story and really enjoyable gameplay. Pick it up, and decide for yourself.
Posted: October 20
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0.6 hrs on record
Awesome underrated hidden gem!
Posted: October 11
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