Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
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Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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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

    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Robot wounds have never been this GRAPHIC.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I want more!
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2 people found this review funny
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Product received for free
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
For a game that advertises a key feature as "every word affects everything", you would think the voice commands would be awesome. They are not. Tried with 3 different mics and the AI would still question what I'm trying to say.

Don't think you'll have an easy time using a gamepad either, because there are no controller tooltips or displays. Everything stays keyboard layout on the UI.

It's not a horrible game, but the PC port itself is just....bad. Stay away from this version, but if you happen to own a console it may be worth picking up from the bargain bin at the store.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
A fantastic action game all around. Great characters (and voice-overs), interesting plot and themes, heavy anime movie influences, memorable battles.

It's got a few QTEs where you need to push a button (it's always the same button) within an ever shrinking time window. Not really that bad, but still probably the most negative issue I can think of about the game.

You fight robots with your team. Small ones, normal ones and huge ones. And there are explosions.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This game could be good. The voice acting is ok. The story is generic but not too bad. The characters are stereotypes but likable. The level design old-fashioned but in a ok way. The graphics are very outdated, think consoles back then. But the main problem is that they didn't invest more than a day in making this playable with keyboard and mouse. This part of the game is really broken and very frustrating. I stopped playing when I had to detonate a bomb and it said press M to do so but no key would work. So basically don't bother.
ps: Some interesting ideas in the game: give commands to your team mates using voice controls - well, that would be challenging to do now with all the fighting noise but was impossible when this game was created.
Another interesting idea is that good actions of the player will be rewared with some comment from your team mates and it will add to your standing with them - but it gets repetetive very fast and as they have a tendency to jump in front of your gun and dislike you for being shot at, you can say that this added social intelligence is more than the fighting AI can handle.
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164 of 180 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
(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

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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108 of 119 people (91%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
For the sale-reduction price of $3.74, this game is an absolute steal. There was evidently a lot of heart and soul put into this, and its a very confident third-person shooter, albeit it doesn't really do anything new. It has good mechanics and interesting enemies, good music, pretty good looking, and a surprisingly interesting, sometimes hammy, but enjoyable story with characters you end up liking and caring about. There's also some cool minor choices you make with the story that are pretty fun to experiment with, and even the gameplay distractions that change the pace (such as sliding down a water pipe or riding a cart) are pretty well done and fun! If you even just have a passing interest in team-based third-person shooters, this game is worth your time, and again, a complete steal when its on sale.
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92 of 99 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
My Binary Domain Impressions

In the future mankind couldn't stop global warming which lead to catastrophic rises in sea levels. Huge landmasses have been flooded and many died. Gigantic walls were built to fend off the oceans. Only robots could achieve this colossal task. Having proven themselves robots are now present everywhere in society. This led two corporations to huge success, the American Bergen and Japanese Amada.
As a result politicians have put restrictive laws into R&D of life-like robots indistinguishable from humans, "Hollow Children". You play as a member of a RUST crew whose job it is to go after violations against these laws.
When a Hollow Child not even knowing it is non-human is found, you and a multinational team are sent covertly to Japan to find evidence against the Amada corporation.

Binary Domain is a fairly standard third-person-shooter with many inventive systems. Each of your crew members has a "trust meter". This will either fill or decrease upon your choices during dialogue and whether you protect them during combat. Another neat idea is the implementation of voice-enabled commands. I didn't use a mic so I had to use pre-config commands via button press. These can go from combat orders like "Give me cover fire" up to opinions on your crews mood and comments on events unfolding in the story.

As a TPS shooting is the main focus. And boy does it shine. Movement is adequately quick with dedicated "dodge" moves. Weapon variety is standard with a nice selection of grenades. Experience points are used to upgrade your weapon and character stats. Don't expect anything too deep though. It is held enjoyably simple.
Your arsenal will get its fair share of use against the many robots you will be facing in the ~8 hour campaign. To my big surprise devs managed to turn a cliche enemy like robots into one of the most enjoyable adversaries in a long time. They are not stupid! They will take cover, pop out to shoot, dodge attacks and be formidable opponents. Prepare to take cover a lot as rushing into combat will get you killed fast. But keep calm as disposing robots is as fun as it can get. Bullets stagger them with very good hit animations while clusters of their outer shell is shred flying all around the screen. Good placed shoots will sever limbs, send legs and arms flying around. Don't loose your focus though as these robots will continue pursuing you even without any legs. Headshots will turn robots into shooting sprees hitting their robot brethren, so keep your aim steady! Combat is the shining beacon among all other greatness. From the clean and futuristic landscapes with huge scope to the many and frequent set pieces which never outstay their welcome. Speaking of, levels are diverse while still retaining general tone of futuristic Tokyo. Each of them ends with a boss. Varying in fun while all of them can make quick business of you. Running from cover to cover, commanding your teammates at the right moment and using appropriate weapons will make them a challenge but never unfair.

Not having heard much from Binary Domain previously the screenshots and game banner did paint a very mediocre image. I'm glad I still gave the game a try as it became one of my most beloved TPS of recent years. It's polished with good voice acting, making me care about my teammates. The theme of robots and trans-humanism are interesting and were nicely woven into the story. Unforeseen twists kept me at the edge of my seat and I genuinely cared about the events that unfold. A very satisfying game which I hope gets a sequel.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
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0.3 hrs
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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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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12.2 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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14.5 hrs
Posted: October 18
Great fun and a pretty decent story. Plays kinda like Vanquish.
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14.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
Enjoyed the story and combat. Didn't enjoy the boss fights all that much though. Overall good game.
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11.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
I want mah sequel!

Enjoyable, but a ♥♥♥♥♥ to start.
The options could have been put in the game instead of having to boot it separatly.

9/10 - Would let it ♥♥♥♥ me sideways.
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12.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Do you look at this game and think:just another classic sci-fi third-person shooter?
Well,you can't be more wrong.This is one of the best game I have ever played,coming from the person who absolutely loved Mass effect series,Skyrim,Dragon age,Dark Souls,Deus Ex:HR and many other action rpgs.

First I'll list some CONS of the game:
-It is advertised that you can speak to your microphone and give squad orders,but also lead a full dialogue!Sadly,that sounds too good to be true,and it is.I tried it,and game recognises about 25% words,so you are left with clunky dialogue options which can sometimes be pretty unclear and lead you to think you are saying something else than you really are
-There is multiplayer,but there are no players online.
-Kinda tricky keyboard controls.

Now let's list some things someone may or may not like:
-It takes a while for you to get to know the game and learn how every mechanic works(like squad member trust).Well,that's about it for that.

And now,we get to everything that makes this game awesome-PROS:
-The gameplay:Just right between complexity and simplicity,simple yet challenging
-The story:It's great,intersting,and there's a lot of it.So many intersting events,plot twists,and stuff(I don't wanna spoil)
-The world and characters:Everything is belivable and immersive.You never get the feel something is out of place or doesn't make sense(in the wrong way).Characters are unique,belivable and feel alive,and you feel you can establish a connection with them,which is also thanks to incredible voice acting.
-Game looks and runs pretty good(for it's age ofc).
-Enemies and boss fights:You liked Serious sam?You'll love this.You liked Dark Souls?You'll still love this.So many unique enemies and bosses,each equped with a pretty intersing and well made AI
-So many other things,but I will let you explore them
-Choices and consequences

All in all,this game is a hidden,underrated gem.Although single-player isn't long,it's still a solid amount of time.If you are a fan of action rpgs with great story including choices and consequences that may just think they don't have anything to play,think again and try this game.Thumbs up for this awesome game!
PS:it gets a 75% discount on sales.
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Astori Heichalot
10.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
tons of explosions, robots, police robots, servant robots, machine gun robots, sniper robots, ninja robots, french robots, car chases, shooting during car chases, and the hero gets the girl... what else do you need?
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