Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,795 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 27, 2012

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

 

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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
42 of 56 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This game is "man vs machine" third person shooting adventure, the enemies are all robots

Binary Domain has decent graphic, good gameplay mechanics, nice audio, nice storyline.

Not only jump into a boring plain third person shooting adventure just simply running and walking shooting from one place to another, but we can also taste many fun from another scene and combat scenes like : survive from collapsing skyscraper building, gun fire in fast moving train against robots, gun fire in a crazy street racing against super big size boss motor robot, driving jet skies.

+ Having various kinds of weapons
+ Big ammo supplies
+ I like the default assault rifle, which can blast energy ball (can be upgraded if u buy Binary Domain DLC Pack)
+/- The game has decent difficulties (Will be very hard to defeat boss)
+ Found many strong unique big size robot boss enemies
- For such hard game it has low medical supply (only 3 per person)



About online Binary Domain ? IDK i dont even try, and I personally prefer to play offline for such kind of game

But well... I can say this is really a great game
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
In a world where Terminators are mass produced, and nobody even knew they existed, your job is to find out who's behind this and put a stop to it...

Story: 8/10 SEGA... publishing a shooting game? WHAT?! Okay, first off, Binary Domain's story starts off pretty standard, Japan turns out to be producing human-like robots which violates the law, and it's your job to find proof and bring the distrubutor to justice, although along the way there are a LOT of twists and turns. It makes you think of what'd happen if we DO get to that point where man and machine aren't distinguishable from one-another... As many others say it's like playing a movie. It sort of drags you in to being the badass "Survivor" that everyone loves to hate. The world itself is pretty interesting, a futuristic Neo-Tokyo style, and pretty much all your enemies are robots! Or "Scrap-heads" in this case. I've just finished the story myself, and clocked in about 12 hours of Steam time with it. I may have to go through parts of it again because there are actually multiple endings. Whew, man things get heavy. The diolouge itself is kind've mediocre, but there are some good jokes and one-liners that'll make you chuckle, and the characters don't stand out too much, but this game doesn't take itself too seriously, and it makes it better for it.

Gameplay: 6/10 The gameplay can be frustrating if you don't set up your controller right, turn the sensitivity down a notch, make sure your buttons are set up, and don't bother trying to use a mic, just keep it off. It may be a feature, but it's poorly innovated in this game, sorry. You can give orders just fine with the buttons. But people complaining about the gameplay probably haven't fine-tuned their settings, if you aren't lazy, you can make this game just as playable as any other TPS. I hope you like assault-rifles though, that'll be your main weapon most the time but you can switch it up. The gameplay can be a bit repetitive, though there are sections that change things up a bit. (e.g. sliding down a wall, riding on jet-skis) Often times it felt like an off-rails shooter, since it's completely linear with a few hidden things to collect if that's your thing. The bosses are kind've interesting too, there are a few ones that switch things up from standard run n gunning, though most of them can be powered through as long as you don't take too many hits, they hit HARD! So it's a lot of evasion/cover running around trying not to get hit, while turning to aim and shoot back at the enemy. And just when I thought I haven't seen any new enemies in a while, a new type showed up to keep things a bit more interesting, it is kind of a thrill-ride wanting to know what the heck's gonna happen next, while being a part of the action to keep things moving. There are even multiple endings which are dependent on your trust levels with your teammates. Unfortunately, the online is dead, so if you're looking for the next multiplayer experience, you'd best move along.

Overall: 7/10 If you like Third person shooters, even if you aren't a fan of them, but you like things like robots, Japan, technology, you'll like this game, it's a fun ride, and for 15 bucks, it'll keep you entertained more than the story of the latest COD, that's for sure. I had to write a review because this game is actually pretty unique, I wish there were more like it, and more polished out there.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Binary Domain gives you a funny but also deep story with an arcady gameplay mechanic. If you are searching for a game that doesnt take itself serious. A game that jokes around all the time but also has a deep story in a sci-fi setting. With plot-twists, you do not expect to come up with. Then Binary Domain is the ideal game for you! You will not find any other game that challenging, funny and serious at the same time!

Rating: 9/10
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Probably the best TPS I ever played.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
6.5/10
Play time: 14 hours (main story, not rushed)

Pros:
+Blasting robots to pieces is great fun
+Nice arcade style feel to the game with large boss battles

Cons:
-Some boss fights are much harder than the rest of the game, making for a frustrating experience
-Gameplay can get a bit repetitive
-Team member system is lacking
-Weak character design

Plays well with Xbox 360 controller and keyboard/mouse alike.
Graphics performance R9 280X, 1080P max settings: 60 FPS (V-sync) almost all the time.

I wouldn't recommend Binary Domain to everyone, but if you think third person cover shooters can be your thing, it can be worth picking up at a sale. I wouldn't recommend the game at full price.

The game has a nice arcade feel to it: it looks and feels great mowing down robots, piece by piece. The destruction is one of the best things in the game, where bits and pieces are blown away from the enemies the more you shoot at them, and shooting off certain limbs can have strategic advantages.

You select team members to join you on the missions, and you can give orders to them, but the system isn't that deep.

Almost all of the team members have cliché personalities, and you don't get too invested in the story.

The game has a few large boss battles, some are fun, but a few (especially one - mid game, not the final battle) felt much harder than the rest of the game, making me almost give up. These difficulty balancing issues can get frustrating.

Not the best third person shooter out there, but still enjoyable if you don't expect too much from it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This game is a Third Person Cover Shooter, and is pretty solid at that, it reminds me of Mass Effect without all the powers. The guns feel nice and it is satistying to shoot the enemies as they shatter and crumble with each bullet.
Weapon variety is really bad as you are stuck with a primary weapon, that you can upgrade along the game, a sidearm wich is just a pistol, and a really low and generic variety of secondary choices[SMG,Shotgun,LMG,Sniper,RPG, that's all].
The game also tries to inovate by having Voice Input but it's really finicky and I reccomend turning it off, the game says you will have limited interactions but you can still press and hold tab to open the order menu.
The graphics are nothing groundbreaking but the settings are varied and really well constructed.
The concept for this game's story and world is a mix of I Robot and Blade Runner but it really lacks in worldbuilding and character development and apart from one plot twist right at the end it's way to predictable, if a sequel ever comes out I would be really interested in it if they gave the plot more attention.
This game's port is not very good as all graphical,audio and input settings must be done via an outside game config menu wich is really a shame for an otherwise solid port,

Good:
+Solid gameplay
+Satisfiying to mow down enemies
+Awesome concept and setting
+Good Lengh on the campgain clocking at 8~10 hours on normal difficulty

Bad:
-Wasted Potencial Storywise
-Shallow mechanics
-Bad Weapon Variety

Veredict:

Binary Domain is a hidden gem and deserves your attention if you really like mowing down a thousand robots while going from point A to point B, the story can be enjoyable but it's nothing to write home about, put it on your backlog and get it on a nice sale at a nice discount.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Fun game... Great story, takes only about 10 hours to beat it
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Let's turn the way-back machine to...oh..2 and 1/2 years ago?

http://www.the-nextlevel.com/review/360/binary-domain/
This was my review of Binary Domain on the X360. In my eyes it was one of the best third-person shooters ever made.

I finally got around to beating the PC version.
My opinion of the game hasn't changed much.

First off, the online-play is unfortunately quite dead (due to lack of players). It's not a huge loss in the competitive aspect, but Survival mode was pretty solid.

Secondly, the port does have some issues. Fixes are available (check the community hub) for most if not all of them. Still, off a fresh install with a 360 pad I had absolutely no problems. Well, aside from sometimes forgetting what button does what due to lack of controller prompts.

Typically when I "re-review" a game, I either make some discovery, some hidden quality I never noticed before. Other times I find some new flaws, or determine elements that have not aged well. Game criticism is a constantly-evolving process, and even the classics are revisited. Binary Domain isn't an old game, however it is something of a rare breed. A Japanese-developed 3rd-person mecha-shooter? The only other title that immediately comes to mind is Vanquish (also a great game, fingers crossed it hits the PC soon). On the other hand, it is a 3rd-person shooter, and shares many commonalities with a huge number of games released this generation.

All that said, I believe Binary Domain is a standout title. This is one of the few shooters I would pick to represent the best of its era. Aside from featuring a fantastic campaign, with great pacing, memorable encounters, and incredible mechanics, this game also delivers on the "sure...if it's good...then why not?" stuff like plot, characters, and music. The art and sound direction are also superb. The voice-recognition? Well...that definitely doesn't hold up. It was a cute gimmick at the time of release, but little more than that.

So it's like I said, my opinion of BD hasn't changed much. Maybe I should come back to the game in a decade or so, determine if the game can be considered a true classic. Some games actually get better with age. Aspects that might appear dated, actually give the game its identity, making it something truly special. But..eh...nevermind this is just silly.

Binary Domain is an excellent shooter.
It's usually dirt-cheap.
Hell, you probably already own it.

Just play it already.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Game is just amazing. Good graphics, great style, awesome story, great characters, satisfying gameplay. WTF else do you need?
It feels very japanese. Some moments reminded me of MGS Revengeance strongly.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This is the case you don't expect anything good...and you enjoy almost every minute in game. Binary Domain is like Contra Hard Corpse on Sega Megadrive II + Gears of War. I dont remember anything in this game to be really bad... exept menu :D Don't hesitate to get it, the price is....well they almost pay you to play it. Even multiplayer may be alive during the sale time.
Это тот случай, когда не ждешь ничего хорошего...и получаешь удовольствие от почти каждой минуты. Binary Domain похожа на смесь Contra Hard Corpse на Sega Megadrive II и Gears of War. Не припомню, чтобы в этой игре хоть что-то было действительно плохо...кроме меню :D Без раздумий берите, цена такова что вам практически платят за то, что будете играть. Во время распродажи возможно даже удастся сыграть в мультиплеер.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Extremely entertaining third-person cover shooter, the dialogue is so bad its good type of game. Neo-Tokyo backdrop with a never ending supply of robots, bullets and bosses. The multiplayer is also pretty fun - get some friends together and play against up to 50 waves of robots.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I saw reviews of this game when it came out and thought it was pretty cool. After a while, I bought it on Steam and boy, what a game it is!

Binary Domain takes on the mechanics of classic Gears of War and throws in a highly-engaging storyline with some great character development and nice twists in a futuristic setting that Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke would dream up. It's got some great run-and-gun mechanics, annoying but challenging boss fights, and manages to switch up things pretty nicely every once in a while. You'll be shooting behind cover, then speeding on jet-skis, firing from a car, using an anti-tank turret, and even hack into one of the big robots to let all hell loose! The action is so intense that you'll constantly be on edge and run straight into fights with your adrenaline pumping.

The game suffers from a few flaws, namely the voice recognition system, certain UI peeves and a bit of stiffness with regards to controls. However, this is in no way a deal-breaker. What you have here is an extremely fun game that you will be looking forward to once you wrap yourself around some of its nuances and ignore a few of the systems.

I'd highly recommend any action-game afficionado to pick this one up either on sale or through a bundle. It's a game that you definitely will not regret adding to your collection.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Excellent Mass Effect-like experience with much more pleasureable shooting. Not as long, or as free, but definitely worth the asking price.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
174.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Not a bad shooter. The combat can be pretty intense and the big robot boss battles are fun. It's not perfect though. The people you select for your team only make a minor difference in gameplay and you're better off doing the fighting yourself rather than issuing commands to them. The weapon types are a bit limited and the upgrade system is pretty shallow. There is a "trust" system where you can basically get your team members to like or dislike you depending on how you do in combat and by responding to questions they ask you. It doesn't really seem to make a difference though. On the first play through I did everything to make sure the Chinese girl with the latina accent fell in love with me. Second play through, I shot at her whenever I could, and just generally crapped all over her and everything ended up the same.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A game that was buried beneath a lot of other releases even when it just came out.
While not a perfect game this is a very enjoyable experience. The combat mechanics are pretty standard third-person shooters but it works pretty well and breaking robots down into parts is a satisfying experience. The cover system is a bit rigid but allows for plenty flexibility. Graphically the game is clean and smooth, while never spectacular there are some nice effects and it fits the setting.

Bossdesign was enjoyable and creative, at times the controls combined with the obvious focus the AI has for your main character where a bit of a hassle but nothing that ruined the game.
The story is entertaining and does keep you guessing as to how it will end, it however most issues would be solved by the invention of a metal detector. The friendship/loyalty system is basic in a good way and you do feel like it makes a difference in both the story and the interactions. Troy Baker pulling of an oddly satisfying British man only adds to this.

PC controls are pretty solid, it suffers from the usual porting problems where the button icons correspondent with the actions and not with the key it's bound to. If you happen to have a gamepad plugged in this is highly recommended for the 2 sections where you man a turret.

As it looks now there won't ever be a sequel, a shame because a bit more refinement and expansion on the basics would elevate it to a superb game. All in all though I really enjoyed my time with it and it comes highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Absolutely yes! I didn't know about this game, until I saw it in some video about "underestimated games". I decided to give this a shot, and I don't regret any cents I spent on this gem.

Pros:
-Awesome shooting mechanics
-Enemies have highly defined hitboxes
-The ambient is really enjoyable
-Smooth and Fast gameplay
-Story is also good
-It has something in it that really recalls about those Arcadey Japanese games, can't tell what, but it's really neat.

Cons;
-SSAO is a bit of low-definition. You can see some noises quite often, but nothing you would notice during action
-Characters often repeats the same phrases for example, when you go down

I would totally suggest this game to any sci-fi/robotstuff lovers out here.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
in this game you have to cut your way thru the story
fighting robots ..... and more robots.....
...robot cops....security robots....military robots..
...tiny robots ... bigger robots ....
.... and much bigger robots

it has a main story line but depending on
whom you play with in your team, and
how you gain trust with them, the story will differ as it develops

if you like animes ...like ... Ghost in the shell.. Vexille... etc..
= dont miss it! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Satisfying but mostly forgettable shooter, with just enough quirks to be worth a play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Just found this little gem. Great fun and nice story. If you like Anime you will like this. Controls take a bit of getting use too, but otherwise a great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I got this game in a humble bundle and the only way I can really recommend it is if you can buy it for less than $5.

That said if you like third person shooters with very large scale boss battles and a decent sci-fi story. Binary Domain is a fun game to run thru over a weekend. The shooting is neat because as you blast the robots their armor shreds off to reveal weak points. However you spend a lot of time in nondescript corridors. The story is good but feels rushed and not as fleshed out as it could be.

My BIG gripe with the story is all thorough the story characters refer to you as “the survivor”
And NOWHERE DO THEY EVER EXPLAIN THIS. Seriously don't allude to the main characters back story of “the survivor” and then just decide ♥♥♥♥ it we don't have time to explain this.

Overall good story decent gameplay, but can get tedious at times, with very little replay value.\
5/10
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