Set in futuristic Tokyo, take control of the robotic community before they control everything!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,494 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
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Wow! I didn't kill a single human, but I destroyed countless robots!! The gameplay is great, you give commands to your team, the cinematics are great and the dialogue is funny! I liked everything about this game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Good 'ol Binary Domain, one of the funnest games i never expected. I you ever watched the film "I Robot" and wanted to be Will Smith's character, then this game is as close as you'll get. It has a great storyline, with really good visuals (THOSE cityscapes/characters!), wonderful ambient sound and music (lots of floating vehicle sequences!). It even has a little love story goin' on, with a little bit of a "Mass Effect 2 Shepard/Miranda" feel to it, except replace Miranda with Faye.

Overall, definitely recommended, even at full price.

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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Underrated!!!
Recomendo
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I reallt enjoyed this game. NIce bit of variety. Fun gameplay. Story wasn't crap. And the choices you make throught the story have a much bigger impact the i expected.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Considering Binary Domain has repeatedly been sold for practically nothing - part of a Humble Bundle that was maybe a couple of dollars when I bought it - I was delightfully surprised at the game it turned out to be, and it was good enough to break that "Third person shooters are bad" stereotype. The game features an interesting - though definitely not that original *cough*Asimov*coughcough*Galactica*cough* - story that will keep you playing the game just to see how it turns out, if you're willing to give it a chance.

Admittedly, when I had first seen this game the cover art always turned me away almost immediately. I don't know what it is about the cartooney cover but it misrepresents a game which frankly has some of the best graphics I've seen for a third person shooter. Certainly better than the Unreal engine used in Gears of War, and maybe on par with Spec Ops The Line, but not as pastel. The graphics are realistic (as far as "last gen" goes) and can be tweaked further with SweetFX to be on par with a lot of other 3ps's like Resident Evil (newer ones) or better. Many of the setpieces make for good eye candy, too, and the boss battles most certainly are something to look at.

There's an interesting game mechanic that I found both novel, and very annoying until I figured out how to work around it. Before Ryse and it's *sparse* in comparison voice commands, Binary Domain relied very heavily on them. Not of course for anything that important, but for a "relationship" system where you can get along with your AI teammates or ignore them or tell them to shut up, in frequent scenarios where they talk to you and refuse to stop talking to you. In fact, the game refuses to progress until either a response is received, or it times out and the AI teammate just gets negative "relationship" points with you because you were too rude to answer. Unfortunately, the voice communication system is extremely bad for PC - I've literally yelled at the microphone "Yes" and it doesn't get it when that is the exact syntax the game says to use. Fortunately, though, for those who don't want to talk to their computer - you can use the controller or button prompts to substitute the pre-defined answers.

As for the story, other than saying how it isn't original, it's kind of a troll on the player. You meet all these characters, and most of them either die, or disappear at the end with absolutely no further mention. Unfortunately, one of them happens to be one of the most flavorful characters, too.

A lot of the environment in this game, or at least the way the camera and the controls handle, remind me of Resident Evil. This is another circumstance where I feel like another developer/publisher (really any developer) would be far better suited to do justice to and treat with respect the Biohazard franchise. Yes, BD is a pure shooter and RE should not ever be, but at least if Capcom insists on making it a shooter only they could just contract it out to a different developer.

Other than that, I honestly feel this was one of the most overlooked and underrated games of last generation, and would like it to get a sequel. I highly doubt it ever will, though, and it probably sold less than a million copies.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Do you like Sega?
Do you like guns?
Do you like Mass Effect?
Do you like a good story?
Do you like nice graphics?
Do you like a fast paced game?
Do you like Japanese culture?

Then buy this game!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Definitely worth playing especially since it's often on sale. The voice recognition is crap but the dialogues themselves are pretty good and the characters are interesting. There is a good replayability since you can replay the scenes with different sidekicks for a slight change of storyline.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
After you get over the fact that it can't tell you what all of the keys that you're meant to be pressing actually are, the underlying story is absolutely rivetting!

The gameplay will either charm or repulse you, but for me it's just what the doctor ordered. Its fairly easy going gameplay and survival techniques make it great for new players and professionals alike and the story with all of its plot twists will keep you coming back for more.

I love it!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is a fantastic 3rd person shooter. It looks fantastic and is really fun to play. If you like metal gear solid IV but would like faster gameplay then this is most definitely for you. 9/10.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
OH yeah, on contrary of most I had no issues with voice commands or of any other kind whatsoever, the story is compelling and I was expecting to see what happens in the end all the time, just 9 hours in but it was enough to finish it and re-play a bit more, honestly this is worth the price, graphics are well done and well I have no complains on this one, maybe to play it online with a couple more friends (if they would go for TPS games instead of FPS -.-)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This is a game to play more for the story than the actual gameplay. While it's not limiting, it is quite challenging because Sega thinks "Normal" difficulty is the equivalent to the hardest ♥♥♥♥ing difficulty for any other game at times. There are definitely some areas that need improvement, such as team AI and map layouts. At times the game can get frustrating, especially on boss battles because you're thrown into the fray usually without any heads up on what to do because they liked to have the game cutscenes and actual gameplay smoothly transition. Your team members often walk in the line of fire and get shot by you, causing them to distrust you(although later this doesn't really matter much because you get plenty of opportunities to regain it). However, aside from a few minor, yet aggravating details, this is a fun game to play more for the story than the gameplay itself. It gets repetitive after the first 1/3 of the game with the exception of boss battles slightly, however as I said this is a game you play for the story and not the actual gameplay itself.


In short, grab it when it's on sale, go for a quick playthrough for the story and enjoy one of Sega's few games outside of Sonic!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED SHOOTERS OF ALL TIME - BUY AND PLAY IT

Yeah, that pretty much says it all.

But in case you need a little bit more, let me be a tad more precise. The game itself is fun. Remember when this was kinda important in games? Yeah, it is mostly some cover-based shooting, but it just feels good - the graphics, sounds, music, cheesy one.liners, shuffling through various weapons.. it is a bit like the classic 80s-90s action movies. So that's all kinda okay.

But...

..where the game really stands out is the story and the characters. The story may seem to be a little bit clich= at the beginning, but it develops very nicely and you WILL be interested in it (which is more than I can say about most of shooters), it even poses some quasi-philosophical questions! I loved it. Surprisingly, there is also some minor almost-rpg character upgrading and team management - you get to pick your mates (and improve your relationship with them that way, which makes impact on the story!! - show me any other shooter that does this) from a group of well-written individuals, each with a different combat style that can complete yours approach or mimick it (tank-like heavy gunner, shotgun shock trooper, sniper etc)!

Just..give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This was bought on a whim, without knowing anything about the game.

What I got was a pretty run of the mill third person shooter.

I also got a surprisingly good story, with interesting characters and interactions.
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It's a good cyberpunk story but it is marred by average gameplay and god awful AI
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game is the winner of my 2014 worst PC controls award. I found multiple bugs before the game finished telling me the controls, and there was no obvious way to turn off mouse acceleration. Your squad commands are supposed to be given using voice recognition. All the convenience of QWOP, with none of the polish. 0/10 unplayable.
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11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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