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Binary Domain
PC, XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: XBox 360
Publisher: Sega
Rated: "M" for Mature

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

Though it's not the prettiest girl at the dance, Binary Domain does come packed with visuals, which impress -- even if they don't amaze. The cut scenes are well directed, but the occasional terrible line of dialogue pops up every now and then.

Gameplay: 5

As a shooter, Binary Domain is quite satisfying; it's incredibly fun to mow down robot after robot, but once the game starts to mimic other popular shooters, it starts to feel less satisfying. The cover system never feels solid enough.

Lasting Appeal:

The campaign is pretty lengthy, and could last most gamers upwards of ten hours to complete, beyond that, there's not much to do. You may find some enjoyment in the game's multiplayer modes, but they're as basic as they come.

Overall: 6
Binary Domain begins to carve out its own identity early on in the game, but quickly succumbs to trying too hard to be like all of the popular shooters on the market. In the end, it is a fun and satisfying shooter, as long as you don't look too far into it.
CHEATfactor: 6

We've become a society where we rely on machines for a good portion of our daily lives. Think about it, they handle our money, our utilities, and sometimes even our medical procedures to name a few. In the long run though, no machine will ever feel as authentic as a human -- as something with a heart. Interestingly enough, the same can be said for Sega's new shooter Binary Domain, which puts you at the front lines of the robot apocalypse often feels robotic in its own right. It goes through the motions of a modern day shooter remarkably well, but fails when trying to step out on its own.

Taking place in Tokyo in the year 2080, Binary Domain tells the story of the Amada Corporation, the world leader in robotics. The Amada Corporation has created the world's most advanced humanoid robots and began assimilating them into everyday life. Of course if you've seen pretty much any modern action movie dealing with robots you'll realize that this is an absolutely terrible idea, and it's up to you; as Sergeant Dan Marshall and your interchangeable squad to make sure it doesn't happen.

For the vast majority of the game, the plot is pretty predictable, and often feels like it gets in the way of what the developers wanted to do with the game. Admittedly, there are a few cool ideas introduced in the later chapters of the game, but getting to that point means wading through a ton of uninteresting plot points that you're unlikely to care about. In the end, Binary Domain tries it's best to tell us a cautionary tale, but the end result feels like a mixed bag of missed opportunities and what could have been.

"Binary Domain uses some pretty cool effects and animations..."


Luckily, Binary Domain unquestionably works when taken strictly as a shooter. Binary Domain uses some pretty cool effects and animations that allow your robot attackers to be dismantled in pile of scraps -- and it's incredibly rewarding. There are several times throughout the game where you're going to be facing down with a literal ton of pissed off robots, and standing among their sparking debris feels remarkably cool. In general, the combat in Binary Domain feels fun, frantic and fast paced. This isn't one of the AAA shooters we've been waiting for -- but the gameplay makes it feel like it should have been.

It's when Binary Domain starts to branch out from these core mechanics, that it starts to fall apart. A good portion of the game features squad based controls, which works when it wants to, but seems tacked on when it doesn't. Your squad mates have different specialties, and you'll find plenty of times to use them, but the game also employs a relationship system, which changes how your team will relate to your commands. Lead them helplessly into firefights and they're going to be less likely to listen to your orders, but be a disciplined and fair leader and you'll have their unabashed support. The catch though is that your squad is very forgiving and you almost have to try to get them on your bad side.

"...a few of the cover items often feel flimsy..."


Binary Domain borrows (read: steals) a lot from Epic Game's Gears of War series, but at this point, a lot of these mechanics have become genre standards, so they're not the first to do so. You'll roadie run, grab cover and blind fire behind it. It mostly works like it should, and there are few surprises here, but a few of the cover items often feel flimsy, and you'll even take some shots behind it. It's that unreliability that keeps Binary Domain a good shooter -- but not a great one.

Binary Domain also features a unique voice command functionality that allows you to use a headset to issue your commands. Xbox 360 owners note that there's no Kinect support for some reason, so you'll be going old school on this one. The voice commands are novel, but they're not nearly as responsive as the traditional button press system, so you'll be screaming stuff like “on me” countless times before you get a response.

Binary Domain begins to carve out its own identity early on in the game, but quickly succumbs to trying too hard to be like all of the popular shooters on the market. It's fun to mow down robots, but there's really not much else to it. In the end, Binary Domain is a fun and satisfying shooter, as long as you don't look too far into it. 



CHEATS USED: Achievements/Trophies Lists

As of this writing, there are no cheats available for Binary Domain, but as a shooter there are several cheats I would love to see, like no recoil, no reload and of course, god mode and unlimited ammo.

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posted: 3/30/2012 4:20:29 PM -  Report Post              I rate this game   edit post

It might be worth noting that the PC port is launching on April 6, so that cheat factor might be a bit better in the near future!

I enjoyed the game quite a bit myself, but the voice command system was very flunky for me using my 360 headset - before I switched to using button commands I somehow hit something like 50 curses by the end of the first act because of background noise, despite the fact I'd extensively calibrated the system.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit more than any other cover shooter as of late. Taken at face value, it's not much - but it manages to add a lot of depth by characterizing your allies, twisting the plot how you least expect it, and keeping the core gameplay refreshing (and funny) simply by having your enemies react to critical wounds in various ways. The weapon/character upgrade system was a nice touch, and requiring micromanagement of nanomachines to get skill bonuses is a pretty neat way to limit your abilities.

That said, I'm hoping that a trainer for the PC release will have an option to max out squadmate trust levels - it's hard to get the best ending.

[Edited by Shotgunmaniac, 3/30/2012 4:20:55 PM]

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