If you love guns and robots, this game’s for you. Binary Domain is an original squad-based shooter developed by SEGA games and it places players in the middle of a fast-paced and intense battle for humanity against a robot uprising in 2080AD Tokyo.
The story revolves around an international peacekeeping squad whose mission is to stamp out the mechanical invaders that are terrorizing Tokyo. However, the squad soon realizes that humanoid robots are among them and it becomes increasingly difficult to determine friend from foe. The squad then begins to question their surroundings and the choices they make.
Binary Domain combines elements from different styles of gameplay, providing a unique experience for players. It is, at its core, a third-person shooter, combined with role-playing game (RPG) elements where you’re allowed to make certain choices at some points in the game, as well as give voice commands to your squad members (yes, the game incorporates Voice Recognition technology for a more “natural” feel when interacting with your squadmates) to improve your combat strategies on the field. Another gameplay feature is the ability to build up trust with your members. When you’re taking a break from the fighting, you may interact with the members and select conversation options that may either strengthen your friendship with them or create discord. This is particularly essential as the trust level directly affects the members’ cooperativeness during battle.
Also, in almost every chapter, players are thrown into a minigame as a nice break from the repetitive running and gunning. For instance, there would be car chases, epic escapes by sliding down a waterfall, and so on.
Admittedly, the plot starts off rather slowly, but the last few hours of the game present many interesting twists and surprises, keeping players on the edge of their seats. The story of Binary Domain plays a lot like a good science-fiction movie with futuristic elements and high production values. Though players may feel that the RPG elements feel somewhat superficial, considering how you might have to go out of your way in order to please your squad members, the story and the enjoyable robot shooting makes the game worth its $60 price tag.
Overall, the voice commands and trust systems of the game seem a little undeveloped and yield results that are a little less than satisfactory. But ultimately, Binary Domain remains as an exciting shooter that will not fail to impress gamers who love the action genre.
Binary Domain was released on 28th February and is available now.
Reviewed by munnyndonuts