Binary Domain details
|Formats:||18 PS3, Xbox 360|
|Rental release:||24 Feb 2012|
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Best game of 2012 (so far)By SimonMG (7 reviews) from here , 01 Mar 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]Binary Domain's greatest strength is not in innovating or pushing boundaries but much like Darksiders it knows how to take many elements from other games (and other sources) and mix them together in away that actually improves those element's;
Main character design from Gears of War, but with toned down enough so as to not be too distracting.
The presentation of story from Kojima's games, but with a much more precise and ergonomic use of dialogue and exposition.
Even taking elements from something like Mass Effect with light RPG trapping like being able to choose who is in your squad as well as talk to them (Improving or damaging their trust in you depending on your answers), but by not having such a large focus on the mechanic they get to get use it sparingly and only when it would have a strong effect for the player.
The features a lot to mechanics, Squad commands, self revival, equipable buffs, weapon leaving up/ upgrades, but the one part that needs to be praised above all others is that shooting the many varied enemy robots is always fun.
Each enemy's body is covered in many different pieces of amour that can be broken independently of one another, rather then being a purely visual clue as to how low their help bar is, this allows for dismemberment. Losing heads, legs, arms, each effects the battles in a myriad of ways and it is always worth varying up what you focus your attacks on.
Last thing to say on gameplay is that BD is a rare game where some slowdown in the more intense moments helps to elevate those moments (Much like in Treasure's old games)
When it comes to the story one should think of it as a 80's sci-fi horror anime, big cheesy, goofy but often turning po-faced to talk bluntly about the ramifications of the events of the story, in this case being the line between human and AI and how far you would have to go before the differences became nothing but a technicality, ultimately BD brings these ideas up more to fit in with what its cribbing from rather then to have the player think seriously about these issues.
With a focus of tactile feedback from the gun play and a light hearted tone BD is an amazingly easy play through that does right what so many games fail at.
I am really hoping for this franchise to continue.
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One of the best games I've ever played.By coolmarvin (1 review) , 21 May 2013One of the best games I have ever played and this is coming from someone who doesn't even like the shooter genre.
Fantastic storyline, gripping, entertaining and original. You couldn't ask for more in that regard. The battles themselves are so enjoyable, rewarding and require an element of skill at times. Graphics are top notch, they put every inch of detail into everything and I mean everything.
It's criminal that games like Gears of War and Halo are rated so highly and true masterpieces like this get over looked.
I would strongly recommend anyone to rent this at the very least, would even go as far as to say you should buy a copy for yourself so you can play it over and over again. It's that good.
Much better than it initially appears...By Liamjmulvey (15 reviews) from London , 22 Apr 2013This game begins as with any other cover based shooter a la Gears of War. The mechanics are similar and the plot is flimsy. Initially you're stuck with one sidekick who is an obnoxious american special forces with some of the crassest, most sexist one liners I've ever heard. However as the game progressed this appears to be a deliberate choice rather than a bad mistep. The plot has some nice twists which, although somewhat predictable, do lend themselves to a tense and engaging end battle. A very nice aspect to the game is the arcade style scoring. When blowing up the robot enemies you gain points depending on how you disable them and they react differently to losing a particular appendage. Blow off their head and they begin to shoot at anything near them. Blow off their leg and they'll hop towards you and then crawl. Blow off their arm and they use their good arm to pick up their weapon arm and continue fighting. This leads to some very tactical fighting rather than just mowing everything down in front of you. One mechanic that doesn't quite work is the respect meters. Each character has feelings about your protagonist. Your actions and conversation decisions influence their feelings and impact massively on the end game. Unfortunately these aren't always helpful. The AI team mates will at times run directly across your direction of firing and then lose respect for you when you obviously shoot them. Equally upon emerging into a room full of enemies, I was docked respect points for not trying to run straight at them. Bar this slightly awkward mechanic, the AI is generally good, the plot is great and the gameplay is engaging. The multiplayer is a bit more generic but admittedly I didn't try it out that much. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys shooters and a cyber sci fi setting.
Fantastic Game.By djb25 (50 reviews) from barnsley , 17 Feb 2013Pleasantly suprised with this game, graphics are spot on, the characters are good and the gameplay runs nice and smooth, played from start to finished and loved every minute of it, highly recomend it, its sort of like gears of war with robots...and not as polished, but still awesome. easy acheivements too.
A must have game!By Benmil2505 (3 reviews) , 30 Jan 2013One of the best games I have played for a while, great graphics, great gameplay...but most of all the stroyline is brilliant. I have played this from beginning to end half a dozen times, and still not got bored of it!
Robot killerBy Mistermister (5 reviews) , 18 Dec 2012Loved this game. Story had enough twists to keep you interested. One of the few games where you don't want it to end. Gameplay amazing. Graphics great too. Best tps played this year