|a game by||Ryu ga Gotoku Studio|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Third-Person Shooter, Cyberpunk Games|
In a future where global warming has rendered most of the world uninhabitable, robots are the new pillars of society. However, these automatons display more humanity than one might think, and that’s the world where Binary Domain takes place.
A fascinating proposal made by the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Binary Domain goes one step beyond your usual seventh-gen third-person shooter. Thanks to the excellent Consequence System, the game manages to feel more like a visual novel than it does an action game in all the right places, despite a few minor quirks.
Dealing with Consequences
As previously mentioned, Binary Domain takes place in a futuristic world where robots are the main labor force. However, as time went on, more advanced androids blurred the lines between humanity and machines, and robotic terrorism became a major threat to an already damaged humanity.
Players control the leader of the Rust Crew: a multinational special forces team that deals with the rising terrorist threat. While Binary Domain could be confused with a robot-themed Gears of War at first, it distances itself from other third-person shooters of its generation with its unique “Consequence System.”
As you progress through the game’s levels, your interactions with your squadmates will determine how much they trust you. Things like friendly fire or issuing commands they disagree with can lower your squad’s opinion of you, negatively affecting the game’s ending.
Loud and Clear
Another area where Binary Domain oozes uniqueness is in the way players can interact with the other members of the Rust Crew. While most other squad-based games – like the Ghost Recon series – would have you issuing commands through a menu, in Binary Domain, you have the option to actually say what your orders are.
This is due to the game having an integrated speech recognition where you’ll be able to speak into your mic and tell your AI-controlled teammates what to do. On paper, that sounds like a dream come true for player immersion; but not everything works as well as it should.
While voice recognition works most of the time, it certainly isn’t flawless. During tense situations, when you most need the support of your squad, these voice commands can let you down, even if you perfectly speak any of the six different languages recognized by the system. Thankfully, you aren’t forced to use these voice commands, as you can as easily select them from a typical squad orders menu, making them feel more like a gimmick than a real feature.
AI And Plot
The AI in Binary Domain is nothing short of amazing. Enemies adapt to your strategies in real-time, always posing a challenge no matter how confident you feel in your skills. In fact, the advanced AI makes the robots in the game feel more real than most humans in other shooters.
Developed by the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio – the developers of the acclaimed Yakuza series – one can expect the plot of Binary Domain to be as emotional as possible. While not as impactful as the adventures of Kazuma Kiryu in Kamurocho, there’s lots of drama and action to see in Binary Domain’s bombastic campaign.
Binary Domain is a unique shooter that dares to go beyond its genre’s established conventions. While some mechanics can feel a bit gimmicky, the overall presentation and gameplay are some of the best of its generation.
- Gripping plot
- Interesting characters
- Great voice acting
- Solid controls and gunplay
- Voice commands often feel gimmicky
- The lack of music for most of the game can be jarring