In Binary Domain you play as Dan Marshal, a member of the U.S. Special Forces who is also known as “The Survivor”. The story starts in the early 21st century, due to global warming most of the world has been flooded by water forcing nations to rebuild new cities above the waterline using the old cities as a foundation. Since millions of humans died in the flooding, robots were created as manual labor to help with the rebuilding of the world. The American company Bergen developed most of the robots and soon dominated the market of the robot work force. Amada, a Japanese company, sued Bergen for stealing their technology but since Bergen was already a huge company by that time, the case failed. In 2040 the “New Geneva Convention” was created, outlawing the development of human-like robots in clause 21. In 2080, a human-like robot called a “Hollow Child” attacked Bergen, leaving the question of who made it. This is where Dan comes in, he and his friend Big Bo are now part of a special forces team called a “Rust Crew” who’s mission is to infiltrate Amada, the only other company who could have created the “Hollow Child”, and get the evidence needed to prove the accusation. Along the way you meet up with a pair of ex-MI6 agents, a Chinese Special Forces member, and two French operatives all working as part of a team with you and Big Bo – the Rust Crew. All of you must work together to get the mission done. And thus, the story takes off.
This game implements two unique features which give it a special edge. One is the ability to give commands to and converse with you AI team through a headset. You the player can make commands by simply speaking key words into any gaming headset. This feature can also be used by holding the LB or L2 button on the controller and choosing your response or command with key buttons on the controller. The game works well both ways, but using your voice can connect the player to the game on another level. The other feature is the consequence system. By communicating via your voice or otherwise with your team you face consequences for certain actions. For instance, when playing with Big Bo and Faye (the Chinese agent), Big Bo makes a comment concerning the attractiveness of Faye. You can choose to agree with him or to tell him to knock it off. Either choice will cause one of the teammates to think less of you, agreeing with him will irritate her but make him happy and telling him to stop will do the opposite. Trust of AI is important in this game. If you managing to make one of your teammates stop trusting you they will not listen to any of your commands, they wont heal you after you have been downed, and they will stop helping you in heavy fire situations. You can regain trust, but it takes time and that may be time that you don’t have, so you must choose responses wisely.
The gameplay in Binary Domain is rather simple. It’s a third person shooter, or TPS, and implements the use of three main weapons and grenades. One of these weapons you will always have with you no matter what, the other you can pick up or buy from in-game stores, and the third is a pistol. These in-game stores supply items like med-kits, ammo, different grenade selections, and new guns to take the second gun slot. They also supply upgrades for you and your teams weapons. This upgrade will only affect your main weapon, and the only weapon your teammates have. You will also be able to purchase other upgrades for you and your team, such as health upgrades to raise primary health by 10%. You collect money to purchase said upgrades by killing enemies, which are in abundance. This game is full of enemies, apart from cutscenes and running from place to place, the main bulk of the game is spent fighting off robots and boss-type enemies – which there is no shortage of. Binary Domain can be very tough at times, even on lower difficulties so keep that in mind when choosing you difficulty at the beginning. It is not a typical run-and-gun type of game either, at least not at all times. Some strategy is needed in order to not die.
I gave this game a 7.5 for story, gameplay, and the unique features. Honestly, I had a great deal of fun playing through this game. It was quite a challenge compared to most shooters today and also had a brilliant story that kept me wanting to know more. The game is about 11-14 hours, depending on how quickly you make it through the various boss battles, and does have a multiplayer mode. Sadly, I could not find a match on the MP so I could not review it, it may just be dead for now. Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone who likes shooters and good story.