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Binary Domain (2012) is a shooting game set in Tokyo, in 2080 where human-like robots threaten to infiltrate civilisation and take control. Play is a combination of shooting and squad management. It stands out for the believable robotic enemies and a Bladerunner-inspired story about the implications of robots that are imperceptible from humans.

Dan Marshall and his squad are sent to bring the robotic community under control and stop them from living as if they were humans. You play by controlling your character as they move through the city, using cover and shooting down the robots. At the same time, you give commands to your squad on your side.

There are a number of systems that made the game stand out at release. For example, your robotic allies think they are human and remember the way you treat them. They also (to some degree) think tactically for themselves and invite different tactics. More impressive is the way the enemy robots are injured when shot. Not only can you blow parts of their armour and body off, but they respond to this by compensating for missing limbs or changing up their tactics.

The result is a linear but satisfying journey into the heart of this futuristic Toykuo starting in the slums and ending in the pristine tech towers. Like Gears of War, which popularised the third-person battle with human enemies, Binary Domain does this perfectly with a robotic carapace rather than flesh being the target of your bullets.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Binary Domain 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Communication and Narrative elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. There is a seperate Invasion multiplayer mode for 4 players online.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence, Strong Language.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Players use rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades to destroy waves of humanoid robots; the frenetic battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, cries of pain, and splashes of blood. Cinematic cutscenes contain more intense acts of violence: a human-like cyborg (i.e., Hollow Child) tearing the skin from its face; a man pushing a burning cigarette into a character's eye (depicted off-screen); a Hollow Child using a handgun to commit suicide (also off-screen). During the course of the game, some characters make suggestive remarks (e.g., “You know the only movies you watch are porn” and “You can get anything you want down here.”/ “. . . including crabs.”); one casino scene depicts a holographic pole dancer. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Players need to be able to deal with the hectic shooting at the same time as finding cover and issuing orders to their quad.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Binary Domain usually costs £9.99.

Binary Domain

Steam Store PC £9.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/02/2012

Out Now: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Shooting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Communication and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: RGG Studio (@RGGStudio)

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