Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Binary Domain 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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.
You can play this game in the following styles:
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.
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.
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- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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Release Date: 24/02/2012
Out Now: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Players: 1 (4 online)
Components: 3D Third-Person
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