Binary Domain Sony PS3 Review
Sony PS3 Review
Developer: Yakuza Studio
Released: February 2012
Binary Domain is the latest release from Sega, and was developed by Yakuza Studio. This futuristic shooter may seem like just another run-of-the-mill release, but rest assured that it certainly has a lot more to offer gamers than just a typical shooting affair.
Binary Domain is set in the year 2080 when technology has reached the point where a robot has been developed that is so advanced, that you cannot tell the difference between a human, and the robot.
The U.S. Government decides to swing into action after it was discovered that this was a breach of the Geneva Convention treaty.
The plan is to send in a man by the name of Dan Marshall, and his squad to eradicate any of these robots with human qualities.
What Dan and his team discover is that there are far more robots than they planned to battle, and these were not friendly robots to say the very least.
This makes for a very cool futuristic premise for the shooter, one that gamers can truly grasp onto and seem as plausible.
Once you get into the gameplay, you will realize that the game plays very smooth as a third-person shooter.
The game relies on a lot of strategic cover as you move from area to area, in a very linear fashion, protecting yourself and your sqaud along the way.
While you are moving around with your squad, you actually have the ability to control your squad members via voice control. This works really well throughout the game as they respond to simple commands such as "fire" and "charge."
You can have a lot of fun with the voice control, and you would be surprised with some of the verbiage that these guys pick up on.
The weaponry you will get to utilize throughout the game carries quite the punch, as you get to utilize some killer futuristic guns, as well as secondary guns, grenades, and more.
The missions are varied in that you will get to do some cool things, such as drive a jet ski in one of the levels to try and keep things fresh throughout. Shops you come across during the game also allow you to upgrade your weapons, pushing you to try and unlock as much as possible as you progress.
One of the more interesting things done by Sega and developer Yakuza here is that the game will play out differently depending on how you play it.
If you lose the trust of your squad mates by playing a very reckless style, you will see the story play out differently, with varying cut scenes. We played through a few times in differing styles and can honestly say the variety is pretty strong, and gives a reason to play through the game a few times.
The consequences of not communicating with your squad, and not defending your squad can have a major impact on how much they trust you throughout, and which way your fate will ultimately turn.
The game has some pretty strong replay value as the single-player campaign is a good 10-hours and gives gamers reason to play through it more than once.
The game also features an online mode where you can play in varying versus modes, as well as a co-op mode. The multi-player was not the smoothest online experience we have seen, but the co-op mode was definitely enjoyable. This is one shooter though that packs more value as a single-player experience instead of multi-player.
Binary Domain is a very solid single-player experience on the Sony PS3, a nice change of pace for a shooting genre that typically relies on weak single-player campaigns and beefed up multi-player modes.
The story in the single-player campaign is a lot of fun and the enemies are varied, making for an enjoyable and action-packed shooting experience that will have you involved in many levels.
The game has some good variety throughout and in my opinion is one of the better shooters released in quite some time thanks to some cool features such as the varying story plots based on your play, the voice controls, and more.
Binary Domain is certainly worth a purchase if you are looking for a solid single-player shooter experience.
Final Score: 8.4 out of 10
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