Why Binary Domain is a game you should be excited about

January 5, 2012

Why Binary Domain is a game you should be excited aboutNewly formed studio, Yakuza has been quietly working away on a very interesting title called Binary Domain along with Sega. At a glance the game is a third person shooter with a cover system, but under the hood there is much more going on than meets the eye.

Binary Domain is produced by Jun Yoshino, SEGA’s latest rising star. He works out of SEGA Europe and has been credited for getting the creative juices flowing for hit titles such as Vanquish and MadWorld with Platnium Games. He is now closely working with Yakuza Studio on Binary Domain and you can clearly see his influence in the game.

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The game is set in a dystopia 2080 future, where tension between machines and humans has just started bubbling under the seams. While the game may sound like the plot from the Terminator, its actually more subtle like Deus Ex where the world is on the brink of something major.

Story Trailer

The story is around two major robotics corporations, US based Bergen and Japanese based Amada. Both companies adhere to the Genève Convention’s treaty that no human-like robots will be manufactured, called Hollow Children.

However, things come to a head with an attack on Bergen by a Hollow Children, which prompted the International Robot Technology Agency to send you and a squad out to investigate the suspected Amada Corporation. However, this is where the story gets interesting as things are not as clear as they seem.

The game employs an interesting twist on Dead Space’s limb dismemberment with robots, which results in a curious but satisfying shattering of the robot’s fully destructible metal exoskeleton. Another interesting twist in the game is the Consequence System, which builds the relationship between you and your squad mate depending on the decisions you make in the game.

Weapons Trailer

If you order one of your squad mates into a suicide run, they may start questioning your judgment down the road and hesitate to follow orders. This is an interesting concept that is all driven by voice commands you can shout out via any headset. I can’t say that I’ve seen a character building game mechanic crafted in such a way.

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The game will feature a host of multiplayer components such as deathmatch and capture the flag with its own in-game economy system. With a release date of Feburary 14th across the PS3 and Xbox 360, this may be one title to keep an eye out for.

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35 Responses to “Why Binary Domain is a game you should be excited about”

  1. ncaissie:

    No thanks. Didn’t like vanquish. Also geting the vita.

  2. phranctoast:

    Feb 14 is dedicated to Twisted Metal for me. Thanks for the heads up though. I don’t recall hearing of this game.

    Check out Inversion on the PSN store. Looks interesting enough too.

  3. Roca.:

    everyone should just get as excited as they were about Crysis 2 and Homefront ;)

    Just like Phranc & ncaissie, Twisted Metal & Vita will be getting all my time in Feb and the Mass Effect 3 (Mar).

  4. FahKinSuPah:

    Feb will be FFXIII-2 for me, since its comming out Jan 31. Don’t quite know what to expect from the game but I hope its enjoyable.

    Then March is definately Mass Effect 3.

    I might try to get Dead Island at some point before FFXIII-2 comes out.

  5. Barnabe Jones:

    I’m passing on FF XIII-2 for now. Seems like Square completely ignored all of the complaints about the last game. The biggest change I can see, is that they added QTEs to the combat, and monsters can join your party.

    Good job listening to your fans Square Enix. QTEs will fix everything.

    I’m still working on Batman…. then I have Uncharted 3, Rayman, Skyward Sword, and Ocarina to get through. I still need to finished up Dues Ex.

  6. FahKinSuPah:

    @BJ

    Last I heard they actually listened to people and added an overworld and shops and stuff like that.

  7. Roca.:

    @FahKin

    last I heard the game is much smaller than FF13. I don’t they made any drastic change…

    and even if they did, the FF13-2 title won’t help it.

  8. FahKinSuPah:

    FF13 wasn’t a bad game… it just wasn’t 7,8,9,10, or 12.

    I’m going to buy it regardless. Most likely it will be an enjoyable game in its own right, like 13 was.

  9. FahKinSuPah:

    Speaking of FF13, while I have beaten it there was still a lot of things that I haven’t completed yet in the game. I might work on that, since I beat the crap out of Saints Row 3.

  10. Barnabe Jones:

    I agree. I liked 13, I just wasn’t blown away by it like I wanted to be. It had a lot of faults, but it was still pretty enjoyable.

    I loved X… even though the combat in X-2 was pretty good, I just couldn’t get past the cheesiness. I just have no desire to go back to XIII.

    I have heard that they added in towns, but I don’t think they’ve shown them off that much. All of the promo videos I’ve seen seem to focus in on combat, and the characters.

    IMO my biggest problem with XIII was with the pacing, story, characters, and dialog. Not sure I can stomach, “MUST SAVE CACOON!” for another 30 hours.

  11. FahKinSuPah:

    X was great. One of the best. I didn’t like the ending but I was really psyched about how X2 added to the storyline and gave a new overall ending. I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about the “dress-up” class system but I have to say that it actually grew on me. The battles were fast paced and the system was almost perfect. It also had some very challenging moments and it was pretty rewarding when you could actually get 100% of the game and see the true ending. The cheesiest part of the game to me was the fact that the party was just 3 chicks…

    As for 13 I still have a few of the side quests to do at the end, as well as unlock a bunch of achievements.

  12. ncaissie:

    I finished Uncharted 3 a couple of days ago. After weeks of not playing I only had 5 minutes of play left lol. Now I can move on to finish batman AC, uncharted 1, ME2, batman AA, home front, Ect, Ect, Ect….. LOL I’ll make a list of games tonight.

  13. dans303:

    @mike

    http://gamer.blorge.com/2010/12/01/segas-binary-domain-how-predictable/

    So you’ve changed your tune since this then?

    I don’t see why though. Yes the story is interesting enough but the gameplay still looks uninspired to see the least. Notice how in almost all the ‘Weapons’ clips the environment was basically a grey alleyway? Exciting.

  14. phranctoast:

    “So you’ve changed your tune since this then?”

    Dave wrote that last article.

  15. dans303:

    My bad.

    The second point still stands though, the game doesn’t look very good at all.

  16. Roca.:

    your second point was wrong as well ;)

  17. Barnabe Jones:

    Where is Dave Patrick? Did he quit the Blorge?

  18. Mike Ferro:

    @Dan,

    I did agree with Dave’s opinion of the game back when they released the launch trailer, but after getting some time with the game its changed my view of the game.

    The strategic body part dismemberment, similar to Dead Space works really well with robots. You can shatter a robot’s head and it will still keep coming. The squad based mechanic is interesting and possibly more deep than seen in Mass Effect as these members start rebelling if you abuse them.

    It may not be GOTY but it certainly is looking interesting.

    @Barnabe,

    No Dave is still here, he has been focusing more on TECH and Vista portion of Blorge. He still writes here often.
    He did the Blorge GOTY last week:
    http://gamer.blorge.com/2011/12/27/blorge-game-of-the-year-2011/

  19. ncaissie:

    Just preordered my wifi vita.

  20. Barnabe Jones:

    Thanks Mike! I didn’t realize he posted that last week.

    Congrats Ncaissie! There’s nothing like a new console.

  21. ncaissie:

    Can’t wait to play the new Uncharted.

  22. ncaissie:

    You getting one BJ?

  23. Barnabe Jones:

    Yeah I am. Not sure if I’ll get one right at launch though. I still have a lot of PS3 games to get through. Maybe a few months after.

  24. gunstar:

    PS3 is currently at 56 M worldwide. If it sells 15 M units by March 2012 it will be at 65 M.

    Wii is at 89 M units so 33 M difference.
    If the PS3 sells at 15M to 16M a year in two years time it could match Wii numbers dead locked at 100 M units milestone.

  25. gunstar:

    Really looking forward to playing Uncharted 1, is it good?

  26. gunstar:

    Hey guys, I light of the things that went on the games industry since the launch of PS3, what can you say about this:

    ” Stop A Third Sony PlayStation Domination!”

    This seems to sum up everything.

    Everything seems to be negative & against Sony PlayStation. Even in Japan Capcom has tried and tried to equalize the console competition giving exclusivity to its hit franchises to Nintendo yet failed to stop Sony.
    I don’t understand it.
    I saw in a history video by NBC that the only reason M$ got into the video game business was this challenge by Kutaragi that the PS2 will replace the PC as the dominant entertainment platform of the next millennium.
    Though Sony did dominate two generations they somehow tried to monopolize it like how Microsoft monopolized the PC industry. Because Sony left the kiddie market to Nintendo and never touched Mario & Pokemon’s territory.
    And they also did not play Microsft’s sales figures grandstanding game, bilion dollar spending on DLCs & stealing franchises, and billion dollar marketing blitz.
    What is going on?
    The media backlash.
    You don’t read in the news Nintendo versus M$ or Microsuck versus Nintendo. Hell No!
    It’s always Nintendo versus Sony. Microsuck versus Sony. Sony versus Nintendo. Sony versus Microsuck. Sony versus Apple. Sony versus everything else.
    I don’t see $600 price tag arrogance. Its just the way it is – its really expensive tech back in 2006.
    I don’t see Sony’s low marketing budget as arrogance. ts just the way it is – they can not outspend Nintendo, Microsuck and Apple in ads and marketing.

    I chose the PS3 as I have in 2009, because I saw a really good value in it at the time and it did many things I wanted it to do. Lots of free stuff that you really save on gaming in the long run. I imagine if the 360 or Wii did somethings I wanted it to do that the PS3 does not I might buy them too but they don’t so I wont buy them.

    Please share your thoughts & email me at banzaiplayer@gmail.com
    new PSN ID : unchartedboys

    thanks!

  27. dans303:

    “Really looking forward to playing Uncharted 1, is it good?”

    Wait, so after all the times you’ve praised Uncharted, you haven’t even played it? :|

  28. Barnabe Jones:

    To answer a few questions…

    Yes – Uncharted 1 is great.

    Sony wasn’t trying to create a monopoly during the PS2 days, developers just favored the platform because it sold a lot more units than the 360 and GameCube. Also third party exclusives sold much better on the PS2.

    The same thing would have happened this gen with the Wii, except that 3rd party software crashed and burned.

    Most people buy Nintendo consoles just to play Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc, etc.. for all of the other great games, you NEED to have a PS3 or 360.

    The 360’s hardware, and online pricing is a joke. Plus the annual Fable, Halo, Forza releases don’t appeal to me at all.

    The PS3 has been THE place for new and exciting games this gen: LBP, Heavy Rain, Uncharted, Infamous, The Last Guardian, etc, etc

  29. ncaissie:

    There is no company out there that doesn’t want to own the majority share of any industry. If they didn’t then they wouldn’t even have a chance to make it. If I sold a product I sure as hell would want it to sell the most and make me rich.

  30. Roca.:

    Arrow to the knee joke –

    I used to have a life…then I took a controller to the hands

  31. FahKinSuPah:

    I’m getting pissed off at Amazon. Last couple times I’ve ordered from them it took several days just for them to ship it out to me. I ordered Dead Island but it will probably be a week before i get it.

  32. ncaissie:

    That’s why I don’t order anything online that I can buy in a store.

  33. FahKinSuPah:

    Amazon is usually spot on, not to mention I can often get a game cheeper from them than I can get elsewhere.

    Plus I really don’t want to give gamestop any more of my money.

  34. CarlB:

    “Twisted Metal & Vita will be getting all my time in Feb”

    February?

    If I’m not still playing Skyrim I’ll have to choose amongst:

    Jak and Daxter Collection
    Neverdead
    Final Fantasy XIII-2
    Soul Calibur V
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
    The Darkness 2
    Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Ed.
    Ninja Gaiden III
    Syndicate
    SSX

  35. phranctoast:

    “If I’m not still playing Skyrim I’ll have to choose amongst:”

    My backlog is getting crazy.
    Back to the Future is pretty cool.

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