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February 8 2012
Binary Domain - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/2/2012SegaSegaYakuza Studio
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Squadmates offer advice during battles.
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Binary Domain is a decent looking game.

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Driving through the sewers on a jet ski.
Sega really are a company struggling and the proof is simply in the way in which their often brilliant titles struggle to sell in mass quantities. One need only look at Vanquish, Resonance of Fate, Aliens Vs Predator and Sonic Generations which all should have sold several times more copies then they did to see how the company struggles to generate sales. Can Binary Domain change the company’s fortunes?

Binary Domain is an all-new third person squad-based shooter from the creator of Sega's Yakuza franchise. Set in a robot-invaded Tokyo in 2080 the game sees you controlling an international peace-keeping squad that soon starts to question their surroundings and the choices they made. Are the robots becoming more human, or are humans becoming more like machines?

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Taking cover from enemy fire in Binary Domain.
One unique system to Binary Domain is the Consequence system which, as the press release states, "combines gameplay elements and AI to create different in-game experiences based on your actions, your choices and your words." Depending on your actions - be they during battles or conversations - you will affect the trust levels of your squad mates. Even your in-game behavior from aggression levels, to courage, to cowardice, and pace will also affect your At times your squad mates may be in disagreement and your decision to side with one of them, may alienate yourself from the other.

Conversing with your squad mates is interesting in itself as Binary Domain allows you to use a microphone to issue commands to your squad mates, respond to questions and hold conversations. If talking isn't your thing then you can, of course, use the Dual Shock controller instead.

As well as the single player campaign Binary Domain includes extensive online modes and options including customisable loadouts. These modes, which allow for up to 10-players in each match, include Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch, Data Control (which is similar to Capture the Flag), Operation (which is a Sudden Death mode) as well as Survival styled modes. It's looking pretty slick so let's hope enough gamers jump online when this game launches. Oh, keep an eye out for Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza as a playable character online too!

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Now that's one massive weapon in Binary Domain.
Visuals in Binary Domain aren't what one would refer to as groundbreaking however if the game manages to run at a slick pace - not too dissimilar to Vanquish last year then there shouldn't be too much to complain about.

Time will tell if Sega have a hit on their hands with Binary Domain and much of the success may come down to the uniqueness with the games voice control. If it works well in ordering your squad around then the game could be a success. If not, this could be another "run-of- the-mill" shooter, although Sega's output of late has been impressive enough to provide hope for a fun shooter at the least. We'll know for sure in a couple of weeks time.