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GF Rating
7.3

1937 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not Bad

posted by Arswaw (STEVENSVILLE, MI) Apr 28, 2012

Member since Apr 2012

This game was a lot of fun. The voice commands were interesting to use, though they failed at times. It was still interesting to have them in the game though because they are kind of a rare thing to have in a game these days, and I think they did their best at integrating it. As for combat, it is certainly enjoyable but it can get boring after many waves. The story is not as predictable as I thought it would be and kept me engaged fairly well. The QTE's were a little pointless, and the characters shout the same one liners repeatedly during battle. Visuals are actually pretty decent, and so are the boss fights. I would give it an 8.5 out of 10.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A Hidden Gem

posted by dwilss (CEDAR RAPIDS, IA) Apr 26, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

I put Binary Domain in my GameQ after I saw some footage on X-Play a month or so back, and then I kind of forgot about it. I was a little miffed when I actually received it because I was hoping for The Witcher 2, but you should have seen how quickly my frown was turned upside down.

Though classified as a futuristic 3rd person shooter, the game has RPG elements which allow you to customize your squad with skill-enhancing nanotechnology, or upgrade their weaponry. Both interfaces are extremely simple to use and understand, but not in a "dumbed-down" kind of way.

The game is heavily scripted, which only works if the story is compelling; thankfully, this is where Binary Domain excels. The dialogue is a little cheesy at times, but every character is endearing either in spite of or because of it. It's an interesting take on humans vs. robots but the narrative can be overly philosophical at times.

Combat is another high point. There's something extremely satisfying about shooting robots in the face and watching as their armor plating flies off in pieces, or taking out their legs and watching them crash to the floor in a heap of shrapnel. Borrow a Zombieland rule here and make sure to double-tap, because there's a good chance that the robot you just halved with buckshot is clawing the remains of his upper body toward you with his gun still blazing.

There are some quirks here, like a few animation hiccups and a noticeable hit to the framerate on rare occasions. They're easily overlooked, however, because the game is tight where it counts. It is excellently paced, but there's never really a chance to catch your breath in earnest. Think there's a swarm of bots around that corner? You're probably right, and then once you've dealt with them you can probably look forward to one of Binary Domain's challenging bosses, and there are plenty to be had. All of this culminates with the best final boss in recent video game history.

This game is the epitome of a hidden gem.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Better than Expected

posted by ozzyman75 (JOHNSTON, SC) Apr 25, 2012

Member since May 2010

First off. The story is amazing. I loved it the whole way through. This is a game that is a must play. It kept me captivated the whole way. The only flaws I really found were the Voice Recognition system. Its more miss than hit. I had few problems with it. But on occasion it would pick up words that I didn't even speak. The AI will sometimes jump in front of you. This only happened maybe five times to me throughout the game. I loved it and I highly recommend it. Give it a chance and You'll enjoy it for sure

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