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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Binary Domain is an original squad-based shooter by Toshihiro Nagoshi, the creator behind some of Sega's most well-known video game franchises, including the critically acclaimed Yakuza series. Campaign play in Binary Domain features a trust based system in which the maintenance of relationships developed with AI squadmates are crucial if they are to follow orders. The game also features full destructible robot enemies, a wide range of weapons and a robust range of online multiplayer options.
Binary Domain puts players in the middle of a fast paced and intense battle for humanity against androids called the "Hallow Children" in 2080 Tokyo. Fighting through the derelict lower levels of the city, players control an international peacekeeping squad that soon starts to question their surroundings and the choices they make, especially as they realize that the androids appear to think that they are human and they witness the dramatic divisions within society. In the face of this struggle the question becomes, are these these robots becoming more human, or are humans becoming more like machines?
Gameplay in the campaign of Binary Domain is single player and mission-based, but uniquely interactive. Players assume the role of Dan Marshall, the leader of a multinational squad of commandos known as the "Rust Crew." The different characters of the squad each have different skills and personalities which must be exploited. Players are always Dan, but also command all other squad members, communicating with them either through a headset or via their controller. As players progress through the game they build dynamic relationships with AI squadmates based on the overarching cause and effect component of the game known as the Consequence system. Within the Consequence system, the player's competence in command, as well as their demonstrated understanding of their squadmate's skills, and even the way they talk to squadmates determines the amount of trust each has in Dan. Maintaining a high level of trust ensures that commands are followed, whereas a low level of trust can result in the opposite. Players can only take a certain number of AI squadmates into missions, and with some skills being exclusive to certain characters, maintaining relationships is crucial in the fight against the Hallow Children and the player's survival in the field. The Consequence system also affects the way that the campaign of the story plays out, with the use of different characters in different situations influencing events and outcomes.
Binary Domain 2-10 player online multiplayer support. Seven game modes are represented in this, including: Free For All, Team Death Match, Team Survival, Operation (government forces vs. resistance forces), Data Capture, Domain Control and a 4-player co-op mode. All modes feature the choice of five character classes: Soldier, Scout, Sniper, Heavy Gunner and Striker. Each has a different appearance and different weapons.
Online multiplayer support.
A full armory of weapons.
Fully destructible robots.
Challenging mission play.