Binary Domain to me is kind of like Nier. Its a game that has lots of things wrong with it, but you can forgive those things because what it does well, it does REALLY well.
For starters, the character dialogue/trust system is probably the worst I've ever seen in a game. Your squadmates ask you the most ridiculous, contrived questions, and you can easily tell what answer they want to hear in order to increase trust. Also, they constantly run across your line of fire while your unloading a magazine into a robot, and when you shoot them, the trust level drops. The kicker? The trust factor doesn't even matter, because your squadmates never obey your tactical commands anyway. The system is entirely broken. I'm not sure why they even included that feature in the first place. Also the cover system is very twitchy. Even worse than Mass Effect 2's.
In the face of all this, the game is still kind of awesome. It has a really great story. It's like a crazy combination of I, Robot and Terminator, with some really awesome twists. The gunfights are extremely intense, and the enemy AI is surprisingly good. They'll rush you and flank you if you try to stay in cover too long. Dismembering the robots so that they crawl across the ground legless, or when they start shooting other robots once you remove their heads...its all very fun. The shooting itself works really well and feels really good, and you can feel the shooting mechanic improve as you upgrade your gun throughout the game. The setpieces are really well done, and the sound design is top notch.
I liked the game overall, and would really like to see a more polished sequel that either overhauls or scraps that conversation system. Lots of good ideas in this game. Definitely worth playing, especially at the price it's at now.
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