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Gamers are renowned for having plenty to say on the performance of their teammates, be they real or AI; often barely a round can go by in a multiplayer without someone unleashing a torrent of abuse. Developers rarely employ a players' linguistic skills for gameplay purposes; a number of Kinect optimised titles have begun to incorporate voice control, whilst Tom Clancy's End War is one of the few cross-platform to implement a solid system of vocal commands.

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Sega's new squad-based third-person shooter Binary Domain is set to be the next to include voice control as one of its (distinctly un-binary) two unique selling points; the other is what Sega are calling the 'Consequence System'. Every interaction and command issued to your squad-mates, verbally or through traditional button input, will affect their trust level; expose them to too much enemy fire or respond rudely, and they'll be less inclined to follow your orders or help you out when you get into trouble.

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Set in 2080 in a Tokyo overrun by advanced humanoid robots, players join a team of international peacekeepers fighting through the two-tiered dystopia of the Japanese capital. Prior to each level, players will get a choice of two companions to accompany you, ranging from the burly heavy weapons expert, to the suave, French-accented (and thankfully friendly) robot, and numerous others. Each character's specialities will affect how the level plays, along with their individual trust levels.

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No shooter (third-person or otherwise) would be worth its salt without solid death-dealing mechanics; thankfully Binary Domain looks like it won't disappoint. Your enemy comprises of waves of assorted bipedal robots, resembling a cross between Terminator's T-800 endoskeleton and I, Robot's NS-5 antagonists, complete with location-based procedural damage - fill an enemy's arm with hot lead and it's likely to drop its weapon, before picking it up again and trying to wield it one-handed. Legs are another component susceptible to destruction, resulting in downed foes trying to crawl towards you if you don't deliver the finishing blow.

Throw in a class-based multiplayer with a variety of modes and the end result is what promises to be a entertaining, carnage-laden romp; whilst there are the inevitable comparisons with the a certain Gear based blockbuster, the satisfying gun-play and intriguing squad karma system means Binary Domain should still be worth your consideration on release.

Beanz | 24th February, 2012
Ewok's picture
Good preview.

Looks like it has a fair bit going for it, I especially like the idea of the 'Consequence System' as that sounds fairly unique.

All in all it looks and sounds pretty solid and definately something I'd be interested in.

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