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Sega Announces Squad-Based Shooter 'Binary Domain'

What happens when you make smart machines? They rebel, that's what.

On the heels of a recent Famitsu debut, Sega of America and Europe have announced Binary Domain, an original squad-based shooter that's being handled by Yakuza mastermind Toshihiro Nagoshi for eventual releases on the Xbox 360 and PS3

The game is set in a "robot-invaded" Tokyo in the year 2080. Specifically, you'll be navigating the "derelict lower levels" of this future Tokyo as a squad of three international peacekeepers. This squad is just a part of larger "battle for humanity" against these robot invaders, who are supposedly rather intelligent.
  
The twist is that Binary Domain isn't purely about killing wicked robots. The game will attempt to present a familiar sci-fi ethical quandary as you progress: are these machines you've been massacring really all this terrible or is humanity actually the bad guy? 
 

Red lights! That means kill it! 
 


== TEASER ==“What I wanted to create this time was a dramatic and energetic sci-fi shooter," Nagoshi said in a press release statement. "When you hear 'sci-fi' you may think of cold, clinical environments but with Binary Domain I wanted to combine this with a deep human drama." 

"The keyword we have in mind for this project is ’life’. I wanted to make something that will be accepted by both the Japanese and Western markets, and this fundamental theme is something everyone knows but which the full extent of can be difficult to grasp.”

Sega is talking big and bold about the robot's combat AI, saying that it'll make "the battlefield a more compelling experience than ever before." Sega also warns that we'll have to plan our moves ahead of time and be careful while moving across the battlefield... or else.

Take a gander at the game's first trailer before you judge. It's pretty hip. 
  
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Posted by BradNicholson

On the heels of a recent Famitsu debut, Sega of America and Europe have announced Binary Domain, an original squad-based shooter that's being handled by Yakuza mastermind Toshihiro Nagoshi for eventual releases on the Xbox 360 and PS3

The game is set in a "robot-invaded" Tokyo in the year 2080. Specifically, you'll be navigating the "derelict lower levels" of this future Tokyo as a squad of three international peacekeepers. This squad is just a part of larger "battle for humanity" against these robot invaders, who are supposedly rather intelligent.
  
The twist is that Binary Domain isn't purely about killing wicked robots. The game will attempt to present a familiar sci-fi ethical quandary as you progress: are these machines you've been massacring really all this terrible or is humanity actually the bad guy? 
 

Red lights! That means kill it! 
 


== TEASER ==“What I wanted to create this time was a dramatic and energetic sci-fi shooter," Nagoshi said in a press release statement. "When you hear 'sci-fi' you may think of cold, clinical environments but with Binary Domain I wanted to combine this with a deep human drama." 

"The keyword we have in mind for this project is ’life’. I wanted to make something that will be accepted by both the Japanese and Western markets, and this fundamental theme is something everyone knows but which the full extent of can be difficult to grasp.”

Sega is talking big and bold about the robot's combat AI, saying that it'll make "the battlefield a more compelling experience than ever before." Sega also warns that we'll have to plan our moves ahead of time and be careful while moving across the battlefield... or else.

Take a gander at the game's first trailer before you judge. It's pretty hip. 
  
Edited by Tonic7

Nice. 
 
I like "sci-fi" with deep "human drama."

Posted by gla55jAw

Almost.

Posted by skadbob
@Tonic7 said:
" Nice. "

Grats!
Posted by Tonic7

Upon further review, the dialog seems realllly corny, but the woman with the robot legs at the end of the trailer was an interesting twist. Cyborgs, ho!

Posted by MysteriousBob

Those screenshots make it look like a B-movie version of Mass Effect running on the Wii.

Posted by JackGordon86

Where's Aliens: Colonial Marines?

Posted by cikame

woah

Posted by CookieMonster

This reminds me. I've got to pick up Vanquish at some point.

Posted by Rockanomics

"Let the good times roll"? Really? Wow, this looks awful.

Posted by Unlogik

Looks like it's using the same engine as the Yakuza series. Hopefully not the same clunky controls.

Posted by Skald

What the hell am I looking at?

Posted by Max_Antrax

This looks kinda like ´BRUTE FORCE` whow that i still remember that game

Posted by falserelic

Reminds me of terminator.

Posted by Jack

Seems generic at first but kind of intrigued by the last part of the video. Shot of the video at ~1:25 looks "in game-ish". 3rd person shooter? :D

Posted by msavo

This looks bad. The opening looked corny and I hope it is a variety of enemies and not just those green robot looking dudes for the majority of the game. 

Posted by Fontan

Looks and sounds so undeniably Japanese. No surprise in the giant robot. 
 
Even the woman being a robot I was kind of expecting... let's see what comes up of this.

Posted by ka_tet19

this looks, sounds and feels like amateur hour.  

Posted by crusader8463

This game better have the Mr Roboto song in it somewhere!   

Posted by JackSukeru

The whole thing reeks of bad. The question is, is it the kind of "bad" that you can get behind?

Posted by Hitchenson

That guy reminded me so much of a TF2 Cole Train.

Posted by issun187

Holy shit, the voice acting is atrocious.

Posted by Greenshoes

Oh I get it, there are two sides. 

Posted by Olivaw

Spoiler warning: MAN IS THE REAL MONSTER.

Posted by Raven10
@Hitchenson said:
" That guy reminded me so much of a TF2 Cole Train. "
That's exactly what I thought. Except Cole Train is funny. And TF2 is funny. And this guy was decidedly not funny.
Posted by Hitchenson
@Raven10 said:
" @Hitchenson said:
" That guy reminded me so much of a TF2 Cole Train. "
That's exactly what I thought. Except Cole Train is funny. And TF2 is funny. And this guy was decidedly not funny. "
Who's fault is that?
Posted by Gargantuan

That was horrible.

Posted by BeachThunder
@Hitchenson said:
" @Raven10 said:
" @Hitchenson said:
" That guy reminded me so much of a TF2 Cole Train. "
That's exactly what I thought. Except Cole Train is funny. And TF2 is funny. And this guy was decidedly not funny. "
Who's fault is that? "
It ain't mine!
Posted by Beauty

This looks horrible.  
I-robot + Monday Night Combat + Vanquish + Terminator = me wasting 4min & 26 sec

Posted by JesseCherry

Looks ubber budget and generic

Posted by BetonneTom

Wow that looked absolutely terrible, just a standard japanese cover based shooter coupled with the whole: look we japanese only think in stereotypes!  

Posted by MooseyMcMan
@BeachThunder said:
" @Hitchenson said:
" @Raven10 said:
" @Hitchenson said:
" That guy reminded me so much of a TF2 Cole Train. "
That's exactly what I thought. Except Cole Train is funny. And TF2 is funny. And this guy was decidedly not funny. "
Who's fault is that? "
It ain't mine! "
Man, now I want to listen to the Cole Train rap again...
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Posted by Milkman

Man, that was some kind of awful. Seems like another desperate plea from Japan to say "Hey America! We can make cool shooters too! Look at all these embarrassing stereotypes that we're trying to pass off as characters!"

Posted by Darkraven

japanese skynet!

Posted by Turista

Terribad voice acting is terribad. 
 
But the ending got me intrigued.

Posted by Hector

This game.....yeah....

Posted by VooDooPC

I get a huge "I, Robot" vibe from the robot design.

Posted by Quacktastic

Man, I bet at some point in this game something is going to be shooting at me and then I'm going to have to crouch behind a chest-high wall and shoot back at it !!  Forget everything you thought you knew about video games!  No, seriously, forget everything.  Let's find new hobbies.

Posted by Jellybones

Sassy black man quota has been met.

Edited by august

Impressively generic!
 
 
EDIT: Okay, at least they're trying with the end there.

Posted by MisterMouse

it will be interesting to see how this turns out.

Posted by HatKing

"Let the good times roll." 
  
 That's it, I'm done.
Posted by AhmadMetallic

why wont sega lay down and die ?

Posted by BraveToaster

Oh nooooo.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Why does his gun have a meat tenderizer for a muzzle? And am I the only one who thinks the blade on the LMG looks like they just took some Forerunner spire and stuck it on there, rather than an actual blade? Is that the best they could do to make the weapons look in any way unique? 
 
Also this looks like 90's CG. You'd think a company like SEGA could at least make a decent looking game or have the common sense to wait till the engine was presentable to, ya know, present it.

Posted by theberserker

generic iRobot design meets Army of...3 
 
garbage

Posted by Rayfield

Don't even try with me Sega. You know what you've done.
Posted by BitterAlmond

Oh hey, look, it's Terminator.

Posted by jayjonesjunior

sega...

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