We always knew it would be only a matter of time before the robots took over the world, and the time is quickly approaching. Slated to be released in the first quarter of 2012, Binary Domain pits your human squad against Terminator style machines who are hell bent on taking over the world. This third-person shooter takes no prisoners as you make your way through and over obstacles in Tokyo during the year 2080.
The combat is squad based, and you will utilize commands to control the other members of your team. They can assist you, cover you, and even heal you if you become overrun. Binary Domain depends heavily on cover, and you will need to utilize it to the fullest extent while pluggin' away at the metal deviants. With agressive AI constantly throwing rounds downrange, it's up to you to determine the safest path for your squad to cut through the city. At a glance, it bears a striking resemblance to Gears of War, though with less brown tones.
Don't expect the robots to go down without a fight. Shooting off limbs definitely doesn't immobilize them, as they will pick up a weapon with their good arm or scramble towards you with just their upper body if their legs are incapacitated. Sometimes head shots yield scrambled circuits, causing what was once your enemy to open fire on his comrades without abandon.
Our short time with the demo proved to be action-packed with very little time to breathe or get our wits about us. The robots quickly adapt to your shooting style and will vary their approach in order to take you out once and for all, even utilizing attack squads and snipers. The boss we fought was a large menacing beast that required climbing a few sets of stairs to get a good shot at his weak spot- after we blew of his armor with a precision rocket launcher.
So far Binary Domain looks to be on the right track, and displays promising visuals with some great combat. Hopefully we won't see too much of a muddled storyline, though we're definitely curious how the robots came to rule Tokyo.