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The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 22:00
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Binary Domain

Taking cues from Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica, Binary Domain chronicles the conflict between robots and the humans they strive to emulate. Originally created to serve, the robots have acquired human characteristics and will stop at nothing, including revolution, to claim their place in the world.

Read Susan Arendt's full preview of Binary Domain here. Binary Domain is due out for Xbox 360 and PS3 in February 2012.

Susan Arendt:
In 2080, robots have been created to help build a city on top of Old Tokyo, but those machines have been acquiring more and more human traits, which is increasingly problematic for the actual human population. Though some of the machines are still clearly robotic, others can now pass for human and are integrating themselves into society. You and your team must go after the creator of the robots and stop them.

The level I got to play from Binary Domain was combat-heavy and showcased the more robotic-looking machines that you'll be fighting. They're determined little suckers who, one presumes, don't feel remorse or pity and will never, ever stop. The game features procedural damage, so if you blow off a robot's head, it will walk around confused, but if you blow off its arms, it won't be able to aim a gun at you anymore. Just because they're in pieces doesn't mean they give up, though; I shot off one robot's legs, then looked down moments later to discover that it was hanging on to my ankles, keeping me stuck in place.

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