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Trailer for Sega's new shooter is pioneeringly generic, but has an awesome ending

Bombed-out city. Waist-high walls. Bland white guy in body armour with bland one-liners. Hulking great black guy with hulking great arms who says "Foo!", "Dammit!" and "You crazy, man". Pretty-but-stern, ethnically-ambiguous woman who leaps gymnastically through the air at every opportunity and never with any good reason. Robots. Robots with guns. Giant gleaming white robots that can't be killed by normal means. Cardiac needle full of adrenalin for the comatose games journalist.

Yes, the trailer for Binary Domain, the suicidally-titled new shooter from Sega's Yakuza team, couldn't be any more generic and Japanese if it was eating Pocky while giggling and doing a peace sign at a giant spikey-haired emo rape-tentacle. But there is an awesome bit at the end that you totally won't see coming. Well you'll see something coming, now that I've told you that . But you won't know what. Anyway, watch it.

Interesting, no? Who are the good guys now? Who are the bad guys? Are there even good guys and bad guys, or are there just guys, and guns, and more guys? Argh! EXISTENTIAL BREAKDOWN!

Okay, so if we're being honest, the whole questioning-of-humanity-in-a-war-zone-and-hey-bub-just-what-makes-a-human-human-anyway-and-what-is-the-nature-of-this-soul-thing-and-how-does-one-get-one-and-can-machines-not-be-people-too-and-maybe-even-show-more-humanity-than-actual-meaty-humans-anyway schtick is also a massive cliche. But let's face it, by this point so is everything else. You're sitting in front of a monitor, reading about video games on the internet. That's a cliche. But you're enjoying it, aren't you? Let's not worry about it too much.

Binary Domain could turn out to be awesome. In fact, coming from the team being Sega's consistently excellent, consistently mental Yakuza series, it probably will, as long as it doesn't go too far in the direction of naively pandering to falsely-percieved Japanese impressions of what the western market wants, constructed from an ironic position of Japanese naivety. Which it seems to be doing a bit. But hopefully not too much. But seriously, Sega needs to change that title if it actually wants to sell any copies of this thing. Game sounds like a damn algebraic mechanism.

What do you reckon?

Dec 1, 2010

33 comments

  • teapotking - December 4, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    Is it just me or is the White guy voiced by Dan Green?!
  • EroticInvisibleMan - December 2, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    I'm calling it here first: One of those main characters (of the resistance?) is a robot.
  • NanoElite666 - December 2, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    Hrm, the goofy pattern on the chick's back ain't got nothing on Isaac's RIG spine.
  • FriendlyFire - December 2, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    @db1331: Wait, what? Vanquish was awesome, this looked really bad. In fact, this game, as far as mechanics go, seems to be aping Vanquish a LOT. Same human-vs-robot, same dismembered torsos going back to life and attacking you, same "cool moves" by the protagonist, same big gruff dude at your side that you often seem to be bickering with, heck, the girl looks like the one in Vanquish in some ways too... The only difference was that the animation and graphics here look plastic, rigid and lifeless, while Vanquish was a distilled action movie in a game box.
  • Tygerclaws - December 1, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Well, that wasn't horribly acted at all. Not to mention rather soulless, and uninformative until the "ZOMG DO YOU GET THE METAPHOR, STUPID KID??" ending. Honestly, didn't Bayonetta teach us that parodying a stereotype is STILL DOING A STEREOTYPE? This is why I dislike the whole "Oh, irony is cool!" movement that's been going on lately. Yeah, it's nice that you realize what you're doing is stupid, but you're still doing it. Unimpressed, until I see some actual information.
  • ODmangaz - December 1, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    Well, i hope the robots are the good guys...just fora change of pace and then i hope we play as the robots, cuz humans just plain suck.
  • CountZero - December 1, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Pretty much all ideas are cliche these days, if you boil them down to their essence. What matters is the way they are presented, and whether that is entertaining, interesting and/or effective. Anyway, this game looks like none of those three things so far. Although I admit I'm curious what the deal is with the twist at the end. Seems silly, but maybe it's cool?
  • Letter11 - December 1, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    LOL! "Let the good times roll..." WTF? I like the Yakuza series a lot so I'll follow this, but I'm not to hopeful.
  • DecoyOctorok - December 1, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    *Sigh. This is what happens when a shrinking Japanese market tries to appeal to Western tastes. I long for the wacky and colorful Sega games of the Dreamcast era even more now.
  • Turboash - December 1, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    Haha... DIE stupid humans, DIE!
  • Syncmaster - December 1, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    we should play as the robots, I would totally love to shoot those cliche humans in the face
  • foxyexplosion - December 1, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    absolutely ridiculous. Why is only her top half human? what reason could there possibly be? Is it just future robot fashion to have your torso mimic the enemies. Im excited to see how it turns out now cause the cut scene was three directions of stupid. They could do something interesting playing off of the macho stereotypes we use with the sadistic main character but the cutscene had little general flow. Ill keep my eye on it though
  • Derwood - December 1, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    its not "V for Victory" or a peace sign. That means "smile" in their culture, hence, why they do it at cameras, why, i don't know.
  • bass88 - December 1, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    I honestly think the trailer was satirical. Most OTS shooters are like what this trailer offers. Only this game seems to recognise that this is a problem and plans to counter the conventions of OTS shooters. The gameplay is probably going to be no different than Gears Of Dead Space but the story could be very interesting. I'll watch for further trailers.
  • Jayler - December 1, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    laissez les bon temp rouler they pulled that one straight from new orleans
  • BobberyFan98 - December 1, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    Personally, I don't understand the ending very well. But as for the game, It look's great. Let's just hope that Sega doesn't screw it up.
  • Crabhand - December 1, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    I nearly lost it at "Let the good times roll". I mean, come on... WHO THE FUCK WROTE THAT LINE? WHY IS THIS PERSON FUNCTIONING IN SOCIETY? I would like to also mention my current shirt happens to say "Let the good times roll", but in all fairness Kawasaki did it first.
  • atomicsandman - December 1, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    The trailer wasn't so much Japanese as cheesy and boring, also the plot sounds very Deus Ex-y.
  • gelatinabomination - December 1, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Wait what? Japan makes my tummy hurt.
  • db1331 - December 1, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    It looks no more generic than all those Vanquish trailers everyone was crapping themselves over a few months ago.

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