Binary Domain is a 2012 third-person shooter developed and published by Sega for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Created by Toshihiro Nagoshi, the creator of the Yakuza game series, Binary Domain takes place in a flood-devastated 2080 where rising sea levels have engulfed much of civilisation. To survive, cities were built above the crumbling ruins of their former selves, with the massive labour demands met by armies of mass-produced robots, creating new industrial superpowers in the process. Truly intelligent robots, however, were outlawed by Clause 21 of the New Geneva Convention, and special multinational taskforces known as "Rust Crews" were created to hunt down all violators and terminate them.
The player takes on the role of a member of such a crew, an American Sergeant named Dan Marshall, as he and his support gunner Sergeant Roy "Big Bo" Boateng make their way into the isolationist fortress-state of Japan, investigating reports of "Hollow Children," robots so lifelike that they are unaware they are not human, being manufactured by Japan's Amada corporation.
The following weapons appear in the video game Binary Domain:
Binary Domain uses an unusual four-weapon inventory system, allocating four slots for different weapons; one of these is dedicated to a sidearm with infinite ammunition, one is for grenades, and one for Dan's default assault rifle which cannot be discarded, while the other can be used to hold any weapon found in the levels or bought from one of the "Ammo Transit" vending machines dotted around the stages. Certain large weapons bypass this system and are discarded if the player tries to switch to another weapon.
The game almost always had Dan working as part of a team, and the player will routinely be asked to select two squadmates from the available roster, each of whom have a default set of weapons appropriate to their class. A trust system gauges how much they like Dan, and is affected by performance in combat and occasional dialog choices; with high trust they will be more effective and may offer to use grenades or more powerful weapons to support him. The game features a simple squad command system, using either voice recognition or a drop-down menu to issue orders, though this system is never particularly necessary.
There is an upgrade system for weapons which uses credits earned by destroying enemies, with more granted for certain special actions. Upgrades do not visually alter the weapons, and the system only allows upgrading of Dan's default rifle and the default weapons of the other characters. Upgrades to other characters' weapons do not carry over to weapons of the same type that Dan uses.
As in many third-person shooters, the guns in Binary Domain are designed with character model poses rather than exact realism in mind, and often feature alterations so multiple guns can use the same hand positions.
Airsoft manufacturer Tokyo Marui lent the game developers a number of airsoft guns to base the in-game models from. This is mentioned in the game's ending credits.
Heckler & Koch Mark 23 Phase II Prototype
A "futurised," fully automatic version of the Heckler & Koch Mark 23 Phase II Prototype called the "LE-18 Machine Pistol" is the primary weapon of Cain, the robot member of the Rust Crew's French element, and is the sidearm of the Jarhead security robots encountered first in Chapter 3. The weapon features the very thin and unergonomic grip common to the game's robot-issue weapons and a Glock-style rear to the slide implying it is striker rather than hammer operated.
A pistol closely based on the SIG-Sauer P226 with some styling elements from the Heckler & Koch USP is a common sight in the hands of NPCs during cutscenes. This is the only Binary Domain gun model taken directly from the Yakuza series without modification.
Magnum Research Desert Eagle Mk XIX
Rust Crew members carry a Desert Eagle Mark XIX as their sidearm. The version in the game is referred to as the "Soldado 38P Auto", and features top and bottom rails (neither of which ever mount anything), a flat-fronted muzzle with striking spikes and a threaded barrel (!), and a more than slightly impossible capacity of 12 rounds. Like all sidearms, the Desert Eagle has infinite reserve ammunition.
The Rust Crew leader, commander Charles Gregory, carries a TDI Vector, referred to in-game as the HIG-PDW44 Submachine Gun; this weapon can also be purchased at Ammo Transit vending stations for Dan's secondary slot, or occasionally found in the levels. The version in game has a custom stock and extended muzzle striking piece, and is fitted with an EOTech sight.
The Rust Crew's demolitions expert, lieutenant Rachel Townsend, carries what appears to be a Remington 870 dressed up as a Franchi SPAS-12 as her main weapon. Referred to as the "HIG-S8 Shotgun," it has an unusual short stock, a triple-rail ahead of the heat shield mounting the front iron sight, and a rail-top receiver with a Hensoldt RSA red dot sight and backup rear iron sight. Note that the shotgun has a sawn-off traditional-style rifle stock, rather than the pistol grip one would expect to find on a military shotgun; this is because Ryu ga Gotoku studio have apparently never gotten round to creating proper in-game animations for a pump-action shotgun with a pistol grip.
Dan's SOWSAR-17 rifle is a highly customised (and rather large) Bushmaster ACR, equipped with an HK-style front sight, flip-up rear sight, an EOTech optic, a large serrated muzzle extension designed for striking, and a fictional "Shock Burst" underbarrel device which can be charged up to fire a large energy ball which knocks enemies aside. The rifle is Dan's standard weapon throughout the campaign and cannot be discarded; it can be customised to improve its performance in various categories, and when fully upgraded is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. It is also seen in the hands of other Rust Crew units in several cutscenes, and appears to be the standardised assault rifle for such units.
A gun dealer encountered as Dan and Big Bo breach the seawall protecting Japan is armed with a curious custom AK-type rifle, with a receiver cover mounted rear sight, a standard AK gas tube retainer with the sight removed, a bent Dragunov-style safety lever and a double-sided charging handle. The weapon has a vented metal upper handguard with a bulky wooden lower; it appears that like the other "rebel" weapons in the game it is supposed to have been pieced together from spares.
The "Akagi 74 Assault Rifle" is a dressed-up FN SCAR-L LB rifle fitted with a huge frame resembling a FAMAS carry handle and with an uncomfortable-looking grip, highly curved magazine and a strange extension on the bottom of the stock. It is the main weapon used by Resistance members encountered in the game, including their leader Akira Shindo who joins the Rust Crew as a selectable squad member. While it is available to the player, it is inferior to Dan's undiscardable default rifle and so there is little point in ever using it.
Barrett Model 98 Bravo
The sole remaining member of the Rust Crew's Chinese contingent is lieutenant Faye Lee, a sniper who uses a modified Barrett Model 98 Bravo throughout the game. This weapon, referred to as the "Jugland R93," has the charging handle of a semi-automatic Barrett instead of its usual bolt handle, and mounts an odd underbarrel grip which appears to be present so that the weapon can use the same hand positions as Dan's standard rifle when it is used by him.
Sergeant Kurosawa of the Japanese Ministry of Homeland Affairs carries a bolt-action sniper rifle closely based on the PGM Mini-Hecate, the "Hoga Type 69 Sniper Rifle," in his police car, first using it at the end of Chapter 3. He is apparently an improbably gifted marksman, since he is able to hit a cable running between two buildings on his first shot. While the weapon can be bought from Ammo Transit stations, for some reason it does not have an entry in the weapons menu in single player. In multiplayer, it was originally a pre-order bonus, though all current versions of the game have it unlocked by default.
Mk 46 Mod 0
Roy "Big Bo" Boateng, as the squad's support gunner, carries a Mk 46 Mod 0 light machine gun, with an extended barrel, SAW-style handguard and para stock, and with a rather small default magazine size of just 55 rounds. For reasons which are unclear, the weapon is also fitted with an enormous wedge-shaped striking piece under the barrel. The weapon is referred to in game as the "Schwarzlose M-489 SAW," the name seemingly a reference to a somewhat obscure WW1 medium machine gun, and is available from Ammo Transit stations and used during the chase sequence in Chapter 3.
PK Machine Gun
The "Akagi-78" is a dressed-up PK Machine Gun with the handguard of an RPD and the muzzle of an MG42, held together with a bulky metal framework that surrounds the barrel and lower receiver. It incorrectly feeds from the left and ejects to the right, though this is most likely because like the Mk 46 it has no belt-mounting stage in its reload animation and the animation uses the gun body to hide the fixed belt on the new drum.
A futuristic version of the FIM-92 Stinger, the "MCGM-76 Anti-Aircraft Missile," is occasionally found, most notably in the battle with the Iron Raptor gunship. Dan cannot carry it as part of his standard inventory, and will drop it if another weapon is selected or he is knocked down by an enemy. It is fitted with a fixed side-mounted scope and the IFF antenna is replaced with a device resembling the scope of a pre-2015 evaluation Heckler & Koch XM25, and a strange, pointless silver rail is fitted to the right side of the tube. It is also shown as reloadable, with new rounds being inserted via the muzzle.
The launcher will not fire without a lock-on, and so must be used in aim mode. This brings up an overlay on the screen for aiming rather than attempting to show an actual sight, though this could be explained as some form of data link. It is implied in the game that the targeting system can be detected, since during the battle with the Iron Raptor the gunship's subunit Condor drones will try to block shots aimed at the boss with their bodies.
As well as her shotgun, Rachel also carries a bulked-up Panzerfaust 3 launcher called the "HEMWL-3.8 Anti-Robot RPG Launcher," with the weapon's stock turned into a grip which also mounts the trigger. The central grip is retained, though it is not clear what it is now supposed to be for.
Fixed gun turrets mounted in various locations mount the "Hoga 69 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun," a Browning M2 with futuristic embellishments and the muzzle of a Mk 19 grenade launcher. These weapons can be used by either Dan or most of the standard robot enemies; using the aim button while operating one will switch to a first-person view of the iron sights. These weapons are also mounted on top of the large APCs used to deliver groups of robots. Low-detail M2-style gun barrels are also seen on the Medusa, Spider and Grand Lancer robots, the latter's weapon being an autocannon-sized version.
Toward the end of the game, footage of American drone warships at sea is shown, the fictional stealthy vessels equipped with a prominent M61 Vulcan in a Phalanx installation on their foredeck.
Dominic Berry, an uncovered Hollow Child uses one when he's confronted by Bergen security robots in Detroit, Michigan.