YMMV / Binary Domain

  • Awesome Music: The Tsar Runner's theme, just for starters. They throw in a little Ominous Latin-esque Chanting for any fight with a Grand Lancer, the Medusa Security System boss, and the final boss fight with The Major, too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cain is easily among the most popular characters of the game going by online comments.
  • Genius Bonus: Gun-savvy people who read the data files can trace the inspirations behind the weapons:
    • As an example, Faye's R93 sniper rifle looks like a Barret M82, but has the design history of the Blaser R93.
    • The Akagi 74 is essentially the AK-74 with a longer barrel and carrying handle.
    • When fully upgraded, Dan's assault rifle is essentially an light machine gun; this makes sense when one realizes that it's based off the HK416, which formed the basis of the USMC's M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle: an extremely accurate LMG in assault rifle body.
  • Porting Disaster: Averted. The PC port plays well, flows smoothly, graphics look as good as the 360/PS3 (with an Nvidia GTX460), and most importantly, QTE prompts can be set to display as either 360 gamepad or keyboard. HOWEVER, like many bad ports, the game doesn't let you bind most of the keys near the arrow keys, so left-handed players are screwed. Also, switching the key bindings doesn't change the QTE button prompts away from the default.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Dan and Faye's Relationship Upgrade can delve into this if the player didn't choose Faye as a squad member prior to them getting separated from the rest of the team along with Cain. One moment they're discussing national stereotypes then, bam, kissing like there's no tomorrow. Not really a bad example since the build-up to their relationship isn't nearly as important as their time as a Battle Couple.
  • Strawman Has a Point: It seems unfair to issue termination orders for all Hollow Children, but Yoshiki demonstrates that they can be overidden at any time, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a Hollow Child. A Hollow Child is the ultimate Manchurian Agent, able to infiltrate anywhere.
    • That said, hybrids are a different matter: Faye makes her temporary Face–Heel Turn because she buys into the Amada A.I.'s philosophy, not because she's been hacked, and she has a very good reason for doing so.
    • Also, while Amada rightly calls out humanity for attempting to genocide the Hybrids just for being different, his philosophy also includes elements of social Darwinism and racial superiority that sound uncomfortably similar to something that might be espoused by Khan Noonien Singh or the Locust Queen, which would justify humanity in not trusting him. That's probably why, even thought Dan let Faye live and was against the Hybrid genocide, he was still intent on killing Amada himself.
    • Given that Faye seems to buy into some of Amada's Misanthrope Supreme tendencies to a degree, the U.S. President is somewhat justified in fearing that she'll turn out to be the next Alex Mercer or Khan Singh.