Smooths out flaws of Wolfenstein, keeps best parts
posted by Champton4 (BROOKLYN, NY) Feb 4, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Another sadly overlooked title from Raven. there is so much they do well in these games. Great FPS gameplay, excellent character advancement, utterly consuming treasure hunting. Not to mention it is extremely well imagined.
Avid players of Wolfenstein (Raven's last title) will recognize quite a bit, but with Soviets switched out for Nazis and science fiction for the occult. And without the utter disappointments of Wolfenstein's final level.
The marketplace is giving these guys the recognition they deserve, and unless it happens fast I think we might not see any more games from them.
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Singularity is a first person shooter set on the fictional Russian island of Katorga-12. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Bioshock, by using sound and scripted events to suck you into the dystopian reality that the developers have created. The game also has one of the most compelling opening cinematics I’ve ever seen. You play the role of a U.S. special forces soldier sent to investigate some weirdness on the aforementioned island. Through a series of unfortunate events, you are forced to uncover the secrets of the island, mostly revolving around the element E99. Supposedly E99 was discovered in the 50’s by USSR scientists on the island, and it was being used to make all kinds of crazy technology… including the game’s namesake, the “Singularity”. Of course, the Singularity became unstable, blowing up and turning the residents of Katorga-12 into horrible monstrosities. Not only that, the island also suffers from Marty McFly Syndrome, randomly timeshifting itself back to the year 1955. The star of the game, though, is the TMD that the main character wears on his left hand. Like Bioshock’s plasmids, you’ll use the TMD in tandem with your weapons to take out enemies; age that guy to dust, revert that guy into a feral beast so he’ll attack his friends, blast that group of enemies with an overload, freeze those guys with a Deadlock and fill them with bullets… you get the idea. The TMD is also used to turn old and broken stuff back to new and vice versa, and there are plenty of secrets hidden by old staircases that need reformed and messages written on walls that need uncovered. All in all Singularity proves to be a solid shooter wrapped with an interesting setting and storyline. The game has multiplayer, but I never got to try it out because the game was never able to connect me. Not sure if that was a problem on my end or because… gasp… nobody is playing the multiplayer. Either way, this was a perfect game for a rental.
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Singularity is a game that has it's strong points. The weapons are fun to shoot, the enemies are entertaining to fight, and the powers are good time. The game's primary drawback is that it is very short. The single player portion of the game lasted maybe six hours if that. However, the pros and the cons combined with this game add up to make it an excellent choice for a GameFly rental since it was incredibly fun while it lasted. The upgrade system was rewarding and I genuinely enjoyed playing through the game, no regrets on that one. If the game had been purchased new at $60, it would have been incredibly frustrating, but for a rental it's fantastic.