Gruesome shooter with novel concepts, but not for kids.
Common Sense Media
14 August 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Singularity is a mature sci-fi military shooter with high levels of blood and gore. The bodies of both mutated creatures and humans break apart and spray blood when riddled with bullets, and corpses -- including those of children -- are often spread across the landscape. All of the violence is in the name of righting timelines gone awry and saving the world, but the action is far too gruesome to be appropriate for younger audiences.
Excerpt: Raven Software is a well respected developer with several hit games in their library such as: Hexen, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends, and X-Men Origins Wolverine. In follow up to the brilliance that was Wolverine, Raven decided to put that same game engine to use in a different genre: The First Person Shooter. From this stroke of genius and roll of the dice came the game Singularity.
Excerpt: And they’re not the only ones. To say that Singularity borrows heavily from other games within the FPS genre is a massive understatement. Indeed, I think you would be hard pressed to play Singularity without name checking some of most iconic games of the generation. This doesn’t make it a poor game though, not by any means.
Excerpt: Yes, Singularity took a good amount of inspiration from 2K’s “genetically enhanced shooter” series, but it also manages to do a few new and interesting things when it’s not borrowing from one of this console generations best new franchises. Oh, and you also get a glove that gives you special abilities that can be used, like Plasmids, to attack enemies or solve puzzles.
Excerpt: Playing through the opening sections of Singularity brings up some strong comparisons to BioShock; the foreboding feeling left by a once glorious scientific community where something went horribly wrong, killing (or mutating) the island’s inhabitants. Then there’s the always prevalent search for E-99, which can be used similarly to BioShock’s ADAM, to upgrade your abilities.
Excerpt: Sometimes I have to wonder how good ideas go bad. Singularity is a game that had a lot of promise and is actually quite fun to play at times, but just does not live up to the standards that other games in the shooting genre have set. It is a decent effort that will undoubtedly get overshadowed. If only the developers could go back in time to add an interesting multi-player mode and were able to speed up the overly slow storyline, we would be in business.
Summary: While the single player is built solid and it's enjoyable enough to keep you playing, it really doesn't do a whole lot to make it stand above the rest. The game is worth playing, I just don't think you are goin to be overly enthused when you payed $59.99 for it and don't get a whole lot in return. The game has a serious lack of replay value and a tacked on multiplayer mode that you won't spend more then a few hours tops.
Excerpt: . It doesn’t merely copy a few of its most popular features. This is a game that actually feels like 2K’s famed shooter. Even the more creative weapons (such as the Time Manipulation Device) feel like they belong in the
Summary: What Singularity lacks in originality it makes up for with nicely paced, action-oriented design that encourages exploration and playing with a lot of fun toys. A simple yet addictive multiplayer has a lot to offer but is, unfortunately, fairly limited. When put together, you have a first-person shooter that’s solid but not quite exceptional.