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: 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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Where would first-person shooters be without the introductory ill-fated helicopter ride? Like everything else in Singularity , there’s a whiff of the familiar to Captain Nate Renko’s first moments on Katorga-12, as he scrambles to figure out just what went wrong on a Soviet research outpost that’s been overrun by retching mutants and kitted-out Spetznaz.
Conclusion: A frenetic and fun title that is held short of true greatness by a lack of imagination in places, with a story that is only so-so and a multiplayer that needs a few more modes (and players) to be truly satisfying. Having said that, for a good old fashioned bit of entertainment, Singularity will not steer you far wrong.