Singularity Review for Xbox 360

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Singularity screenshot
Singularity screenshot

Upgrades to weapons and powers can be made at special stations, using weapon upgrade tokens and E-99, which serves as a kind of in-game currency. These stations are very BioShock, granting you such upgrades as decreased reload times and greater stamina to allow for longer periods of running. It's not really as exciting as the Plasmid upgrades in 2K's classic, but allows for some degree of customisation.

Scattered throughout the levels are audio recordings (hello BioShock, System Shock and the rest), telling some of the backstory of the previous inhabitants of Katorga-12. You also get moments where previous events in time can be seen taking place in front of your eyes, giving locations a solid sense of history and making the curled up dead bodies more than just scenery dressing. There are loads of notes to read, too, each providing a little more background to events that took place on the island.

Raven's game doesn't feature the longest single-player campaign, but it's enjoyable while it lasts despite not really capitalising on the potential offered by the TMD. There's a 12-player humans vs monsters multiplayer mode included too, but it's just not interesting enough to tear anyone away from the many superior competitive shooters already on the market.

Singularity has been made using Unreal Engine 3, but for a lot of the time you wouldn't know it. At points, when the moody lighting is in full swing and the time effects are filling the screen, the game can look great, but at others it appears rather bland and lacking in the kind of sheen we've seen in action games over the last couple of years. The enemy designs are also rather generic, although are still effectively creepy in appearance.

Surprises don't come along too often in the video game industry, but Singularity definitely isn't the flop everyone expected it to be. With a bit more ingenuity in the puzzles, more made of the time travel and a little more graphical "oomph", Raven and Activision could have had a real gem on their hands. It's still well worth a look though, especially when it inevitably gets cut in price a few weeks down the line.

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EISPower

Great game i"d rate it 10 stars.
Posted 20:10 on 10 March 2011
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draytone

I got my rental copy from Boomerang and I'm loving it. It's a Raven game so you know your going to get a quality FPS (SoF was one of my favourite games!) and it's a good mix of HL2 , Bioshock and FEAR... much better then Black Ops imo.
Posted 12:49 on 21 January 2011
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SexyJams

Looks cool. NEver going to play it though lol
Posted 17:48 on 07 July 2010
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draytone@ chelskiboy247

Yeah that's true a demo would of been a good idea, especially with the lack of press coverage. That way people could have decided themselves and you never know what kinda games will get a cult following.
Posted 11:22 on 07 July 2010
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chelskiboy247@ draytone

Yeah, if what Tom says about the multiplayer it true (which I'm sure it is ;)) then a rent seems like a good idea, especially as the campaign is apparently fairly short.

I find it strange that a demo hasn't been released for this game, it seems like the sort of game that would benefit hugely from one.
Posted 11:14 on 07 July 2010
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draytone

Well I'll be waiting for it to be reduce or might even rent it so they won't be getting any dollar off of me.
Posted 11:09 on 07 July 2010
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chelskiboy247

It appears that this game has surprised a lot of people. Most likely (as you said in your review) because it has been released with practically no support from Activision in terms of advertising, it's as if they expected it to fail.

It's a shame then that this game will probably fail commercially as a result :(.
Posted 11:06 on 07 July 2010
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draytone

I've been looking for a review for ages! It looks like a 90's FPS but in a good way. Kinda reminds me of PainKiller.
Posted 10:25 on 07 July 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Singularity
7
Out of 10
Singularity
  • Some smart time puzzles
  • Good background story
  • Multiplayer is forgettable
  • Visuals are mixed
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Release Date: 25/06/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: Raven Software
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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