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Singularity Review
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Singularity is the latest first person shooter to come out of Raven studios. Raven studios were the developer of the 2000 hit Soldier of Fortune. They have also brought us such games as Quake 4, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and last year’s not so well received Wolfenstein.

Singularity is a fun game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The campaign is a decent length lasting about 8-10 hours on normal difficulty and just around 12 on hard. There is a lot of fast paced action, excellent gun play and some interesting puzzles along the way that range from the laughably simple to the mind bending what the fuck moments where you could spend several minutes with the answer staring you right in the face. Your primary tool for solving most of the puzzles is your Time Manipulation Device or TMD. The TMD is a glove you get early on in the game that can be used to age or renew certain objects in the world either from their present dilapidated state or fix it up brand new like it was in 1955.

The games graphics are extremely solid but at the same time they aren’t mind blowing either. The textures of the TMD glove do look really good though and parts of the game where you use the device to age really large objects is quite impressive. Audio is atmospheric with some creepy sound effects of creatures crawling around giving you just the right amount of scare. The guns didn’t really sound amazing when compared to say Battlefield: Bad Company 2 but it was what could be expected from a standard FPS.

Game play is fun and quite satisfying. The soldier enemies are slightly stupid at times running out into the open and just hiding behind the same bit of cover and popping their heads out in a certain rhythm that is easy to pick up. The creatures on the other hand at times can be terrifying in certain settings and if they get on you will really rip you a new one if you’re not careful. There are a few different types of creatures in the campaign. Some just run at you and melee while others have more advanced abilities like teleporting quickly requiring you to change tactics.

The multiplayer seemed a bit boring at first but once you get into it and figure out the objectives and basic strategy it is quite enjoyable. And if you like achievements there are plenty for the multiplayer which really require you to use all the different characters and abilities. This is what I found to be the best part of the multiplayer.

There are two different game modes in the multiplayer, Creatures vs. Humans which is basically a team deathmatch mode pitting you guessed it creatures vs. humans which could best be compared to the multiplayer from Left 4 Dead 2 in the way its set up but I would give the edge to singularity as there is a level up system which makes you want to keep playing. The other mode is Extermination which is an objective based game. As the humans you are attempting to activate 3 beacons using your TMD devices with each beacon unlocking another area. As the creatures it is your job to defend these beacons and shut them down if activated before the 20 second timer runs out by attacking said beacon.

In multiplayer whether playing as creatures or humans there are 4 different character models you get to choose from each with his own set of specific skills and perks. Each character gets two types of perks each of which lets you choose which ones you want to use. Some examples are increased melee or weapon damage, abilities to see through walls and faster regenerating special abilities.

As far as achievements go they basically sum up to be about half coming from the campaign and the other half from multiplayer. Getting full gamerscore is definitely doable without having to really kill yourself. Thankfully there are no collectibles achievements despite that there are lots of notes and audio recordings scattered throughout the campaign. Multiplayer achievements are fairly standard and fun to get. Mostly coming from getting X amount of kills with a certain class of creature or soldier type and there are a few for winning 25 matches of each game type and playing 100 extermination matches which is probably the last achievement you will in this game as it is fairly slow going with each extermination match containing two rounds each of which could last anywhere from five to fifteen minutes depending on how successful the soldiers are at advancing.

Overall I think Singularity is a good game with a decent storyline that isn’t fully understood until you have completed one of the three possible endings, all of which will make you want to play the game again. On the second play through you really will notice a lot of things that during the first one may not have made sense nor had much explanation. The multiplayer is solid and enjoyable although it is unlikely to steal you away on a permanent basis from such games as Modern Warfare 2 or Battlefield: Bad Company 2 there is still a lot of fun to be had here. So if you’ve got some extra cash and are looking for a good shooter to fill up your summer go ahead and pick up Singularity.

Craig Baker

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Rating: 8.7/10 (6 votes cast)
Singularity Review, 8.7 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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