singularity
Metacritic (PC): 76/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 78/100
Metacritic (PS): 77/100
Release: Jun 2010
Reviewed on: PC

Singularity

Site Score
8.0
Good: Unique mechanics – Some great dark atmosphere – Plot twists
Bad: Multiplayer is lacking – TMD is limited to certain scenarios
User Score
8.6
(13 votes)
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Singularity is a first person shooter that constantly throws new mechanics at you which all have a science fiction theme. One of the most notable mechanics is the ability to manipulate time around you.

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Players assume the role of Captain Nathaniel Renko, a special agent who is sent to investigate a strange power surge on an uninhabited island. While on their way the player is struck by a similar electromagnetic surge and then finds themselves sent back in time to 1955. While in this time zone the player accidently intervenes in an event which alters the course of history by making the Soviet Union the world’s greatest power.

In order to return the world to the normal order players will have to find a way to travel back to 1955 and make sure that events happen the way that they should have. The game ends with several different options available to the player to shape the future of the game world.

Singularity centres around a powerful element known as Element 99 and features many propaganda style posters and messages throughout the story which are presented in a similar manner to the popular BioShock series.

While the game features many standard shooter elements and an array of weapons that players would expect in any game Singularity does offer a host of unique mechanics which are slowly unlocked as you play further. The seeker weapon is particularly enjoyable and lets you control the bullet flight path to help you deal with pesky enemies that are hiding behind cover.

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The most important of these mechanics though is the time manipulation device (TMD) which lets players turn back the clock on objects and humans (or turn it forward). This allows players to literally turn enemies into dust, bring a barrel or box back from a decayed state or destroy the environment by fast forwarding time.

In certain situations players will also jump between the present day and 1955 in order to gain the upper edge on enemies. Players can even customise and upgrade their TMD to provide extra stat bonuses and perks.

Summary:

  • Unique setting and atmosphere.
  • Some unique weapons make for a very science fiction feel.
  • Use your time manipulation device to alter objects and people.
  • Interesting narrative centred on time travel.
  • For Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Singularity, 8.6 out of 10 based on 13 ratings

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