A singular game

Singularity is the "lost" FPS of 2010 which garnered a lot of positive attention from the mainstream press during the post-E3 lull in June and July of last year, but was quickly relegated to the bargain bins (both real and digital ones). I've been meaning to pick the game up for quite some time and finally did so during a weekend sale on Steam a few weeks ago.

Raven Software are obviously veterans of the shooter genre with an extensive ludography which most developers would kill for, but you do get the feeling nowadays that the studio is languishing in obscurity compared with the glory days of Heretic, Hexen or even Star Trek: Elite Force. Wolfenstein was a passable shooter but as with Quake 4 (and presumably also Modern Warfare 3, which they're allegedly somewhat involved with) it gave the impression of merely being a viable way to pay the bills rather than a unique and exciting creative endeavour for the studio.

With this in mind, it's almost heart-warming to play a shooter by Raven which involves a completely original IP rather than reiterating on someone else's cash cow. Singularity has a fun and predictably mind-boggling time travel-based premise backed up by unique object manipulation abilities which are somewhat reminiscent of the "destroy and rebuild" elements of the recently released Red Faction: Armageddon (but much more wacky, in a good way). Beyond that, Raven's game features very solid shooter mechanics with a selection of fairly satisfying weapons. The drab rundown science facilities may not be worthy of any art or level design awards, but the atmosphere is reasonably good and the actual time travelling help mix things up a bit. Overall, from the hours I've played of the game so far I'd say Singularity is well worth checking out at the discounted price it should undoubtedly be available for at this point.

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Posted by Egge

Singularity is the "lost" FPS of 2010 which garnered a lot of positive attention from the mainstream press during the post-E3 lull in June and July of last year, but was quickly relegated to the bargain bins (both real and digital ones). I've been meaning to pick the game up for quite some time and finally did so during a weekend sale on Steam a few weeks ago.

Raven Software are obviously veterans of the shooter genre with an extensive ludography which most developers would kill for, but you do get the feeling nowadays that the studio is languishing in obscurity compared with the glory days of Heretic, Hexen or even Star Trek: Elite Force. Wolfenstein was a passable shooter but as with Quake 4 (and presumably also Modern Warfare 3, which they're allegedly somewhat involved with) it gave the impression of merely being a viable way to pay the bills rather than a unique and exciting creative endeavour for the studio.

With this in mind, it's almost heart-warming to play a shooter by Raven which involves a completely original IP rather than reiterating on someone else's cash cow. Singularity has a fun and predictably mind-boggling time travel-based premise backed up by unique object manipulation abilities which are somewhat reminiscent of the "destroy and rebuild" elements of the recently released Red Faction: Armageddon (but much more wacky, in a good way). Beyond that, Raven's game features very solid shooter mechanics with a selection of fairly satisfying weapons. The drab rundown science facilities may not be worthy of any art or level design awards, but the atmosphere is reasonably good and the actual time travelling help mix things up a bit. Overall, from the hours I've played of the game so far I'd say Singularity is well worth checking out at the discounted price it should undoubtedly be available for at this point.

Edited by Cirdain

I love much about Singularity :D
 

Posted by Enigma777

I found it to be a better game than Bioshock in almost every aspect.

Posted by kingzetta
@Enigma777 said:

I found it to be a better game than Bioshock in almost every aspect.

so did I
Posted by Cirdain
@kingzetta said:
@Enigma777 said:

I found it to be a better game than Bioshock in almost every aspect.

so did I
ditto
Posted by Egge

@Enigma777: I wouldn't go that far myself - even though BioShock was just a highly atmospheric copy of System Shock 2 with all the interesting RPG elements removed - but Singularity surely ranks as one of the most worthwile releases of 2010 and a brave departure from the dominance of bland military shooters.

Posted by Egge

@Cirdain: Eh, ok. While a picture may say more than thousand words, there is such a thing as "overkill"... ;)

Posted by Cirdain
@Egge said:

@Cirdain: Eh, ok. While a picture may say more than thousand words, there is such a thing as "overkill"... ;)

Fraps set to taking a picture every 50 secs or somin'  :D
Posted by Cirdain
@Egge: Speaking of "Overkill", how is your PC rig?
Posted by Egge

@Cirdain: Don't know yet, but if you're asking specifics it's an Intel Core i7/8 GB RAM/GeForce GTX 580 with an SSD hard drive and a BenQ XL2410T monitor. The "Overkill" name is kinda silly since there are obviously more powerful rigs out there (the lesser alternative models I could have chosen were called "Experienced", "Extreme" and "Hardcore", by the way), but this should be enough to finally let me play a few more games than my current iMac Core Duo/4 GB RAM/GeForce 9400M is capable of running (those notebook graphics are just about enough for Unreal Engine 3 games on low to medium settings).

Posted by valrog

I liked it a lot. The atmosphere is great, but I wish the game would have subtitles, I couldn't hear some of the dialog, and... well, that's unfortunate.

Posted by Egge

@valrog: I agree that the lack of subtitles is a shame, especially considering that almost all the NPCs speak in those fake Russian accents.