Review: Singularity

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Review: Singularity

It's like BioShock and Half-Life 2 had a kid, but it wasn't quite as excellent.

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That "Rolly Polly" Gun is hax man XD possibly worth a rent :D

So, it's like Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time meets Bioshock? I loved both, but I'm really not much of an FPSer. That, and with time and money constraints, I doubt I'll ever get it, and if I rent it, it won't be anytime soon. Time manipulation and funky guns that do cool stuff are always welcome in my life, so it was an interesting review nonetheless.

Definetly look at giving it a rent, could burn over a weekend pretty nicely!

Aha, Activision published game. I will pass this one. Maybe a rental, that benefits the store and not them. At least, I hope I am correct.

But my boycot is still strong!

Surprisingly satisfying game that one was. /Yoda

I seriously think comparisons can kill a game in the review stage... Yeah singularity borrows slightly from Half Life 2 and has a feel of Bioshock.

But I was watching this game for months before buying it on release and I do not regret it.

A brilliantly fun story mode with lots of quirks and a very well thought out online that surprised me that it was actually a lot of fun.

But comparing it just makes the game seem cheaper and not its own in my opinion...

I myself hated the game.

It's not bad or anything, just incredibly generic.

Hubilub:
I myself hated the game.

It's not bad or anything, just incredibly generic.

Generic maybe. But so is the wheel. What Singularity had what many other FPS don't, was a pretty immersive way of telling it's story by just using the game world and keeping up with a believable pace.

That, and the most fun level I've seen for a while. Who doesn't want to rush through a ship that's falling apart around you?

... which, I guess, boils down to personal taste here. So I shall go and bug someone else.

Anah'ya:

Hubilub:
I myself hated the game.

It's not bad or anything, just incredibly generic.

Generic maybe. But so is the wheel. What Singularity had what many other FPS don't, was a pretty immersive way of telling it's story by just using the game world and keeping up with a believable pace.

That, and the most fun level I've seen for a while. Who doesn't want to rush through a ship that's falling apart around you?

... which, I guess, boils down to personal taste here. So I shall go and bug someone else.

I think it told the story pretty shit.

It used audio-logs like in Bioshock, but you couldn't pick the things up, so you had to stick around and listen to the damn things.

And there were waaaay too many audio-logs.

And the rest was simply people talking to you through a radio.

Bioshock had a much better narrative (as did Half-Life 2 if we're going by the games that "inspired" this one). This felt inferior, and as a result, much more disappointing.

Also:

I plowed through the game in a weekend and it was quite a fun game. I enjoyed it greatly, and the Seeker is just an awesome weapon....and I still hate those fucking phase ticks. Although after playing it, I felt that it was ultimately held back by something I just can't put my finger on. Something about just made it feel 1 notch jsut under greatness, but aside from that it was fun from start till finish.

Hmm, might check it for a rental or when it's cheap. It certainly looks novel enough with the weapons and time manipulation...

Hubilub:
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The audio logs are not story elements, they are gimmicks and the means to flesh out the world around you. In fact, these things were the only gripe I had about the game. That, and everything being in English. There I pretend that Renko translates for me. Anyway. IMHO, the story is what your character experiences; the moment he gets involved until the moment the situation is resolved. Half Life 2 and Bioshock were games with good narrative (not the best and not the first to apply their methods, thus making them "generic" as well)--but Singularity had a way more personal touch.

I couldn't get a hang of the main character in Bioshock, while Renko was easy to get. More so, the story began and the beginning, and did a very fluent full circle until it's conclusion. It didn't become washed out in-between, or show any signs that the devs were running out of time, money, or ideas. It was consistent from beginning to end, which is what most FPS (hell, not just that) lack nowadays.

Not pointing at Half Life, not pointing at Bioshock (well, Bioshock 2 maybe, but I digress, I hated that game).

Personal taste again. Singularity wasn't the best thing out there, I still value a whole army of games way above it (System Shock Series, Thief Series being the untouched classics). But it was satisfying to play. Solid.

Personal taste, eh?

.. and no, you are right. This thing is not very entertaining. However it fulfills its purpose, being a wheel and all.

GamesB2:
I seriously think comparisons can kill a game in the review stage... Yeah singularity borrows slightly from Half Life 2 and has a feel of Bioshock.

But I was watching this game for months before buying it on release and I do not regret it.

A brilliantly fun story mode with lots of quirks and a very well thought out online that surprised me that it was actually a lot of fun.

But comparing it just makes the game seem cheaper and not its own in my opinion...

That's because a lot of things in the game AREN'T it's own. That doesn't mean they're not good ideas or not implemented well.

Really, being told "It's not as good as Half Life 2 or BioShock" is not a bad thing because both of those games are legendary :P

Anah'ya:
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I think there is one thing we can both agree on.

Bioshock 2 did suck mayor ass.

Otherwise, yeah, I guess it's up for personal taste.

Hubilub:

I think there is one thing we can both agree on.

Bioshock 2 did suck mayor ass.

Otherwise, yeah, I guess it's up for personal taste.

That we can, good Sir.

/tips imaginary hat

Raven has been lifting and mismashing things for the last decade...... sadly..... Quake 4 and woldenstine were so half assed..... then again epic pretty much sucks as well......

After laying SS2 audio logs have never bothered me they are just elements to the game, I can handle having little or no story, hell string together levels that move from one design to another with different weapons and large well made layouts and puzzles and I wont care about the story...its just a shame graphics and story seem to get the most time/effort and level layout/game play design get the least....

people talk about hose games that, didn't really make it but you thought deserved to be a major franchise. for me, that game is singularity.

John Funk:
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I suppose. I just find the initial statement
"It's like BioShock and Half-Life 2 had a kid, but it wasn't quite as good."
sets up for a bit of a bad start. It's evident that's not the case if you read the review and watch the video I just think it would be a shame if people were put off this game because of comparisons.

John Funk:
Review: Singularity

It's like BioShock and Half-Life 2 had a kid, but it wasn't quite as excellent.

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Nice achievement, Funk.

Never thought I'd see one unlock in a review video, to be honest.

If I wasn't so utterly sick of shooter after shooter, I'd pick this up in a heartbeat. Maybe in a few months...when I'm sick of my massive backlog of unfinished RPGs.

I saw the videos for this and got excited.
Shame I don't have the money to give it a try.

Oh, and PS3 owners.

Amazon has this for $40, TODAY ONLY.

US only, I think.

http://www.amazon.com/Singularity-Bonus-Exclusive-Graphic-Playstation-3/dp/B003M2T8IS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1279206067&sr=1-2

And it's $45 for 360.

Yay for sales!

Looks like Timeshift and Half-Life 2. It warrants a rent from me at least.

"Wow, this is BioShock with a less imaginative setting and worse writing."

That's exactly what went through my head when I played it. Down to the letter.

Take BioShock, remove all the good stuff, replace it with Call of Duty stuff, add a couple of Half Life rip-offs for good measure and turn all the letter "R"s round. That's Singularity in a nutshell.

How come ive not heard of this game, it looks awesome!

Jaredin:
Definetly look at giving it a rent, could burn over a weekend pretty nicely!

It won't. It may burn a night then about an hour or so the next day, but if you play videogames for 5 to 7 hours at a time, you'll clear through this in just about that.

My god! A game from Activision not being original? What has the world come to? /sarcasm

In all seriousness, I think that it's impressive that Raven got a New IP published at activision, and I;m glad that it's good. Maybe this will lead to more new IPs coming out of activision.

Wow, from the looks of the video, Singularity looks just like BioShock. I'll admit that it does look interesting, though. It may be a rent someday.

Gah it came out?? When? How? There was an ad for it last year sometime, then we heard crickets chirping louder than the press over it. Good, I finally might get to play it...Can't wait.

It's a good game, in fact it's one of the only games that has a strong single player story line lately. Tell me I'm wrong please, maybe you could give me some examples of games that don't suck lately? I don't know, but IMO this game was fantastic, suspenseful, has some replay value (If you want to beat the whole game again to get different endings rather than just start right before the game ends). There are also a lot of little fun easter eggs and the like.

ehh another shooter? but still, it does seem to warrant a rental haha

I played it, was fun for a while but not that great.
The only part I really liked was the

It's a very fun game. I thought the story was well told, and I enjoyed how it kind of showed the consequences of messing with time (in a cheesy sci-fi sort of way). Using the TMD is quite fun, especially when you get the impulse and time statsis powers upgraded. I personally do not regret buying it. Too bad about the absent marketing, because I think this game has the potential for being a solid sleeper hit.

What was "Not so good." about it? I didn't hear one critiscism in that whole review. :/

I'm set on buying this, I've been waiting for it's release for a while.

wouldyoukindly99:
What was "Not so good." about it? I didn't hear one critiscism in that whole review. :/

I'm set on buying this, I've been waiting for it's release for a while.

"Not as good" as HL2/Bioshock =/= "Not so good."

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