Zero Punctuation: Singularity

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Inferior to Half Life and BioShock? Yes. Inferior to Time Shift? Nooooo! No, no, no. At least with Singularity the plot and enemies were mixed up. Time Shift, while similar used it's gimmick in set pieces more than general combat.

I may check this game out when it's reduced, since it comes off as one of Raven's better games in recent years.

RTR:
The reference to Human Centipede was unexpected.

Yeah, seriously Yatzhee, I don't mind unbridled humor, but Jesus Christ man

Edit: You really should not have reminded me of that movie

guardian001:
I wonder if Raven has heard of the periodic table...

Apparently the Enemies uncovered Einsteinium.

Well, that was discovered in '52, And E99 was found around the same time, probably earlier. And since the Russians conquered after discovery of this element, then... ya.

Also, to everyone who thinks this game sucks badly just because of this review, remember, the Escapist itself gave this game a pretty good review http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/7844-Review-Singularity. I don't mean to hate on Croshaw, in fact hes my favorite reason to come back, but it is his job to point out the bad things.

Also, I don't remember that being the plot twist. I swear it was the other thing that happens when it shows the flashbacks at the end (for those who beat the game), seeing how it mentions beforehand that hes the big enemy. But play the game yourself to decide.

That was not the twist at all. You're just making stuff up now.

wow he hates the game I am so surprised.

Funny stuff this week
I agree with you, that plot twist is about as weak as they come :(
and 3:20 you just had to do that comparison, didn't you? DX<

Amazing as always Yahtzee!

alright this was a cool video but what the fuck is up with people getting suspended or put on probation for the littlest things?! 6 people where suspended or put on probation for writing nothing offensive or wrong (well one wrote first) but the other five where perfectly fine and they wrote as followed ( this is going in order from first to last): 1."boom" 2.sweet another title from under the radar(well my radar atleast" << now what the hell did he do wrong?! 3. i am awesome<<< ok that was not offensive but someone decided he should get 7 days suspension 4." finally!<< now what is wrong with that! he/she was excited for this review and happy for its release. 5.yay!<<< now nothing is wrong offensive or spam like from that he/she was just happy that the video was out!.
this is happening all over escapist people getting suspended put on probation or even banned for the stupidest reasons something needs to be done about this

"Dear Yanks, please stop being such massive pricks.
Now, we know that you're all xenophobic lunatics who want nothing more than to kill some 'Ruskies', but you've already annihilated the virtual equivalent of the whole population of all CIS countries several times over. Haven't you had enough yet?
Also, note that we, the guys who actually lost the Cold War, haven't made a single game where you'd kill Americans. Please think about that for a second.

Love, Russia."

But the funny thing is, this game have 3 finals. In all finals, the russian win.

I know it's kind of sad but to me the end comment was the funniest part. Probably because Flambards is not too far from where I live and it's surreal to see it mentioned. It may be more the out of the blue aspect of it though. Not sure. Brilliant video though.

singularity copies resistance 2 so much it hurts and boss fights with of coarse bubbles highlighted in merry christmas neon light yellow make it feel like i'm being shot back through the most cliche games like dead space or rince and repeat legend of zelda boss fights. And enemies that would make hellghan itch in comparison. I would give this game four pulsating yellow shoot me thumbs up if it had a specific outlook on time travel not Demikhov parts from other half assed shooters before it.

'Bullet time is so yesterday'

This is very true, but would someone please tell that to the makers of the latest generation of shitty james bond games like trea... ah, BLOODstone and Goldeneye the rehash?

And +2 for the Asparagus man. Anyone who's seen the Mr. Hell Show knows everything is better with Asparagus men.

I totally agree with him about the end plot twist...they do this whole massive flashback cut scene to show that you saving the scientist changed everything and I was sitting there thinking, um NO KIDDING YOU STUPID GAME! Man, whoever came up with that "twist" at Raven really needs to never ever write another story...

Wow, that's a lot of people on probation.

Bwehehe i loved the bit in the credits where the imp broke his legs as a kid. bloody hysterical.

Honestly, I thought that this looked somewhat interesting through gameplay videos. But now that I've finished Red Dead Redemption (finally) and I'm now just sifting through my other games before I probably buy Skate 3 at its current sale price, this doesn't look so appealing to me. Maybe it's the fact that I still haven't finished Bioshock 2, but that twist seemed incredibly dumb and is a complete dealbreaker for me.

Regarding the video, I'm surprised and pleased that a reference to my favorite song (A Day in the Life) could be used to successfully represent plot holes. Congrats to you for that.

(All Hail Big Hank!)

Hmm, element 99 you say? So like, EINSTEINIUM?!

I would like to see him review "Time splitters 3:future perfect"
I loved that game... well some of it, i never did beet it :(

Wait... Bioshock's combat is "unforgiving"?

As much as I loved that game, wasn't one of its problems the fact that it was too easy? And wasn't that something you mentioned in your review?

lozfoe444:
TIme travel is quite a tricky thing. What happens if you do something and accidentally make it so you were never born?

In fiction there's always some deus ex machina crap goin on to explain it, but in theoretical real life it's logically impossible. You're never born, then you're not around to stop yourself being born. Paradoxical, just doesn't work. Hey, guess I did learn something from that year of philosophy lectures.

The "human centipede" reference was priceseless!

Yatzee probably wont read this but I thought i should clarify something.

There are three endings. One where you join the world leader dude and lead his army to take over the last parts that resist the world government, one where the good doctor turns into a douche, and one where you kill both and use the TMD to start taking over the world.

Some times it's difficult for FPS' to figure out what they're not, and that is a great way to tell a story, a new game-play mechanic or challenging (if you're like me and have played enough FPS' that you have more twitch fiber than wank muscle and can gleefully shoot a butterfly 14 miles away with your left hand as if you're the main character from Wanted).

In reply to Mik Hardcore.

true. Whatever "accident" you do in the past would have already happened to shape what happened in the present so that you could go back into the past and do it again.

Its what you said but i just wanted to clarify for the less... umm... smart?

Just wanted to say that time travel movies have no merit to the whole changing the past thing.

BTW the futurama episode where fry goes back to the 50's and becomes his own grandfather is possible because fry does the exact thing i just said up top.

:)

Suskie:
Did Yahtzee just refer to BioShock's combat as "intense and unforgiving"? Does he realize that it was IMPOSSIBLE TO DIE in that game? (Don't answer that. I know he said that in his review, so I'm wondering why he's praising it now.)

On a side note, I will never buy a Slim Jim again for the rest of my life.

Probably because despite you not being able to die, the combat itself was pretty damn hard and made you search for every single bullet and drop of Eve. Until you start using melee tonics, that is, and kill everything with your wrench.

What is the chance of Yahtzee reviewing Starcraft 2?

Brumbek:
I totally agree with him about the end plot twist...they do this whole massive flashback cut scene to show that you saving the scientist changed everything and I was sitting there thinking, um NO KIDDING YOU STUPID GAME! Man, whoever came up with that "twist" at Raven really needs to never ever write another story...

Except that wasn't the real plot twist. There were several real plot twists during that bit of the game, and the flashback of you saving the scientist was just one of several flashbacks. And if you do the "good" ending you get yet another plot twist.

Yes, it was silly that they showed a flashback of you saving Demechev, I guess that was for stupid people that forgot the start of the game.

But then the real plot twist is that there is evidence you have already tried and failed to get rid of the Singularity, and there is evidence that you've already tried and failed to stop yourself from saving Demechev. That's the weirdness of time travel... there is 50 year old evidence of the fact that you are planning to travel back in time. And it appears that it is not going to go well.

But... because you have seen this evidence, because you know that what you are planning is doomed, you can actually change the plan, there's a chance it could work. You've already changed history several times, things are not fixed. If you screw up you'll create a time loop where doom yourself to repeat your previous mistake, but you've learnt from the previous mistake then perhaps you can get it right this time.

It's like quantum theory and Shrodinger's Cat... the cat in the box is both alive and dead until you've looked in the box. In Singularity you've both failed and succeeded to stop Demechev until you attempt to do it. And what happens when you actually do attempt this is a pretty interesting plot twist.

So yeah, Yahtzee was unfair on the game fo saying he is giving away the plot twist and then saying it has no real plot twist. It actually has several. Just because there's a flashback sequence and a scientist realising something, that doesn't mean that's supposed to be the plot twist.

Best one in a while :)

Yahtzee does have clairvoyant abilities. This is a quote from his site archives, the date is June 11th, 2003: "...or the stock market crashing like passenger planes into oversized office buildings, I confidently predict our comfortable oblivious lives will have some harsh reality drummed into them at some point in the next couple of decades."

And it seems this bear-costumed person at the amusement park made some negative impact on him - he mentions that event couple of times, but doesn't specify any details.

Flambards? - shudder

Hardcore_gamer:
Why doesn't Yahtzee review fighting games like Super Street Fighter 4 or Tekken? I have never seen him review one.

What's to review? It's all mindless fighting with no real story. The plot is one of the most important things for him.

I'm sorry, but "Upgrades were necessary in bioshock because the combat was harsh and unforgiving"? That's the biggest bullshit I've ever heard, yahtzee. Have you got short term memory disorder? Maybe you're thinking of system shock- bioshock was the game where it was literally impossible to die. It was guilty of why-do-I-need-this-upgradeitis more than Singularity.

strangemoose:
alright this was a cool video but what the fuck is up with people getting suspended or put on probation for the littlest things?! 6 people where suspended or put on probation for writing nothing offensive or wrong (well one wrote first) but the other five where perfectly fine and they wrote as followed ( this is going in order from first to last): 1."boom" 2.sweet another title from under the radar(well my radar atleast" << now what the hell did he do wrong?! 3. i am awesome<<< ok that was not offensive but someone decided he should get 7 days suspension 4." finally!<< now what is wrong with that! he/she was excited for this review and happy for its release. 5.yay!<<< now nothing is wrong offensive or spam like from that he/she was just happy that the video was out!.
this is happening all over escapist people getting suspended put on probation or even banned for the stupidest reasons something needs to be done about this

They posted as soon as hte video was out. They didn't even watch it first. Their comments add nothing to this thread or the video. Essentailly, TROLLS.

I'm still trying to figure out what Yahtzee meant by, more holes than Blackburn. I'm just going to awesome it was some sort of insult, in which case: bravo Yahtzee.!

I liked it

Also I love how theres a a punishment streak at the begging of this forum.

Why would you not buy a game reviewed by Yahtzee? Do you realise you'd end up playing portal over and over and over again? He's giving us a humerous view on the flaws of each and every game. No game is perfect, doesn't mean they are crap either.

If i was to follow the way of the Australian-British fuhrer regarding all games, i'd miss out on gems like Demon's Souls, Borderlands and a whole lotta others. It's almost like following an american president's groundless statements about the existance of so called WMD in an oilfilled country, without asking questions.

OT: I look forward to playing this game, and was going to buy it if not for the European release of Demon's Souls. Although it's even further postponed cause of my pc blowing up, both PS3s having their laser stop working and dear old Xbox getting 3 reds(after a total of 10 hour use since purchase).

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