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Singularity with Bonus Exclusive Graphic Novel -Xbox 360

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
Edition: Game with free Graphic Novel
Game with free Graphic Novel


Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Game with free Graphic Novel
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  • ASIN: B003M2V2KA
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,151 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Game with free Graphic Novel

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Singularity is a first-person shooter developed by the legendary Raven Software and utilizing the power and flexibility of the Unreal 3 game engine. Set in an alternate present of 2010, players take on the role of a US Air Force pilot who while investigating an extreme radiation signature, stumbles upon a top secret Cold War era Soviet program, run amok which not only causes monstrous mutations, but also threatens to alter nature of time itself.

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Reducing an enemy to dust by speeding up time in 'Singularity'
Speed up time to reduce enemies to dust.
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Reversing the history of a causeway in order to mend it in 'Singularity'
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First-person shooter perspective in 'Singularity'
Classic FPS gameplay.
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Revisionist Cold War Storyline in 'Singularity'
A revisionist Cold War storyline.
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Story
In the dark, Cold War winter of 1949-50 Stalin, the brutal leader of the Soviet Union, had two super weapons: long range missiles and the atomic bomb. But even if his teams of forced labor managed to build a missile powerful enough to carry an atomic payload, Stalin still faced encirclement by the United States and the Strategic Air Command. He knew that he needed another advantage over the United States, one that would ensure Soviet security and superiority. Then came the chance discovery on the remote island of Katorga-12 off the wild Kamchatka peninsula, of a previously unknown material, Element 99 (E99). E99 became the new source of Stalin's hope: a new energy source of unparalleled power. Unfortunately, the new element also yielded a new kind of contamination risk. But these were acceptable risks to Stalin - anything for the advancement of the Soviet people. Even so, on September 21, 1950, driven to complete the project, and in violation of the safety protocols, a Russian scientist, Viktor Barisov, personally triggered a device powered by E99 that caused a catastrophic event that affected the entire island. What happened next is unclear. However, there are reports that Stalin's final dying order was a handwritten scrawl to quarantine Katorga-12. And so the knowledge of the island remained buried...until 2010, when intelligence reports in the west confirm activity on a remote atoll in the Russian Federation's shadow. The world has no memory of Katorga-12. No concept of what may be on the island off the southeast coast of Russia. It is deemed that the world can't afford another Chernobyl - or worse. America's answer is to scramble a stealth flyby of the area. They need recon - and they need it now.

Gameplay and Weapons
Action in Singularity is a mix of combat mission gameplay and puzzle-solving. Combat is against both modern and 50s era Russian forces, as well enemies mutated through exposure to E99. In this players have their choice of conventional weapons including: pistols, shotguns, machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, etc., as well as as few Sci-Fi weapons very specific to the game. These include the TMD (Time Manipulation Device) and the E99 pistol. The TMD is a gauntlet, which players acquire early in the game that can be integrated with conventional weapons. Its main function though relates it its ability to alter time within a small specific area. The major examples of this are:

    Reversion - The ability to alter encounters by rewinding the history of an item or entity to the time of your choosing. This can be used to repair broken items, render enemies harmlessly embryonic, etc.
    Aging - The ability to alter encounters by fast-forwarding the history of objects or entities, rendering the former rusted and worn and the latter decrepit with age or simply dust.
    Stasis - The ability to freeze time and thus dangerous situations in order to gain an advantage.
    Impulse - The ability to propel objects frozen in time in a targeted direction.
    Chronolite - Functionality that allows the player to look back to a time associated with a place, person or object.
Players can also utilize the TMD in conjunction with the E99 pistol, a gun that shoots bullets infused with Element 99, to hit targets unreachable due to distance and otherwise indestructible cover. In addition, to the TMD's combat uses, it is also indispensable as a tool for solving the spatial-oriented and other types of puzzles that players will face on the island of Katorga-12.

Multiplayer
Singularity contains multiplayer gameplay options, that just as in its single player campaign, integrate conventional combat tactics and weapons with the time manipulation elements.

Key Features

  • An engrossing storyline blending Cold War history and science fiction elements.
  • An arsenal of first-person weapons, including conventional firearms and upgradeable, time altering gadgets.
  • Mission progressing puzzle-solving gameplay.
  • Advanced graphics built on the Unreal 3 game engine.
  • Multiplayer gameplay options.
  • Xbox LIVE support including LIVE Achievements.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of nowhere comes some fun. June 30, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game got little to no advertisements and has been delayed far too many times for people to care by this point.

That right there is what I expect most people to be thinking. Well good news! The game is actually great! The gunplay is excellent and the setting is actually pretty tense and creepy. I like the story so far myself but I see many don't care much for it. If you don't care for the story that should be fine because this is an excellent shooter that has many explosive moments and (so far) has been a thrill ride of fun and destruction. I'm so surprised about this game because I really did not intend on buying it. I read about it a long time ago and it seemed awesome but by the time I saw it being released it seemed very meh. Well luckily that isn't the case and I highly recommend this game.

As far as Multiplayer goes it is a mixed bag. I find it to be very fun but I can see it not exactly being the highlight that people would like. One team plays as humans and the other as Mutants. There are different classes for each side and they all have different abilities such as Healing, teleporting, puking, controlling the enemy team, and just plain strong. It is very different but quite a fun distraction if you take the time to try it. The only thing I've seen that seems annoying is that a lot of the games I've gotten into have been one sided. Either one side totally destroys and wins the game or the other. Not too often is it a tie or close game. There are also only two modes to play and they may not keep your attention too long. One other downside is I've noticed some lag in the games when in the larger (12 people) games. Not so bad because it doesn't always happen but it's noticeable and could be a turn-off.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary definition of a game you should rent! July 13, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Singularity is a pretty fun game while it lasts. Its controls are very tight, and an FPS game is more or less defined by this standard. It's an interesting game from start to finish despite there being many drawbacks to the game in general. Most people have complained about the archaic graphics in this game, but I didn't really mind that at all. The graphics in this game are definitely not breaking any ground - even for a game that came out two years ago it would still look dated - but the action is so well staged it doesn't matter. The voice acting is absolutely terrible, and the story is as washed up as humanly possible, but who cares. As long as you get to blast monsters into limbo that should be enough to keep any gamer interested. However, there are several things about the game that needed some major polish before being released, but in the end, Singularity is a good time.

The developers of Singularity understood that the fundamental reason why people play a first person shooter game is to shoot enemies in the face, and you get plenty of opportunity to do that in this game. There are some great weapons to use throughout the game such as the "Seeker" where you can control bullets to go around corners that finally, when they meet their destination, tear the unlucky victim to shreds. As morbid as this sounds, the violence in Singularity can be very satisfying. There are lots of slo-mo's, close-ups, and limbs flying around, and it can get pretty chaotic. To me, that is the sign of a great FPS. Action needs to be the main focal point, and this game rarely disappoints in that aspect.

The sound is great in this game as well. Some levels have a very high level of detail, and you can hear grunts and screams coming at you from all sides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem which deserves your attention September 1, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360| Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When I read about the setting for game and saw the visuals, it looked like the game was custom made for me - Cold War era Russians, abandoned, decrepit buildings, time travel and manipulation mixed with great FPS action. I love the art direction, time-manipulation device, and alternate world weapons used to battle the mutated creatures of Katorga-12. For me the downside was the ending - the action felt a bit anticlimactic after some of the great previous action sequences. It didn't ruin the experience for me however - the game definitely deserves a playthrough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Singularity...a smorgasborg that still delivers. July 27, 2010
By JPL
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The first thing one might say is...audio logs, moving objects, humans and scientific experiments...this has all been done before...Heck, it has been.
The only differene, in my opinion, is Singularity finds a way to still deliver and winds up being plain fun.

Unfortunately, I as others discovered this gem under its "veil-of-secrecy" style launch yet, word of mouth over the internet already has requests for a sequel.

The strongest aspect was the story. What I loved most was how it felt like a smorgasborg of information being peeled away, yet still finding a way to be unconfusing. You play as the mostly silent Captain Natianiel Renko who is sent to a creepy island off the coast of Russia to investigate high spikes in radiation. The intro keeps the story streamlined and sets the player up for the eventual crash that strands our hero and his Special Ops squadmate on the supposed abandoned Katorga-12. It is from here that the first hour of gameplay unfolds an horrific tale of how this "installation" was centerplace for the Soviet attempted domination of the United States and the world.

Familiar audio logs and projectors reveal backstories and humorous proganda on how the Ruskies needed to win the nuclear race against the evil West (a grizzly Uncle Sam caricature was particularly priceless to see!) Statues of Stalin court the dust-ridden halls and information explains how a disaster took place on this once active rock. However, a literal "disturbance in the force" reveals that the Soviets had worked on more than simply weapons of mass destruction...but also the manipulation of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very underrated but great game
singularity is the kind of "different" shooter that I was looking from regular ones , it has a mixture of bioshock and timeshift the history on the games revolves on e99... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eirik Raude
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels Familiar but Welcome
You will not see anything new in the single player mode. Singularity borrows from a number of other gamer experiences. However, these parts do combine to make an intriguing whole. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by Keogh
4.0 out of 5 stars The only thing that this game lacks is length.
It has been way to long since I played this game to give many details however I do know that I really enjoyed it from front to back. Read more
Published on February 15, 2011 by Ace of Tunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont overlook this great game
Singularity is a title that should not be overlooked. The mixture of science fiction and cold war paranoia makes for a great game. The only downside is waiting for singularity 2. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by PresidentEden
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, engaging and immersive soviet-era themed FPS with nice...
I have this game and quite honestly, I can't remember the last time I had this much fun. The game is dense, atmospheric, challenging and engaging enough to make you want to try... Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by R. Aguilar
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, Not Bad
This game was mediocre at best. It had some interesting elements that I'd say were semi-Bioshock, but the story was surprisingly predictable and the game-play wasn't very diverse. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by James R. Mitchener
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for First Person Shooter lovers
This game is a very fun manipulation FPS. (NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH) It works well and runs smooth for the most part. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Phazon
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a great game with a great story
This is one of those games that you just get hooked on the story once you start playing. I do see alot of similarities to Bioshock. Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by Kinglgc17
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent but not groundbreaking
This was a good fun game. Graphics are looking a bit dated, but the time manipulation device adds a fun twist on gameplay.
Published on November 30, 2010 by Dave A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Solid Game
Singularity was a surprisingly good game. It was a fairly straightforward first person shooter sort of similar to Timeshift in terms of powers. Read more
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