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Singularity with Bonus Exclusive Graphic Novel - Playstation 3

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
Edition: Game with free Graphic Novel
Game with free Graphic Novel


Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Game with free Graphic Novel
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003M2T8IS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,594 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3 | 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Singularity is an excellent one-player FPS experience; unfortunately it is only about 6-7 hours long. These few hours of gameplay are extremely fun, and I plan to tackle it again as you can approach the many awesome set-pieces and enemy encounters in a myriad of ways, but you could really get away with knocking this game out twice in a single rental. Unless you are getting it out of the discount bin this is probably not worth a purchase - a 6 hour campaign in a game like CoD:MW2 can be forgiven when the multiplayer is the real meat of the game, but Singularity is campaign-focused, so it is ultimately just lacking in content.

That said, Singularity does very well what most games do poorly: it steals from other great games while adding in a few ideas of its own. The Time-Manipulation Device (TMD) around which most of the game is based more or less functions like the gravity gun in Half-Life 2, but you can also use it to create time-freezing bubbles (like in Ratchet and Clank: a Crack in Time), or to 'fast-forward' or 'rewind' enemies and some items in time. You will use all of these functions to solve puzzles and kill Russian troops of the past and present as well as some interesting creatures (giant spiders that launch rockets out of their mouths? check). The 'feel' of the game is ripped straight from Bioshock, including similar colors and abandoned environments; ditto for the pickups and upgrades, though the weapons lockers and TMD stations aren't as inspired as the vending machines in Bioshock. There isn't nearly as much insane variety for your non-gun hand either. But the weapons that go boom are a heck of a lot cooler in Singularity, and the core shooting mechanics are just smoother and more satisfying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi FPS July 1, 2010
By Toby
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me first say that if this game had come out last month I might have overlooked it. I decided to buy it on release day because there is not much coming out this month and I need something to play. I was unsure how I would like this game because the reviews have been somewhat lower than I expected they would be. I love first person shooters, however; so I took the chance. I'm glad I did. This game is great, just not perfect. It reminds me of Timeshift/Doom3/Quake4/Wolfenstein. The controls are tight and are mapped like Call of Duty with the exception of a few new controls. The atomosphere is gloomy but well presented. I won't go into too much detail as to not ruin any suprises, but if you are looking for a good sci-fi themed shooter look no further.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The great shooter that could have been... December 1, 2010
By Jason
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Singularity isn't going to be setting records as a great Sci-Fi shooter but it is a game that is a lot of fun, and has moments of old school FPS that some shooter games today seem to be unable to reproduce. However does it stand strong or did the "singularity" devour the gameplay as well as time itself?

Gameplay: As I mentioned earlier, Singularity has a nice old school feel to it at times. It reminded me when shooters were just simply shooters. Run through a level fighting enemies, not overloading you with graphic awe. I attempted Singularity on "HARD" and was actually a little disappointed by this. Hard really wasn't hard. It felt like "easy" w/ enemies that did ungodly amount of damage to you. It did make me use strategy though instead of hulking through areas like I have super armor or something. The gameplay mechanics are a nice blend of well polished FPS mechanics, with a very nifty time manipulation element that lets you influence certain objects in your environment(E99 infused stuff) and then pulls various mechanics from other games. The "chrono-step" is my favorite. Similar to Dead Space's objective tracking system, but this looks into the future to find out where you are going to go

Sound/Story: Very creative storyline that has multiple endings (3 to be exact). The game keeps you guessing as to who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Hidden messages in time, mysterious warnings, the more time changes the more confusing things get. Essentially you are a US soldier sent to an Island outside of Russia to investigate a radiation burst. Next thing you know, time changed and things have gone to hell; you must embark on your quest to try and repair time. Sound is really good. The weapons sound crisp and clean, with the voice overs being decent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shooters I've played February 3, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3| Edition:Game with free Graphic Novel|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The main reason for this game to get 5 stars is that everything it does, it does great. I've played other shooters and this is one of my favorites.

The story sets in Katorga 12, an island where you'll be playing in the present and past fighting soldiers and monsters, where scientifics have been messing up with E99, an element with special properties that has lead to experiments and the later fall of the island. I must say, though, that for me it's not the story what got me hooked, it's all the weapons, all the things you can do with your TMD and how well implemented all the mechanics are. All the level design, what's happening and what comes next is just very well planned and comes smoothly in a solid game.

In some games we find attempts for really bright ideas, but the implementation brings it down to a nice try. That, in my opinion, is not the case for Singularity. It is true that it uses some previous ideas, as I find it pretty similar to Bioshock at some points (like the flashback scenes, the "telekinesis" thing that we saw in Bioshock, the Pulse) but, as I said, it implements them pretty well and in creative ways. It also adds more stuff to it, as you'll have this device (the TMD) that will be able to make a lot of things like making a slow-motion-bubble where everything inside or touching it will almost not move; reverting soldiers which basically turns the soldiers into puking monsters (doesn't it sound cool?); aging or return to the past some objects & bad guys, which will be basic at some points in the game; and the ones mentioned before.

The weapons are a blast aswell, it has the standard ones like revolver, shotgun, machine gun, sniper & gatling-like gun. Along with those it hase some pretty original ones that put that cherry on top, like the Seeker.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinda want to go back in time to replay this
I am surprised I haven't reviewed this game already I thought I did. Anyways I got this game back once it got to be about 20 dollars or so cause I was a bit hesitant at first. Read more
Published 11 months ago by the gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome game
Loved how the game is in graphics but also the story line which is one like dayjavu. Bad ass guns and slow motions that are cool to play in this game.
Published 19 months ago by Edwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game for the price
Bought the game for less than $10 used. Beat the game. Liked it.

PROS
- Fun puzzles
- Great guns
- Special powers are fun to wield

CONS
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Published on May 15, 2012 by Cameron J
1.0 out of 5 stars Sold it next day
It was a cheap game for a reason, flawed in every way, I sold it to GameStop a day later.
Published on August 28, 2011 by E.V.
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprise
I didn't pay too much attention to this game when it first came out. But it was on sale for $[...] free shipping. So I decided to give it a try. It's pretty good. Read more
Published on March 12, 2011 by D. Wade
3.0 out of 5 stars its not for everyone, fun and and has its highs and lows
its not the best game out there but its not the worst, its a game that you cant go in to w/ a serious mindset or you will hate it from jump street, the story isnt its strong suit... Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by John Oconnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Though Could've Been Better
If you are a fan of Bioshock or F.E.A.R. then you will like this game. The story is well told and the graphics are on par. Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by cosmonaut81
5.0 out of 5 stars single player, better than most FPS games
this game is highly underrated. has one of the most compelling storylines, great voice acting, it grabs you right away, never lets go. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by turkish
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, some game design flaws but doesnt take away from the fun
Very good plot/action for single player, but some of the game design flaw was slightly annoying, NO SUBTITLES and no manual saving. Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Mike Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars singularity
Bought this as a BDay gift for my son- he is playing it now and will not put it down- great 1st person shooter

service on order was fast
Published on August 15, 2010 by Kenneth M. Meynard
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