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Singularity - Playstation 3

Platform : PlayStation 3
Rated: Mature
4.3 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Metascore: 77 / 100
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  • Multiplayer gameplay options and PlayStation Network support including PlayStation Trophies.
  • An engrossing storyline blending Cold War history and science fiction elements.
  • An arsenal of first-person shooter weapons, including conventional firearms and upgradeable, time altering gadgets.
  • Mission progressing puzzle-solving gameplay.
  • Advanced graphics built on the Unreal 3 game engine.
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Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard

Product Description

Fight your way through an ever-shifting environment haunted with time ravaged creatures, while sudden time wave hurl you back and forth between 1950 and the present day. Use your wits and the perfect weapon - the Time Manipulation Device - to unravel the conspiracy on the remote island of Katorga-12

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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'
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Reversing the history of a causeway in order to mend it in 'Singularity'
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Revisionist Cold War Storyline in 'Singularity'
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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.
  • PlayStation Network support including PlayStation Trophies.

Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B001UWGCW2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,347 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Customer Reviews

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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard
I haven't reviewed a game in a while, but Singularity really made me feel like I had to. Especially considering there are only two other reviews here as I write.

First, the most important thing. Singularity gets the basics absolutely right. Character movement is fluid, the controls are easy to learn, and there are no lurching mini-loads.

The environments and graphics are top-notch. From the moment you "arrive" on the island, you know it's going to look good, and it does throughout.

Gameplay is also great fun. I've heard a lot of comparisons to Bioshock, which I didn't play but watched my roommate play. I suppose there are similarities, but Singularity offers it's own take on survivor horror FPS.

The storyline is excellent. Playing with time often causes a muddled story, but here we have a great altered past/present that must be fixed, and the history of the island's downfall is well detailed in notes and recordings you find. Get all of them. Also, the climax is a big moment for your character.

Your time-altering abilities are great fun to use. Power them up as soon as you can, especially the one that creates a sphere of frozen time. This is extremely useful in taking out multiple enemies. It's fun to age a soldier to dust, turn "tics" against each other, and age/renew countless items. See a crushed, rusted crate? Renew it and inside could be E-99 (your upgrade juice), med packs and ammo. Sometimes this is imperative to continue, sometimes you just find more juice under a big branch you just "de-aged."

Happily, Singularity lacks any glaring flaws. If you find something you don't like, it's often down to personal preference. Health, for example, is (yes!) a good old-fashioned bar.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard Verified Purchase
I haven't really written a review for a game in a long while, but I felt Singularity deserved one. Not many people have played this game, period, let alone on the PS3. It deserves so much more than that, so here is my two-cents.

First off, the story: This game is set in 2010, when American special-ops go in to investigate radiation spikes on a seemingly uninhabited island near Russia's coastland. After an EMPlike blast forces our hero, Captain Nate Reinko, onto the ground of Katorga-12, the mysterious island locale of the game, things go the way of epic Sci-Fi. The island is the site of a previously unknown element called E-99, and the Soviet Union devoted huge resources to research of E-99 in the 1940's and 1950's so that they could establish themselves as THEE world power. E-99 is exponentially more powerful than atomic energy AND has trippy time-altering effects. Needless to say, disaster befell them long ago and you're left to figure out what went wrong and how to fix a new problem in the timeline. Singularity's story dabbles heavily in time-travel and alternate-timelines via "Back to the Future" ish story twists. Most stories that attempt to tackle the time-traveling mechanic beast end up muddled and confusing as a result. Singularity does not suffer this fate. The story is actually quite fantastic for what it is, and make no mistake, it is very campy in parts. That's part of its charm. I found myself in awe of just how well implemented time travel and alternate timeline related plot twists are used in the story. I for one am very big on good story in games, and this one does not in any way disappoint. The characters are pretty interesting, the setting and locale are compelling, and the endings are very impactful.

The gameplay is solid throughout.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3Edition: Standard Verified Purchase
First of all while this did basically steal and re-envision Bioshock's theme and gameplay the combat does have a very different feel because the powers, enemies, and even how the weapons work/shoot are very different. The main problem is you can't save any time, and it inconveniently saves before you pick up items and all that. For example, while in a room that gets flooded with mobs you need to destroy about 20 egg things first. The room is very difficult... which is a problem because it saves BEFORE clearing all the eggs. (And the eggs don't involve combat, just targeting then hitting one button in an empty room.) So every time you die you get to spend a few minutes just re-clearing all those eggs just to die 30 seconds later. About 10 deaths in and I want to throw the damn PS3 through a window.

In addition to that when some events start you can't immediately fire and after that usually can't aim for about 30 seconds, so you are stuck inaccurately shooting. Also some abilities share a button... which means it is very easy to unintentionally pick something useless up rather than making a time slowing orb for example. These issues don't sound major, but they make the game much less fun than it should be.
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How did this game fly under the radar, no exposure, not too many reviews? For 20.00 its well worth the money for any FPS fan. Cool and original story, nice graphics and smooth controlls. There are some sweet guns, plenty of ammo to find if you happen to go balistic and run out, and you can turn back time and turn your enemey to dust! It even has a couple little scary moments that you werent expecting.
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