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Another sleeper gem well worth picking up even after five years...
on May 18, 2015
Although I originally bought this for and played it on the X360, I've only just now completed it. And on the PC to boot!
OK, why? Well, when I originally got it, I was just learning to play FPS games and, frankly, I was terrible at them. So, about halfway through Singularity, there's a big ugly boss-fight where you fight from a train (trying not to give anything away here) and, well, just couldn't get past it. So I gave up and forgot about it. Then, a few days ago, Steam had a big sale of stuff including this, and I thought, why not. So I played it and--while it was no walk in the park--I was surprised at how much easier it was than it had felt the first time.
Don't get me wrong--the game is still plenty challenging, even on Normal setting--but I felt much more in control of my actions than had previously been true...despite the truly terrible labeling of the controller buttons in the game. I mean...who still calls things "Gamepad button 1"? Luckily most of that can be deduced from context or from trial-and-error, and there is a short cheat-sheet someone put up on Steam as well that shows the correspondence between "Gamepad button #" and XBox controller control.
Anyhow, I needn't repeat what others have already thoroughly covered. I have a few minor issues (and one major one) but I found this to be a solid 4, although it could have been a bit longer than the 10 hours I logged. So, to suggest a few minor areas that could be punched up:
- Too many "Tower of Hanoi" puzzles, which I hate. In particular, the issue of using boxes as steps...ugh. Annoying!
- The improvement system is completely opaque, in that you have no idea what it means when you select what to improve, either about yourself or your weapons. So you're asked to spend currencies which are hard to find, and you have no meaningful sense of the tradeoffs: is more health better than better healing? Is armor better than health? For the perks that give you better loot, how often and how much? Larger mags or faster reloading? You see what I mean.
- Although the radar is useful, it sometimes just doesn't work, so you wind up walking in a more or less random direction until it starts showing you directions again.
- A minimap would have been helpful at some points, although the radar mostly compensates. Mostly.
Finally, my biggest complaint, which is actually about a Very Good Thing: the minigun ("autocannon"). Once you get this thing, you become unstoppable. Literally. From that point forward, there's nothing and nobody whom you can't hose into oblivion...and the fact you get the time-stop function about the same time guarantees that.
This would be less of an issue if the game limited your access to this beast, as is the case in many games that feature similar items: usually you're limited in ammo, or it slows you down unbearably, or something of that sort. Not in Singularity: from that point forward, you needn't even bother with any other weapon, as this will be your "go-to" gun. Which is a shame, as there are some very cool techno-whizzer weapons: but when even the toughest monsters and the most heavily armored human enemies go down before you in a literal hail of bullets...why bother?
I thought at first that ordnance would be the limiting factor, but you can buy ammo at any weapons upgrade station (of which there are a lot) at 50 per belt of 100 rounds, max of 600. Given that perks cost 500 and up (the most expensive I ever saw on the list was 5000; the most I ever had at one time was about 4700. Most perks cost in the 1000-2500 range), you're literally able to fleet up to max ammo out of your pocket change...and that doesn't consider the generic ammo replenishment packs that fill up all the holes in your ammo belt.
Summary: solid game, still very playable. Replay value: moderate to poor--this ain't Mass Effect or even Crysis.
But at current prices...sure, why not?