Raven Software, known for some recent successful titles like Wolfenstein and X-Men: Origins, are back with yet another potential hit. Singularity, based in the Cold War period, follows a science fiction alternate storyline for what actually happened at that time, and offers a good mixture of deep storyline, intense action and good graphics.
Even though the game hasn’t been out for long as of writing this review, gamers are currently talking about it all around, expressing great satisfaction with its quality.
You take the role of Captain Nate Renko, a United States Black Ops operative who was sent to investigate a crash of a government satellite in 2010, but after encountering a strange anomaly in the environment surrounding the incident he gets transported back in time to 1955. From then on, the protagonist engages in a variety of events, all ultimately leading to several possible endings, depending on what action the player took at certain points in the game.
The gameplay has some very original elements, the main attraction here being the “Time Manipulation Device”, which as its name implies, allows the player to twist the fabric of time to their liking, moving around between different periods. Some obstacles can only be overcome while in a specific time. It can also be used as a powerful weapon, moving items around and even hurting your enemies. However, some of the stronger opponents later on in the game will be invulnerable to the TMD’s effects, and you’ll have to figure out alternative ways for dealing with them.
Graphics and System Requirements
Singularity runs on the Unreal Engine 3, though it’s been rather heavily modified in some aspects – the physics have been noticeably improved, as have the facial animations of characters. The game features some very impressive scenes and captures the atmosphere of Cold War-era Soviet conspiracies just perfectly. The enemies are also designed very nicely, and have some very eye-catching effects associated with them. We did notice some slight problems with the animation at times, but they didn’t show up that often.
You’ll need a very good computer to run Singularity without any hiccups – an AMD Athlon X2 4800+ for a processor, and 2GB of RAM. You’ll also need a GeForce 8800 GT or an ATI Radeon X1800, which makes the game at least slightly less demanding in terms of graphics processor.
Singularity also offers some multiplayer action, so make sure you check it out – the game may have primarily attracted you with its single player features, but we assure you the multiplayer it offers is very captivating and dynamic, with the potential for some truly epic battles.
Singularity is yet another example of how Raven know how to make a proper game. It’s hard to point out anything negative about it, so make sure you give it a try!