Has anyone had the chance to play Singularity?
Well I have and I enjoyed it. It had a nice storyline that fell with the surroundings which were beautiful by the way. It uses the Unreal 3 Engine and uses it well nice Dynamic ranges when looking around the scenery and when using your iron sights. the control scheme was a bit fiddly but no way near what i expected after seeing the gameplay videos. The storyline follows you as a part of recon team sent in to investigate the massive radiation spike sent out to a satellite from this island, on the journey in on the helicopter you have control over the camera, the rain is pouring and massive waves can be seen below as well as crashing against the island itself then a giant sickle just comes out of nowhere (the one in the screenshot i posted) and it looked visually awsome with the waves and foam and the rain splattering off it. Anyway I wont spoil too much but you end up starting the game off alone, wet and with no weapons.
The gameplay was very linear with plenty of little side passages but i didnt find many areas that had more than one route except the boat area which i nearly got lost in (im trying not to spoil it but its hard). Theres plenty of weapons although you can only carry two at once including the original rocket launcher, machine gun, even a rail gun but the best weapon has got to be the one that lets you slow down time and snipe enemies with the bullet even if theyre hiding round corners, the remote controlled grenade launcher is the best, but hey who needs weapons when youve got the TMD, which lets you age or renew objects all around the scenery including enemys defences but theyre definately needed to be more of them. It also lets you send a sonic boom out of yourself destroying insects or sending local bad guys flying. Then theres the cool part, the time ball that lets you send a physical 'ball' of stopped time that when fired at a group of multiple enemies can stop them in their tracks but the cool part is if you place one inbetween yourself and the bad guys it stops the bullets just make sure to get out of the way when the ball fades as the bullets still need to go somewhere. Also if you fire an explosive into an enemy inside a ball the explosion stops completely then goes boom as the ball disappears. One last TMD trick is physical manipulation of a solid object so that you can lift them up, throw them or drop them this includes grenades and missiles the missiles look cool when flung back at the bad guys.
Theres only one thing that let this game down and thats the fact its too short, if your like me and you like to thrash the crap out of any new game youve been wanting to play since hearing about it (my mates know this as i did cod5 in 4.5 hours) will be dissapointed in hearing this: I recieved the game at 3.20pm yesterday it took till 3.55 to install (its about 7gb) then at about 11.30pm id finished it and that was on hard, dont get me wrong i did die a couple of times, god knows i aint prefect, but still managed to complete it only 6-7 hours im starting to get bored of games companies maing short storylines but beautiful sceneries, I havent tried the multiplayer yet but then there wont be many playing it anywayz as no one should have this game yet its not released till 29th in America anyway, god knows when europe will see it. Once ive played the multiplayer ill let you know if this adds any playtime cause i really want to know how the TMD will work in multiplayer I mean slowing down someone elses screen while your unning around like a madman must of been some hard coding I hope its not gonna be like that stupid lagging trainer in Halo.
One last thing I definately had to add was the sound, OMG it was freaking awsome, theres no option in the menus to have EAX enabled or how many speakers youve got so i was really surprised during the in-game intro when i heard everything all around me, exactly where it shudda been the directional sounds in the game were spot on and if you have surround sound definately try this one out it will blow your mind or make you shit your pants either way still a good reaction.
All in all a good game but definately gonna be a book end I dont think im gonna be plaing it much more only to get the other 2 endings (the ending I got sorta give it away that theres more than one)
If your playing it or have played it, let me know I really want to talk about the area in the boat as I know that Raven software have definately been watching jaws again (its the only film thats ever made me jump and this game had a part just like jaws part that made me jump) I hate you Raven but love you also...