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Singularity

You’ll gain access to a raft of more standard weaponry like AK’s, shotguns and pistols. How Raven will balance the use of these with the TMD will determine how successful the game is. Though your weapons are meaty, your enemies - genetically-mutated ‘inside-out’ creatures - run like they’ve just dropped out of a Quake game, speeding around arenas too fast and too frantically, negating any chance of a calculated shootout.

Bog-standard humans prove to be better targets. Their cover crumbles with smart use of the TMD, and the soldiers themselves soak up far fewer bullets than Katorga 12’s mutants. The E99 Revolver (Element 99 being a time-monkeying molecule) is especially devastating, letting you manipulate a bullet in mid-air to steer it into a brain cavity. The TMD itself is also damaging to human flesh. Send an enemy forward through time and they’ll age like Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Send them the other way and the soldiers will melt into a primordial soup substance.

As you explore Katorga 12’s abandoned research buildings you’ll find ghostly objects and people trapped between time zones. These flashback moments are often there just to further the plot, but occasionally they’ll tie into puzzles too. You’re equipped with a chrono-light, a flashlight capable of shining time-invariant light onto surfaces. Using the flashlight on objects stuck in time will anchor them to present day, letting you grab the object with the TMD’s stasis power. These objects are then invariably plugged into elevators and machines to open paths forward.

Raven’s last project – Wolfenstein – was no slouch on the weapons front either. Weak AI and bland levels somewhat let the game down, and though Singularity appears to have its locations covered, we’ve yet to see evidence of Raven’s much-needed AI improvements. It’s for this reason that Singularity has failed to set our Anticip-o-meter alight. But expectations are still quietly high, and if Raven does manage to exorcise ghosts of Wolfenstein past during the closing months their new time-twisting adventure could be one of 2010’s biggest surprises.

Jan 26, 2010

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9 comments

  • CandiedJester - June 26, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    I dislike that it's so short, but I still think it will be a ton of fun. If it were longer I might buy it, buuuuut since it isn't...I'm probably going to rent a game for the first time in my life.
  • Yeager1122 - January 28, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Sounds like it will turn out with a average score of 7 or 6.
  • Persona - January 28, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I am a tad bit sceptical about this.. Timeshift was fun, until you started to realise how repetitive the game was, wolfenstien was a great shooter if you were bored. Hope Raven Software can redeem themselves with Singularity because it looks very promising. Even if it isn't a blockbuster people will get some entertainment from turning people into skeletons and directing explosive bullets.
  • DrLovez69 - January 27, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Wait is the game where you can go years back in time or forward? (seriously like centuries forward and back, im not crazy, i remember reading about it you can travel in time 'n stuff) ReCaptcha: waxes it (waxes what???...ew...) IM NOT CRAAAZAY
  • Montag - January 27, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    Why do people persist in looking a cock? First!!!! So what go get a girlfriend you sad dysfunctional piece of erectile tissue
  • FRAN93 - January 27, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    kinda looks like a mix between timeshift and doom...could be good,i dunno if ill get it though
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 27, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    ok im not first
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 27, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    First kind of want this game ill probably just rent though since its only 5 hours long
  • Montag - January 27, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    I want it to be good, I know it will be average. One day one of these games with a good idea will turn out to be good and use their idea. Look at Dark Void, what is not to like, except it just gets everything mostly wrong. Not really wrong but enough wrong to make it boring.

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