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Making a first-person shooter that stands out from the crowd must be tough these days. Particularly if it’s being published by Activision who, with Modern Warfare 2, is set to unleash the sequel to one of the most successful first-person shooters of all time. Consider that Activision is also publishing the remake of Wolfenstein, the game that pioneered the genre, and you have to feel a bit sorry for Raven Software, gamely attempting to gatecrash the party with what marketing skunks glibly refer to as a “new IP.”

As for the story of the game, it’s complicated, but we’ll take a stab at the basics. You’re an American fighter pilot on a recon mission when something goes awry and you crash on a remote island. The good news is you survive. The bad news is that the island is subject to the kind of strange goings-on that make an episode of Lost look as mundane as a weekend in Hawaii.

Since a Cold War experiment in 1950, the island – Katorga-12 – has been quarantined, largely due to the presence of the mysterious Element 99, which Stalin was experimenting with as a possible power source. Or at least one of his scientists was, before it all went tits-up with a catastrophic event on par with Chernobyl.

However, rather than giving radiation poisoning to Welsh sheep, the upshot of this particular blunder was a rip in the space-time fabric resulting in some time-travelling shenanigans. Luckily you’re equipped with a handy Time Manipulation Device (TMD), which enables you to tamper with the properties of time on a localised basis.

A number of games have attempted the old time travel shtick, but according to producer Kekoa Lee-Creel, Singularity takes a different approach. “We’ve seen other time games and they’ve had almost like a VCR function, rewind, fast forward, record, that sort of thing,” Lee-Creel explains. “So instead of doing that, the direction was more ‘What if you could actually see what a physical item looked like 50 years forward, 50 years back, and play with that notion?’”

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5 comments

  • JohnnyMaverik - August 15, 2009 3:07 a.m.

    "Luckily you’re equipped with a handy Time Manipulation Device (TMD)" "revert crates to their former glory in order to snaffle their ammo (all of which luckily works in your 2010 weapons)" Sounds like a bit of corner cutting is going on with the finer points of the plot and it's holes... especially with the ammo bit. But I'm still interested (as I am with any sci-fi fps) and will keep an eye on it.
  • nadrewod999 - August 14, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    Oh, come on, let me see some non-griefers. This game could let you (if you have great aim) turn your opponents guns, grenades, and ammo all into dust or rust, destroy a stairway they are standing on by pushing it back a few hundred years, create cover for yourself where there was once just a pile of garbage, or even make them be crushed by a container that was hanging above them when you age the supports! Plus, for all you people who love normal FPSs, they let you use the weapons (possibly even using your time powers to make weapons the enemy can't use (because they are rusted over) pristine and ready to kill with), cult ideas for all you sci-fi fans who want something new, and things like slow-motion fields to stop bullets and enemies for people who want a kind of updated Timeshift. The least you could do if you think it will suck is wait until it comes out, rent it, then give your honest opinion. Also, aion7, since when does HL2 have people from the 1950s, or ghosts doomed to repeat a horrible day for the rest of their afterlifes, or devices that let you repair aged things, or age enemies? If you want to say it looks bad while also having the feel of HL2, say so, just don't call it a bad HL2 re-make.
  • ali88 - August 14, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    With so many FPS games these days,i don't think this game will be any different from the rest of what already out there.
  • aion7 - August 14, 2009 5:14 a.m.

    Am I the only one that thinks this looks like Half Life 2, except bad?
  • MW3M - August 13, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Could be something rather special. Or could be a mediocre 'Timeshift' disappointment...

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