Singularity is not an original game. It gleefully steals ideas and concepts from every AAA FPS that we've seen in the last few years - Bioshock and Half-Life 2 in particular - but it's precisely because of this that it actually proves to be a fantastically fun little game, not that you'd be able to tell thanks to a promotional budget for this game that appears to be less than the price of a rubber band. But then I suppose that's what we're here for, to help you decide how to spend your hard-earned cash.
This isn't really just another FPS, but rather an homage-stuffed collection of all of the best bits the genre's seen recently. If that sounds appealing to you, and it probably should, you might be pleased to know that you can currently pick up both console copies for just £29.95 at Zavvi, saving you £2 if you're a PS3 owner and double that if you're a Microsoft fan.
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The story kicks off with you doing a pass of the Russian coast after picking up some abnormally high radiation readings and your plane gets hit by an EMP and you find yourself washed up on Katorga-12. It's here that you uncover a number of things:
- The Russians have discovered a new element that's extremely radioactive.
- Apparently they've found a way to use this to time travel.
- It's also turned everyone on the island into a flesh-craving slobbering beast.
It's utterly barmy, and all the better for it. You see there have been a swathe of 'realistic' shooters slowly sucking the fun out of the FPS genre, and thankfully Raven have stepped up to sort it out.
This is a game that does all the basic things right: Sturdy combat? Check. Buckets of gore? Check. Gravity gun? Check. Plasmid-style system? Check. Time Manipulation Device that allows you to terminally age enemies in the blink of an eye? Oh yes! Not once did I find myself bored by this game, with the developers constantly changing the way you play it or throwing in a basic puzzle or a fat new gun or an enormous boss or a sneaky stealth section. It's not perfect by any means, the multiplayer feels tacked on and I would have loved to have seen more boss fights, but it's certainly worthy of your time and money.