By Chad Sapieha,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Gruesome shooter with novel concepts, but not for kids.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game sensationalizes sci-fi military violence. It's a struggle between good and evil, with players on the side of the former, but it emphasizes the blood and gore of combat while unrealistically depicting a single man as an unstoppable force in the midst of the madness.
Positive Role Models
The player's mute character is a typical first-person-shooter good guy trying to save the world while viciously killing lots of bad guys and malicious creatures along the way. He is heroic in his way, but clearly not a character after which players should model their behavior or actions.
Ease of Play
Three difficulty levels exist to accommodate players with varying levels of experience and skill. The controls are more or less standard for the genre.
Violence & Scariness
Play consists almost entirely of intense gunfights involving a wide variety of modern weapons, including shotguns, rifles, and handguns, as well as even more powerful sci-fi style weapons, such as a rifle that fires powerful explosive slugs players can control as they fly through the air. Players shoot disfigured and mutated creatures and humans, causing blood to gush from wounds and limbs to break away from bodies. Dead, bloody human corpses -- including the skeletal remains of schoolchildren cowering under desks -- litter the ground, are impaled on walls, and can be found hanging from rafters. Screams of terror and pain are heard frequently .
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Instances of profanity -- including the words "s--t" "damn," and "f--k" are heard throughout the dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Singularity is a mature sci-fi military shooter with high levels of blood and gore. The bodies of both mutated creatures and humans break apart and spray blood when riddled with bullets, and corpses -- including those of children -- are often spread across the landscape. All of the violence is in the name of righting timelines gone awry and saving the world, but the action is far too gruesome to be appropriate for younger audiences. Also be aware that online multiplayer supports open voice chat between players.
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What’s It About?
Time is a weapon in SINGULARITY, an innovative sci-fi shooter in which our hero doesn't just bounce back and forth through time but also wields it to manipulate his environment and even kill his enemies. The game is set in an alternate history in which the Soviets have discovered a new mineral called E99 that carries temporal distortion properties. U.S. marines are sent to a remote Russian island on which E99 experiments have been carried out. They arrive to find the island in ruins. The bodies of researchers and their families are everywhere, and horrible, mutated creatures are running amuck. When our hero finds a gauntlet that alters the flow of time, a way to right the altered and potentially disastrous last half-century of history, he begins a quest that only he has the power fix.
Is It Any Good?
A better than average sci-fi shooter, Singularity offers players novel weapons and tools as well as an intriguing, time-bending tale. The ability to progress or regress a particular object in age makes for some interesting game scenarios. We can un-collapse fallen tunnels to clear a path and restore decrepit boxes to make the ammunition and supplies they hold usable. Conversely, players can age a safe to make its door fall apart, or make their enemies grow old and die in seconds.
It's just too bad that it takes more than two hours of pretty standard first-person-shooting slogging to get to the innovative stuff. Also, the graphics feel as old as some of the objects players age in the game. The blurry textures and rough-hewn character models might have seemed modern at the start of this generation, but they're definitely dated now. Still, it doesn't detract much from the overall experience. There's plenty of entertainment here for grownups who enjoy gory gun games; just keep in mind this brand of fun isn't family-friendly.
Online interaction: Players can go up against one another online. Open voice chat is supported, which means potential exists for players to share personal information and encounter inappropriate language and topics of conversation while playing multiplayer games. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for children under 12 years of age.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about varying levels of violence in shooters. Singularity could have been designed without blood or gore, potentially resulting in a sci-fi adventure suitable for a slightly younger audience. Is its gruesomeness essential? Does it have a purpose aside from shock value?
Families can also discuss the use of profanity in action games. Does the occasional vulgarity make dialogue feel more natural and realistic? Does it somehow enhance the narrative? Have you played games in which the profanity was just too much, swearing used simply for the sake of swearing?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: June 29, 2010
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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