Singularity

Common Sense Media says

Gruesome shooter with novel concepts, but not for kids.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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 .

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Instances of profanity -- including the words “s--t” “damn,” and “f--k” are heard throughout the dialogue.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

very good game

csm is over reacting on the language a bit. yes there is a few s-words and the f-word is used 2 or 3 times. nothing if you compare it to other games. lots of blood and gore. you can dismember people and creatures. corpses are seen many times throught out the game. one part at the begging may be intense or disturbing when you walk into a classroom and the whole room is covered with childrens bones. i don't think it was very scary. it may also teach some people what a singularity is (they are real search it). language should only be 4 at the MOST. a very good game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byTaCTiCaLxReFLeX April 12, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Really Fun, nothing to bad

This game is really fun, BLOOD- the envirement in this game is usually bloody and dead corpses are everywhere.LANGUAGE- cursing is used in only the very beginning of the game when your with another military soldier who has a bit of potty mouth. he says F about once S about 2 and D about 3. Violence- You shoot and kill people, and you get a device that can age people instantly and they turn to skeleton
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 28, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Awesome game,perfect for 14 and up.

If you,like me,love games like Killzone,Resistance or Metro 2033,or other similar sci fiction games,you will simply enjoy this.I took one look at the cover and immediately had to go to GameStop and get it.It was not a disappointing buy,neither was it a waste of money.There is lots of gruesome violence and lots of blood,as well as the occasional swear words,but this is absolutely a perfect game for kids over 14 especially as a starter if they haven't played any sci fi shooters yet.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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