Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy video game developed by Oxide Games and Stardock Entertainment . The game was released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 2016.

On November 10, 2016, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation was released. It is a standalone expansion that adds to the base game with more units, maps, and structures, as well as several interface tweaks. The total player count was also increased from 8 to 16 players. The expansion was later on the base game on February 16, 2017, after it became apparent that the separate games divided the player community. [1]

Gameplay

Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy video game . [2] Its main distinction is its ability to handle thousands of individual units engaging in combat simultaneously, far greater than most other games of its kind, across large maps and without abstraction. This is Achieved through a newly Developed engine called Expired Nitrous designed to fully leverage modern 64-bit multi-core processors , reflected in the Relatively high system requirements (qui include a quad-core processor). To allow players to effectively control such large numbers of units, groups of individual units may be combined into “meta-units” which operate in a cohesive manner, upon which complex strategies may be developed.[3]

Development

Ashes of the Singularity is the first video game released with DirectX 12 support. [4] It is also one of the first to support Vulkan . [5] An in-development version of the game was released commercially via Steam Early Access on October 22, 2015. [2] The full version of the game was released Windows on March 31, 2016. [6]

Because of the game’s early DirectX 12 support and extensive use of parallel computing , it is commonly used as a benchmark . Controversy erupted when Nvidia GPUs were found to be poorly relative to their AMD counterparts on early beta versions of Ashes ; [7] [8] AMD Graphics Core Next GPUs goal had to be performed in software on Nvidia GPUs. [9]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
aggregator Score
Metacritic 69/100 [10]

Ashes of the Singularity received an “average” from Metacritic . [10]

Giving it a good score of 7.7, IGN wrote: “This is a warzone where the shrewd general looking at the bigger picture will triumph over the fast-thinking ace with lightning hotkeys.” [11]

PC Gamer gave it a score of 75/100. [12] GameSpot gave it a mixed review. [13]

References

  1. Jump up^ Wardell, Brad . “ONE COMMUNITY: Merging the Singularity” . Stardock . Retrieved 24 February 2017 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Sykes, Tom (October 15, 2015). “Ashes of the Singularity Early Access hitting next week” . PC Gamer . Retrieved January 8, 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ Oxide Games. ” Ashes of the Singularity FAQ” . Retrieved 24 February2017 .
  4. Jump up^ Hillier, Brenna (October 23, 2015). “Stardock launches first ever DirectX 12 game” . VG247 . Retrieved January 8, 2016 .
  5. Jump up^ Takahashi, Dean (March 1, 2016). “How Ashes of the Singularity Enables massive planetary battles with huge sci-fi armies” . GamesBeat . VentureBeat . Retrieved July 6, 2016 .
  6. Jump up^ Chalk, Andy (March 9, 2016). “Ashes of the Singularity release date revealed in new trailer” . PC Gamer . Future plc . Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  7. Jump up^ Mah Ung, Gordon. “Windows 10’s DirectX 12 graphics tested performance: More CPU cores, more oomph” . PCWorld . Retrieved 24 February 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ Dingman, Hayden (22 October 2015). ” Ashes of the Singularity Steam hits, letting you benchmark DirectX 12 at home” . PCWorld . Retrieved 24 February 2017 .
  9. Jump up^ Wallossek, Igor (29 February 2016). ” Ashes Of The Singularity Beta: Async Compute, Multi-Adapter & Power” . Tom’s Hardware . Retrieved 24 February 2017 .
  10. ^ Jump up to:b “Ashes of the Singularity for PC Reviews” . Metacritic . CBS Interactive . Retrieved August 3, 2016 .
  11. Jump up^ Hafer, TJ (March 31, 2016), ASHES OF THE SINGULARITY REVIEW , retrieved January 8, 2017
  12. Jump up^ Johnson, Leif (April 1, 2016), ASHES OF THE SINGULARITY REVIEW ,PCGamer , retrieved January 8, 2017
  13. Jump up^ Starkey, Daniel (April 25, 2016), Ashes of the Singularity Review ,Gamespot , retrieved January 8, 2017

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