Aside from an aggravating texture loading bug, Singularity for the PC is a great looking game. Sadly, however, the video options do not include choices for anti-aliasing.
It is, of course, easy to force anti-aliasing in Singularity and make a good looking game better… if you have an Nvidia card. Prepare yourself for a performance hit.
Raven, the developers of this time-bending title, left out this setting because of its massive cost in framerate. In fact, the powerful EVGA GTX 470 is 3 times slower with 32x AA setting, dropping from 121 FPS to 41 FPS. I settled playing through the game on 16x, which left me with a constant FPS around 60.
Forcing AA in Singularity
Your Nvidia control panel can force anti-aliasing on when your games do not support it. You can see images below (click for larger versions) that show you where to set it.
In the case of the Nvidia Control Panel, you can set the 3D settings for specific games. Notice how I have selected Singularity from the drop down games list (It should automatically appear after installation). Select the ‘Override’ mode, select your multiplier, and hit ‘Apply.’
In the case of the ATI Catalyst Control Center, normally you go to your 3D settings and you can select an AA tab at the top. However, it is reported that no Radeon card has been able to play Singularity with AA. Sorry.
Solid Tip: You must restart the game for AA settings to take effect.
Seeing the Difference
Your poor helicopter at the start of the game, without AA.
Your helicopter with full AA.
Is it worth it?
If you have a high end GPU, then by all means, put your AA all the way up. You will never notice a difference in your gameplay.
For the mid-range cards that account for the majority of players, you have to be much more careful. You can get away with 2x or 4x to get rid of obvious jagged edges, but it will hurt your gameplay beyond that.
Now… if we could just tone down that radioactive orange glow on everything…
I have try´d to follow the instruktions but it wount take effect. I have a “gtx 580” so I wonder if I have to change something else before force AA on?
Pleace hellp me.
Hi Martin, you should have no problems.
I just tested this on 2 installations using both version 1.0 and 1.1 of the game, and both old Nvidia drivers and the new 266.58 drivers (that the GTX 580 uses). It worked fine in every test.
There is no in-game option that could interfere. You may have missed something small like hitting the apply button on the Singularity 3D profile or restarting the game to see the changes. Let me know.