Percentile Rank

Prey is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 160 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 160 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
May 3, 2017
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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Jun 7, 2017

Prey is a great game, one of the classic science fiction games that combines thoughtful design with kick-ass exploration and player choice -- you don't want to miss this one, just watch out for the photocopier -- I thought I saw it move!

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Seasoned Gaming
Loved
Loved
May 26, 2017

Prey is a memorable, narrative driven, sci-fi journey that will leave you in awe.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
May 10, 2017

An ornate and clever if slightly under-cooked System Shock successor, which makes the most of a truly magnificent space station setting.

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Videospielkombinat
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Nov 22, 2017

If you are a fan of BioShock and Dishonored, you will definitely love Prey. It offers great gameplay with a strong focus on the player's creativity and a compelling story.

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Kritiqal
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Aug 10, 2019

Prey hasn’t been able to pick and choose its points of inspiration. While the games it lifts from are mechanically engaging, their thematic tensions have not held up as well, leaving Prey an inconsistent jumble of competing philosophies and narrative styles as it tries to recontextualize plot points which in hindsight were not as clever as we made them out to be.

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Wade D McGinnis
Rent
Rent
May 20, 2017
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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
May 12, 2017

The worst version of Prey is the game its ending thinks it is, an action-y game with stealth elements about humanity and moral choices. The best version of Prey is the game that happens in between, one where you ignore its plot completely, take your time to explore every cranny, and hide in a tree to look at the stars. It fails itself when it tells you what to do, but you have plenty of opportunities not to listen to it and have a great time in the process.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
May 9, 2017

Prey is a game that's smart about almost every aspect of itself, and yet with that, so crucially modest. It doesn't yank the camera from you, doesn't force you to sit through cutscenes, doesn't demand you sit still and listen to its backstory. It's content to be itself and let you find it, which is a damned rare treat in this hobby. Even more amazingly, for all its array of abilities and powers, you can finish the game without touching them, perhaps even find a narrative rationale for doing so.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
May 16, 2017

After that, it’s just a gunfight.

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GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
May 7, 2017

Prey is truly an unique game, featuring one of the best designed space stations I´ve ever seen, along with the characteristic artistic vision of Arkane Studios. Yet, it also copies so many flaws from their previous Dishonored series, like the lackluster story-telling and most importantly, the mediocre combat. The point, where Prey simply fails is to keep the thin balance of fairness and difficulty. When the combat works, it both looks and feels great but these moments are just too rare, switched out by too many frustrating moments, overshadowing all the great things Prey implemented. Overall, I still really enjoyed my trip to the Talos I, be it, due to the amazing sandboxes or level design, the sheer amount of possibilities to experiment or the lore behind it. I was often frustrated with it, no doubt, I was often annoyed but also enchanted and stunned by it.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
May 19, 2017

“Despite its disappointing final few hours, Prey is a wonderfully unique and slightly unsettling experience that deserves your time”

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GuyLogicGaming
Unscored
Unscored
May 7, 2017
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Scored Reviews

Windows Central
May 8, 2017

Prey might not be the prettiest game, but it's among the most atmospheric. Arkane Studios has proven itself time and time again to be comprised of world-class world builders. Prey is no different. If you're a fan of Dead Space, Deus Ex, or Bioshock, you simply have to buy this game.

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The Game Fanatics
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 24, 2017

Besides a map system that could be better and a few glitched side quests, my experience with Prey was flawless. There were some misteps near the end, but the final scene gave me chills and the existential implications therein made it all worth it. To me, Prey easily stands toe to toe with some of the best sci-fi games in recent years, and if the world is just, should be remembered as one of the finest gaming experiences of all time. This is an instant classic that you shouldn't overlook.

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Skewed & Reviewed
May 10, 2017

The game is a real triumph and is already one of the more impressive titles of 2017.  I look forward to seeing what is next for the franchise as PREY is an impressive achievement that will provide countless hours of gaming to even the most hard-core gamer.

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Real Game Media
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

When you take all these different elements into account, it becomes clear that Prey is greater than the sum of its parts. The intriguing story that adapts to your decisions, the emphasis on player creativity and thinking your way out of problems, the beautiful art design, it all works together well. Yes, the loading screens might get annoying. Yes, hearing the exact same tones when you die is groan worthy. Yet those don’t take away from the countless other things Prey gets right. Frankly, deducting points for those two incredibly minor things, especially given how they might not even annoy other players depending on how they play, feels utterly vindictive. There are so many other things done right here that this amazing experience is not held back in any way. Obviously there’s no such thing as a truly perfect game. However, I must say that Prey comes incredibly close.

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Saving Content
May 9, 2017

PREY is a game that didn’t seem to have a whole lot of hype or discussion about. I’ll admit, until the 1 hour demo that Bethesda recently put up, I wasn’t really tracking much excitement either. A few minutes into the demo though and I already knew I had to play this. I promptly stopped and waited for the release of the full game. Now after completing the game with 18 hours under my belt, not only did I walk away extremely happy but I believe PREY is an instant sci-fi classic people will be replaying countless times over the years.

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ComiConverse
Jun 6, 2017

A highly polished immersive sim that although on first glance looks generic, has lots of good ideas and real depth. The star of Prey though is the amazing space station it's set on, a joy to explore.

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PowerUp!
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Prey is undeniably a magnificent piece of science-fiction and a must-play videogame

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AusGamers
9.5 / 10.0
AusGamers

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

I loved every minute of it. I woke up early to play it and went to bed late because I didn't want to stop. Play it now so we can talk about it.

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SomHráč.sk
95%
95%
May 15, 2017

Prey is a true spiritual successor to System Shock and the best gift for all fans of this legendary franchise. Also one of the candidates for the game of the year.

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PC Aficionado
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Prey was as immersive and in depth as I was expecting. It’s a real action adventure that will challenge anyone playing. With some interesting game mechanics and a well thought out story line to keep the player engrossed right until the end. High production values in the technical department combined with the excellently optimized PC port makes Prey one of 2017’s Game of the Year contenders. It doesn’t have the replayability that Bethesda games are known for, but not all games need to be 100 hour time sinks. Prey is a wonderfully crafted single player experience that any action/adventure fans should be checking out even at full price.

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Areajugones
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Prey is a masterpiece of the science-fiction genre. A game that hooks the player from begining to end and creates a wonderful experience for everyone that plays it.

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The Games Machine
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Prey is a great interactive artwork, comprised of a huge, non-linear adventure where the player is truly king, a deep and inspired sci-fi story. Probably the best title ever produced by Arkane Studios, and certainly a must-have for every gamer.

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Xbox Achievements
92%
92%
May 8, 2017

Prey starts strong, then gets better and better as its compelling narrative gradually unfolds, and new terrors stalk the confines of Talos I. A sci-fi survival masterclass, Prey is quite simply sublime.

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Quillstreak
92%
92%
May 7, 2017

Prey delivers one of the finest Immersive Simulators of the last decade, coated in a gorgeous stylistic veneer and a surprisingly deep narrative that will grab you from the get-go

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IGN Italy
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
May 6, 2017

Prey means deep space, and deep gameplay. A huge space station hides thousands of game mechanics and dynamics ready to be explored by the solitary player. Its warfare is not infinite nor predestined, but makes part of a bigger picture, a bigger game, where gameplay means much more than gunplay.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 4, 2017

Proving that Arkane Studios has no shortage of interesting ideas, Prey is the perfect blend of thrilling action and thought provoking story..

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PCMag
May 11, 2017

Prey owes a lot to its heritage, but still offers some cool new twists on old ideas.. While it would've been nice to see Prey venture a little further from shore, the shooter provides a fantastic iteration of existing concepts, making it an Editors' Choice.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

Prey's systems collide delightfully as the player moves through its magnificently designed interiors, and the stories within are also something extraordinary. Hunt it down with haste.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 7, 2017

If you're looking for a good science-fiction survival game with a ton of fresh ideas, deep and satisfying mechanics with a lot of replayability and, of course a great setting... Well, look elsewhere, because Prey is not good : it's amazing.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Arkane Studios has another hit on their hands in the form of Prey. Some minor bugs aside, this is a horror fan's dream come true. Prey may appear to be a first-person shooter on the surface, but there's an RPG hidden just underneath its shiny graphics. You have the freedom to approach Prey in any way you desire, and it's unlikely any two players will have the same experience. With an intriguing story, impressive ambiance, and challenging gameplay, Prey is a must-own game that has found a unique take on psychological horror in game form.

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GameCrate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Prey is the best BioShock-style game we've seen in years. It gets better the more you play it, and hides secrets that encourage repeat playthroughs. For fans of single-player titles, Prey is a game that belongs in Game of the Year discussions.

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Atomix
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 8, 2017

Prey is highly sophisticated game in terms of gameplay, level design and narrative. It's graphical and artificial intelligence problems are easy to notice, although, we have a great sci-fi experience.

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Daily Dot
May 10, 2017

Prey is an excellent, atmospheric shooter that'll get under your skin

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 5, 2017

Prey is another win for Arkane. It's a game where everyone who plays it will have a different experience. One thing is certain though – that Prey remains a consistent experience from beginning to end. Providing players with intuitive gameplay systems with great synergy, freedom to approach combat how you want and game design that rewards creativity are just three ways that Prey succeeds. While BioShock was heralded as the spiritual successor to System Shock, Prey feels like a much more successful attempt. An absolute joy to play and experience.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Prey is an amazing sci-fi game, driven by a great gameplay and wonderful story

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Prey can be best described as the ultimate hybrid of Resident Evil, Deus Ex, Bioshock and Dead Space, along with its own set of original features that sets it apart from other games.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 2, 2017

Clocking in at around 20 hours, Prey is well worth checking out even if you're not a fan of horror or sci-fi. It might not be wholly original, but that doesn't make it any less fun.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 11, 2017

Prey expertly blends a compelling narrative with open level design, a fear-inducing mechanic and near-unparalleled player freedom to deliver an appealing, atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing chunk of sci-fi that will get sink its spiky teeth into you and never let go.

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LevelUp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Deep, systemic and old school, Prey is a beautiful and haunting world to explore and overcome. A reminder of long forgotten design philosophies applied to modern game design.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Prey is a deep, challenging sci-fi adventure that is more than the sum of its various influences

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DVS Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 12, 2017

Prey is an outstanding example both as a sci-fi thriller and an FPS. Talos 1 tells its own story as players explore and immerse you.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Captain Camper

Top Critic

9 / 10
May 7, 2017

Prey is Arkane Studios' best work to date, and is a thrilling sci-fi journey into a world of question and uncertainty.

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GameSkinny
May 4, 2017

Exploration, puzzle solving, combat, lore, story twists: Prey has it all!

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Leadergamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 7, 2017

Prey is a great game with great gameplay mechanics and a decent scenario. It plays like Deus Ex and Dishonored with some pros and cons. I think, it's Arkane Studios' best game so far.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

Prey is simply exceptional. The story is twisting and confusing in a way that is exciting, and it makes you crave the next scene. The survival-horror approach to combat and gameplay creates the right amount of tension, while the crafting elements and ability to use almost anything in the world allows for emergent solutions thanks to the different approaches to almost every situation. Most of the flaws are technical in nature, and they're not enough to severely impact the game, so Prey earns its place as one of the hallmarks of this platform generation.

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TheXboxHub
May 16, 2017

Prey is what you would expect to find should Bioshock and Dead Space cross paths. With a great story that is full of choice and multiple endings, a fantastic atmosphere and some of the most unique enemies seen in a horror game, this is one game that’s fully deserving of praise.

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GamesRadar+
May 11, 2017

With a setting that tells a story better than any human voice, Prey's combat and quests will suck you even deeper into its world.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2017

Adapting the best of emergent gameplay mechanics from the classics like System Shock, Prey raises the bar for the standard of space adventure-thrillers.

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Hobby Consolas
88 / 100
88 / 100
May 10, 2017

Prey honors all the great games that served as inspiration, but also manages to be it's own thing. It's not perfect, but science fiction and space horror fans will surely love it. Once it clicks, it will take full control of your mind.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2017

Prey establishes an interesting atmosphere early on and maintains that, with only a few disagreements along the way. Lengthy load times are likely going to get reduced with patches and combat is sometimes more annoying and pace-breaking than I would like, but overall, Prey gives more than enough back in return to offer a compelling experience.

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GameSpace
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

In the end, Prey is a really, really good game. I’d even venture that it’s borderline great. While I can and will ding it a bit for the annoyance of repetitive returns to previous locations and for the overly annoying mimics (particularly from an aural standpoint), there is so much to like, so much to discover, so much to learn that I would put Prey up there as one of the best games of the year so far and that’s some pretty impressive company.

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Oyungezer Online
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Prey's strong start, captivating story, fantastic atmosphere and satisfying ending makes it one of the must play games. Gamers who are looking for a 15 to 20 hours of adventure shouldn't miss this one.

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Forbes
8.5 / 10.0
Paul Tassi

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

Prey has come out of relative nowhere to be a truly great campaign experience that succeeds despite some of the game's more muddled aspects. I'd recommend giving it a shot.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 9, 2017

Prey is a solid gaming experience in which we will discover the secrets of the alien DNA investigation committed by TranStar. Its emergent narrative and cohesion between main and secondary missions augur us more than 25 hours of interesting and varied search of the truth aboard the Talos I.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Arkane draws from myriad sources – BioShock, Dead Space, Metroid – in its reimagining of 2006's Prey, then adds a little magic of its own

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

Prey gives you a luxurious sci-fi playground and a great set of tools to use within it. Combat may be underwhelming, and the main story equally so, but the level of immersion on display is still absolutely stellar.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

Arkane takes its time unfurling all of Prey's secrets, but that methodical approach makes every moment worth it the deeper you dive into the world the developer created.

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GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
May 4, 2017

Demanding action game, which is prevented from getting higher scores by frustration and shapeless characters.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Prey often feels like mash-up of some of the best sci-fi survival horror games of yesteryear and Arkane's previous work. And it is. But it also a title with some wildly unique ideas, an incredibly thick and unnerving atmosphere, and an exemplary soundtrack.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 14, 2017

It's no Half-Life 2 of current gen, but deep, demanding and exploration-rewarding gameplay with mind-twisting story makes unforgettable experience.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
May 21, 2017

Prey carries the tradition of Deus Ex and System Shock without sacrificing any of what made those games special to begin with.

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Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 6, 2017

Despite those rough patches, Prey is wholly engrossing, begging the player to solve Talos 1's many mysteries. It works well as a shooter, a stealth game and carries an 70s sci-fi vibe that is nothing short of a delight to experience.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

It's not a new story, but it's told really well and that makes up for a lot. Not the hacking though.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

As a mystery, a deep-space haunted house with dozens of stories of tragedy and humanity to tell, Prey is a remarkably successful archaeological expedition — and it manages to compellingly ruminate on what it means to be .

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GearNuke
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 16, 2017

Prey is a bold entry in sci-fic genre of first person shooters that takes inspiration from classics like System Shock. Despite a lackluster combat system, the game offers plenty of exciting moments with its brilliantly designed inter-connected world of Talos 1 that is a joy to explore.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Prey managed to bring a very unique science fiction escapade and a lot of fresh ideas at the same time which makes it stands out over other games for the time being.

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TeamNerd
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

We are there, in that cold metal clutter, scared by what we can find, but determined to advance with our discoveries.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

While Prey's influences aren't hard to miss, the game maintains its own identity. Prey brings the best of sci-fi to the table and offers plenty of replayability.

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
May 12, 2017

Prey's level design is one of the best I have ever experienced, and it is a result of the overall gameplay, physical level design, atmosphere, and sound that make it extraordinary

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VGProfessional
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

Rich and full of ideas, Prey is another great work from Arkane Studios, showing once more that they are on par with the biggest development studios around. Great mood and screenwriting, players will find a Metroidvania game mixing horror and science fiction influences, and can handle action, stealth and survival mechanics without trying to hard.

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Game Informer
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
May 6, 2017

Though it lives a little too comfortably in the shadows of its influences, Prey is a quality horror-action game

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Life is Xbox
83 / 100
83 / 100
May 21, 2017

Arkane Studios made an excellent game, Prey is a pretty fun game to play in the dark. Taking the best from a couple famous games and adding something unique into the mix. In short, buying and playing Prey is something you won’t regret!

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
May 13, 2017

I really, really enjoyed Prey. A pitch perfect marriage of Science-Fiction and Horror, Prey is close to what I imagine a modern, FPS Dead Space would be like, with a liberal helping of System Shock sauce sprinkled on top.

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PSX Brasil
82 / 100
82 / 100
May 15, 2017

Prey is a great survival horror FPS that inherits the best elements from Bioshock and Dishonored, and although it does not reinvent the genre, it features well-polished mechanics that deliver a high level challenge for players.

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New Game Network
81 / 100
81 / 100
May 12, 2017

Prey's dynamic gameplay adapts beautifully to players as they explore an interesting space station crawling with bizarre alien life forms. Its involving action proves entertaining when combined with a solid base of resource management. Despite a few presentation problems and minor issues, Prey is one mind-altering trip that should be played by fans of the genre.

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Game Volt
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

Prey presented the same key features that were a major reason for the success of previous Arkane studio games, such as absolute freedom in the style of gameplay, the list of skills with many choices, a world that is perfectly designed and rich in detail and hours of to roam and remunerative exploration, but there are other elements that have not been given the same quality like combat, the story that has lost its luster in the middle of the events, also suffering the futility of the stealth system or the existence of significant differences between the enemy factions.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 13, 2017

Prey's space station is fantastically explorable and its shape-shifting enemies maintain tension when combat doesn't.

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Easy Allies
May 14, 2017
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USgamer
May 8, 2017

Prey is a collection of past influences - a bit of System Shock here, some Bioshock there, a bit of Dead Space - but the whole is something we don't get very much these days. With the twisting halls of Talos I, Prey gives you meaningful choices in your abilities, as the level design challenges you to find interesting ways forward. The game falters in combat, but overall, Prey is a wonderful love letter some older titles that are sorely missed.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Funny enough, I leave Prey happy and content with everyone's story but my own.

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Game Revolution
May 8, 2017

Rather than simply aping the superficial elements of its influences, Prey gets down to the core of what made them great and adds its own imaginative flare for good measure. While I may not remember its convoluted and potentially meaningless story, and can't forget soon enough its incredibly long load times on the PS4, I will always remember Prey's intricate level design, layered combat and the joy I got from exploring Talos I. Hopefully the day comes when I can say the same about Talos II.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 10, 2017

Writing over our memories of the Prey that preceded it, Arkane Studios' game is something new and yet strikingly familiar. There's a great deal of kinship to the likes of Bioshock, Half-Life and other classic games, but it's also broader and more expansive in what it tries to do. Regardless of its flaws and similarities, Prey manages to be an enthralling science fiction adventure.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Prey is a game that meshes together a variety of ideas into a game that rewards exploration and experimentation and provides players with a fun toolbox with which to do so.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 10, 2017

Prey gives you all the tools you need, but allows you to decide how to get to your goal. The fear is constant, as is the joy from getting to safety. Despite a largely forgettable main story, I'll remember my own experience in Talos-1 for some time.

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Telegraph
May 15, 2017

A hostile, exciting and smart sci-fi adventure

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 12, 2017

Until such time that System Shock 3 may challenge it, Prey is the follow up to System Shock 2 in everything but name. Arkane reaffirm their commitment to ‘immersive sims' in impressive fashion.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Coming into this game expecting maybe an above average alien shooter, I was actually really impressed. It has the makings of a BioShock or System Shock while keeping it fresh with new abilities and full exploration to play how I wanted. The horror elements are there and work well, and while the story isn't the best out there, it is enough to keep people playing. If you're looking for a new horror game or even a game much like Dishonored where freedom to do what you want is the main crux, Prey is the game for you.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 19, 2017

Prey gets a lot of things right, but it has a few technical hiccups and some balance issues that keep it from being a truly stellar experience. Let's hope we see some improvements in the next Prey.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 2, 2017

If you prefer games that allow you to run and gun through a linear story then this isn't for you, but if you like to experience a game at your own pace and in your own way, you can't go wrong with Prey.

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TechnoBuffalo
May 18, 2017

Prey is one of my favorite games of 2017 so far.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 8, 2017

PREY continues the hot streak of big releases in 2017. While not flawless, this title offers an incredible sci-fi story about paranoia and the self, while sprinkling Arkane's always excellent gameplay on top. While things like the psychic powers fail to justify being in the game mechanically, the creative weapons and multiple gameplay approaches help to make the exploration of Talos-I really shine. Between the rewards for searching through the environments, and the fact that the game is a visual treat, a venture through this deteriorating Cold War-era space station is definitely worth your time.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

Prey is mildly limited in scope and replay value, but everything that is there will hook players almost immediately. In terms of quality over quantity, Prey made the right trade off.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Sci-fi survival horror can have a been-there, done-that vibe but Prey manages to add another worthy entry to a genre that has seen its fair share of titles. Thankfully, the game manages to strike a good balance between action and tension while weaving a narrative that encourages you to discover what's next. Certain aspects of combat can feel clunky and loading times can be annoying given all the backtracking you need to do. Overall, though, Prey is a pulse-pounding addition to the survival-horror genre.

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IBTimes UK
May 13, 2017

Prey's greatest success is its approach to choice and exploration. For players looking for a direct and focused single player shooter experience, this will undoubtedly disappoint and perhaps even frustrate, but for players looking for a smart and immersive world rife with intrigue and tension, Prey is a quality companion for some true classics.

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Digital Trends
May 17, 2017

Arkane Studios' Prey is a master class in the immersive simulation, and perhaps its breakout title for this generation of consoles.

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TrustedReviews
May 8, 2017

I thoroughly recommend Prey, particularly to those who even remotely enjoyed Dishonored or BioShock – there's plenty here that will attract attention. It's a great game.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 18, 2017

Arkane offers a strong reboot to the lapsed IP that is both mechanically and narratively refreshing.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Despite its issues, Prey is an enjoyable first-person shooter which begs you to explore its wonderfully crafted and at times awe-inspiring world.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2017

Bethesda has learned the lesson and has kept her promise to a halt, making a noteworthy conversion above average and considerably better than Dishonored 2. Despite some rare uncertainty and little customization, Prey on PC is from reward. If you have any residual doubt and are still pondering the purchase, we can assure you that you have no reason to delay: Arkane's work on PC is finally up to expectations.

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PCWorld
May 8, 2017

With Prey, Arkane cements itself heir to the immersive sim. Exploiting Prey's systems in order to explore and discover Talos I is a constant source of joy, even when the combat and story falter.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 11, 2017

Despite its issues, which should be addressed in short order, Prey is a stunning gem. Not since the venerable System Shock 2 has there been an immersive simulator that succeeds in everything it sets out to do. Talos-1 is masterful in both its construction and design. Players are given limitless freedom to approach every possible situation, lending the game unparalleled levels of replay value. Also, it's rare to see a purely single-player experience retain its freshness in the face of a lengthy play-time. This is just as compelling in the 30th hour as it is in the first.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 13, 2017

A game that excels in giving you the freedom to pursue your own style of play, set in an interconnected world that begs to be explored and its secrets uncovered. Some of the simplistic side quests and the superficial ending might disappoint, but is still manages to be a game worth experiencing.

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3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 12, 2017

Prey feels like a 'Greatest Hits' collection of various artists' songs. It offers almost nothing new, some tracks you won't ever listen to, but every other song sounds great and brings positive emotions. Prey isn't perfect, but overall it's a good game, and hopefully its shortcomings will be fixed in the next Arkane's release.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 17, 2017

Mix in Dishonored, System Shock, Death Space and Deus Ex, and you have a new game named Prey! And although it suffers from some underdeveloped gameplay mechanics and lack of weapons, if you give it time, it’ll give you satisfaction.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Prey is a divisive game that many will adore while others will be quick to bash. Prey is not a shooting game with fast paced action, a bevy of guns and bullet sponge enemies. It's a slow burn, one that rewards thoroughness and efficiency.

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Suitably Bored
May 10, 2017

From the first time you set foot in the world of Prey and Talos 1 the space-station where the majority of the game takes place, you get a clear indication that Arkaine Studio's inspiration comes from games like System Shock, Bioshock, Deadspace and Half-Life. And like they say: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". The pacing is solid, the narrative is well crafted coupled with a beautiful atmosphere, makes pray one of the most memorable FPS games I have played in the last couple of years.

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Honest Gaming Reviews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

Prey isn't perfect, but it is a very good game. If you can get over a few hurdles with it, you're in for a treat!

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Level Down Games
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 30, 2017

The level of creativity that exists within Prey is reason enough to give this one a chance. Veterans of other titles from Arkane Studios will instantly feel right at home, and that's a good feeling. There were a few hiccups along the way, such as game freezing and enemies glitching out, but other than that, it held up well. Offering a style perfected with the Dishonored series and a difficulty that does not mess around, Prey will keep you busy for hours on end.

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Common Sense Gaming
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 1, 2017

Prey is a solid foray into reboot territory, succeeding where so many other reincarnations of classics have failed. With a star-studded trifecta consisting of a certifiably better-than-average development team, a formidable synthwave composer, and the finishing touches of Chris Avellone, it performs as well as expected, while leaving room for improvement. It’s a mongrel, built from the ground up using hefty influence from many turn-of-the-century, revolutionary classics, but it still manages to remain its own game.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 23, 2017

Despite the fact that there were technical difficulties, I still enjoyed the game thoroughly. And as much as I would like to talk more details about it, it is better that you explore this dangerous ship to discover them all. It was a fun game from beginning to end. It's a game that tests your morality and compassion. A game that is tailored by how you play it and a game that rewards and punishes you for the things that you do.

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The PlayStation Hub
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2017

Prey draws you in and gives you the weight of responsibilities that whatever the outcome is, they're yours to bear. So whether you retain your humanity, cast it aside to decimate your demons or maximize the two forces together, its all up to you. After many alluring hours in playing this game, the hardest thing I've ever done was deploy a turret in outer space and set it in a position to fire against the enemies in space. So be prepared, cause Prey takes being cautious to a whole new level in gaming.

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pressakey.com
Jun 7, 2017

Prey is dark and grim, it asks interesting questions and with its open-end game and level design it kept me hooked over more than 20 hours where I just couldn't get enough of exploring its world and experimenting with the systems - until it loses some spark over the last third. The road to the end credits is well worth it though as Prey ends in a great finale that I won't forget anytime soon. Prey ended up a very special game to me, and I hope Arkane will get the chance to work on more games like it.

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OnlySP
OnlySP
Marley Hannan
May 19, 2017

From OnlySP’s first impressions of the demo, Prey stood out as, perhaps, one of the best games of the year. Though the title does contain glitches that should not be expected after release and the progressive values of the narrative may unintentionally complicate the message the game espouses, Prey stands up to scrutiny. The stellar aspects of the game outweigh the negatives by a large margin. Fantastic writing, intelligent casting, comfortably difficult combat, and several bits of innovative game development make Prey thoroughly enjoyable and, undoubtedly, one of the better games that 2017 has produced thus far.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 7, 2017

Prey takes much from BioShock and Dishonored but it never manages to emerge from the shadows of these titles. Arkane Studios did find some innovative ways to revive this genre in a good way but never really uses its full potential.

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Click Click Play
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 6, 2017

Prey is challenging, fun, thought provoking, and stylish. It’s also yet another noteworthy release in what is shaping up to be an astonishingly good year for games.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
May 9, 2017

It's let down by lacklustre combat and some annoying enemy design, but Prey is still a compelling, beautiful immersive sim.

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GBAtemp
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Prey is a game that borrows strongly from its predecessors in the genre, mashes up several play styles with heavy exploration and delivers a surprisingly satisfying experience.

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JVL
15 / 20
JVL
L_sK

Top Critic

15 / 20
May 12, 2017

Prey could have been more than a good game, but will not exceed this status, to our deep regret. It's the fault of script, narrative and writing problems, the three nemesis of Arkane Studios. We can fortunately rely on an always inspired level design, giving to the player a liberty, and an efficient gameplay. The last part of the game and the end spoil the party too, icing an already very slow rythm. Prey remains a good choice if you're looking for a less boom-boom FPS and if you like the sci-fi atmosphere.

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Critical Hit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

Although Prey's combat and narrative fail to fill the shoes of the games they're so obviously taking inspiration from, the visit to its Talos I space station is a marvel in interconnected level design and presentation. This is environmental storytelling and mechanical tension done to a tee, even if Prey is working hard to try and yank you out of its immersion far too often.

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Game Debate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2017

If you aren't overly familiar with some of the immersive sims that are out there right now, you'll be in for a heck of a ride. There are precious few games right now which do what Prey is trying to do, preserving the core single-player FPS experience for those who don't want to just blast everything in sight. I wouldn't say Prey is the thinking man's FPS, but it's certainly got plenty of substance. In the absence of BioShock 3, this is going to be as good as it gets.

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Nerd Much?
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Prey is not a perfect game, but the excellent world building, characters, and stories kept me invested enough to see the credits role.

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Entertainment Buddha
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 12, 2017

The rebooted Prey really has nothing to do with the game that provided its name, but it does take many of Dishonored's gameplay tropes and implements them well in space. Just be prepared for difficult enemy encounters, long loads, and tons of backtracking through Talos 1.

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SA Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

A formula with this much potential and so many elements to it that hits the right nostalgic notes, I sincerely hope that we get to witness the launch of Talos II in the near future.

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Gamer Professionals
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 17, 2017

While 'Prey' tells an great science fiction story inspired greatly by games like 'BioShock' and 'System Shock', it has several key shortcoming that prevent it from being one of the better games to release this year.

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WellPlayed
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2017

Prey generally impresses with its intriguing setting and rewarding exploration, but stumbles in its combat and technical execution

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M3
7 / 10
M3

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 9, 2017

It's easy to see that Arkane Studios have been looking quite a lot on Bioshock and Dead Space with Prey. It might not be quite as good as those, mainly due to some poor combat mechanics, but it has an interesting story and a well-designed world.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 8, 2017

Prey offers to explore an interesting world of the space station with a very rich background, but occasionally prevent you to find out its mysterious vastness. Characters without depth, awkward inventory, a huge number of backtracking and too strong and annoying enemies, deprive you of the pleasure from the examine of environment. Unlike BioShock Infinite, Prey's main plot has no sharp emotions, shocking discoveries or memorable scenes. The game is absolutely bland and trying to copy the ideas from other projects, except for the first spacewalk or thirty minutes from the start. But it has something magical about it, forcing you to explore each area and solve the next side mission. If not for that strange charm, we would hardly spent as much time untangling the mysteries of the space station and its unfortunate crew.

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We Got This Covered
May 7, 2017

Prey burrows beneath your skin and never quite leaves your waking thoughts, but it's also buggy and imbalanced, marrying a first-rate setting to uneven gameplay. Comparisons with Bioshock are inevitable, but with its peaks and troughs, Prey reminds me more of Alien: Isolation.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
May 14, 2017

Overall, Prey is a fun game with its highlights rooted in beautiful yet creepy levels that contain a lot to explore, but its lack of originality sadly holds it back quite a bit.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 9, 2018

Less than the sum of its parts

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Zoomg
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 13, 2017

Prey is one of thoe Sci Fi games which tells the familiar story of an astronaut imprisoned in a spaceship and should fight aliens. The game has some engaging elements which makes you want to finish the game. If you are looking for a good Sci Fi game, Prey is for you.

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Gamefa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 20, 2017

Prey is a game that focuses on looting and discovering items. But these giant cockroaches called mimics are a serious problem. The horror elements never should’ve been added to a game with this style of gameplay. The level design is not as good as what we’ve seen in Dishonored and The enemies and the battles even worse. The role-playing elements and the player’s choices are still fun but sadly Arkane studios really didn’t make it this time.

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Elite Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

Eat, Prey, Load

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Pennyworth Reviews
Jul 3, 2017

Immersive and intriguing – By slowing the game right down and also keeping the scarier elements to a very manageable level, Prey encourages you to take your time and enjoy all the details, while also giving you the freedom to approach your problems in a variety of different ways.

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The Cube
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

A well-crafted yet predictable experience that invokes its inspiration with poise, Prey ultimately fails to carve out a meaningful identify of its own.

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Azralynn
70 / 100
70 / 100
May 5, 2017
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Tiny Spaceship
May 10, 2017

Prey has problems, but it’s still a titan of atmospheric storytelling. Despite its failings as a horror game, and despite its immense amount of technical issues (which will hopefully be patched away), it is still an engaging experience that should keep you hooked throughout. The variety in playstyle, the satisfying and unique powers and weapons, the masterfully crafted atmosphere and level design elevate Prey but it never quite reaches escape velocity, and remains pleasantly in orbit.

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Gaming Masters
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2017

Prey offers a fantastic atmosphere on the Talos 1 space station but has a weak story lets the player quickly lose interest

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Digiato
65 / 100
65 / 100
May 29, 2017

After playing Prey and experiencing its nonprogressive and unbalanced gameplay, all I can think of is if Prey was the exact reboot which Bethesda was looking for and whether such a mediocre game was worth the cancellation of Prey 2 or not.

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Nexus
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 11, 2017

Prey is aesthetically pleasing as its stylised art deco design, very much Bioshock in space, keeps the game running at a great pace while giving you just enough visual fidelity and variety to enjoy the architecture.

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GamingTrend
65 / 100
65 / 100
May 17, 2017

Prey's sound design and soundtrack are some of the best to come from a game this year. Unfortunately, a lot of the aspects surrounding that hamper the potential set up from the game's impressive opening hour. The combat is a source of frustration, and the load times neuter exploration. But if you're able to look past that, Prey can provide some thrills.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
May 8, 2017

A wasted opportunity to create a modern take on System Shock, with the dull storytelling and action overshadowing the otherwise effective puzzle elements.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 11, 2017

Prey squanders its narrative opportunities but develops into an engaging open-world shooter.

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Guardian
May 8, 2017

Bethesda's reimagining of the popular shooting game combines the best of Bioshock, Dead Space and Dishonored but does little extra with them

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
May 8, 2017

Despite its noticeable technical shortcomings, Prey still has some significant redeeming qualities. Its environment is one of the most enjoyable to explore and the way it weaves its overarching story into side quests only helps to accentuate the freedom you're given as a player.

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Paste Magazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

The people and aliens who fill its space—and the reasons Morgan has for spending so much time picking through its confines—are retreads of ideas and conventions visited many other times before. As much as its opening objective prompt promises, Prey doesn't represent change. It's just more of what what's been done before.

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Cheat Code Central
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
May 8, 2017

Ultimately, I doubt I'll remember Prey much after I stop playing it. There's too much else going on in games in 2017, and Prey does not stand out amongst its peers. Its fiction is self-serious, despite being so derivative, and its systems are frustrating and constantly in conflict with each other. It feels like dozens of other games I've played already, but enjoyed more.

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

Prey is a game that is a patchwork of other titles with no swatches of originality added to the mix.

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CDavis_Games
Jun 16, 2017

If you are truly desperate for a System Shock 2 successor then Prey might just scratch that itch. However, my mom always told me not to scratch an itch because it only makes things worse. She might have been right. (NOTE: Detailed analysis video available on the website)

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Respawning
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

I just got to a point where I didn’t want to invest any more time in this game and wanted to play something more exciting.

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PowerPyx
6 / 10.0
PowerPyx
PowerPyx
6 / 10.0
May 5, 2017

You should not expect Prey to be much of a shooter. The gunplay is abysmal and resources quite limited. It rather focuses on many hours of exploration which give the game a slow pace. It has an interesting story with a lot of replay value but the outdated tech, bad graphics, absurd amount of loading screens, convoluted level designs and lack of waypoint markers are holding it back. If you liked the demo you will probably like the main game. If you didn’t, then it’s not for you.

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SquareXO
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2017

This psychological horror first-person shooter is set on the abandoned and desolate space station, Talos 1. Accompanied only by aggressive alien life, our protagonist Morgan (male/female depending on the player’s choice) is a marooned scientist suffering with complicated memory loss. Prey follows Morgan’s attempt to escape and prevent the alien Typhons from escaping with him.

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TechRaptor
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2017

Prey has all the atmosphere in the world but feels held down by its need to conform to what came before, its lack of enemy and weapon variety, and its refusal to let players choose their own path.

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Pardis Game
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
May 13, 2017

At the opposite end of all the innovative ideas in Prey 2006, What hurts this game so deeply (besides combat of course!) is that it tries so hard to pack everything in one game: Bioshock's narrative and atmosphere, Dishonored's gameplay and mechanichs and a System Shock-esque setting. Prey is neither of those games; it can't even set its fundumental ideas correctly and the flaws in narrative (if there is any!) turn Prey into one of the thousands of mediocre games out there

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The Jimquisition
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
May 16, 2017

It's good to see the back of Prey.

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Slant Magazine
May 11, 2017

The game is dour and oblivious that its destination is more interesting and vital than the journey.

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Words About Games
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 4, 2017

There are some elements of Prey which work fantastically well, making you feel like you’re playing one of the best games of the year so far. Without fail, however, you’re inevitably brought crashing back down to Earth by some of Prey’s dodgier, less well thought out elements...

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