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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.
Less than the sum of its parts
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.
Review in German | Read full review
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adapting the best of emergent gameplay mechanics from the classics like System Shock, Prey raises the bar for the standard of space adventure-thrillers.
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.
Review in Persian | Read full review
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)