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  • Summary: Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. Abducted along with his people to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth, he sets out to save himself and his girlfriend and eventually his planet. [2K Games]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 80
  2. Negative: 2 out of 80
  1. Prey is touted as having an adaptive difficulty system -- the better you are, the better it gets -- and it really did seem to get harder as the game went on. As a result, there are just two difficulty settings, Normal and Cherokee, and I'd advise that even vets might want to give Normal a try on the first run out, letting the game's artificial intelligence pick up the pace to a comfortable level.
  2. Even if Prey’s story didn’t leave me breathless from the masterful blend of sight and sound, I at least remained damned entertained. Sometimes that’s all you can really ask for.
  3. It has a solid story, incredible visuals, and a new approach to an age-old formula. [Sept 2006, p.57]
  4. Despite a flimsy storyline that's riddled with cavernous gaps in logic, Prey's rollercoaster ride of gun-toting action delivers the punch of a blockbuster movie.
  5. Prey is unique and bizarre, and at the same time familiar. If you enjoy future themed shooters you're going to love the ride the Prey provides.
  6. Sadly, the teleportation and wall-walking feel like incidental obstacles: The path through the game is so linear that you never really explore the new experiences, such as staring at the back of your own head through a portal, or stalking up a giant wall while aliens shoot at you from the ceiling.
  7. We want interesting levels. We want a variety of enemies that challenge us. We want cool guns to kill them with. Instead, the developers did what they wanted. They put doors on ceilings and tables on walls and little switches to hit to pull you where they want you to go. They forgot everything that makes games fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    Easily one of the best games I've ever played.
    Prey is a Sci-fi Shooter with a very interesting story (you are Tommy, a native American who
    has been abducted by aliens and the fate of the world lies in your hands), nice graphics and awesome weapons.
    So if you like single-player FPS games with a tense atmosphere and a good story you should definitly buy it
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  2. ShaneTheLiar
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    Shane, who cares how hyped it was. I didn't even know it was coming out until the demo hit. The demo made it a must buy for me and I'm glad I did. Despite the hype, I find this is one of the bext games I have ever played and I've been playing games since the Atari 2600. Take your trolling elsewhere. Expand
  3. BrettS.
    Sep 17, 2006
    9
    So, this is a rarity, I have finally found a game for the 360 that does not suck (Oblivion, battlefield are two other fantastic games). This game was visually spellbindingly awesome. For all those who say this game was like DOOM or other 1st person shooters, yes you are right, but what do you expect from a 1st person shooter, the whole idea of a 1st person shooter is to shoot things. Really, the only thing you can change is the background, and the concept just like PREY did with the way it twisted dimensions and gravity. I really enjoyed the opening level where you could actualy make all the things in the bathroom and bar work, unlike so many other games where they don't. The 3 dimensional concepts and gravity concepts in the game were awesome, for me that is taking a 1st person shooter to new levels, i have never seen a game with that sort of design,(eg were entering into one portal makes you 2 feet tall etc). Well done Human Head Studios!!! Online wasn't so much fun, but you can't be perfect. Expand
  4. BrendanN.
    Jul 16, 2006
    8
    The game is short, make no mistake about it. I started playing the game at 2:30 in the afternoon and was IMMEDIATELY pulled into it. The game, while it lasts is pretty amazing. A little after 11 PM I had finished the game, complete with the after-the-credits surprise. So, it took about 8 and a half hours to finish. What speaks so well to the game's premise is the fact that you don't necessarily die in the game, which makes it that much easier to get wrapped up in the gameplay and forget how long you've been playing. Had I actually died in the game, I may have became so frustrated that I would have put off the ending until tomorrow. It's kind of hard to be frustrated though when the game flows so smoothly between story and spectacle, gore and gaming nirvana. I'm not typically a gamer to spend 10 hours a day on one game, but with a premise like Prey's, it's kind of hard to stop. Expand
  5. MartinS.
    Oct 1, 2006
    7
    This game is definitley better than Quake. More original and slightly less linear. It is a great game to buy used for $30
  6. sammaher
    Jul 4, 2008
    6
    Prey can feel quite repetitive at times, And the constant changing off vertical views can leave you feeling quite nausea at times. Now this is not the worst game on the 360, And considering you may well be able to pick it up for less than a tenner, their is some enjoyment to get out of the game. Online can be a bit glitchy . Expand
  7. ShaneS.
    Jul 19, 2006
    0
    I hate it when crappy games are hyped to death like this. How many freakin PrwaY previews have been shoved down my throat over the last few months by gaming sites? Instead of actually working on making a good game, the developers simply hype it to death. Then when they release subpar garbage all the critics give it a much higher score than it deserves because they WANT to believe that the game isn't garbage. So many of the 80ish reveiws come from critics that are in denial about how bad the game actually is. Without the hype it would have garnered downright horrible scores. Expand

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