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  • Summary: You awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject in an experiment meant to change humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you delve intoYou awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject in an experiment meant to change humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you delve into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you have to survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities. [Bethesda Softworks] Expand
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 5, 2017
    100
    Prey offers one of the best gaming environments in the history and builds on it its sophisticated, exciting, and unusually entertaining gameplay. A weaker story and sometimes too high difficulty does not change the fact that Arkane studios has once again produced something special. [Issue#275]
  2. May 9, 2017
    92
    Prey is a masterpiece of the science-fiction genre. A game that hooks the player from beginning to end and creates a wonderful experience.
  3. May 24, 2017
    90
    Excellent first person action with a strong RPG element allows countless gameplay approaches with its sensitively set systems and fantastic game- and level- design. It brings an eye-catching story, a great scriptwriting, a mercilessly exciting atmosphere, and it does not allow criticism of logical deficiencies because it explains everything carefully. Technically, it is flawless and runs smoothly. A handful of minor flaws can be overlooked with no regret.
  4. May 15, 2017
    83
    All in all I would definitely recommend Prey to anyone interested. It is very reminiscent of Bioshock with some hefty Dead Space elements thrown in and some solid Deus Ex mechanics driving it all. It is a well-balanced, lengthy game with a substantial story that is intriguing enough to keep you interested for an extended period of time. Lackluster combat can make some stretches a drag, but that next room to explore and that next secret to uncover keeps you going. If you are on the fence, I would suggest you pick this one up. In a year that seems to just keep on delivering, Prey is yet another success story.
  5. Jun 20, 2017
    80
    It is difficult to overstate what an achievement Prey's environmental and gameplay designs represent, nor the elegance and real ingenuity behind the many interlocking systems that the player accesses throughout. Whether you approach it as a horror-action game, a stealth-puzzle game or a run-and-gun shooter, Prey will accommodate you. Although it lacks narrative drive or memorable characters, Prey will engage you for hours as you realize the potential for creativity that the developers baked in to every area and moment in the game.
  6. May 13, 2017
    80
    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.
  7. May 10, 2017
    40
    If the PC version of Prey hadn’t become completely unplayable from crashes and save-game corruption just as it was hitting its stride, I’d have called it a very good or perhaps even great game. Its strange alternate-history universe, sidequests, hidden threats, and detailed environmental storytelling make Talos I a joy to explore, one that’s well worth slogging through combat that doesn’t feel fresh enough to sustain it throughout a long game.

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  1. Negative: 20 out of 219
  1. Jul 24, 2020
    10
    Personally this game deserve 10/10 - The story is so good and the gameplay is sandbox fun. The old Prey is good on its own way but this newPersonally this game deserve 10/10 - The story is so good and the gameplay is sandbox fun. The old Prey is good on its own way but this new Prey is good too. If I were to choose which is fun for me, I will choose the new Prey as it is way polish good story and gameplay. Furthermore that unexpected twist. It deserves a good sequel to explore the universe further. Expand
  2. May 19, 2017
    10
    I think I'm enjoying this as much as system shock 2, which was my second favourite game of all time, (After system shock 1). As far as I'veI think I'm enjoying this as much as system shock 2, which was my second favourite game of all time, (After system shock 1). As far as I've played, its much better than bioshock (though I never really liked that game). Same kind of creepy atmosphere. God I'm old. Anyway, highly recommended.
    My previous issues were all caused by nVidia's crappy 382.05 driver. Apologies. If you're having issues, download the 382.19 hotfix driver.
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  3. May 6, 2017
    10
    This review is based on the game after completing it with all the side-quests available, except two (as far as I know). I played it for aroundThis review is based on the game after completing it with all the side-quests available, except two (as far as I know). I played it for around 25 in-game hours.

    I'm one of those people who was heavily disappointed when Bethesda cancelled Prey 2 (2006's Prey's sequel, which I played and very much enjoyed). In a way, even if I wasn't one of them, I totally understood the people who started bashing and boycotting this new Prey game. But was the hate justified?

    The short answer is no. Not at all. Based on my experience so far, I have to say this game is simply amazing in every possible way. The music is phenomenal, thanks to the talented Mick Gordon who also did the soundtrack for 2016's Doom and for Wolfenstein: The New Order.

    But what is more important though is that the game is full of very smart and intelligent gameplay design ideas. It's more than obvious that the devs well thought out every little gameplay aspect and tweaked them to achieve perfection. This game has a very high production quality.

    Also, I think I never saw a game before that so well utilized the enviroment such as this. In every single area I spent a very large amount of time to be able to discover everything, and it was a whole lot of fun. Prey mixes verticality and platforming very well with the usual, more horizontal gameplay.

    And if I mentonied exploration: the exploration/discovery is fantastic, the game is very complex and deep in terms of world building and gameplay, in fact it's more complex in a way than most AAA games out there today. The story and the lore looks promising, and I like the visual design the artists went for.

    The game clearly took inspiration from the best movies in the sci-fi genre (Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Ridley Scott's Alien). Other than that, it reminds me some of the best games I've played, such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Bioshock, Dishonored, and of course, it also has a very strong System Shock vibe. In fact, it could be called System Shock 3. It has a Dead Space feeling in a way too.

    The good news won't end here. This game is perfectly optimized. I have a rig that is around the recommended specs, and I manage to hit 100FPS average at 1080p on the absolute highest settings (EVGA GTX970 FTW, 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM, i5-6500).

    This game is a joy to play. It's very impressive that it managed to grab me this much under only one hour and never let me go till I finished it. In fact, I'm still not finished (even if I completed the story). I'm starting a second playthrough now and I'll try to get the remaining achievements.
    I definitely recommend checking out this game, it well worth the money!

    If I have to say a con, it's a minor thing, but normal human-sized enemies will provide unpleasant difficulty spikes every time you face them as long as you don't get a shotgun. Fighting against them with the Glue Gun, Pistol, or Wrench is not easy, and they kill you in 3 hits on Normal difficulty. The easiest is to avoid them and/or try to throw explosives at them from a distance (red pipes).
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  4. Apr 5, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Good game! Challenging, innovative and very beautiful. The possibilities to solve puzzles in different ways is very interesting and exciting. Expand
  5. May 24, 2017
    8
    I played Prey going in totally blind. Didn't know a thing about the game or have any sort of idea of what it'd be like. At first I was goofingI played Prey going in totally blind. Didn't know a thing about the game or have any sort of idea of what it'd be like. At first I was goofing off but after the into it quickly grabbed my attention. If you pay close attention from the very start (and I mean really close) you can tell something is up the entire time, but if you run through thinking this is a normal shooter you'll be disappointed. While I do dislike the lack of aim-down-sights it's not one of those games that needs it (think Bioshock) due to the powers you can unlock right after the intro (provided you don't go muck about and ignore the story). For best results play up till you find the psychoscope then feel free to explore as it helps unlock your entire arsenal. The only bad thing I can think would be the facial animations and lip-syncing, but I'm not the biggest fan of Arkane's art direction. Over all this game is an 8 from me, but the ending felt a bit rushed and leaves you with many questions that it only briefly explains. Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2018
    7
    I love the atmosphere of this game and the setting. It gains a lot of bonus points for really letting you tackle most situations in so manyI love the atmosphere of this game and the setting. It gains a lot of bonus points for really letting you tackle most situations in so many different ways. So a lot of complaints could be countered by the way I chose to play. For me, the gunplay felt weak and ammo was somewhat scarce, but with the fabricators and skill system you could basically break down everything you find into ammo and weapon upgrades. Using the alien powers is pretty cool too.

    I think my biggest complaint is really how good the game gets (combat aside) and then farts out one of the most dissapointing ending(s) possible. This game really would have benefitted from a new game plus mode too, but unfortunately doesn't have one. All in all, it's a good game but has its flaws that hold it back from being truly great.

    All in all, the game is fun and worth a play through, just be aware of the problems before going in.
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  7. Sep 8, 2020
    0
    Pretty terribly designed game. The first actual gun you get (in an FPS) deals less damage than your melee attacks, and has extremely limitedPretty terribly designed game. The first actual gun you get (in an FPS) deals less damage than your melee attacks, and has extremely limited ammo. It has you run around in circles for the objectives, tells you to avoid confronting the monsters without giving any clue as to how, and it's buggy as hell, like any other Bethesda game. This game is not worth your time. Expand

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