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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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Score distribution:
  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: 16 out of 176
  1. May 18, 2017
    10
    A masterpiece. A game that will be remembered for a long time. In the same class as Bioshock and Half-Life 2. Bethesda did the right thing toA masterpiece. A game that will be remembered for a long time. In the same class as Bioshock and Half-Life 2. Bethesda did the right thing to give Raphael Colantonio and Harvey Smith the freedom and time necessary to weave their magic. And they did. Too bad these guys are both in their 50's. I hope they stick around for a while longer. The gaming industry needs people like them badly.
    Do yourself a favor and play this game. In this day an age when, with few exceptions, most games are an online mediocre affair, games like this are a rarity. And game developing studios like Arkane Studios are a rarity.
    I'm not going too much into the details. It would spoil the fun. But all the elements that are essential are there. Game level design, atmosphere, immersion, attention to detail, etc, they are all there in droves.
    At the end of the day, this game reminds us of a simple fact. If you want something great, hire people who love doing what they are doing and stop being obsessed by the bottom line. Greatness it's elusive anyway. Has always been. So stop worrying about it.
    Hats off to Bethesda. And Arkane Studios.
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  2. Jun 26, 2017
    10
    Honestly I really loved this game I really miss games like this that are have a really great narrative wonderful player options and a lot ofHonestly I really loved this game I really miss games like this that are have a really great narrative wonderful player options and a lot of good combat that really makes you tense and gives a good feeling of suspense. If you are looking for a very fun game to play loo no further Expand
  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. Jun 18, 2019
    9
    Depending on your difficulty setting, this can be an entertaining sci-fi shooter, a heart-pounding survival horror game, or somewhere inDepending on your difficulty setting, this can be an entertaining sci-fi shooter, a heart-pounding survival horror game, or somewhere in between. Plus:

    * Side content with genuinely useful rewards
    * The Mimics are a genius common enemy
    * Choices impact both the story and the endings (in many ways you won't expect)
    * Best zero-grav movement period.
    * A streamlined crafting system that doesn't do my head in

    Only marred by a few small bugs (like disappearing corpses) and a somewhat illegible maps for the station Exterior.

    I was initially disappointed about the original Prey 2's cancellation, and that they turned space bounty hunting into Mass effect, but I take it all back. Got it for £10 in a sale, and definitely worth it. Would buy for full price.
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  5. May 22, 2017
    8
    I have already sunk many hours into this game, and I got to say that I really like it. The only thing that keeps it at an 8 at the moment itI have already sunk many hours into this game, and I got to say that I really like it. The only thing that keeps it at an 8 at the moment it due to some bugs and glitches that I encountered with mimics and neuromods (but since it is still new with patches being made, I can't be too hard on that).

    The only game that I can really compare it to is Deus Ex: Human Revolution with their game play, skill system, and moral decisions. So if you were a fan of that game, you should really try it out.
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  6. Jun 8, 2017
    6
    So the bad guys are mostly various iterations of black goo and you even have a goo gun. Too much goo. It's hard to like Prey when it usesSo the bad guys are mostly various iterations of black goo and you even have a goo gun. Too much goo. It's hard to like Prey when it uses cryengine and doesn't look as good as Crysis 3 which is 4 years old. Mission objective's are vague, the intro tutorial is retarded, the weapons are pathetic, and there aren't enough recycler/fabricator stations to off-load all the crap you accumulate. Too much time is wasted finding keycards and passcodes. I'm not even going to comment on the hacking minigames. The story and ending are a bit weak too and predicable. Prey could be a lot better at all levels. Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2017
    0
    this is probably the most boring game I've played in the last few years. For an hour of playing I saw 2 types of enemies who are boring andthis is probably the most boring game I've played in the last few years. For an hour of playing I saw 2 types of enemies who are boring and attack in melee and so do I (worst type of gameplay). 50% of time you just run through empty halls, rooms, corridors, 40% of time you spend in the inventory and 10% for the boring as hell fights. I couldn't force myself to play it longer than a few hours. I've really tried to find something good in this game, but there is absolutely nothing to like. Art style, setting, sound (sound of the pistol is just a joke), music. Nothing. I'm just glad a played it on friends steam library and haven't spend a penny for this. Expand

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