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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: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 8, 2017
    100
    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.
  2. 92
    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.
  3. May 11, 2017
    90
    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.
  4. May 8, 2017
    85
    Prey is a one of a kind experience which has a huge world, a thrilling story and very rich content. It would be most appealing to fans of science fiction shooters.
  5. May 18, 2017
    85
    Prey has so much gameplay and objectives to accomplish it takes quite a long time to see what all the game has to offer if you choose to do everything. I didn't do every side mission and the game took me around 37 hours to complete. The game is tense and addicting throughout the entire campaign and it's a joy to play. Despite a few shortcoming, it's definitely one of the best games I have played so far this year and I highly recommend it if you're a fan of first person shooter RPGs such as Deus Ex or BioShock.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 18, 2017
    80
    The aliens don't quite cut it, but Prey offers one of gaming's best settings in years. [July 2017, p.73]
  7. May 9, 2017
    70
    Prey really wants to be the strange science fiction cousin to Dishonored, with varied combat and deep world building. Arkane Studios has really succeeded with the latter. It's easy to tolerate the lackluster combat when Talos 1 is such a fascinating place to visit.

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  1. Positive: 31 out of 48
  2. Negative: 9 out of 48
  1. May 5, 2017
    10
    Prey is a massive game with a story to match its huge scope. The creatures are fun and crazy and the characters are rich and interesting.Prey is a massive game with a story to match its huge scope. The creatures are fun and crazy and the characters are rich and interesting. Graphics are great (only time will tell if they hold up) and the controls are adequate.

    Arkane Studios is a miracle in gaming right now, and this is another gift they have blessed us. Buy this game if you loved Dishonored, Alien Isolation, Dead Space, Bioshock, etc.
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  2. Jun 24, 2020
    10
    Phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed this game from beginning to end. The story is rich and with a layer of mystery that had me intrigued from thePhenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed this game from beginning to end. The story is rich and with a layer of mystery that had me intrigued from the get go. The ending was slightly disappointing and seemed a little low-effort but top marks from me for everything leading up to that final scene. Expand
  3. May 6, 2017
    9
    I have been hyped for this game for a really long time now. Arcane Studios is one of the most talented development studios out there and theirI have been hyped for this game for a really long time now. Arcane Studios is one of the most talented development studios out there and their games released are a testament to that. The setting, the story, the gameplay, and the alien powers shown were all able to draw me in and make sure that this was a must buy for me. 10 hours in, I think I'm ready to give my impressions on the final product.

    Prey starts strong right from the beginning, offering us a rich sci-fi setting that opens into a large, open world free to explore, and fend off the Typhon threat that Talos I has succumbed to, all while uncovering the secret to Morgan's past. The story is a major strong point in this title and does a good job of keeping things fresh all while keeping the player guessing throughout. I came into the story expecting cliche payoffs and a predictable plot, but to my pleasant surprise, the opposite was offered. I found myself heavily invested and it was a major driving factor in what kept pushing me from station to station. I was wanting to hear all dialogue and learn all I could about the organisms that had taken control of the station as well has it's inhabitants. I even got a kick out of listening to the audio recordings that are usually just a throwaway collectible for me in games. While worthwhile narratives aren't always necessary for a finished game to be excellent, it's refreshing to actually care about what is happening around you and to be excited about what's going to happen next, as well as offering something in between the tense moments and the fear of an ambush that is constantly looming over the players head while exploring the collapsed station.

    When I first booted up Prey, I had been reading all about the comparisons, most of which said that this was 'Bioshock/Dishonored in space'. Seems like a fair assessment, but when you play the game, you really feel where the inspiration for several titles came into play. Bioshock and Dead Space with the feeling as you're always being stalked and watched. Waiting for a dormant enemy to spring at you while you are scavenging a room for supplies. Dishonored shows by way of the skill tree that allows for supernatural powers to be used to make survival easier while offering something unique and to really nail in the sci-fi fantasy. The combat in this game is decent, and really that is the most you can say about it. You are constantly outnumbered when you encounter enemies, and they all have the ability to take you down in just a few hits. Don't let the launch trailer fool you into thinking this is a shoot 'em up power trip like Doom. Combat needs to be thought out unless you want to be near death during the entirety of the game. Powers are meant to make life easier, but so far at no point have I felt overpowered. Quite the opposite to be honest, but even though this sounds like a negative, if anything it adds more to the game. Knowing that rushing into a room with several phantoms will result in instant death, it encourages to play smarter and use the tools that are at the disposal of the player. MedKits can be crafted, as well as found scattered around the station, but don't expect to have a big surplus. As well as watching the health bar, your suit will also be in constant need of repair unless you like the idea of being one shotted by any enemy you come across.

    While combat may do it's job just fine, the real selling point in Prey is the atmosphere, and the puzzle aspect of the game. The "play your way" style of Arcane's past shows its head again in Prey. Never will you just casually walk from point A to point B blasting any enemy in your way. There always seems to be a locked door, or several environmental hazards in the path with several ways of getting to where you need to go. The rest is up to the player. Will you find the keycard to the door by searching the near by bodies or offices? Or perhaps mimic a nearby coffee cup, roll into the security room and hack the system to open the door? Or maybe use the GLOO cannon to spray a makeshift stair way up the wall and climb into a vent that leads into the room? All of this knowing that no matter where you go there could be a mimic waiting to leap at you. It's tense, it's scary, it's fun, and this is where the game shines.

    I played this game on Xbox one and of course it was beautiful running on CRYENGINE. Everything on Talos has a sleek shine to it, which compliments the nightmarish strands of fog the alien threat. I experienced hiccups in performance in some areas, and there were framerate drops in some areas, but they never lasted too long, and I'm sure it will be fixed. The music is spot on for the most part, with nice techno-futuristic melodies that compliment what is going on at that moment, from light and peaceful sounds of synthesizer while listening to a story bit, to harsh shrieks when a mimic appears from that banana you just tried to eat.

    Prey is something special, and you should play it!
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  4. Mar 23, 2018
    8
    Prey is a great game primarily because of the strength of the world building - Talos I can be a joy to explore because of the depth of thePrey is a great game primarily because of the strength of the world building - Talos I can be a joy to explore because of the depth of the lore surrounding it. From the questionable experiments resulting in the development of the neuromods to the growing presence and knowledge of the beautifully designed alien species, the Typhon, every story and atmospheric element of Prey is perfect. The narrative itself is gripping because of the unreliable narrator, leading you to question what past versions of yourself are telling you and deciding how you personally want to handle things. It also has an excellent conclusion with a twist I didn't see coming. As well as the story, the tone is fantastic with the first few hours in particular being very tense and somewhat frightening because of the way in which the mimics behave - they can become any object and then reappear when you get close to attack you. Although this tension is somewhat siphoned off in the middle stretch of Prey, the ending escalates the stakes once more.

    Another aspect of Prey I enjoyed was the freedom and vast amount of upgrades to choose from via the use of neuromods - I felt as though I could find a use for each. There were also some fun weapons as well as powers.

    However, Prey is far from polished - I encountered numerous bugs and the loading times are especially bad. Exploration is severely impaired by the painfully long loading screens between each major area. This isn't helped by the countless side quests which demand constant backtracking; the side quests themselves were another thing I took issue with, because there were too many that simply went nowhere. Although some added to the plot and affected the ending, others were too trivial and there were so many that it felt like an unmanageable chore to have to do them at times. Thus, Prey could have been done with streamlining to condense the objectives and focus on more story-driven side quests. It also desperately needs shorter load times and less bugs.

    Ultimately, Prey is a very enjoyable experience thanks to stellar lore and world-building, diverse abilities and ways to play, as well as the varied Typhon enemies that are often fun to fight - although it does sometimes get too chaotic. It is hampered by technical issues including huge frame rate drops and the often meaningless side quests that were too plentiful and boring. The combat could also have been improved slightly to make fighting large groups of enemies more reasonable. I hope to see more immersive sims like Prey in the future, and can't wait for Arkane Studios' next game.
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  5. Jun 14, 2017
    8
    I had my doubts when I heard that this Prey had nothing to do with the original, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This was a fun, openI had my doubts when I heard that this Prey had nothing to do with the original, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This was a fun, open world game that let you explore and actually did as promised, it let you solve puzzles your own way. Most games say they will but then make only one option the actually feasible choice. This game isn't trying to force you into one route, which is very refreshing.

    Also, a lot of people are saying that the ending is a bummer, but I think it's actually a pretty cool twist. You could see it coming from a mile away, but still very nicely executed.

    Controls were smooth, animations were fine enough, voice acting was good. The only real complaints I would mention are that the load times between areas are atrocious (which becomes a HUGE annoyance at the very end of the game), and the environments are kind of bland. But overall, I was pleased with the 60+ hours I put into it.
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  6. Jan 2, 2018
    6
    Prey has elements that are 9/10 or better and other parts that are 4/10 or worse. It has a solid story, good atmosphere and ambience, and onlyPrey has elements that are 9/10 or better and other parts that are 4/10 or worse. It has a solid story, good atmosphere and ambience, and only crashed once. I couldn't stand the repetitive traveling in zones and I really didn't enjoy the combat. I would've much preferred a 6 hour game with the story compacted in there. Honestly, I would've preferred Prey as a walking simulator - and I'm someone who loves Deus Ex and Dishonored and enjoyed Bioshock, but I was just waiting on this game to end the last half or more. The stealth options are not anywhere near what Dishonored or Deus Ex bring. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2018
    0
    Boring. I played about 1 hour of this game and I cannot forced myself to keep playing. The weapons suck and the enemies are boring. This gameBoring. I played about 1 hour of this game and I cannot forced myself to keep playing. The weapons suck and the enemies are boring. This game is as fun as watching paint dry. Expand

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