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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: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 9 out of 45
  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. Aug 7, 2017
    10
    Prey is a consistently impressive and entertaining to play through. It is riveting and very immersive. The setting of this game steals thePrey is a consistently impressive and entertaining to play through. It is riveting and very immersive. The setting of this game steals the show. With very smartly planned out RPG elements and an interesting story. It is surely one of the best games of 2017. An easy 10/10. I would buy it again if I could. Expand
  3. May 5, 2017
    9
    I spend all night running this game on my brand new Blade Core with a GTX 1080 Strix OC8 plopped inside. The game runs a rock steady 60FPS @I spend all night running this game on my brand new Blade Core with a GTX 1080 Strix OC8 plopped inside. The game runs a rock steady 60FPS @ 1080 , QHD cuts it down to a very playable (and stable) 30-40FPS and finally 4K runs at a very surprisingly smooth 30FPS. This is all while the apparent bottleneck from my tiny (2017 razer blade stealth with Kaby lake, 16Mb ram) laptop is causing a drop in FPS from what i would normally get with a 1080 in a desktop. Those numbers remained stable for the most part for the three + hours that i had a chance to run though last night.
    I have to say that i am very impressed with this game, without spoiling much I think any FPS fan of games like HL, FEAR, or even the newer Deus Ex's will find a lot to like in this game. The perks are really reminiscent of the of the latter but the sound, one of my favorite aspects of this game, really reminds me of the former. For what its worth, the variations in the perk system alone are enough to have me thinking that the Deus Ex Mankind divided team could have learned something from these guys. I was never a huge fan of Dishonored 2's art style but am happy to say that the Cry engine really pulls though here and give off an entirely different feel. That being said, this is not recognizable sequel to the previous Prey installations. The first two hours throw some very heavy, mind bending/reality checking things at you that may require another run to fully appreciate. Much like the first Prey, the emphasis is on forcing you to feel from the perspective of the character straight from the opening cinematic, which will give you varying feeling of daja vu depending on how far into the first hour your are. While the intro had me worried we were going down a very familiar path, the immediate left and right turns you make after fully erased any of those feelings. There are little chunks of great FPS games from the half-life-like sound of the test area malfunctioning, to the FEAR like weightiness of the preorder shotgun you get in your office; it all feels very well put together and best of all well balanced. Weapons (at least the GOO and shotty) have some fantastic animations and, so far, it seems as though the weapons are a bit on the lighter side when in relation to your enemy's. Speaking of the enemys, prepare to start doubting every damn item your looking to pick up. The name Mimic goes very far here. I wont go too far into this short review but long story short, using the GLOO gun and THEN the wrench makes it a much more effective combo since your effectively dealing with black GACK. I'm going to end this review here (unless someone requests that i continue) since i need to continue playing before i give it a final score. Up until this moment which is around the three hour mark, i will have to give this a 8.5/10 just for the fantastic game play. Any one doubting whether to get this game or not, please do yourself a favor and GET 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 6, 2019
    6
    for me this could have been one of my favorite games ever. except a few things 1. everything you need, you must search for. many are hard tofor me this could have been one of my favorite games ever. except a few things 1. everything you need, you must search for. many are hard to find. it slows the game down where it doesn't need to be slowed down. 2. ammo, i get your "prey" but even with avoiding enemies as much as possible, you don't have enough ammo. 3. i was killed right after getting a keycard to open a door. after this the game started over, i didn't have the keycard and it wasn't where it was supposed to be. i was 21 hours in the game. luckily i had saved the game on another slot. but i lost 7 hours of gameplay. If i hadn't saved my game in a different slot, i would have had to start the game completely over. after about 30 hours of gameplay, the enemies get harder and it seems you get less and less ammo. idk why they were so cheap w/ ammo. graphics are great, big map/space station. and your personal items and upgrades are a lot of dues ex. man, if they could just add more ammo this game i would have given a 10, but lack of ammo and every item needed to open a door is an eater egg hunt just slow the game down too much. 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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