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Prey

Released on 14 July 2006

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

3.0 out of 5 (97 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes when an otherworldly crisis forces him to awaken spiritual powers from his long-forgotten birthright. Abducted along with his people to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth, he sets out to save himself and his girlfriend and eventually his planet.
Prey is a serious, dark story, based on authentic Cherokee mythology. Themes of sacrifice, love and responsibility are explored and the story dives into emotional territory not yet explored by similar games.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Built on an enhanced Doom 3 engine, the most impressive 3D engine used in a released game
  • Portal technology adds a new dimension to gameplay, allowing enemies to appear out of thin air and create new and completely original puzzles and gameplay styles
  • Several never-before-seen gameplay elements such as Spirit Walking, Wall Walking, and Deathwalk
  • Highly organic, living environment that itself can attack Tommy
  • A deep, emotional story of love and sacrifice
  • Tommy has a sidekick, a spiritual hawk that can help him fight enemies and decipher the alien language of the living ship
  • Multiplayer game support that takes advantage of the unique gameplay styles in Prey

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 Average rating (97 reviews)

 Living Weapons, Gravity has no rules and spirtiual powers!

| | See all Shephard's reviews (4)

Prey was released in 2006 and was built on the Doom 3 engine. Prey brought in a new gaming experience where gravity is completely thrown out the window due to being able to walk up walls, along the roof and ceiling and much more. To give you a bit of history on the game, it was first brought into production over 12 years ago where they were attempting to make a game in which was far beyond the possibilities in the mid 90s and therefore halted the project until around the end of 2003 and 2004 where it was possible to make such a game with its unique features where gravity has no rules. The game was orginally planned to be like Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament back when the project was first discussed but due to the release of both of the above and the lack of programming abilities back in the mid 90s they couldn't make Prey anything new to or mind blowing to that of Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament.

Just like any other game Prey does have its ups and its downs in which I am going to list below to give you an idea of what the game is like.

The Ups:
1. Excellent Graphics on the fantastic Doom 3 Engine
2. Weapons that have never before been seen and are unique in every way
3. Walk on walls, the ceiling, the roof, there are no boundries as to where you can walk with the graviton wallways
4. Gripping storyline that will keep you hooked to the end where you just want to see what happens next.

The Downs:
1.Can be strainfull on the eyes and mind due to the regular changing of screening such as being upside down, sideways etc
2.Storyline does drag on slightly and there are big gaps before the story proceeds
3.If buying now on Xbox 360 online achievements can be very difficult to get as very few people still play Prey on Xbox live
4.The game does take about 20 minutes before it actually gets going fully and you begin on your journey through the sphere.
5.Cannot permanently die, when you die you go to the spirit realm where you fight the unhonored dead for about 30 seconds and then your back alive in the same spot as you died making the game impossible to lose, this feature can be quiet annoying at times too.

Overall this is a fantastic game with many new features to the gaming experience and market. The games weapons alone will keep you entertained in destroying your enemies but the game itself is enough to keep you entertained. However this is not a game in which you will play straight through in one sitting as it can be very hard on the eyes as stated above and can get quiet tiresome with the long gaps in the storyline. The game is generally finished on average in 2-3 sitting per difficulty perhaps a 4th sitting on the hard mode. This is a must game for all lovers of FPS shooters and a great addition to your collection with an upcoming sequel due for release in the US on the 31st December 2009 and i estimate it to be released in Europe around mid january 2010 that I am greatly looking forward to.

 A solid contribution to the FPS market.

| | See all Erasmus's reviews (15)

Prey centres on the story of Tommy, a Cherokee desperately trying to escape the confines of his heritage, who gets sucked into an intergalactic conflict when a bunch of aliens kidnap him, along with his girlfriend Jen and his grandfather.

Prey does very well on the visual front, with some very nice looking characters, environments and weaponry to use. The story, while formulaic, is well executed and driven along at a sound pace. The soundtrack and effects also are pretty good, though not particularly memorable against other leading FPS titles. The physics engine is particularly noteworthy, with some interesting features, such as the walkways which permit Tommy to walk against gravity. The 'wormholes' (which allow characters to move between areas) are also well executed, and all these neat trick combine well to produce a sense of disorientation, which adds to the atmosphere. It should be noted that, despite this, it never quite stands up to the offerings of Half Life 2.

Enemy design is interesting, with plenty of varied aliens to desptach, though if you've already played the likes of Doom 3 & Quake 4 you probably won't be overwhelmed. The AI is not bad at all, with aliens using wormholes and the gravity walkways to their advantage. The weapons, while nice looking, don't really have the 'feel' of weaponry offered by the likes of Black, and don't really stray too far outside of convention.

The main area where Prey falls down is in longetivity. An average gamer should work through this in around 8 - 10 hours. Aside from playing in Cherokee (Hard) mode, the handful of mini-games and the bolt-on, by-the-numbers deathmatch multiplayer, there isn't really a lot to draw you back to this title.

That said, for under £10, Prey can certainhly hold it's head high stood alongside most other FPS titles on the market. This is undoubtedbly great value, and a worthwhile purchase for fans of the genre.

Buy This If You Liked: Doom 3, Quake 4
Not As Good As: Half Life 2

 TOP TITLE AND ONLY £9.99

| | See all XtremeGamerz's reviews (25)

This is a good solid game.Sure its not in the same league as halo etc but to be fair its not tring to be.I notice quite a few people have slated this game on here WHY? what exactly is rubbish about this and for £9.99 its the best value next gen game available.Better than all the ps3 games i have played so far and i have played 95% of them.Buy it and see what you think for £9.99 brand new next gen game you cant go wrong.It also got great reviews from the gaming press

 Doom 3 but for XBOX 360

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Yes, ok, a very good game for its price (£9.99) and very similar to DOOM 3, which is highly beneficial for my self, personally, being a hardcore fan of all the DOOM series.

BUT this has to be THE MOST unrealistic game i have ever played! This game has you walking up walls, leaving your body for one of a ghost/spirit and you CAN'T die!
If you "run out" or lose all of your health, you are taken some place out of the level and re-instated within 30 seconds with half to two-thirds health remaining!

Having said all of the above, the game is not too bad, there are a lot of easy achievements to be gained and you can find your self 50/60 Gamerscore points richer within 30 minutes.

There are some entertaining aspects to the game, as the levels progress with improved weaponary and some sort of challenge in terms of enemies.

A worth while purchase for £9.99, but not the best First Person Shooter out there by far!

 Not bad for the price...

| | See all bri2000's reviews (16)

Prey, as you may recall, was one of the early 360 exclusives (if you ignore the fact it was also available on PC, as Microsoft tend to) and, as such, was quite heavily hyped. The unique selling point was supposed to be the fact that gravity is not constant in the game meaning that rooms will "flip" as you walk across them with the floor becoming the ceiling and so on.

The reality was a little different. The plot and voice acting are terrible and borderline racist (you're a Native American captured by a vast alien spaceship out to escape and rescue your girlfriend by using the mystic powers which all Native Americans obviously have), the weapons bland and, because of the complex geometry of the rooms, tactics are non-existent (see enemy, aim, keep finger on fire until enemy is dead pretty much sums it up). Even worse is the mini-game when you die. Instead of sending you back to the last check-point or save point you have to spend several minutes hunting balls of energy with a bow to resurrect yourself. Tedious barely begins to cover it.

Overall, then, Prey along with Quake IV, Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo is one of the early super-hyped 360 titles which should be quietly forgotten. I assume that the reason it's so heavily discounted now is because it was massively overproduced at the time. If you really want to get yourself a 360 port of a PC FPS then it's not bad but you'd be better off checking out F.E.A.R. which is also heavily discounted and a much more enjoyable game.

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