I got this game without checking reviews and bought it on a whim. I wasnt to happy with it when i started, the beginning in my opinion is awful with bad acting and stereotypical lines about cherokees from the bar drinkers, you have to hang around the characters whilst they chat to carry the game along and they are so monotonus and drawling you wonder why you bothered in the first place. You spend too much time looking at the scenery and graphics and wonder what you are doing. Then bang, you get abducted by aliens and you are in for one hell of a ride!
The game is very Half-Life like in graphics and gameplay and relies heavily on the "Portal" ideas that come from Half-Life as well. This means that yes, your not going to get a rich textured environment like the latest cutting edge games but it is by no means along the ps2/xbox graphics side. You start with a handy wrench (again Half-Life rip off) but then move on to proper guns.
Its the whole anti gravity/portal spin on the fps shooter that makes me give it 5 stars, walking along ceilings and shooting aliens on the floor is quite mind bending and travelling through box portals into the unknown has you wondering where you are on the ship. Its not as simple as running up stairs to reach the top kind of thing.
The Cherokee angle is an original one for a fps but brings about the easiest part of the game....you dont die. Instead you travel to the afterlife to heal to then come back to carry on fighting, this is an interesting concept but one that means even if you played the game on the hardest level it could easily be completed.
So far im through to around the 8th level and the storyline isnt that clear, its almost halfway through the game so hopefully it comes into its own soon.
I think to sum up my review, im very happy that i got Prey, even if it a little old and the graphics arent as shiny anymore. But id much rather have the playability it offers to something that looks good but does nothing. For 3.60 at the time of writing this, its definitely worth a punt.