Review by rolltide19921

"Has a few problems, but is a solid and unique shooter"


Prey is an interesting game because it is an FPS that isn't centered around combat. It focuses more on puzzle solving that is very similar to the game Portal. It has very good graphics and good gameplay, but is held back by a few flaws.

Gameplay 7/10

As I said the gameplay is more focused on puzzle solving than running and gunning which sets it apart from the other generic First Person Shooter games. You will get around by using portals and and manipulating the gravity. The portal system is very similar to what was in the game Portal. There isn't as much combat as in the average FPS. Usually you will only face three or four enemies at a time. The AI is decent, they usually take cover and move around trying to flank you. You really won't see much of the AI because the firefights are few and far in between. There are some nice weapons to choose from, but there aren't a lot of them sadly. Each weapon has a primary and secondary function using the left and right triggers. The variety of enemies is terrible. There are only about ten types of aliens for you to kill. There are some nice bosses throughout the game, but again there aren't very many of them.

Now the biggest problem I found was that you can't die. About twenty minutes into the game you will gain the ability to death walk. Which is when you die you will go to a spirit world where you have to kill death wraiths to get your life meter back. It is very stupid and takes away any since of urgency when your health or ammo is low and it takes away from the experience. You also have the ability to spirit walk. That is, you leave your body as your spirit. While walking around in spirit form you can walk through force fields and you can find secret passages. Spirit walking is vital to the puzzle solving in the game. The gameplay is solid, but a couple of flaws hamper it a little.

Graphics 9/10

The graphics are the high point of the game. The textures are great. There are bullet holes on the enemies after you shoot them. The enemies have a lot of detail. The guns look really good. The lighting effects look good. The game does a good job of creating a good sci-fi atmosphere.

Sound 7/10

The voice acting is spotty at best, but the sounds the aliens are really good. The music is okay, but it really isn't that memorable. The explosions and sounds the weapons make sound good.

Story 5/10

The story in this game is stupid quite frankly. You play as a Cherokee Indian named Tommy. He lives in a reservation and one day he, his grandfather, and his girlfriend Jen are sucked up into a spaceship. Naturally, Tommy escapes and spends the rest of the game trying to rescue his girlfriend and grandfather. At some point in the first or second level you die and your grandfather takes you to a Cherokee spirit world and teaches you about the death and spirit walk I mentioned earlier. It is incredibly stupid.

Overall 7/10

The game is solid, but is hampered by a couple of stupid gameplay mechanics and a stupid story.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 03/24/08

Game Release: Prey (US, 07/11/06)

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