posted by Abifails (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) May 24, 2010
Member since May 2010
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Prey puts you in control of Tommy, a Native American who wants off the reservation and wants to take his girl Jen with him.. until they get abducted by aliens. I wish I was making this up, but that's the actual plot here.
Never have I played a game that was both so good and so bad at the same time. On the plus side, some of the environments look pretty good for being 4 years old and there were a few interesting concepts for alien weaponry. Out of the 22 missions, a majority of them felt the same but some of the portal puzzles were fun to figure out. On the other hand, some of the puzzles were downright annoying and Prey gives you no hints on where to go next.
The difficulty in Prey is non-existant since you cannot die. That's right, you can't die at all! When your health depletes you enter a "spirit world" to shoot flying wraiths with a bow that refill your health and spirit meter, then you're promptly thrown back out right to the spot where you died. This is just one of the ideas that sounds neat on paper but it wasn't fun and took away any challenge outside of the annoying gravity switching puzzles.
Prey has a few other mechanics that sound neat but really didn't make the game anymore appealing. For instance, Tommy can leave his body and "spirit walk" which allows him to see invisible bridges, cross forcefields and shoot gravity switches to turn rooms upside down.
Some of the missions allow Tommy to pilot alien spacecraft (how he knows how to fly it is beyond my comprehension) but they're so cut and dry that it just becomes a PITA. When you pilot a craft, you know 2 things will happen - you're going to get surrounded with flying creatures to kill and you're going to use the tractor beam to move objects so you can proceed in the level. That's it.
If Prey had deeper characters and better voice acting, it might have been a solid game but Tommy is so poorly designed that it just seems like a cruel joke. Not bad if you want to spend 5 hours on 700 GS.
posted by Kenholio (ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL) Jul 11, 2006
Member since Jan 2003
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
I downloaded the demo from Xbox Live & this game is pretty f'n good. Yes, it's another FPS for the Xbox. But it's one that throws in some great visuals & interesting new gameplay concepts. The interactive intro, in a bar, is fun just by itself, as you can walk up to arcade machines, or even flip through songs on the jukebox (real songs, like Heart or Judas Priest. Granted, not a great selection, but pretty cool). But when the story kicks in & the siht hits the fan, its got a cinematic feel to it like some sci-fi movie. The jukebox even flips to 'Don't Fear the Reaper', which sets the mood. Besides a cinematic approach to storytelling, the most other notable twist in this game are the anti-gravity room & walkways. Look around a room and you see a ramp...that goes up the wall & onto the ceiling into another section you can't get to otherwise. Then there's the rooms-in-boxes teleporters. You get to what seems to be a dead end w/ nothing more than a crate, but move to the other side of the crate & you can see the next room in it...crouch & walk through it, & you're now in that room. Look back through the hole you just came & you can still see the room you just left. Other little twist: In one room there is a small sphere (smaller than your head) sitting in a glass box on a pedestal. Doesn't seem like anything interesting, so you move on & walk through one of the teleport boxes & find yourself on a odd shaped plane...only to realize you're now in the glass box walking on the sphere! Definitely weird & cool. But that's not all! Your character has a 'spirit' realm self you can switch to, which allows you to walk through forcefields & reach other areas you couldn't in the 'real world' (ala Legacy Of Kain). Now, take all of that I just wrote, & now apply it to online multiplayer! Talk about some frantic fragging...you just don't know until you walk into a room, only to realize your opponent is standing on the ceiling above you! I can't wait to play the full version!!
gamers (76%) found this review helpful
Prey is about a young native American Tommy who just wants to get away from the reservation. But is abducted by a living, breathing spacecraft. Referred to as "The Sphere". The dynamics of game play are so unique it will take some getting used to, but wow is it strange and fun. Gravity is constantly being messed with throwing you for a loop here and there, and often relates to puzzle solving. As you progress through the very well designed levels, and I mean this game is pretty! Tommy develops "Spiritual" abilities that come in to play in some very cool ways. Won't give any spoilers. But this game is twisted and odd, in a good way. this is a shooter unlike any other, nothing like Halo or Halo2 for example but more like a well told story, and visually stunning like Riddick. The game play is challenging and tough to get used to but well worth the effort as the story unfolds to a interesting and emotional twist, that may leave you feeling a bit surprised. The soundtrack is impressive, and the ambient surrounding sounds are creepy, and eerie. Well done! This is seriously a great story adventure slash shooter that can immerse any gamer given the chance. My 8 is a high 8 like a 8.5+. Only because of the way the game can disorient and confuse you. Like you’re enemies could be above you walking on the ceiling or maybe a wall? It gets weird, but you'll get the hang of it. Also The intense zero gravity fire fights leave a strange feeling of "what’s the point" because Tommy can regenerate endlessly. This is really nearly a masterpiece, and a great single player title for certain. Prey also excels in multiplayer with innovative and fun level designs. Sneak up on your opponent overhead on the ceiling and do your thing man. With points to manipulate gravity it also is quite funny to see guys fall up to the ceiling. Funny. That all said. This is a great game, with minor flaws, amazing design, sound, and eye popping graphics. Check it out!