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Prey Has Launched on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows

Prey Has Launched on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows

Prey Has Launched on Xbox One, PS4 and Windows

Here we have a massive first-person, sci-fi "open space station" action-adventure from Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Dishonored 2) and Bethesda Softworks; a demo consisting of the game’s first hour is available for consoles


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First, let’s get a couple of things out of the way. Prey is neither a remake of nor sequel to the 2006 game of the same name. At one point, a Prey 2 was in development, but it was scrapped due to any number of reasons depending on who’s doing the talking. Whatever happened, I don’t think it was pretty. Prey 2 was deep-sixed in late 2014.

Now, in 2017, a brand new Prey has been released. The only thing it has in common with 2006’s Prey is the title. This game is completely different.

Prey takes place in 2032 on space station Talos 1, which orbits Earth’s Moon. You play Morgan Yu, who can be either male or female, depending on your preference.

As the game starts, you don’t know who or where you are, or what your purpose is.

You’re actually the subject of an experiment, but there’s one problem. You guessed it: things go wrong.

Apparently, the station is holding in containment some nasty aliens called Typhons, which represent a living ecology whose purpose is to annihilate its prey. That containment is broken, the Typhons are unleashed and yes, it’s up to you to stop them. If they make it down to Earth…well, you know the rest.

As deadly threats go, I think Typhons are pretty interesting. They come in various shapes and sizes. Mimics — who, although relatively small, can resemble large, four-legged spiders while scurrying around in their “natural” state — can appear as inanimate objects, then jump into a human’s unsuspecting face. There are medium-sized ones called Phantoms. There’s a huge Nightmare mini-boss who has only one objective: to take you out. And I don’t mean to dinner and a movie.

You’re able to take on some of the Typhon’s abilities by installing neuromods in your brain. To do this, however, you have to stick long needles into your eye. Ew.

Of course, you get to do lots of other things — too many to reflect here. Suffice it to say that you won’t get bored.

Lest you think Prey is all jump scares, think again. The game has a deep narrative. As you fight the Typhons, you’ll unravel the mystery behind your identity and discover how you came to be where you are. You’ll search for ways to survive and to leave the space station.

Prey is now available for Windows (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One.


Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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