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Prey review

Great

You might want to hold onto something for this one: Prey turns fast-paced first-person shooter action on its head quite literally with some dizzying gravity effects that would have Sir Isaac Newton spinning in his grave. In multiple directions.

As Tommy, a Native American on a quest to rescue his girlfriend Jen from being pureed in an alien Cuisinart, you'll battle your way through a massive cybernetic alien spaceship that scoffs in the face of the laws of physics. At the flip of a switch the floor or wall will become the ceiling; everything shifts and rotates. Step through a portal and you could be transported anywhere, from a few feet to miles away - you can even shoot yourself in the back if you're not careful. It's disorienting as hell, but it keeps things very interesting. The puzzles incorporate these tricks, forcing you to consider solutions never before possible to reach your goals.

Tommy is visited periodically by the spirit of his grandfather, who teaches him the ways of his Cherokee warrior ancestors. These skills - the ability to leave your physical body to pass through barriers and scout ahead, reviving yourself where you were killed by battling damned souls and summoning a spirit hawk buddy to distract enemies and translate alien text - rank up there with Batman's utility belt. Also in your bag of tricks is the Leech Gun, which siphons different kinds of ammo from ports on the walls. Depending on what it's loaded with, it'll fry, freeze, zap or blast your enemies.

The enemy AI isn't all that bright, but at least it's unpredictable thanks to being able to stand on the ceiling. The single player campaign will last just eight or nine hours, thanks in part to how easy it is to revive yourself when you die. The real fun comes from multiplayer combat, where something totally unexpected happens every 10 seconds. It could have been much better if only there were more than two modes (deathmatch and team deathmatch) and a couple of maps small enough to play with less than five players, but Prey is still a major blast for shooter fans with strong stomachs.

More Info

Release date: Jul 10 2006 - PC, Xbox 360 (US)
Jul 14 2006 - PC, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: 2K Games
Developed by: Venom Games, Human Head
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language

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2 comments

  • Shnubby - September 24, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Picked this up for literally £1 today. Cheapest Xbox 360 game I ever added to my collection! (2nd place being The Club for £1.20!)
  • Redeater - March 27, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    Uh....first?

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