I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve watched the majority of the footage from this years E3 show. One of the games that took me by surprise was Prey 2. It seemed to be a cross between Mass Effect and Blade Runner, and dependant on reviews, it may be a day one purchase.
So..my OCD kicked in, and I realised that I’d never completed the first game, so I got my hands on a copy.
Now the first thing I have to say is this is a 2006 game, and it shows..however I wasn’t going to let this stop my enjoyment.
As the games starts, up pop a number of familiar logos…2K Games (Borderlands), 3D Realm (Duke Nukem 3D) and Human Head (erm….Prey)
Firstly the story, quite simple really, you are a cherokee indian, working in a bar with your grandfather and girlfriend, when an alien spaceship sucks up your bar. You then spend the entire game making your way through the ship until you get to the end of game boss (good simple story !).
Graphically the game wasn’t that bad either, it was kind of a cross between Doom 3 and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (you know the dark shiny metal look), with the occasional bloody monstery type thing thrown in for good measures.
Now, the length of this game was longer than expected, and it did seem to go on just a bit in the middle. There were 23 levels in total and to be honest did start to get a little samey after a while. At the beginning of each of the levels you have a bio on the screen, eg a picture of Tommy (your character), saying something like “Tommy, in love with Jen, plans to run away together”…I know there not the exact words, but it was something like. The graphics of these load screens wouldn’t have looked out of place on an Xbox 1, or old PS1/2..it was actually quite nostalgic.
There were a few other weird things about the game..no reload ?…I know !!, I’m the type of player who kills something and then instantly reloads….as you can imagine it took a little bit of getting used to.
Next strange thing was dying…or should I say lack off. Basically ,when you died, you went to a dream world where you stood on a rock with blue and red death wraths flying around you. Shooting the red ones would give you more health, blue ones, more Cherokee powers. I didn’t time it, but it seems you can spend around 30 seconds in there before you are sucked into a hole in the middle, and back to the exact point in the game where you’d died. This was a blessing and a curse. On one hand there were no checkpoints, so no having to do the same bit over and over again, however on the other hand it meant that the game wasn’t really that challenging, as dying wasn’t really an issue.
The next strange thing about the game, and I guess the major part of the game was the environment. This ranged from gravity being different dependant on the room, to crouching through a random box to take you into another room, to jumping through a portal to get to another room (not too dissimilar to Portal now I come to thing of it, as the portals were orange and blue). It did make the game a lot different that a run on the mill shooter, but sometime breaks one head, and I got lost a number of times due to the levels looking so similar.
I guess the final bit that makes the game stand out is the spirit walking, at the press of a button, you can leave your body and walk as a spirit, this will allow you get to areas you couldn’t get to in your mortal form.
All in all, the game was fun, it was refreshingly different, and although the graphics, story, AI and sound are only ok by todays standard, I still completed it (which is more than I can say for the 5/6 games I’ve turned off in disgust this year.
Approx Time taken to beat – 15 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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