This month’s hottest game release has got to be, without a doubt, Prey from Human Head Studios. The game offers first player shooter action from a completely new angle and brings innovation in both game play and game theme. First player shooters against a race of aggressive aliens come along all the time, so just what is that makes Prey stand out from the crowd? Read on to find out.
The story begins in a run-down bar on an American Indian Reserve, with your character talking to yourself in the mirror. You can walk around and interact with a variety of objects in the bar area such as the TV, stereo and arcade machines (which are also great fun!), and you get to meet your mystical grandfather and stubborn girlfriend too. You also get to brush up on your close quarters combat skills in dispatching a couple of meat heads that try to get fresh with your lady. Like the objects around the bar, this is more of a chance to get used to the controls than to achieve anything that contributes to the story.
As soon as you've disposed of the fools, the mother ship abducts you. This will all be familiar to those of you that played the demo, but from here on in, it's all new territory. Visually, the abduction scene is excellent, with the taking of your character, your girlfriend and grandfather portrayed excellently and imaginatively. Somehow you manage to escape the alien processing machine and find yourself loose in the ship, on a mission to rescue your girlfriend, but as the story unfolds, you come to learn that it is all of mankind, including a tribe of ancients that have somehow survived deep within the alien sphere that you are out to rescue. It seems that the aliens have been visiting for some time, using humans as food or to mutate into warriors. Your job is to put a stop to it. Look out for the shocking revelations (and some brilliantly gruesome spliced images!) near the end of the game.
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