One of the most talked about first-person titles, and originally billed as a Quake killer, Prey has now been shaded by other, better looking and seemingly more exciting titles. Work on it was halted in December 1998 after the development team , shuffled over to the Duke Nukem offices to complete the code there, yet people are still babbling about it as though it will rise from the ashes and conquer the world. Fat chance. Mind you, the game technology remains pretty radical, with the PreyOS operating system being used to provide a framework for game code. It was designed to make licensing a cinch, but the arrival of Half-Life and Quake III killed it dead in the water. Maybe one day you'll be able to step into the shoes of Talon Brave, an American Indian who gets to battle three alien species but, right now, the sensible money would be on it being canned.
It's A Well known adage that dogs can't look up, but in reality they need to look up so rarely that it hardly ever occurs to them as a viable option. The same has been true in FPS deathmatch since its conception - death always comes from the sides - or, if you're being pedantic, perhaps a nearby roof. It never comes from the ceiling - not until now anyway. It was around ten minutes into our first multiplayer bout of Prey that there was a beautiful moment in which we got an indescribable urge to stare upwards - and lo, there was a mini-asteroid hanging 15ft above our head with two upside-down Native Americans firing acid at each other on its surface. This summer, dogs will look up.
The Bigger Picture
- We Re Floating In Space
Yes, playing multiplayer will hurt your brain for a little while - and have those balance-bits in your ears all a-quiver - but after a while it starts to make sense. Probably not the best game to play with a hangover though.
- No Ceilings In Here
When playing Prey multiplayer, you're constantly aware that you could be being shot at from any angle, as ably demonstrated by the physics-mangling abuse of the third dimension in this screenshot Someone had better make a mod based on the end of Labyrinth, that's all we're saying.
- Ground Control To Major Tommy
It looks so peaceful doesn't it? But unfortunately, you won't have much time to sit in your flying pod and gawp at Mother Nature - you'll be far too busy picking up grunts with your tractor beam and hurling them into the inky blackness of space.
- Cannon Fodder
Fodder, tlie insignificant yet toothy workers of the alien sphere's ecosystem, hatch from fleshy pustules that slide out of the walls on your approach. Here Talon, your friendly spirit pet, is dishing out some avian justice on them.
- Someone Call Lionel Richie
Human Head is more excited than is medically advisable about what the mod community is going to create with the bonkers upside-down, inside-out action in Prey. As you'd imagine, designing levels for Prey demands a rare talent.
- Riddled With Bugs
The charming giant insect being held here may occasionally nip your fingers, but it makes for a handy grenade when hurled. Flip it onto its back, meanwhile, and its sticky arse makes it the perfect proximity mine. Evolution's a funny old thing isn't it?
- Who Ate All The Genetically-Modified Pies?
Flabby, steroid-infused body. Catheter and bottle of suspiciously yellow liquid. No neck. Giant mouth instead of an arm. These 'let's laugh at fat Americans' TV shows have really gone a trifle too far.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
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