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Prey

£25 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Gameplay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Provided you don't pass out at the sight of blood and can tolerate language that would make Bernard Manning blush, you'll enjoy Prey and its unique gameplay experience.

Prey is one of the most eagerly anticipated first-person shooters to hit the shelves this year. It's rather gruesome, and thoroughly deserving of its mature rating – parents, please take note. But provided you don't pass out at the sight of blood and can tolerate language that would make Bernard Manning blush, you'll enjoy a unique gameplay experience.

You play the character of Tommy, a rebellious Cherokee who has little interest in the ancient traditions of his people, much to the dismay of his girlfriend and grandfather. The three of you are abducted by aliens – don't you just hate it when that happens – and you are forced to fight for freedom and rescue your loved ones.

Gameplay makes up for the poor storyline. It features Stargate-esque magic portals connecting one place to another, rooms that spin at the flick of a switch and disorienting antigravity walkways, enabling you to stroll up walls or along ceilings.

The gripping action is backed by solid if unspectacular visuals, delivered courtesy of a heavily modified Doom3 engine. As with Doom, it gets a bit dark in places. In Prey you can use your cigarette lighter while holding a gun.

Don't be fooled into thinking that if your PC can run Doom3, it can automatically run this – the on-screen action can give even high-end cards something to think about. However, it's easily scaleable for lower-end systems. To get an acceptable frame rate, you'll need a 256MB video card and a whole gigabyte of RAM.

Prey Expert Verdict »
2GHz Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon processor
Windows XP or 2000
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
2.2GB hard disk space
64MB video card
DirectX 9.0c
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

It's not quite the masterpiece we were expecting, but Prey is a solid effort with unique touches to justify the outlay. The campaign, however, is a little short.

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