Prey for a Christmas Gift

Prey is now available for free on the Epic Games Store, offering everyone the chance to pick up this first-person shooter released by Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios in 2017. Snag this before 11:00 am EST tomorrow and it's yours to keep. At that time another giveaway will commence as part of Epic's epic holiday celebration. Although it carries the same title as Human Head's 2006 Prey, this not really a sequel. Here's word on the sci-fi first-person shooter:
Prey
The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station -- your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities. The fate of the Talos I and everyone aboard is in your hands.

Sci-fi Thriller
Nothing is as it seems aboard Talos I. As Morgan Yu, set out to unravel the clues you've left behind for yourself, and discover the truth about your past. What role will you play in TranStar’s plans, and the mysterious threat ravaging the station?
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Dec 26, 2021, 18:14
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Rilcon wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 10:23:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 06:54:
So basically you never got out of the imprisonment sim you start in?
That would be fucking hilarious if so.
How else could that statement about one of the best immersive sims ever made be true?

I mean the statements were just completely absurd even beyond that given you can build a literal castle out of turrets in this game. Wanna see him do that in Deus Ex Invisible War which was one of the absolute worst Deus Ex games ever made.

But.. I digress
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Dec 26, 2021, 12:20
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Dec 26, 2021, 12:20
 
roguebanshee wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 11:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 11:05:
Control is todays Freebie.
Snag it while it's hot.
It's a repeat from last year or so.
Indeed https://www.bluesnews.com/s/223069/get-control-for-free
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Dec 26, 2021, 11:13
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Dec 26, 2021, 11:13
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 11:05:
Control is todays Freebie.
Snag it while it's hot.
It's a repeat from last year or so.
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Dec 26, 2021, 11:05
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Dec 26, 2021, 11:05
 
Control is todays Freebie.
Snag it while it's hot.
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Re: Prey for a Christmas Gift
Dec 26, 2021, 10:23
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Dec 26, 2021, 10:23
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eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 06:54:
So basically you never got out of the imprisonment sim you start in?
That would be fucking hilarious if so.
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Dec 26, 2021, 06:54
 
Jonjonz wrote on Dec 26, 2021, 06:21:
I picked this up on a sale ages ago and have yet to play it through. I have the original 2006 Prey. I played all the big AAA FPS current then, and Prey 2006 is the only one I would replay. Some of the level designs, especially those with gravity walkways were amazing. The mobs very pretty amazing and varied as well.

This new one just looks so squeaky clean and predictable, I quite 10 minutes in due to the boring seen it all before Deus Ex style environment and predictability.

It's the same with the Deus Ex series, I found the the original and Invisible War were very original in both visual design, unpredictable story twists, and unique locations, however after than the series just got less of those and a ton more bland and familiar, where 99% of the effort was in adding more polygons, higher detail, lens flares and particle effects, while the story and level design were short changed.

So basically you never got out of the imprisonment sim you start in?
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Dec 26, 2021, 06:21
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Dec 26, 2021, 06:21
 
I picked this up on a sale ages ago and have yet to play it through. I have the original 2006 Prey. I played all the big AAA FPS current then, and Prey 2006 is the only one I would replay. Some of the level designs, especially those with gravity walkways were amazing. The mobs very pretty amazing and varied as well.

This new one just looks so squeaky clean and predictable, I quite 10 minutes in due to the boring seen it all before Deus Ex style environment and predictability.

It's the same with the Deus Ex series, I found the the original and Invisible War were very original in both visual design, unpredictable story twists, and unique locations, however after than the series just got less of those and a ton more bland and familiar, where 99% of the effort was in adding more polygons, higher detail, lens flares and particle effects, while the story and level design were short changed.
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Dec 26, 2021, 04:29
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Dec 26, 2021, 04:29
 
I remember thinking this was a Deus Ex sequel when I tried it when it was new. Start in an apartment like Jensens - raid it for books/knowledge/pc snooping, go through halls that looked the same to a helicopter on a roof, the testing facility...

Thankfully I love that style of gameplay.
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Dec 26, 2021, 01:05
 
The price is definitely right. Great game
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Dec 26, 2021, 00:52
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Even if we didn't get that sequel to Prey (2006), I'm holding out hope we get the sequel to this one, picking up where the post-credits scene left off. I really don't think it's Arkane's fault that the game was given this title, but they've clearly come up with another really awesome setting that we've barely scratched the surface of... I would hate to see it be canceled prematurely like a Joss Whedon show.
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Dec 25, 2021, 22:19
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Dec 25, 2021, 22:19
 
I've been Preying for this to be an EGS freebie.
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Dec 25, 2021, 22:08
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Dec 25, 2021, 22:08
 
I agree with MeanJim. I also played on the hardest level and I'm definitely not a pro gamer. Prey wasn't that hard at all. Just explore everywhere, pick up everything, craft stuff and you will have all the tools at your disposal to finish the game easily. The only hard part I can remember was towards the end of the game (no spoilers) when I got sort of stuck in an elevator access tunnel that was blocked by a tough enemy. It was a bit tedious to fight my way out of that dead end but far from impossible.

I thought Prey was a pretty good game but to me it wasn't as great as to most people. I got a little tired of the level design and of all the backtracking after a while. The near infinite respawns did not help either. It got tedious real fast to have to clear every major area dozens of times. The gameplay loop of exploring every inch of every single room, which could take up considerable amounts of time, could lead to a sense of making no progress or very slow progress. If you got killed at a bad time then you had to explore (or simply pick up everything) all over again because the game has no save anywhere quicksave functionality. I thought the game got too repetitive and a bit tedious too fast. I was glad when it ended for me after almost 60 hours. I would have preferred a ~25 hour game in that setting. To me, Prey had too little variation to be that long but YMMV.
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Dec 25, 2021, 21:49
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MeanJim wrote on Dec 25, 2021, 21:07:
I bought and played this on GOG a last year. Fun game. I haven't played Mooncrash yet. From what I hear, you either love it or hate it.

The Flying Penguin wrote on Dec 25, 2021, 11:47:
My only advise would be to read some suggestions on recommended neuromods to invest it. The first time I played the game, I really didn't pay attention to this my first playthrough and wound up getting stuck at a point where I could get past a particularly powerful enemy.

Second playthough a year later I did my research and finally finished the game.

I would advise the exact opposite. Do not read anything, and just play the game. Pay attention to the neuromod descriptions and pick what fits your play style.

What enemy could you not get past? I played it on the hardest difficulty and went in not knowing jack. I don't recall any enemies that you had to kill. The early game was tough and I ended up sneaking and running past most early on, but once you get the blueprint to make neuromods, and if you loot and recycle everything, you'll easily become an overpowered god.

I agree. There were two difficult situations for me, but I could overcome them. I think I generally kept some upgrades in my inventory so, in case I hit a point I wanted something, I could upgrade - basically take mods as needed rather than as available.

It all fit my play style very well
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Dec 25, 2021, 21:07
 
I bought and played this on GOG a last year. Fun game. I haven't played Mooncrash yet. From what I hear, you either love it or hate it.

The Flying Penguin wrote on Dec 25, 2021, 11:47:
My only advise would be to read some suggestions on recommended neuromods to invest it. The first time I played the game, I really didn't pay attention to this my first playthrough and wound up getting stuck at a point where I could get past a particularly powerful enemy.

Second playthough a year later I did my research and finally finished the game.

I would advise the exact opposite. Do not read anything, and just play the game. Pay attention to the neuromod descriptions and pick what fits your play style.

What enemy could you not get past? I played it on the hardest difficulty and went in not knowing jack. I don't recall any enemies that you had to kill. The early game was tough and I ended up sneaking and running past most early on, but once you get the blueprint to make neuromods, and if you loot and recycle everything, you'll easily become an overpowered god.
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Dec 25, 2021, 20:19
 
Yay! Always wanted to check out this game
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Dec 25, 2021, 19:26
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Dec 25, 2021, 19:26
 
Bagged, tagged and snagged, and now I'm going to scram, scarper and skedaddle. Cthulhu
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Dec 25, 2021, 17:18
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Dec 25, 2021, 17:18
 
Mooncrash is brilliant. I agree with the Skillup review, it's a much better timeloop game than Deathloop. Also worth pointing out that despite the timeloop similarity, Deathloop and Mooncrash were made by different developers in different studios, Deathloop in Lyon, Mooncrash in Austin. Unfortunately there are some good things in Mooncrash that the Deathloop devs apparently didn't learn from. Mooncrash has more variety and more freedom in completing the game, whereas Deathloop is a more tightly controlled puzzle with only one solution.
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Argan wrote on Dec 25, 2021, 14:36:
Mooncrash was excellent and better than the main game, and the main game was great.
If you haven't played Prey, you need to grab it. Well worth the time.

Skillup discusses Mooncrash in his Deathloop review, which was good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjneXxn2FZA

Hmmm. Okay, I guess I need to give it another try. Playing it right after the main game, it felt like a cash grab throwaway and maybe I didn't give it enough time. But better than the main game? Not sure about that.
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Dec 25, 2021, 14:36
 
Mooncrash was excellent and better than the main game, and the main game was great.
If you haven't played Prey, you need to grab it. Well worth the time.

Skillup discusses Mooncrash in his Deathloop review, which was good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjneXxn2FZA
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I played Moon crash more than the main game. It's really good.
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