They say that in space, no one can hear you scream. Good, because if this demo is anything to go by, I’ll be screaming my lungs out.
Credit where credit is due, I think it was a smart move to release a free demo of the first hour of Prey. I for one, only had a mild interest in the game until I played the demo, now I’m tempted to get it.
Unfortunately, I’m skint at the moment so I will have to wait until either I get enough money or the game gets cheaper.
Warning, incoming spoilers for the demo and mild spoilers for the game as a whole. Play the demo for yourself before reading if you want to get the best experience.
You play as Morgan Yu, the younger sibling of Alex Yu. During some tests, things take a turn for the worst as a shadowy creature attacks one of the scientists. You wake up back in your apartment to a call from someone called January.
Soon you find out that those creatures are called mimics and can take the form of anything. On top of that, you have been on a spaceship called Talos 1 for the past three years.
Just as you are getting more information from a recording you left behind, Alex deletes it. Rude.
Right off the bat, I hate the mimics. The fact that they could be anything is really disturbing to me and they like nothing more than to jump out at you when you least expect it. Yes, that does include health items.
If that wasn’t freaky enough, they take the form of shadowy spiders and can multiply after killing someone and splitting themselves into four.
I found a mimic in the toilet, and I couldn’t help but think about being on the loo and reaching for the toilet paper only for it to reveal itself to be a mimic and kill me. Prey has given me trust issues.
I have heard a lot of people compare Prey to Bioshock, and after playing the demo, I would have to agree. Drugs that give you superhuman abilities, your first weapon in the game is a wrench, a voice telling you what to do via a radio and mind games. Yep, sounds like Bioshock to me.
I am not complaining, as I have said before I love Bioshock, and this is pretty much Bioshock in space. Sign me up!
So far, I am pretty impressed by Prey, I appreciate that there are several different ways to complete tasks, which makes the game a bit more interesting.
While the gameplay is good, I am curious about what route the story will take. We know that Prey is about missing memories, lies and finding the truth but I want to know just how messed up it will get.
In conclusion, Prey is an intense experience and this demo has left me wanting more. With freaky enemies, immersive SciFi setting and what promises to be a twisted tale. I have high expectations for this game and I am looking forward to playing Prey as soon as I can.