Prey demo first impressions: A dark and atmospheric adventure

Still from Prey E3 2016 reveal trailer; image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.
Still from Prey E3 2016 reveal trailer; image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks. /

A Prey demo is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which lets you play the very first hour of the game. Here are our first impressions on this dark and atmospheric adventure.

That sequel to the 2006 Prey never happened. However, at least we’re getting a reboot courtesy of Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. On Thursday, they made a demo of the game available, known as Prey Demo: Opening Hour. From the name, it’s self-explanatory, but this lets you experience the first hour of the game. Our thoughts aren’t to extensive since it is a demo. But, it does do a great job at setting the tone of the entire game, though. One thing for sure is this is shaping up to be very promising.

To give a little backstory and plot explanation about the game, you play a Morgan Yu. For the majority of the game, you’ll be exploring a moon-orbiting space station known as Talos I. Your main objective is to investigate a hostile alien species known as the Typhon. They somehow escape captivity and become a real threat that you must stop. At your aid are a variety of weapons and special abilities/ skills that you’ll learn along the way.

The game description and setting is something we already knew prior to diving into this demo. From the start, this game is very mysterious and the tone seems very dark. Morgan wakes up and makes his way to the roof to board a helicopter. From there, you go to a facility and begin to perform some tests. Everything seems to be going normal. However, things begin to get weird after an alien attacks a doctor.

It’s obvious that we won’t know what exactly is going on since you only get one hour with the game. There are still many unanswered quesitons and things you need to do in order to know what exactly is going on. That being said, the demo is great. After it was over, we just wanted to play more and find out what else it has to offer.

The game is extremely mysterious, very dark, and sends a bunch of ominous messages. Gameplay wise, it reminds us of something like Fallout, where you can interact with a variety of things surrounding you in that environment. This is something entirely different when it comes to tone and scenery though. We feel this game isn’t as open as well, considering that you’ll most likely be exploring a specific location for the majority of the game.

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Honestly, Arkane and Bethesda did a great job with this demo. As of right now, we’re definitely purchasing this once it comes out just to finish this story and see what really happens.

Prey releases on May 5, 2017.