Bethesda and Arkane released an hour’s worth of footage for Prey, the upcoming first-person sci-fi action-adventure game. Players get to see the combat, interactions and some of the odd weapons and the environments that you can explore.
The video starts with Morgan in their apartment (you can choose either male or female at the start).
You can search through objects in the house, pick up just about anything and throw it around, seeing the physics on full display. It’s very similar to Half-Life 2.
The first 10 minutes or so is just mostly dicking around in the apartment with various fixtures, objects and appliances. The interactivity is similar to System Shock, insofar that there are objects located inside storage containers, drawers and other interactive objects.
During the game’s intro there’s some really cool synth music that plays, hinting at the game possibly having an awesome soundtrack even if it doesn’t seem to match the game at all. I was expecting some kind of electronic ambiance – it seems like it would have fit better with the post-modern sci-fi themes, but I guess Arkane wanted some sexy sounding synth to make Prey sound as cool as possible while you play.
After the initial tutorial phase the game puts players back into Morgan’s apartment, only this time they get a hold of a wrench that can be used to break the glass and escape the simulation pod. It’s almost identical to the start of System Shock.
One of the actual neat things about the game is that the mimics, the black gooey enemies, can actually inhabit and embody random objects. This means that you have to be careful what you pick up to .
Combat and exploration most certainly reminds me of Dishonored – it’s kind of frenzied and unwieldy.
After the 40 minute mark you’ll begin to access the more open structure of Talos I, the space station you’re on. The environment is setup similar to the original BioShock, with a large hub that players can use to get around and explore other sections of the station.
Visually there’s an odd mix of art deco and 1950’s vintage sci-fi décor. It sort of works, but I’m not quite sure if it’s supposed to be horror, lavish or just… there.
Anyway, if you like slower, methodically paced exploration FPS titles, Prey might be a game for you. It’s due for release on May 5th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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