I want to first start off by thanking Bethesda for letting not only major reviewers, but everyone to be able to play their latest game Prey as an hour demo before the release of the game. I know before this they have been pretty tight lipped when it comes to their games because they want everyone to have the game at the same time instead of some people having it before others. I can understand this after the whole Mass Effect: Andromeda thing where certain people got to play, found out that the animations were horrible and basically let the cat out of the bag on this. Anyway, my sole purpose for playing this demo, which I really had no intention on playing because I stay away from horror type games was to judge for myself on how scary this game was going to be. Was I completely scared and basically scared away from making this purchase or was this game not as scary as I thought. Keep reading to find out.
Let’s start off with a couple of things that I liked. I liked that you can pick whether you’re going to be male or female in the game. I know this isn’t a big deal for some people, but it is for me. Getting the chance to play as a female character means that I’ll have a deeper connection to the character and can relate a little better than when I’m stuck playing a male character. I really enjoyed the opening sequence and liked that the opening credits were basically this huge interactive scene. I thought this was creative and added to the game making you become more immersed in it. I don’t want to spoil anything in this demo review either, but the story is just pretty wicked. Everything you think is true isn’t and you find that out really quickly. While playing I had like a BioShock / Dead Space feeling with the game and it was a pretty awesome experience. I really enjoyed my hour play time and was kind of like “aww..man” when the demo was over because I wanted to keep playing. On the note of whether or not it was super scary, I’m going to say it wasn’t scary although there were a few jump moments. I’m not sure if this gets worse as the game progresses so I’m a little cautious with this game.
Now to some things I didn’t really like that much. In comparison to other games, it’s not that bad, but there were still some things. In the opening sequence of the game there is a bathroom with mirrors. Mirrors are supposed to be reflective but these aren’t. I understand why some of them in the game aren’t, I won’t get into it because well…spoilers, but the ones that don’t have anything to do with the main story should have at least been reflective. I thought this was a little lazy, but that’s just me. Another thing that got to me was just how long the loading times were. I sat there wondering if the game had crashed or what because that’s how long some of the loading times are. I do have to say thought that once the game is loaded in the zone that you’re in, the loading stops and it’s a straight run though so I guess that’s a good thing. With this game, I can’t see the need to travel from zone to zone where this would become a huge problem, but it was just a little annoyance.
While I thought the demo was really cool and left me wanting more, I’m going to skip on the pre-order. This will definitely make my holiday list of games to buy though as I’m eager to see what’s really going on and how things playout through the game. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to playing again.