Tonight while I was driving in home from work, I was listening to Somewhere in Time with Art Bell. It’s old radio programs of Art’s from Coast to Coast AM… I suppose a best of? Anyways, he was on and I heard the music he was playing for his bumper, and it was Blue Öyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” which made me sad, and remember how Art Bell passed a couple years ago, but sadly more important to this article… it reminded me of the First Person shooter, Prey.
Does anyone remember Prey on the X-Box 360? It was a game that was in development hell from 1995 until it was released on X-Box 360 and Windows in 2006… which is less than the 14 years that Duke Nukem Forever was in… so suck it Duke!
Prey is an interesting game. It feels a bit like Doom meets Geist, with a tiny bit of Portal mixed in, just for fun.
Geist was a GameCube came where you played a ghost… look… I’m talking about the abandonware FPS Prey tonight, not Geist. The Doom connection is obvious, considering that it is using the same engine from Doom 3. As for Portal? That came out in 2007. Here’s a pretty good review of it comparing it to 2017, and it has some spoilers.
Prey is about a Native American man who goes by the name Tommy. Tommy, his Grandfather, and his girlfriend are abducted by aliens. As you traverse the craft you were on, you encounter radio broadcasts from a fictional version of Art Bell’s real world radio program letting the player know what was happening on Earth. This was clever, and was one of the reasons that I fell in love with the original Prey.
I never finished Prey. I ended at two different places at two different times. I played Prey on X-Box 360 until my original unit Red Ringed. Then, I tried to play it again from scratch but eventually that system red ringed before I ever finished it. What’s funny is that the reviewer suggested that players stopped playing it right where I stopped playing it, which is funny.
Prey is considered abandonware, but I’m not sure how true that is. You can STILL buy Prey to this day on X-Box 360, and it is backwards compatible on X-Box One, so someone out there still technically cares about the original Prey at Bethesda who currently owns the rights to the game… but $19.99 for it is kind of expensive. $4.99 used via GameStop is a much better option, however… f$#% GameStop!
I bought mine tonight on the controversial website G2A because the Steam version has been de-listed for years… which is really crazy considering that it is available, and the IP is still currently active with the newer Prey game that’s totally different from the original Prey.
Maybe one day, such as in 2021 to celebrate it’s 15th anniversary, Prey will make a real comeback with a remastering bundled with the canceled part 2… but I doubt it at this point.