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What’s in Your Box: Hunting Prey

/ Apr 29th, 2017 No Comments

Prey

Each week, we here at Gaming Illustrated are always playing a number of different video games. However, we may not be talking about them in reviews or editorials. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth talking about, but for any number of reasons an avenue to speak on them doesn’t come up. To remedy the issue, we’re going to ask our staff (and you, honestly) what’s in your box?
 

What’s in Greg’s Box

Well boxi it’s been a tumultuous week! Instead of the usual big dump about one game, I’ve been playing a little bit of everything so *deep breath* here we go!

First off is Heroes of the Storm, it has a new update and I’ve been playing it. It’s all UI for the most part but collecting cosmetics for characters is a special slice of life I cannot get enough of.

Maybe it harkens back to my collect-a-thon days. Oh and speaking of:

YOOKA-LAYLEE.

I continue onward in my quest for 100% completion, but a few tricky challenges and some hidden quills keep me from my goal, I have the boss unlocked but refuse to seriously tackle him until I’ve found everything else first. Will it help me fight him? Not actually, but in a psychosomatic sense: Yes.
 

Yooka-Laylee Review

Gotta get everything!.


I have also been playing Dark Souls 3. I’ve continued helping a buddy complete the entire main story and optional areas. It’s not the first time for either of us, but with him being caught up, two other pals and myself have now begun to tackle the DLC on PC.

So far we’ve trudged our way through a little of the Painted World of Ariandel, which is no slouch despite being the “easier” of the two DLCs. We’re enjoying all this first DLC has to offer in terms of new enemies, areas and items. Yet we are incredibly hot in our trousers for The Ringed City.
 

Dark Souls 3

The Ringed City DLC is where it’s at.


Meanwhile Pokemon GO still holds down a bit of my attention, especially post-Easter event. I’m walking a Togepi at the moment in the hopes I’ll one day evolve it, but sadly getting outside in my rainy neck of the woods happens far less than I’d like.

If you haven’t gotten into the Pokemon GO craze, give it a whirl now. It’s a great time to get in with so much to capture and mess with. Plus just around the bend players are expecting a lot of cool updates.

Finally I’m still working through Uncharted 4. I believe I’m about halfway through and have been dreading the end of the journey, but maybe it’ll be time to bite the bullet soon and power through… unless Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition consumes my soul, we’ll see next week!

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

This has been a sleepy week for me. I have played plenty of games this week, but unfortunately they have all been review work. I am still plugging away at Persona 5 and now I am nearing the end. It is a testament to how engaging the gameplay and story is that I am still rapt with the game.

One cool thing happened this weekend, the Prey Demo: Opening Hour dropped. I spent my Friday night playing through the opening hour of Prey.

Preydator

Prey has mystified me since its reveal last year during Bethesda’s E3 press conference. The trippy sci-fi premise and unique powers seemed super cool, but I didn’t know what to do with it. It was all interesting, yet I wasn’t quite sure what the game was about.

After that it seemed like I never heard much more about the game. Until recently when Bethesda announced a demo where you could play the opening hour. I was amped because I feel like it would let me get my head around Prey.

Guess what? Prey the opening hour demo does that and more. After playing the demo I felt cheated I couldn’t continue onto the next objective. Obviously I went from uncertain about how to feel about the game to sold on the premise, atmosphere, and gameplay.

Morgan Yu wakes up in her apartment on March 15, 2032. Her brother, Alex calls her telling her to hurry up to the lab for some tests. After suiting up, Morgan flies out in a helicopter to do some experiments before heading into space on the Talos I.

During the experiments the doctors act odd. You get the sense they expect more of you performance in these seemingly menial tests. Finally you get to a psychological test that gets increasingly confusing, frustrating, and distressing.
 

Prey

Starbucks is going to get terrible online feedback.


The head doctor is overly disappointed in your performance at this point, but before they can evaluate your final test something unexpected happens. A distressing scene of a black, amorphous creature popping out of a coffee cup attacks the doctor turning him into a lifeless husk

Then you wake up in you apartment on March 15, 2032.

Once Morgan wakes up to an all too familiar scene, she finds little things out of place like e-mails saying Get Out and the building’s maintenance person being a sucked up husk. It is time to bust out of this sideshow and see what’s really up.
 

Prey

This isn’t unsettling at all.


Prey isn’t Morgan Yu’s groundhog’s day. It is her awakening. The event with the doctor is the catalyst for Morgan to break the cycle.

After busting out of your balcony you get a call from January telling you everything is a lie and nothing is what it seems. You’ve been on Talos I the entire time and the ship is overrun by a deadly alien race known as the Typhon. More importantly, you need to find out why you’ve been in this loop of experiments.

The gameplay in the opening hour only hints at what’s to come, but there is something tense and harried about it. You never know when mimics are going to pop out of a wall or disguise themselves as trash can. It helps marry the atmosphere with the combat. The music further helps to create an anxious environment and ratchet up the tension.
 

Prey

Every time a Typhon shows up it makes you want to run, but instead you’ll bust open a window and fight it.


You need to keep your wits about you as you search for answers because the Typhon can creep up on you easily or appear almost anywhere.

By the time you complete the demo, you get more means to combat the Typhon. However, you can’t really dig into them as you’re blocked off from the next objective. It is a shame because the demo does a great job of hooking you.
 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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