What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a bloody first-person shooter (although most of the blood belongs to the aliens). There's also lots of bad language, and a female character is shown partially nude. Also, it can be played online; Common Sense Media does not recommend unsupervised online play for anyone under the age of 12.
What's it about?
PREY is a sci-fi first-person shooter that takes place on a huge ship orbiting the Earth. Players take on the role of Tommy, an American Cherokee living on a reservation, who's bouncing off the walls with boredom and wants to leave with his girlfriend, Jen, another Cherokee. When the game opens, Tommy is at Jen's bar -- weird lights appear and players (and the whole bar) are abducted into the mother ship. From here the story pretty much fades into the basic \"save the world from aliens\" plot.
Is it any good?
Prey contains a multi-player mode either online or using Xbox Live. It contains all the guns from the story mode, but the story boils down to a race for the rocket launcher. Players should know that there is no offline multi-player with this game, which is disappointing.
All in all, Prey is an exciting shooter with some fun puzzles. The game is relatively short and quite easy for the avid gamer. Tommy's journey to appreciate his Cherokee heritage -- and his ability to use the special powers he receives -- are a creative addition, but, overall, the story isn't groundbreaking. It is, of course, left open-ended for a possible sequel.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about violence in first-person shooters. Does it make a difference that most of the shooting is aimed at aliens as opposed to people? Does the addition of challenging puzzles and authentic Cherokee mythology help compensate for the objectionable aspects?