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Gory shooter gets blood pumping – for adults.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Character learns the value of appreciating his heritage.


Players use sci-fi blasters to cover the walls in alien gore.


A female character is shown partially naked.


Tommy swears in almost every level. Lots of four-letter words.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some beer drinking

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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Available online?Available online
Developer:Take Two
Release date:August 26, 2006
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for violence, nudity, language

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Adult Written bygamenerd323 November 11, 2009
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byGrimm22 April 9, 2008

Innovative art design makes Prey

Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008

fun, but not quite up to the hype

the invention was good, like walking through portals in boxes, and mini worlds, but the action wasn't as frenzied as it could be because whenever you die you can just shoot a few spirits in the spirit realm and come back to life. the story is good, especially near the end, as was the integration of Tommy's coming to terms with his being Native American and not wanting to stay on the reservation. Content wise, it's pretty bloody, and there a good amount of f-bombs, even in the beginning. sexual content amounts to one brief scene of partial nudity, and that's basically it. It's definitely worth buying, but I'm still going to be playing older 360 games like call of duty 2 online over this. never gets old!


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