Prey

Game review by
Bobbi Dempsey, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Gory shooter gets blood pumping – for adults.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Character learns the value of appreciating his heritage.

Violence

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

Sex

A female character is shown partially naked.

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some beer drinking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam M. April 12, 2017

A bridge from old to new shooters.

VERY gory. A child is brutally and bloodily impaled on a spike onscreen after his sister is exploded into bloody chunks. Another is seen crawling into a vent on... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 12-year-old Written byStephen the great April 7, 2013

11+

An awesome game that i recommend for a mature 11 year old.
Kid, 10 years old May 10, 2011

Good for teens not for most under teen

I play it rarely it has bad language but you can switch it the language of, also the puzzels are are good like portal, my conscernce is not the violence but the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTurtlesTime October 6, 2009

Simplistic and boring, dont waste your money on this game.

This is one of my least favorite games in my Xbox360 collection. The game is boring, the plot isn't thought out very well and the puzzles are no better tha... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $36.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Take Two
  • Release date: August 26, 2006
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for violence, nudity, language
  • Last updated: June 21, 2019

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