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

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.


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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygamenerd323 November 11, 2009
Adult Written byGrimm22 April 9, 2008
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 y... Continue reading
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

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

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