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4 reasons why you should be very, very excited about Prey

For those who can't wait, you can try the game for FREE right now - just head to the Xbox One or PS4 store and search for the demo

Prey almost didn’t happen.

After the original game was released in 2006, a sequel fell into development hell and was subsequently cancelled in 2014.

Prey’s visuals are powered by CryEngine – the same powerhouse behind the gorgeous Crysis 2 and 3

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Prey’s visuals are powered by CryEngine – the same powerhouse behind the gorgeous Crysis 2 and 3

Thankfully, Dishonored developers Arkane Studios picked up the intellectual rights – and decided to reboot the original game – re imagining it as the spiritual successor System Shock.

Plot sees you play as scientist Morgan Yu who’s stationed on a spaceship called Talos 1 before it’s overrun by aliens.

Here’s why you’re in for a treat when the game launches next week.

Oh, for those who can’t wait, you can try the game for FREE right now – just head to the Xbox One or PS4 store and search for the demo. It’ll give you an hour of gameplay.

The graphics

Expect plenty of action and puzzle solving as you explore Talos 1

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Expect plenty of action and puzzle solving as you explore Talos 1

Prey is powered by the CryEngine – arguably the most impressive powerhouse around right now (yes, even better than Unreal 4).

CryEngine has been behind some of the best-looking games ever created – including Crysis 2 and 3.

Dynamic lighting, motion blur, rope physics, HDR-lighting – you name it, and CryEngine does it.

As a result, expect breathtaking visuals – pin-sharp detail and photo-realistic lighting effects that bring the creepy space station to life.

The gameplay

Thanks to CryEngine, lighting will be incredibly impressive in Prey

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Thanks to CryEngine, lighting will be incredibly impressive in Prey

Prey will blend action and strategy with role playing elements.

As such, you’ll be able to customise a host of Yu’s features – such as skills and gender.

You’ll also be able to make decisions that affect the game’s narrative – ultimately leading to one of many endings.

Rather than levels, per Dishonored, the entire station will be continuous – often requiring multiple visits to certain areas.

You can also move around the outside of the station in zero-gravity.

The developers 

The decisions you make will change the fate of other characters and ultimately result in a different ending

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The decisions you make will change the fate of other characters and ultimately result in a different ending

Arkane’s Dishonored won tons of awards when it came out in 2012 – and the sequel was right up there, too.

The developer has mastered multi-layered level design – catering to both stealth-minded and action-orientated players.

As such, expect plenty of hidden passages and multiple ways to complete objectives.

The weapons and abilities

You’ll be able to venture outside Talos 1 in a spacesuit – just be careful not to crash into any debris!

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You’ll be able to venture outside Talos 1 in a spacesuit – just be careful not to crash into any debris!

There are a host of state-of-the-art firearms at your disposal in Prey.

These range from traditional pistols and shotguns to the brilliant Gloo Gun – which sticks enemies allowing you to finish them off with a wrench.

For those who prefer a bit of stealth, be sure to check out the Huntress Boltcaster – a deadly crossbow.

Prey lands on May 5 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

PS. If alternative horror is your thing, be sure to check out Little Nightmares – a new side-scrolling masterpiece from Namco Bandai.

Plot sees you play a nine-year-old girl who’s trapped in The Maw – a surreal underwater resort teeming with fictional creatures.

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Little Nightmares is out now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC – and comes highly recommended

You’ll have to figure out puzzles and dodge nasties as you try and escape – all the while trying to not get distracted by the game’s stunning visuals.

NOW CHECK OUT THE NEW PREY TRAILER HERE.