The reviews are out, and one thing's for sure: You should definitely give Prey a try. Essentially BioShock in space, Prey sets you loose in a massive space station that's begging to be explored, with plenty of mysteries to be solved along the way.
But there's a horde of aliens between you and the end of the game, with even more jump scares and untimely deaths on the way. After spending 20 hours in the Prey universe and unlocking plenty of abilities and Typhon-based powers, I can help you stave off some of those deaths with the following tips.
Yeah, I know what I said earlier. But let's be clear: When you start Prey, you're barely able to defend yourself against Mimics, the weakest enemies in the game. And if you run across three or four of them charging your position, you can forget about it. Even at your most powerful, you can still catch an early date with your maker. Accept it now, so you don't rage quit.
Since you're going to be biting it a lot, use the Quick Save as much as possible. I'd hate for you to find an awesome stash of recyclables and ammo, only to lose it to an errant Typhon or human who got the drop on you.
As you're making your way through Talos I, you're going to pick up a bunch of bric-a-brac, including seemingly inane items, like banana peels, burnt-out circuit boards, frayed cables and random tumors from your inventory. Transform this garbage into treasure using the Recycler, which turns junk into usable materials. From there, dump the newly created materials into the Fabricator, and create more useful items, like Medkits, ammo, Neuromods and even weapons.
Yeah, you could just follow the main objectives, but where's the fun in that? Don't be afraid to wander around the station on your own or check out some secondary objectives. You can also set markers to find deceased crewmembers throughout Talos 1, many of whom are carrying valuable resources. In a lot of cases, this is how you'll find fabrication licenses, which are vital to making important items in the Fabricator.
You're going to find quite a few guns in Prey. Some, like the Huntress Boltcaster, are solely for distraction or tool use. But others, like the Q-Beam and the Shotgun, will save your life. However, each gun is only as effective as your upgrade. That's why you need to access the Gunsmith skill — so you can use the Weapon Upgrade Tool on several stats on your gun, including Damage, Handling and Stability.
Your inventory is both very important and limited. Before you know it, you'll be looking for the nearest Recycler to offload some of the flotsam. If you're a pack rat like I am, you're going to want to unlock the Suit Modification skill ASAP. For even more space, go for Suit Modification II.
Talos I is literally crawling with hostile Typhon, but Mimics are by far the most common. When every mug, chair or inanimate object can turn into a spidery black blob, your head tends to be on a swivel. To tamp down some of that tension, try to be on the lookout for two of the same object in the same vicinity. For instance, if you see a pair of coffee mugs lying around, chances are, one of them is an inky-black terror waiting to leap at your face.