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Developer(s) Human Head Studios (PC version)
Venom Games (Xbox 360 version)
Aspyr Media (Mac version)
Publisher(s) 2K Games, 3D Realms
Engine id Tech 4 (modified)
Version 1.4
Platform(s) PC (Mac OS X, Windows), Xbox 360, Mobile Phones
Release date Windows
NA 2006-07-11
EU 2006-07-14
Xbox 360
NA 2006-07-11
EU 2006-07-14
JP 2006-12-28
Mac: 2007-01-15
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: Mature (M)
OFLC (Australia): MA 15+
OFLC (New Zealand): R16
Media DVD
System requirements Windows version: Windows 2000 or XP, Pentium 4 2Ghz or Athlon XP 2000+, 512MiB RAM, DirectX 9.0c, 64MiB graphic card RAM, 8X CD-ROM (standard edition) or DVD-ROM drive (Limited Collector's Edition), 2.2GiB free hard drive space
Input methods keyboard + mouse , Xbox 360 Controller

Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios and produced by 3D Realms. It was released in 2006, but had been in development in one form or another since 1995, and has had several major revisions. While the general approach to gameplay, including the use of portals, remained the same, the story and setting changed several times. The game received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success, selling more than one million copies and leading to the development of a sequel expected to be released in 2008.[1]


[edit] Useful information

[edit] FAQ

  • Will their been a Prey 2?

Yes, it's in development and should be out in late 2009.

  • Does it work on Vista?

Yes, for sure.

[edit] Game presentation

[edit] Story

The story focuses on Domasi Tawodi (Cherokee) (aka Tommy), a Cherokee garage mechanic and former U.S. Army soldier living on a Native American reservation in Oklahoma. At the beginning of the game, Tommy is in a bar owned by his girlfriend, Jen. Tommy is tired of living on the reservation, and constantly tries to push his heritage away, while at the same time trying to convince Jen to leave home, if only for a short while, to which she refuses steadfastly. After an unfortunate bar fight, the entire building is lifted up by a gravitational force into a green light above. Tommy, Jen, and Tommy's grandfather, Enisi, are transported back to the massive alien starship called the Sphere. After docking, all three, along with countless other captives, are dragged through the upper levels of the Sphere. Tommy is freed in an explosion set off by a stranger who, despite being cybernetic like most of the Sphere's denizens, appears to be working against it rather than for it.

Tommy witnesses Enisi's death in a brutal alien device. While trying to find Jen, he falls from a walkway and has a near-death experience where he meets with his grandfather's spirit who bestows him with spiritual powers. After returning to the world of the living, Tommy gains the ability to spirit-walk, allowing him to separate from his body to pass through forcefields and operate consoles normally out of reach, as well as the aid of his spirit guide, the ghost of his childhood pet hawk, named Talon. Despite being entrusted by his ancestor's spirits with the mission to protect all of mankind from the sphere's invasion, Tommy can't stop worrying about Jen, and he only cares about how to find and rescue her. As the game's tagline says, "Earth's savior doesn't want the job."[1]

[edit] Game modes

  • Solo :
  • Casino - Easy difficulty mode aimed to play casino games in starting place (note that you can't finish the game in that mode)
  • Normal - Normal difficulty mode
  • Cherokee - Hard difficulty mode (available after finishing the game in normal mode)

(Note that there is a difficulty option in the game menu that will automaticly fit difficulty to your level)

  • Multiplayer :
  • Deathmatch (Free for all match)
  • Team deathmatch (Team match)

(Note that multiplayer modes include gravity stuffs)

[edit] Weapons

Weapons Description
  • Primary fire : Fast hit.
  • Secondary fire : Low but powerful hit.
  • Firing range: Mêlée weapon.
  • Effectiveness: Poor.
  • Techniques: N/A.
  • Primary fire : Automatique rifle.
  • Secondary fire : Sniper mode (use more ammo)
  • Firing range: Close to far.
  • Effectiveness: Good.
  • Techniques: In sniper mode you should try shooting the enemy's head.
Insect Grenades
  • Primary fire : Throws a frag grenade.
  • Secondary fire : Throws a sticky proximity grenade.
  • Firing range: Medium.
  • Effectiveness: Good.
  • Techniques: N/A.
Leech Gun
  • Primary fire : Fires four different types of ammunition. (infrared cells, frozzing particles, electric waves, energy rail)
  • Secondary fire : Used to leech ammunition from Leech Energy Nodes.
  • Firing range: Close to far.
  • Effectiveness: Excellent (depending on ammo used.)
  • Techniques: N/A.
Acid Gun
  • Primary fire : Acts like a shotgun.
  • Secondary fire : Throws 1/3 of the loader.
  • Firing range: Close.
  • Effectiveness: Good.
  • Techniques: Use it when you're falling from a high place.
Mini-Gattling Gun
  • Primary fire : Rifle mode.
  • Secondary fire : Throws powerful grenades.
  • Firing range: Close to far.
  • Effectiveness: Excellent.
  • Techniques: N/A.
Crawler Launcher
  • Primary fire : Launches rockets.
  • Secondary fire : The weapon releases an impenetrable cloud of gas that acts a shield.
  • Fiering range: Far.
  • Effectiveness: Excellent.
  • Techniques: Use it when you're outnumbered by enemies.

[edit] Powerups

Weapons Description

The calumet doubles the maximum health of the player. So you can reach up to 200 HP. Note that in multiplayer if you have it and you've been hit under 100 of health so taking spore will only bring you to 100 of health

Health kit (Only multiplayer)

That will regenenerate your spirit up to 100%.

[edit] Game tweaks

[edit] Commands user guide

That will show which is the best way to input a command depending on your usage (for instance how to enable the frame rate counter). Note that if you only remember the beginning of a command, you can just type it then press the TAB key to browse all commands starting with the letters you typed.

Location Syntax Use
Console com_showFPS 1 To have an immediate effect (most of the time)
"x".cfg com_showFPS “1” To have multiple .cfg files (i.e. configuration files). If you create a .cfg file named autoexec.cfg, this file will load every time Prey is launched. You can create as many additional .cfg files as you want, for instance sp.cfg and mp.cfg could be used to contain your preferred settings respectively for single player and multiplayer. These settings can then be loaded via the console using the command exec sp.cfg or exec mp.cfg.
qConfig.cfg seta com_showFPS "1" To have an automatic loading of your command at starting. Prey automatically loads qConfig.cfg every time the game is loaded (this is where it stores all settings). The values here are prefixed with seta as this is the value to be loaded every time Prey is launched.
Prey shortcut "C:\Program Files\Prey\Prey.exe" +set com_showFPS 1 To force the game to initiate a command when it starts.

Creating your own .cfg file is simple: create a new file and name it as the_name_you_want.cfg (just make sure you don't put spaces in the file name, to avoid troubles), then edit it with any plain-text editor (Notepad, Notepad++, etc). You may want to create several game shortcuts to have your .cfg files loaded automatically. Example: "C:\Program Files\Prey\Prey.exe" +exec sp.cfg.

[edit] Useful Console commands

NB: Replace the names in square brackets with custom values... and remove the brackets, of course.

Command Explanation
gfxInfo shows graphics info
vid_restart restarts renderSystem
bind [x] [command] binds command [command] to key [x]
unbind [x] unbinds all commands assigned to key [x]
unbindall unbinds all commands from all keys
listBinds lists key bindings
exec [mysettings.cfg] executes the config file [mysettings.cfg]
writeConfig writes a config file
nextMap loads the next map on the server
recordDemo records a demo
stopRecording stops demo recording
setMachineSpec detects system capabilities and sets com_machineSpec to appropriate value

Here is a full Prey cvar and console command list: Prey Commands & (more info).
Full console command list (

[edit] Binding

Only replace the bolt text (not quotation).
In the console type /bind Key "command ; action" if you want to use both you'll have to use ; (semicolon) between an action and a command. Ex: /bind m "_attack ; screenshot"

See your Prey .CFG for more details about action commands (like _forward for move forward, _impulse6 for weapon 6...)

[edit] Tips & tricks

  • Multiplayer tips : If you walk to portal you'll see that it's opening since you're close. Use it at your advantage to throw grenades or rockets behind secured areas.

[edit] Cheats

During gameplay, hold down [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [~]. This will bring down the console. Enter the corresponding cheats for whatever you want.

Cheat Effect
giveammo give Ammunition
notarget No target by enemies
give all Get everything
Health givehealth
noclip Toggle ghost mode on/off

[edit] Launching & connecting to a server

Dedicated server :
To launch an internet server you should read this : 3DRealms community topic(

This section or article is incomplete and could do with improvement for the following reason: remove this notice when the empty table below is filled ;).
Please edit this page to improve it.

[edit] Useful server commands

Command Explanation

[edit] Most common problems

Mouse issue :

  • If your sight doesn't move when you move your mouse here is the solution.

Go to Control panel → mouse → pointer options then disable "enhance pointer precision" and apply. After that get back in your mouse control panel and enable "enhance pointer precision".

Now, you can launch Prey.

[edit] Screenshots

[edit] Videos

[edit] Trailer

Prey official trailer Prey E3 trailer

[edit] Gameplay

Prey gameplay video Prey multiplayer gameplay video

[edit] External links

[edit] References

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