BioShock and System Shock 2 are right up there with Half-Life 2 and Deus Ex in the upper echelons of genre-defining FPS thrillers. Both games throw you into confined, dangerous, fantastical spaces and let you roam free, giving you all the agency when it comes to learning how to survive and discovering how this chaotic world came to be. That same framework is what drives Prey, the upcoming sci-fi shooter from Dishonored developer Arkane Studios, and its callbacks to the standout ‘Shock games suggest it could join their ranks in FPS legend.

Prey’s futuristic, life-threatening setting aboard the overrun Talos 1 space station has obvious parallels to System Shock 2’s Von Braun starship, but the promising similarities run so much deeper than the surface-level premise. And the themes that drive BioShock’s unforgettable, undersea city of Rapture can be seen in Prey’s frightening, engrossing atmosphere. If you love BioShock and System Shock – like the majority of people who’ve played them – here are some of the reasons you’re almost guaranteed to love Prey, too.

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