Sci-Fi Horror Masterpiece Prey free on PC, and more great games

A screenshot of Prey with three black spider-like monsters attacking the player.

Screenshot: Arkane / Bethesda

Arkane’s Fantastic Immersive Sci-Fi Simulation Prey is actually free via Epic Games Store next to two other great games. And we’ll talk about those games in a moment. But first let’s talk about what makes Prey so good.

Prey debuted in 2017 and was published by Bethesda. The Arkane-developed adventure stars Morgan Yu, a person trapped in a mostly dead space station filled with highly dangerous, shape-shifting aliens. Don’t trust that mug on the desk in the office you just walked into, because it could be an alien in disguise. Eventually, you also gain some of these abilities and are able to craft powerful weapons and gadgets to confront the alien threat and learn the dark secret of what’s really going on…which I won’t reveal here. Go play it!

Prey is free on the Epic Store until May 19. But if you come across this blog after that date, don’t worry. You can always enter Prey for nothing if you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription. However you get your hands on it, You will enjoy. It’s one of the best games of 2017 and one of my favorite games of the last generation.

What kind of game is it? Well, this is not a sequel to the 2006 2k shooter Prey. Instead, the 2017 game is a immersive simulation (“imsim”), a strange genre that is both hard to define and easy to spot. Often, imsims are played from a first-person perspective and involve many interlocking game systems that can work together in new but natural ways, allowing you to immerse yourself in the game world and play the way you want.

Examples of imsims include Arkane’s Dishonored series and System shock. Often these games will have you playing as a stealthy pacifist, bloodthirsty maniac, or something somewhere in between. And Preylike many similar imsims, gives you countless potential ways to complete missions and objectives, making it one of the most replayable single player games out there.

If you beat Prey and find yourself craving more, Check Mooncrash expansion, which is also included. It adds an all-new roguelike mode to the game, increasing the replay potential even further. Take care!

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As for the Epic Store, the other two current freebies, they’re not too shabby either. you can pick up Redoubta fast-paced futuristic racing game heavily inspired by F-zero and Wipeout, for nothing. And you can also enter jotun, a hand-drawn action-exploration game with a radiant look set in Norse mythology and featuring numerous vikings. Those vikings, they’re very popular in games these days, huh?

Again, all of these games are only free on PC through the Epic Games Store, and only until May 19. So if you’re interested, don’t wait. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go relax and take a sip from that cup of coffee on my desk that… Wait a minute… I wasn’t drinking anything.

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