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Series reboots are very common these days, but usually fail to capture what made the series great in the first place, such as the reboot of the “Alone in the Dark” series a few years ago. This year, however, Arkane Studios, developer of the wonderful “Dishonored” series, are back to reboot “Prey,” a sci-fi shooter that blends the elements of many different game genres to bring about a true game-of-the-year contender.

“Prey” isn’t the prettiest game to be released this year, but it definitely has the best art style. Talos 1, the space station serving as the setting of “Prey,” is reminiscent of the 1960s art deco style that permeated “Bioshock.” The small amount of weapons and sheer variety of choices to approach a situation differently also provides players with pleasant “Dishonored” memories.

In “Prey,” players take the role of either female or male Morgan Yu, a neuroscientist who must contain an alien invasion upon the space station Talos 1. The aliens, named the Typhon, are extremely intelligent and strong, and players must use more than just brute force to kill them, as ammunition and med packs are rare. While players can recycle useless objects and craft what they need, this has to be done in moderation because it only yields a supplemental amount of the resources a player might need.

While some players have been reporting bugs on the PC version of “Prey,” such as glitched save files and random framerate drops, I experienced none myself. Personally, it’s great to see how well “Prey” runs on PC after the multitude of bugs and glitches that “Dishonored 2” faced on PC late last year. Hopefully this means Arkane and Bethesda have learned how to better serve their PC gaming customers.

“Prey” is definitely a game-of-the-year contender, and a personal favorite of this year so far. It is a mix of a lot of my favorite games put together, and is worth the hefty price tag of $59.99 because of its replayability and long storyline. There is always something new to discover in “Prey,” a rarity in games nowadays, and its endless stream of discoveries is one of its best features.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Price: $59.99

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