Prey Review – Updated For Patch 1.02

With a sophisticated setting built to accommodate classic RPG mechanics we don’t see often enough in modern games, Prey feels both new and nostalgic at once. A wonderfully explorable science-fiction environment proves dense with interactive systems, intrigue, and ever-present danger. And even though combat’s only slightly preferable to the weak stealth options, I was a little surprised at how quickly my time-played clock seemed to tick toward 40 hours before I reached the end.

The first hours of Prey are enticing, with a mind-bending psychological opening scene that foreshadows a story more interesting than what the main plot ends up being. It’s fairly strong nevertheless, with some interesting implications and a few surprising characters who keep things moving along during dozens of hours of exploration. Its twist on the typical amnesiac protagonist premise prompted me to question everything I was told as I roamed the enormous and fascinatingly anachronistic space station, Talos I.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Raises Nearly $225K for Charity

The first Charity Invitational and livestream event for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was a huge success, raising almost $225,000 to support the recovery of hospitalized children.

Check out the highlight video below, which was created in celebration of the event’s success.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Charity Invitational, which was announced last month by the game’s creator, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, took place on May 4. The event featured 128 streamers from North America and Europe who were grouped in teams by region to compete in a series of matches.

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Halo 6 Won’t Be at E3 2017

Halo developer 343 Industries has confirmed the next mainline entry in Microsoft’s sci-fi shooter series won’t be at E3 2017.

In a post on reddit, 343 community manager Brian Jarrard (aka sk7ch343) tempered fans’ expectations for this year’s expo, saying that while the studio will have something at E3, it won’t be tied to Halo 6.

“I’ll slip into my Dreamcrusher persona for a minute in the name of realistic expectations: We’ve said this already but we’ll have a little something at E3 but it’s not related to the next major entry in the franchise,” Jarrard said.

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Halo 6 Won’t Be at E3 2017

Halo developer 343 Industries has confirmed the next mainline entry in Microsoft’s sci-fi shooter series won’t be at E3 2017.

In a post on reddit, 343 community manager Brian Jarrard (aka sk7ch343) tempered fans’ expectations for this year’s expo, saying that while the studio will have something at E3, it won’t be tied to Halo 6.

“I’ll slip into my Dreamcrusher persona for a minute in the name of realistic expectations: We’ve said this already but we’ll have a little something at E3 but it’s not related to the next major entry in the franchise,” Jarrard said.

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Darksiders 3 Announced With Trailer and First Info

THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games have announced that Darksiders 3 is currently in development and is scheduled to release sometime in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

The game is set to be an open-world action adventure that includes a focus on exploration and environmental puzzles and will continue the series’ staple hack and slash combat with a new protagonist, Fury.

Above: Watch the CG announcement trailer for Darksiders 3.

It’s set around the same time as the events of Darksiders 2, which was released almost five years ago, and will follow Fury’s quest to destroy unique physical versions of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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X-COM Spiritual Successor Hits Crowdfunding Target

Phoenix Point, a spiritual successor to the X-COM franchise, has reached its crowdfunding goal, and now has two more goals to aim for.

The crowdfunding page on Fig went live last week, and has since reached its original $500,000 goal. With 36 days left, there are now two stretch goals.

At $650,000, you’ll be able to drive vehicles in tactical battles. The stretch goal description says: “Deploy vehicles to tactical battles for carrying troops and providing heavy weapons support. They can also be used for retrieving equipment and materials in raid missions, and for safe evacuation of soldiers or civilians in danger. There will be multiple construction options and a variety of weapons turrets available.”

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits 2 Million Copies Sold

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been wildly popular since its launch into Early Access in March, and it has now sold over 2 million copies.

To celebrate, developer BlueHole Inc. is going to hold a livestream on Twitch, and will match all donations up to $100,000 benefiting the Gamers Outreach charity, which provides games and tech to children in hospitals. You can donate to the cause here.

The stream takes place on Thursday, May 4 from 9am to 5pm Pacific time (12-8pm Eastern, 5pm-1am UK, or 3-11am AEDT on Friday May 5). It will feature 64 European and 64 American streamers battling it out through a series of competitions. The full roster of streamers taking part will be revealed soon.

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Latest Zelda Patch Lets You Choose Your Language

The new 1.20 patch for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild allows users to change the language used in the game.

Revealed by Nintendo, the latest patch will allow players to choose between any of the 9 languages that are built into the switch version of game. Wii U players will have to download a ‘Voice Pack’ from the Nintendo eShop to utilise the new feature.

The included languages are English, French (French and Canada), German, Italian, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Russian and of course Japanese.

Before this patch, users were locked into the audio language designated by their consoles, meaning that many of us were stuck with the English voice acting that made it to the top of our list of things we love and hate about the game (and it wasn’t on the love side).

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