I downloaded the Prey demo over the weekend and played through it twice. I haven't tried the multiplayer, but the single-player game seems very promising. The portals and wall-walking are pretty cool tricks, but beyond that the atmosphere just seems sinister and gross, which is pretty cool. The game is extremely disorienting at times, but I kind of like that. There's something to be said for a game that can elicit a physical reaction from you.
I played Prey at home with the settings maxed and the game looked pretty good and ran smoothly. I'm curious to see how the Xbox 360 version compares. I thought I would hate the weapons, just because that funky alien stuff doesn't do much for me, but in practice the weapons don't feel much different than the weapons in any other first-person shooter. One of my favorite little discoveries while playing the demo was the little sucker tentacle thing that sticks itself to your eye when you activate the alternate fire mode with the hunter rifle.
At the moment Prey is the Xbox 360 game that I'm looking forward to the most. It's really weird that right now my two favorite Xbox 360 games are sports games. I've always enjoyed the odd football or racing game, but those genres have never been my favorites. Now Fight Night Round 3 and MotoGP 06 are the only two games I still play on the 360.
I'm usually into action adventure games or role-playing games, but there haven't been too many of those on the 360 yet. However, there is one extra cheesy game coming up that looks like it's right up my alley, and that's Culdcept Saga. As much as I played the original, I can't help but be excited about this one. The problem is I think only about a dozen people know what Culdcept is or why its saga is coming to the Xbox 360. The original game came out on the PlayStation 2 back in 2003, and sold a whopping 11,000 copies.
I picked the game up a few years after it was released because I saw it for five bucks in some bargain bin and I remembered Greg Kasavin giving it a pretty positive review. Once I actually figured out the system I became addicted and would play battle after battle trying to collect new cards. I even got a few of my friends hooked and we'd constantly play versus battles and trade cards. In fact, I still play the game from time to time, and I was just playing it last weekend actually. The only problem I have with the game is that it takes forever to finish a match. I've had single battles last three hours or more, so it's not really a pick up and play kind of game. Hopefully Culdcept Saga will address that problem, but even if it doesn't I'll still play it as long as it still has this guy in it: