An opening hour that keeps you wanting more
VIDEO GAMES -- Already considered to be one of the best shooters in years, Prey is the latest hit from video game giant Bethesda.
You take control of Morgan Yu, and fight to survive while solving the mystery of what happened to you and your memory.
The game takes place in a reality where President John F. Kennedy was never assassinated, and he turned the United States space program into something spectacular, leading to the creation of the company TranStar, and the space station Talos I where the action takes place.
You wake up one morning in 2032 and head into TranStar for what you're told at the time is testing to prepare for a trip to Talos I.
However, during the very odd testing you're subjected to - which includes finding a place to hide in a room that only contains a chair - something goes very wrong and strange creatures called Typhons appear, seemingly killing everyone around you.
You then wake up in your bed, and it's the same day, but something is very different.
You exit your apartment to find everything dark, everyone dead, and receive a mysterious call that gets the mystery going.
You eventually realize you were never on earth, but on Talos I the entire time, and you've lost your memory thanks to tests that were performed on you, by you.
The demo does a good job of getting you ready for the full game by pushing the mystery of Yu just enough that it makes you wish it were May 5 already.
The fighting is reminiscent of Dishonored, except here you get super alien powers - but they don't seem to unlock in the first hour of play.
You do, however, get access to the neuromods in the first hour.
They're the upgrades to your skill trees which give you everything from more health and stamina, to the engineering skills to fix the station to your advantage.
The only thing you can possibly hate about Prey's first hour demo are the Typhons themselves.
The creatures are eerily similar to the alien matter that turns Eddie Brock into Venom in Spider-man, and they're just as dangerous.
So far you only encounter one member of the Typhon family which looks like a giant spider that appears out of nowhere because it can look like anything around you.
Once you get some powers in the full game it'll probably be easier to deal with them, but for now, with all the rooms locked off until full release - seriously if you walk up to a door it says not accessible in Prey demo - you better run, figure out the objective, and get out.
In all the game is a definite success for Bethesda.
Unless there's major problems with the full release like other games have encountered in the past - looking at you Batman Arkham Knight - this is the next big hit, and practically erases the bad memory of Dishonored 2.
Sean Heeger is a journalist, photographer, and editor-in-chief of the Torch Online Media. Visit his personal twitter account at www.twitter.com/fa1coneri