Prey Beginners Tips And Tricks
In Prey, Talos 1 can be a dangerous place, and in order to help you survive, we’ve compiled the best Tips and Tricks to fight off the Typhon invasion.
Recycle Today, Fabricate Tomorrow
While exploring the space station, you’re going to find a lot of useless junk to collect. Broken electronics, lemon peels, and other assorted garbage – what is it good for? It turns out you’ll soon find machines called Recyclers that allow you to convert these items into stackable materials.
With these materials in hand, you can place them in a Fabricator to 3D print usable items – things like weapons, ammo, and medkits can all be fabricated if you find the Fabrication Plans. Always be sure to pick up junk and recycle them whenever you’re close to a recycler – or if you have a Recycler Charge to spare.
Dismantle This, Repair That
One of the early Human Abilities you can get with Neuromods is the Repair Skill – which allows you to restore functionality to certain machines – and later to Turrets and Operators. These cost Spare Parts to perform, and while you’ll find many stashed away, the greatest source of Spare Parts can come from the Dismantle Skill.
Once you have it, you can easily dismantle any extra weapons you find to gain more Spare Parts – and you’ll find lots of extra weapons lying around, usually on the bodies of fallen crew members. You can even fabricate extra weapons like the Wrench just so you can dismantle them for parts!
Let No Mimic Evade Your Sight
Mimics can be a real pain early in the game – before you find your Psychoscope to be able to detect them. However, your suit has a hidden function that’s not well documented. By zooming in your vision using the associated button, you can mark an enemy target with a red arrow that will stay marked even when outside of your vision.
This becomes very useful if you happen to see a Mimic before it notices you – so that if it runs away, you can find it easily. You can also do thisin combat if you need to retreat – just mark it quickly and then fall back.
Chew Your Food
There’s several ways to restore your health in Prey – and the best one involves eating food to recover. However, if you aren’t in a life-threatning situation, consider taking the time to eat a single food item and wait. Eating food gives you a Well Fed Bonus, and you’ll slowly regenerate HP for a few seconds.
If you’re trying to make every item count, eating food and waiting for the bonus to end before eating again can maximize your health gain with minimal items lost.
Get Creative With Weapons
While some weapons you can find on the Talos 1 can unleash hell – there are other… less practical weapons that might be best used in other situations.
Weapons like the GLOO Cannon and Huntress Boltcaster don’t deal actual damage – but still have their unique uses. For instance, not only can the GLOO Cannon immobilize enemies – but it can also be used to make climbable platforms, as it can stick to almost any surface (except for itself). If you see a platform or upper floor you can’t reach, try building a set of stairs using the GLOO Cannon, and see where it takes you!
The Huntress Boltcaster fires foam darts that may seem like a waste, but they can also be used to distract enemies letting you either sneak by or get a surprise attack off from behind. They can even be used to trigger buttons or screens remotely: see a door locking mechanism behind a broken window? Fire away, or try for a trick shot to ricochet to the right button, and save on other infiltration neuromods!
Don’t Neglect the Crew Tracker
When visiting the many Security Stations on Talos 1, you’ll have the option to use the Crew Tracker to see a list of all employees and guests on or around the Talos 1. You can see if they are listed as dead or alive – which can give you a clue as to whether you’ll be seeing any friends or foes in the areas to come.
Many of the crew also have personal items on them when they died, things like Keycards or Weapons – so it’s worth checking if there are any hiding around your area, as it puts a marker on the map as to their exact location.
Don’t Spread Neuromods Too Thin
When you get your first few Neuromods, it may be tempting to try and be a hacker engineer who can also lift heavy objects and use combat focus – but be wary when trying to be a Master of None. Often times there’s more than one way to get around the Talos 1, so if you can’t hack something – you may find a keycode or note later on if you look hard enough. Try to focus on a one or two methods of infiltration and a few combat skills instead of all of them at once.
This becomes even more important when you throw Typhon Powers into the mix, which opens up more abilities to gain – it’s better to weigh your options and invest your Neuromods into key skill trees.
Out of Inventory – Stash Your Loot
If you find yourself being a bit of pack-rat – trying to collect every item possible, and making frequent trips back to the Recycler to pawn your junk, consider stashing some of your less important items away,
Containers in Prey will hold items regardless of where you travel, and by pressing the search button when looking at a container, you’ll be presented with your inventory and the inventory of the object you are searching. You can transfer some nonessential items or weapons you don’t need at the moment but don’t want to recycle, and come back for them later. Places like Morgan’s Office or other areas close to Recyclers – or hub areas you’ll frequently return to are a great place to store these items. Consider leaving a few weapons or food behind for when you really need them.
Wash Your Hands
One free way Morgan can get health back is by interacting with certain sources of water: water coolers, sinks, and water fountains will all heal Morgan by one point. If you need to top off your health, stop in a bathroom and activate all three sinks for a quick heal.