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Raw Scan #016: Prey Fanart

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Prey is easily my favorite game released in the last year or so. Been playing it a bunch and had an idea for a drawing so I did this. I only occasionally draw thumbnails like you see here, mainly when I know I'm about to draw something where the pose is tricky and/or the layout is going to be important.

Prey is one of those games you can play in lots of different ways depending on your preferences and which abilities you take. For me that usually means being sneaky and careful most of the time then going nuts with Combat Focus (pretty much bullet time) if my stealth fails. It's really fun to combine the speed/jump boosting abilities with combat focus and fully upgraded weapons because you can zip through whole groups of enemies and take them out while avoiding most attacks. That's pretty much what inspired this drawing.

Disclaimer: You can't actually dual wield weapons in the game. That said, you can switch between them fast enough that you might as well be dual wielding.

If I were going to do a finished/colored version of this I would actually replace the pistol with the stun gun because stun+wrench is an excellent combo, especially versus mimics and phantoms.
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The game reminds me of an old warcraft 3 mod called Parasite. Where one player is an infected with an alien and their new job is to infect or kill everyone, with a good amount of branching evolution paths. A later mod, I think is name, Metastasis has improved on the original and has given it more variety in both evolutions of the alien and gameplay; added several ships, stations, and even an additional planet compared to original station, planet, and a couple of fighters.

My favorite moment in Parasite as a bug where I accidentally nuked the station's bridge which caused my two or three greatest threats of plays to die either from the explosion or the fallout. As the explosion spawn so much debris that it made the area into a collapsed tomb with fire and plasma everywhere.

My favorite time in metastasis involves me being fixed-in-place alien stuck planet side by my own fault. The other players decided to essentially smoke me out of hiding, ie they irradiated the planet so incredibly much. However there was a problem, I wasn't dead from the massive amount of radiation. Vulnerable and greatly weakened yes, but not dead. If I recall correctly they ended up having to do something stupid to kill me. They decided to go down on the planet to kill me off, however while was I waiting for them I had no forces of my own to challenge them. They landed with two shuttles, which iirc were the last two vessels available; one of them when he stepped foot on planet he died instantly due to the extreme radiation. The other two iirc attacked by the planet's infected inhabitants which had similar radiation resistance as I did. One died due to a combo of radiation and the monsters, which were on the other one's tail. He tried to use kiting methods to slowly kill off the monsters but time was against him. The hp of the ships they landed with were starting reach zero from, yes again, the radiation.
Now here is my memories are most fragmented and either conjoined with others of similar attempts or missing completely. I remember two major things, I couldn't attack them inside the ship because of a billion turrets inside, and that one of them either made it to me and killed me or died at my doorstep. The first implies I had troops left unharmed by the intense radiation, and that they either died in the shuttle on the planet; or in space as I used the other shuttle to attack them or a different shuttle board them. I remember both situations, somehow. This is what I get for surviving extreme radiation, drain bramage. Later they made it possible to kill the fixed-in-place alien from orbit or at least made it easier.

TL;DR: kids, don't do irradiation it is bad for you and them.
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Mm, I ended up maxing out all the non-psychic abilities... but then I lost interest when the military-grade bots with their insane lasers started spawning everywhere and I had pretty much hit the cap of how potent my character could get. I know the upgraded stun gun can make short work of them, but it's not exactly the most fun weapon to tote around.
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JohnColburnProfessional Digital Artist
Haha yeah those military operators pack a punch. That's just one of the reasons I like the stun gun so much; on top of tearing through operators, fully upgraded it stuns most enemies for 9 seconds which is usually plenty of time to finish them off with another weapon. It's also much easier to use once upgraded; the initial charge time is a major pain, but eventually it fires almost instantly. To each their own, though. One of the best parts of the game (to me at least) is that you can use or not use whatever combination of weapons and abilities you want.
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Animefan-279Hobbyist Writer
Ever play the original?
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JohnColburnProfessional Digital Artist
Nope, though it looks fairly interesting. Maybe I'll try it at some point ^^.
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Animefan-279Hobbyist Writer
The protagonist is Native American. I'm surprised no one's made what-if pics for "what if Bethesda owned Turok," replacing that protagonist with a Chinaman and a Chinawoman. Or GUN now that I think of it.
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JohnColburnProfessional Digital Artist
So I take it you're upset that Bethesda decided that the protagonist for the newer Prey game would be chinese instead of native american?
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Animefan-279Hobbyist Writer
Not upset. I'd just prefer a Native American protagonist. It's just that my suggestions sounds like something that would be on social media, given everything else you can find on there, like race-swapped Disney princesses.
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