No major spoilers, but I recommend playing at least halfway through Prey before reading.
One point of criticism often levelled at Prey is its story, setting, and characters — what you might call its fiction. On the surface, it’s true that the story has pacing issues, that the setting is derivative, that the characters aren’t immediately appealing. But scratch the surface, and there’s more depth and subtlety there than most players may want to give it credit for. There’s quite a few things that warrant a closer look, but I’d like to focus on a specific theme that is developed and supported throughout the whole game: the treachery of appearances, and what these appearances may conceal.