Specifically I am referring to multiple instances of Patrick singling out Prey on the Bombcast as a bad game or his most recent mention of wishing Tommy (protagonist from Prey 1) wasn't in Prey 2.
I'm curious as to how many others feel this way because I am really not sure if the wool was just pulled over my eyes for this game and its story. I was completely captivated by Tommy's heritage and his hesitancy to accept the old traditions espoused by his grandfather. The moment Tommy begins to embrace his culture (and a new game mechanic) felt like something games rarely even attempt to do and I think Prey does it very well.
I'm not saying Prey is great because its hero is a Native American, but I do think that aspect to the game is something that makes Prey unique and brave. It's entirely possible that I just "don't get" what the game did wrong or where it fell apart... that I blindly followed the path and believed Tommy for what he was. But if that's the case I'm curious what discredited the story and Tommy for those that didn't like the game.
I do understand that the gameplay wasn't stellar, but between it playing FINE, the organic squishy weapon designs, the creepy-as-fuck enemies, and the pre-Portal portal mechanics, I found the gameplay to be a completely engrossing experience.
I know no one's opinion is wrong in a discussion like this (except yours), and my genuine appreciation for Prey is just as valid as the hate put on it. I would just like to know if there was a glaring problem that anyone has with the game that I for some reason overlooked. I tend to not question a story as it comes to me which leads me to think less critically about it as it is happens... interestingly this had the pleasant side effect of me absolutely enjoying the end of Mass Effect 3 and escaping being part of the internet-wide butthurt.