I was excited to play Prey when it was first announced. Remember the KMFDM soundtrack? The original lava screenshots? I was sad to see it die on the vine, and overjoyed when the IP was picked up and finished.
It was a fun game to play. Sure, it was a little crass, sure, it played on some stereotypes, but honestly if you were seriously offended by anything in Prey you need to be out picketing major movie studios. I'm sure you'll be throwing money at the strippers in DNF, whenever it's released. :)
Prey did some awesome things with perspective and environmental scaling. Textures and sounds were great, the Art Bell stuff was funny, and I thought Human Head did an excellent job taking on someone else's ideas and bringing them to fruition. I also enjoyed the spirit walking quite a bit.
Then again, I love arcade-esque sci-fi/fantasy shooters and can't stand COD4, so to each their own.
Specifically addressing posters ... agreed, the 360 is starting to get a little dated, I'm curious to see if they can push the envelope again graphically. Also, would you people PLEASE stop bitching about FPSs being FPSs? If you don't want to play a shooter, don't play a shooter, but don't get pissed at a game for being the genre that it is.