''The Precursors'' (rus. ''Предтечи'') is a 2011 game by ''Deep Shadows'', the developer previously known for ''VideoGame/BoilingPointRoadToHell'' and ''White Gold: War in Paradise''. In it, the player takes the role of Treece Creighton, a young pilot of the [[HumanAliens Amarn]] race, who is fresh from the academy and is sent to work for the government of the Amarn colony at [[SingleBiomePlanet desert planet]] Goldin. After several missions, the Amarn's home planet [[EarthShatteringKaboom mysteriously explodes]] and Treece is sent on a quest to find out [[ApocalypseHow how and why it happened.]]

The gameplay is best summed up as ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' meets ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}''. It is a hybrid of a FirstPersonShooter, RolePlayingGame, StealthBasedGame and space-based SimulationGame. The player is [[WideOpenSandbox capable of doing whatever he wants]], [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou trade with merchants]] or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential extort them for money]], work for TheFederation, TheEmpire, or LaResistance, [[AdventurerArchaeologist investigate long lost ruins]]... you can travel through space, actually land and play around in planets and space stations. (Granted, you can only land on six planets, but they're pretty big and detailed).

[[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5A72C3074F98B18A Here's]] a LetsPlay.

!!This game provides examples of:

* AnEntrepreneurIsYou
* AutomaticCrossbow: Useful as a stealthy ranged weapon. (HollywoodSilencer is averted in this game)
* [[spoiler: {{Anticlimax}}]]
* BackStab
* DeathWorld: Planet Reandore. Driving from one point to another in ''that'' planet counts as a mission in its own right.
* [[DudeWheresMyRespect Dude, Where's My Respect?]]: Averted in the same manner as in ''[[VideoGame/BoilingPointRoadToHell Boiling Point]]''.
* FanTranslation: http://www.filefront.com/17336440/Precursors_English_Patch.zip
* GenreBusting:
* KleptomaniacHero: [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] don't react to thievery unless you pick a lock, hack a keypad or a computer. Even then, you can usually disable the alarm beforehand.
* NoExportForYou: It only came out in Eastern Europe. Thankfully, the release on Gamers Gate solved the problem.
* {{Precursors}}: With a religious cult devoted to them.
* RelationshipValues: One statistic for each major faction of the setting. Unlike in [[VideoGame/BoilingPointRoadToHell Boiling Point]] you won't be able to work for ''all'' of them.
** [[InnocentBystander Civilians.]]
** [[TheFederation Democratic Union.]]
** TheEmpire.
** [[LaResistance The Brotherhood of Free Traders.]]
** [[MagicalNativeAmerican The Clatz Nest.]]
** [[SpacePirates Bandits.]]
** [[LesCollaborateurs The Clatz]] [[LaResistance Revolutionaries.]]
* RPGsEqualCombat: Actually averted. You will have to fight to complete the game, but most missions can also be completed with stealth, or with diplomacy (If you have a good relationship with the faction you're going against).
* SceneryPorn
* SimulationGame: The "Space Travel" part of the game.
* SingleBiomePlanet
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay
** SpaceIsNoisy
** StreamingStars
* StealthBasedGame: Though it's not always possible to be stealthy, most missions can be done like this.
* RPGElements: You have ExperiencePoints, and you choose a new ability with each LevelUp.
** There are hundreds of non-linear [[{{SideQuest}} Sidequests]], many of them having multiple solutions.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can kill, steal, and extort as much as you want. Many optional missions target people who really don't deserve it.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally there were going to be 2 extra explorable planets, which got cut when the developers started getting into serious financial troubles.
* WideOpenSandbox