'''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).

!!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