Summary: It's been nearly a decade since the last game in the Deception series. Trapt on the PlayStation 2 was a pretty good attempt to bring the PS1 franchise to what was then considered to be next gen, but the gameplay didn't quite evolve with the visuals, and it was kind of a middle-of-the-road game.
Excerpt: Deception started way back in 1996. The first three releases were all for the original PlayStation, but finally we can enjoy the world of trap-setting daemons again in Deception IV: Blood Ties on the PS3 and PSVita.
Excerpt: Deception is a series that goes back to the early days of the first Playstation, and has seen sporadic releases over the years since. Deception IV is actually the fifth game in the series (or the third Kagero game, depending on how you’re looking at it); I’m not entirely sure what the reasoning...
Conclusion: Deception IV: Blood Ties continues the legacy of Tecmo's cult series, and feels like a full realization of the original premise. If you have the patience for its late-game flaws, there's never been a better time to cast your lot with The Devil.
Pros: A wholly clever premise, Puzzles with an emphasis on experimentation, Comedy and horror in a perfect blend
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, Unfair enemies and infrequent checkpoints, Perverted humor can be a bit much
Summary: Deception IV isn’t quite the return of the Deception series I wanted. The basic building blocks are largely there but the rough edges really make the game more punishing then it ought to be. It is fun having a pumpkin head fall on an enemy’s head and watch him stumble around to his untimely death.
Excerpt: A word of advice to any foolish mortal about to set foot inside the house of the Devil: Watch out. It’s a trap. You might get hit by a falling boulder, or fall prey to a swinging axe blade. You might step on a rake that pops up to smack you square in the face.
Summary: Bloody great The Deception franchise is a series I wish more people were aware of. Although the concept of a character that can't physically defend themselves isn't typically a popular go-to mechanic, this survival horror-like idea is turned on its head with the existence of deadly traps.
Excerpt: Deception IV: Blood Ties, the newest game in Tecmo’s long-dormant villainous trap-strategy game, is kind of a mixed bag. Following Laegrinna, the daughter of the devil and her three demonic assistants during their campaign to resurrect the devil, there’s a lot to enjoy, with a huge variety of traps,...