Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    74
    It kind of feels like Koei Tecmo dragged this franchise out from the closet under the stairs, dusted if off, then threw it back out to the masses. It's more Deception, and it's pretty good. But beyond that, it's a game that's strictly for the fans.
  2. Jul 7, 2014
    70
    Deception IV is a lot of fun but gets repetitive very fast with its redundant challenges and lack of a meaningful plot.
  3. May 7, 2014
    70
    Deception IV: Blood Ties is a very divisive game for the general public. Its slower pace has limited appeal, and the constant act of leading victims to traps can quickly become tedious.
  4. GamesRadar+
    Apr 7, 2014
    70
    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.
  5. Apr 5, 2014
    70
    The long and the short of it is that it feels good to be bad. The thrill of abusing and degrading these virtual people and the little twinges of guilt you might feel for enjoying it serve as a wonderful complement to the mental exercise of building a better deathtrap.
  6. 70
    Macabrely original murder ‘em-up that defies categorisation, and its numerous rough edges, to make being evil more fun than in almost any other game.
  7. Apr 5, 2014
    66
    A welcomed addition to the PS3 library, but one that doesn't necessarily belong in your own collection. While Deception IV has some things going for it, the few cons are significant enough to keep this game out of the realm of greatness.
  8. Apr 18, 2014
    65
    Deception IV: Blood Ties is a weird B-game that’s mostly going on its witty and sickening traps. It’s great when you manage to get one trap sprung, only to have the victim bounce to another, and another, and another. The bad AI is a detriment to its charm though.
  9. Apr 4, 2014
    64
    Deception IV is a game that will give you back exactly what you put into it. If you show it some love, it will most likely show you some love back.
  10. Apr 25, 2014
    60
    Deception IV is a strange game that bizarrely makes for a wonderfully unique title, but shortcomings with the gameplay affects the overall quality of the game.
  11. Apr 2, 2014
    60
    The game has lost some of the wonderful trap creation of the earlier titles and replaced it with a dose of fanservice. The challenge swings between simply walking the dumb AI into your elaborate traps, or outright exploiting it so that the cheap bosses don't kill you easily. But it's still Deception, and you're not going to find another game quite like it. If that's your jam, you'll still find a fun time here.
  12. Apr 2, 2014
    60
    For new players, Blood Ties may come across as both demanding and frustrating due to its reliance on trial and error gameplay.
  13. Mar 25, 2014
    55
    An original idea, but that doesn't really shine, weighed down by the AI and a not-so-wide variety of traps, which start to be repetitive sooner than expected. Only to be recommended if you're a fan of the saga or looking for something different, a twist in strategy games.
  14. Apr 3, 2014
    50
    If you’re not a Japanophile, or you’re looking for a game to make you curse the Devil every other minute, Deception IV: Blood Ties is for you. If you’re like me and prefer games that don’t pad their lengths with frustrating mechanics with little narrative reward, you’ll find almost anything else to play.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    Are you tired of AAA game companies streamlining and dumbing everything down? Me too! The streamlining is a result of management consultingAre you tired of AAA game companies streamlining and dumbing everything down? Me too! The streamlining is a result of management consulting companies like Mckinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, finance quants, private equity, and investment bankers telling publishers to dumb it all down. This game is a true gem! Savior games like this while you still can. It is a game that is truly creative, and games like this only come rarely each console generation. Deception IV: Blood Ties is a truly great trap strategy rpg. Full Review »
  2. May 13, 2017
    5
    Did you ever play the game Mousetrap?! If not, you're probably just young to remember the game. No worries, though. Deception, in aDid you ever play the game Mousetrap?! If not, you're probably just young to remember the game. No worries, though. Deception, in a nutshell is a game that focuses on you playing a bad guy..I mean girl. Who is the master of a castle and will do ANYTHING to prevent their progress. Using a create a scenario, form of strategy gameplay. You set up traps (such as spring boards, falling boulders, explosives, etc.) in the way that your invaders are coming. Some are silly, other brutal and then there are others that are clearly sexual.
    (Now being a video game for mature audiences, you can imagine, that its clearly suggestive.)

    Personally, I like the idea of brutalizing those wannabe protagonists. But it just seemed like there were too many cliched anime charcteristics; that and the pace of the game was just slow. I wanted to like the game, but I just ended up falling asleep multiple times while playing this. Which is bad.
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  3. Apr 18, 2014
    4
    Just don't. Lmao no. I reall didn't like this game. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't great so that was why I'm giving this a 4 onJust don't. Lmao no. I reall didn't like this game. It wasn't terrible but it definitely wasn't great so that was why I'm giving this a 4 on 10. Most people will be disapointed. Full Review »