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  • Summary: From the producer of Fatal Frame comes the re-imagining of the classic Tecmo title "Devil's Deception", first released in 1996 on the PlayStation. The Deception series uniquely focuses in giving players a taste of what its like to play on the side of evil by using a wide variety ofFrom the producer of Fatal Frame comes the re-imagining of the classic Tecmo title "Devil's Deception", first released in 1996 on the PlayStation. The Deception series uniquely focuses in giving players a taste of what its like to play on the side of evil by using a wide variety of imaginative traps to exact revenge on their adversaries. Deception IV: Blood Ties is, much like its predecessors, a strategy focused action series where players control a main character that defeats enemies by luring them into imaginative traps. [Tecmo Koei Europe] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    If the idea of setting up methodical, creative puzzles sounds like a good time, you'll love Deception IV. It's easily the most packed game in the series, and with its optional tutorials, it's even a great first stop for genre newcomers.
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    While some of its parts still feel like trappings of a less-advanced era of gaming, Deception IV is a more than worthy—not to mention unashamed—continuation of a franchise that mixes unique, original concepts with that deep, dark desire we all hold to be a little evil sometimes.
  3. Apr 7, 2014
    75
    It’s admittedly one of the most depraved games I’ve ever come across. A strategy title with a point collection system based on pain and humiliation will probably turn away the majority of sensible folks.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand
  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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