Okay, I’ll admit to being a bit behind in my beating quota. In other words, I still have yet to play Deception IV: Blood Ties on anything it’s been released on. As time, tide and games wait for no man, Tecmo Koei has made it known that there’s a follow-up coming in July for the PS3, PS4 and Vita called Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess. Fans of this long-running series which began on the original Playstation should be dancing around for joy while trying to avoid assorted traps and hazards in their own environments. For the uninitiated, here’s a live-action trailer with a tiny bit of the sinister yet intentionally silly gameplay at the end:
Now if only actual burglar alarms worked this efficiently. Although I’d bet the setup and resetting costs would be a wee bit costly.
The game is an enhanced version of Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess with a new character to play as, an all-new Quest Mode, new traps and of course, new victims to dispatch. New red-haired villainess Velguirie may be getting slightly more clothing in the North American version than in the Japanese game, but she’s still going to steal a few hearts among fans of this intense “trap simulation” game. Of course, the other ladies from the series turn up as well.
Here’s a list of what’s coming your way (you can duck out of the way, but it will be of no use):
The Nightmare Princess follows on the heels of Deception IV: Blood Ties- which revolved around Laegrinna, a deceitful fragment of the Devil’s soul who chose between Sadistic Torment, Elaborate Death, or Humiliating Demise, to defeat her foes through trickery. In this new installment players not only relive Laegrinna’s entire pursuit to free her father, the Devil, from his eternal prison, they also get introduced to an entirely new, wickedly sadistic, and infernally mischievous character: Velguirie.
Velguirie and Quest Mode
Velguirie’s story is covered with a shroud of mystery and the player will have to solve the one hundred quests in the brand new Quest Mode to find out who she really is. The only certainty is that Velguirie is an incredibly dangerous creature that takes extreme pleasure in setting up intricately complex combinations of traps to lure her victims to their untimely- yet in her eyes wildly entertaining- death.
Taking the franchise’s spirit of casting the player in the side of evil up a notch, Velguirie has a unique set of abilities that develop as certain quests are completed. With an immense selection of traps at her disposal she can also try to defeat the previous protagonists of the Deception series and add them to the player’s arsenal.
Traps and Settings
Rolling boulders and spring boards, falling bathtubs and banana peels, balance beams, human cannons and iron maidens are only a few of the more than 170 traps that players can choose from to create the funniest, darkest, or most elaborate combos to defeat their adversaries in delightfully imaginative settings that include medieval castles, hospitals, playgrounds, and amusement parks.
In addition, a number of pre-order bonuses are available to those who want some rather special traps to use on their victims.
I suppose using the words “sadistic”, “goofy”, “sexy” and “disturbing” to all describe what’s here is a bit of overkill. Then again, perhaps not so much as you’ll see below:
Yes, trying to describe the appeal of the Deception series is a wee bit tricky. But it’s definitely a unique set of games that make for hours of amusement when one is in the mood for something different. Call it a not so guilty pleasure, this trap-laying and fool slaying. But it’s a good way to wile away some time this summer if you’re Trapt indoors on a wet day or stuck at an airport or somewhere else waiting for some sort of transport to arrive.