Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess Preview
If you were playing games during the original PlayStation days, you might remember a little game called Deception. It was a unique concept where the player must set a series of elaborate traps and lure his pursuer into them, which typically resulted in immediate death. On the other hand, as your character was incredibly fragile, missing with those traps usually meant you were the one to bite the dust. Success required patience, ingenuity and timing, and it was unlike anything else out there. Multiple entries followed and while the game understandably did better in Japan, Western gamers will get Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess this summer. Do you have what it takes to outfox your would-be assailants?
This is an updated version of Deception IV: Blood Ties and it will add a new playable princess, Quest Mode, and boast a grand total of 170 bone-busting traps. The story usually isn’t the focal point but here’s the gist: The plot revolves around Laegrinna, a deceitful fragment of the Devil’s soul. Being evil and all, she can choose between Sadistic Torment, Elaborate Death, or Humiliating Demise. Her ultimate goal is to free her father, the Devil, from an eternal prison. Players will also be introduced to another spunky little demon named Velguirie. It can be fun to play on the side of evil, especially when it comes to grotesquely comical traps.
As for Velguirie, she brings with her the new Quest Mode, which features 100 challenges. Players will have to conquer them all in order to determine Velguirie’s true identity; at the start of the adventure, all we know is that she’s a seriously dangerous creature who takes too much pleasure in luring poor souls into freakishly gory traps. She gets a big kick out of watching her pursuers go down in flames, too. Velguirie also comes equipped with a unique set of skills that grow as you progress, and she will eventually end up with a mountain of diverse traps. She can even attempt to defeat previous protagonists in the series; if she emerges victorious, she can add them to her arsenal.
It’s the traps that make the game, as you’ve probably already guessed. There’s everything from banana peels and balance beams to rolling boulders and iron maidens. The 170 available traps run the gamut between downright silly and just horrifyingly dark and twisted. The key involves stringing these traps together; by creating complex combos, you can defeat even the toughest enemies. Plus, you always have to be mindful of your surroundings because certain areas will offer different opportunities. There will be medieval castles, of course, but you might also have to take advantage of your surroundings in an amusement park or playground. Be imaginative and remember that experimentation is absolutely essential.
Those with a creative side have always appreciated the Deception games, which is why they should be interested in The Nightmare Princess. It’ll arrive in North America on July 14 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Vita, and the European release date is three days later. Pre-ordering the game at a US GameStop nets you an exclusive DLC set that includes the following traps: Grill (like a fire-walking pit), Kick-Off (a mechanical apparatus that kicks high speed soccer balls at your adversary), and Golden Toilet (a trap that pops up from the floor under the unsuspecting victim’s legs and shoots them upward with a jet of water). Just bear in mind that while the PS4 version will be available both digitally and in physical format, the PS3 and Vita versions will be only released digitally.
5/7/2015 Ben Dutka