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Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature action with traps, sexually risqué content.

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This is not your run-of-the-mill action game -- in a good way. In Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, the devil's daughters can't inflict pain on the victims, so you must lay out traps to do your dirty work for you. Because of this, you must think through the effect of the trap, and the chain reaction that will ensue, and line up well-placed items to continue the carnage. Since many of these traps are ridiculous, it's also humorous to watch how they play out and the combo points you rack up as a result. The new story line adds more than 100 quests, so there's a lot more meat on this game than the one it's based on, Deception IV: Blood Ties. Plus, all the original quests are here, along with more traps and better production values now that it's on PlayStation 4 (though overall, the graphics aren't worth writing home about).

Gamers who like something a bit different (nay, quirky) and action that requires some brains along with brawn will no doubt find this Japanese import a fun and bizarre ride on their PlayStation console of choice. That said, if you already own Deception IV: Blood Ties and want the extra content (which is great), perhaps wait until the price drops to $10 or $20.

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