Dark Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess is an expanded version of Dark Deception IV: Blood Ties. At its core, it’s the same game with new bells and whistles, which I will explain a bit about shortly. First, let me recap a little bit on the original Dark Deception IV: Blood Ties release.
In Blood Ties, you play as Laegrinna, the daughter of the devil who was locked away in oblivion by the 12 saints. In order to bring back her father, she has to collect 12 artefacts. The main goal of the game is to set traps and lure your enemies into them to torture and kill them. It is very much a strategy game that focuses on chaining combos and getting the best possible elaborate, sadistic and humiliation scores. After each kill you get a report card showing your clear time, the number of combos, and your scores, so be as sadistic as you can! On top of the main Blood Ties game you also have 100 standalone missions to take on as well plus a free battle mode in which you can experiment with your arsenal of traps.
Each victim has his/her own backstory that you can view by pressing the triangle button for The Devil’s Eye. Get to know the victims before you torture and kill them!
Now, in the new and expanded version presented in Dark Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess you can import your save game from Blood Ties (if you have one), There is an all-new Quest mode with a completely new story and a new playable character called Velguirie, although you are in the same old place as for Blood Ties but with some new zones here and there to spice things up. Velguirie’s story runs the same as Laegrinna’s, and she is on a mission to release her father from eternal oblivion. Velguirie has an awesome kick ability that she can use to knock her enemies into traps. It is very handy if an enemy manages to miss a trap by a bit, so be sure to abuse it!
In the quest mode, you have 100 new quests to complete. Each one opens a new story, and the setup of the quests is linked in a similar way to what we would see in a skill tree. The blue paneled quests are playable and upon completion they turn red. The greyed out quests are unplayable until the preceding quest is completed, and you can replay quests as often as you like. On the top left corner of the screen, you will see the percentage of quests you have completed, which is a handy tool for knowing how much progress you’re making.
Each quest has three reward conditions and one quest condition for clearance, and you must AT LEAST clear the quest condition to pass and progress to the next quest.
The symbols on the floor and walls are locations for the traps that you have chosen to place. You just need to lure your enemy to that spot and activate the trap once fully charged… and presto! It’s a very simple and enjoyable gameplay mechanic.
The rewards you can earn from clearing quests can vary from new traps to edits that you can use in Deception Studio. What is Deception Studio you say? Why, it’s a new mode available in this new version! In Deception Studio you can create your own quests and upload them for others to play or you can download quests of others and play them, giving this a kind of LittleBigPlanet vibe, greatly increasing the replayability of the game since there are loads of quests waiting for you online, and many of them are quite good! You can also edit your human enemies to your liking by changing their appearance, parameters, even their names.
And that is not all, there are brand new trophies too, all of them linked to the new content, with not a single Blood Ties trophy in sight. This is great for those of you who have already completed Blood Ties but I would have definitely liked to see a huge trophy list that took into consideration both games for those who missed out on the original Deception IV: Blood Ties. Trophy hunters should be aware that, like Blood Ties, the Nightmare Princess story mode features multiple endings which means that the Platinum trophy will require several runs.
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess is a sadistically fun game to play, but it can be frustrating at times. As for its graphics and look, if you’ve played Blood Ties before then you know what to expect. I had a lot of fun with this game, and I can’t wait to go back and continue torturing those foolish enough to stand in my path!
|Fantastic amount of new content.|
Blood Ties game is included in full.
Huge arsenal of traps.
All new trophies.
|Not much really|
This review is based on a copy of Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess provided by Koei Tecmo America.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor