All hail the Nightmare Princess
Putting this out there before I dive into the review, this was my first Japanese game that I have had the ability to review. And well let’s just say it’s taken me a while to adjust to it.
That said, Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess is a game that I had to warm up to, not to say that many of you familiar with the series or style of games will have to do the same. I jumped into the fourth chapter of the game series. Needless to say it was an eye opening journey. As the game opens you have the option of choosing from two selections, one places you in the role of the Nightmare Princess, while the other gives you another perspective of the game. I spent more time dabbling in the Nightmare Princess side of things and was surprised at what was in store for me.
The game play introduced me into a realm of laying traps and corrupting peoples nightmares, harnessing powers to use later on in the game and that was a refreshing game mechanic. Baiting traps with your characters sex appeal and then springing them on the unsuspecting victim is always fun. And with traps ranging from flower pots to the head, to giant guillotines falling from the ceiling adds a tactical manner in how you set and spring your traps. The premise of the game is to use different methods of torture Sadistic Torment, Elaborate Death, or Humiliating Demise to conquer your enemies as you work to free The Devil. And with the introduction of Velguirie, Laegrinna has some back up in completing her task and rescuing her father. Fans of the series will be right at home with the game play and the critical thinking needed to corrupt the dreams you invade. Newbies, will have to learn via the crawl, walk, run method.
However, it was something that I, personally had a hard time adjusting to. Needless to say, it was an a experience. I do have some question, as to why all the people in the dreams you invade are voiced by female voice actresses even though a majority of them are male characters…those crazy Japanese developers have confused me once more! Otherwise the audio is crispy, and well done.
I am a little disappointed in the graphics, as they seem to be an HD port of a PS3 title instead of utilizing the muscle that the PS4 is known for. This does not take away however from the characters as they are modeled beautifully.. well as beautifully as a last gen looking game can be. The environments decent at best, but the traps and the and the interactions the characters have are humorous as well as down right creepy in some senses.
Koei Tecmo has been around for many years in the gaming industry, and I hate that their latest release left me a little lacking in experience. Initially released March 26, 2015 and both developed and released by Koei Tecmo, Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess or as it is know in Japan, Kagero: Another Princess scores a solid 5 out of 10. But fans of the series, don’t let this stop you from playing a game you are more familiar with, continue with the series, as I have only picked it up in the middle and also a little behind the power curve.