I get so stoked about publishers still taking the PSOne Classics line-up seriously these days that I’ll write just about anything on games that could have some retro value. While lots of negligible games have gotten released over the past few months, a few bonafide hits have been given the greenlight including Mega Man Legends and now Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation to Darkness.
Honesty, I haven’t played this game, so I can’t speak of its quality. However, the game was the first entry in a long-running Japanese series that still has a minuscule presence on the market today. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but for these smaller franchises that aren’t household names, like Resident Evil or Final Fantasy, it really is a miracle that company heads see any value in making them at all.
The Deception series takes a few cues from the classic survival horror games of the PlayStation era, but its twist is that our hero is more focused on setting up traps. In this game, our hero, the only male protagonist in the franchise, expands his mansion and sets up deadly hazards that ransacking marauders will stumble into when searching for him. They can be killed, confused, or stunned long enough to create a chain trap combo for more points.
Because the prince is horribly weak, it falls on players and his traps to indirectly do away with the baddies. He is simply unable to take them on in a man-to-man fight.
Tecmo’s Deception franchise saw one more worldwide release on the original PlayStation, but here in the States, we have the best access to Trapt, a PlayStation 2 Classic available through PSN, and Deception IV: Blood Ties, an original title for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
I’ll probably check it out, and it’s both for curiosity’s sake and to show Sony and friends that the PSOne Classic line-up still has value. We still have SaGa Frontier, Brave Fencer Musashi, and plenty of other older favorites that need a chance to shine.