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If you want great graphics look elsewhere. If you want a game thats challenging both in difficulty and creativity, this is the game for you. The game can get old after long sessions, but you will always come back for more. This game should be insanely cheap now if any stores even carry it still. You can probably pick up all 3 Deception games for a good price and I recommend all three. Now all we need is a PS2 sequel with online play.
The point of Deception, however, is the action, and in that respect it delivers. It's a puzzle game more than anything else, but it's an original puzzle concept, and the level design has obviously been refined through experimentation - level-specific environmental traps add immensely to the game's variety. In this age of games, Tecmo has chosen only a few areas of expertise, but what the do, they do quite well.
Deception III: Dark Delusion isn't for everyone, but deserves to be tried. Once you look past the graininess and the lack of polish, you'll find a worthwhile game filled with tactical planning and original play mechanics. It's part RPG, part action, part strategy that make Dark Delusion so unique. Give it a shot, and you may just find yourself trapped…
All told, we would have loved to see a return of the castle and monster creation aspects of the original Deception, rather than what amounts to a simple refinement of the last game, but it's still a solid game regardless. If you loved the last game, you'll love this, but if you didn't, you unfortunately won't find anything new here to change your mind. If you've never experienced Deception before? You're missing out.
Deception III: Dark Delusion definitely isn't a bad game, but it's definitely not a really good game either. Tecmo has added some nice new elements to Dark Delusion, but it definitely doesn't feel like a true sequel. However, this statement can really be said about just about any PlayStation sequel that has been coming out in the recent years. In some cases, this isn't really a bad thing ("if it's not broke, don't fix it") in some cases, but it is here. In games that are really good to begin with, like Gran Turismo, I think it's okay to create a sequel that's more of an update than a complete revolutionary step-up. However, average games need more than just a few minor enhancements.
Sadly, only marginal improvements have been made to this latest Deception, making it feel more like a new iteration of a sports game than a full-fledged sequel.