PS5 Review: Deceive Inc

No Time To Spy?

Welcome to DECEIVE INC. , a private corporation with complete monopoly over the international espionage market. You can disguise yourself as anyone you meet in an instant, have access to state-of-the-art gadgets the rest of the world can only dream of and possess skills that would make Hollywood super spies jealous. But you are not alone. Rival spies are after the same objective and every single one of them is as skilled, cunning and well-equipped as you are. Blend in, grab the objective and break out. In the end, only one spy can complete the mission and get the paycheck. Company policy.

Deceive Inc is not your typical multiplayer game. It takes the components from multiplayer modes from Assassin’s Creed, Among Us and turns it into an FPS. It also looks like it’s taken the aesthetic from Team Fortress 2 to give it that same sort of vibe. The object is simple, sneak in, grab the object and get out. You will have other spies breathing down your neck or perhaps also blending in, waiting to steal it from you. It’s a great concept and one that works well for the most part.

The downside right now is the lack of content. I’m sure more is to come but the bad news is that the base game costs £16 and there’s also microtransactions in form of currency called Bonds which are pretty pricey too. Personally I would have launched the game as a F2P with the microtransactions instead, but maybe they will do this later down the line. I can just see coughing up for the base game as well to really hold back the game’s potential audience so I hope they do rescind this sooner rather than later.

On the plus side, there’s plenty of good to be found here with the game’s mechanics and controls. It handles well, there’s plenty of decent weapons, spies and gadgets to choose from. The lack of maps at this point is a bit concerning but hopefully that won’t be for long. The visuals are impressive and run at a solid framerate throughout and finding matches wasn’t as tough as I had initially imagined, but let’s hope it can maintain that going forward.

The Verdict

Deceive Inc is a great concept and is delivered well for the most part. The launch itself could have been handled better and the lack of content right now is a bit worrying, but fingers crossed that it won’t like that for much longer. The pricing of the game’s base game along with microtransactions will definitely cause some hurdles for the game’s audience, but hopefully the team can find a good balance down the road. The good news is that the game is incredibly fun to play and definitely worth your time even in its current state.

Score: 7.5