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Deceive Inc (2023) is an online stealth traversal game where you are a spy trying to get into the vault to steal an artefact. The twist is that everyone can disguise themselves as different agents to blend in with the computer-controlled characters. It stands out for this cat-and-mouse stealth of observing characters to act only when they are not looking or striking only when you are sure they are an enemy.

In the game, you work for a private corporation with a monopoly over the international espionage market. Your mission is to infiltrate a large base filled with a mix of computer-controlled and player-controlled characters. This means you must tread carefully not to be discovered as you hack electronics, sneak through restricted areas and use windows to jump from, all in an effort to get to the vault and steal the objective.

Although you select a starting character you can also disguise yourself as anyone you meet and gain access to state-of-the-art gadgets and skills. There are also some imaginative weapons to use: the tiny cube that inflates or deflates to push away players at high speed, the trip wires that reveal a player's real identity or become any inanimate object.

Of course, you are not alone here and must race rival spies to the objective. It turns the straight-up shooting of a game like Fortnite in a more covert direction. You need to blend in, grab the objective and break out. The spy who completes the mission gets the paycheck.

The result is a game where your movement and behaviour are crucial. There are, of course, close-quarters gun-fights but these are a last resort when you are sure you have found an enemy - otherwise, you risk blowing your own cover. On top of this is the teamwork aspect, where players need to carefully pick and coordinate which characters are best for each phase of the mission: getting keycards and intel, vault infiltration and escaping with the loot. It's a great version of the popular extraction shooter game style.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Deceive Inc 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal game with Action, Brain Game, Collecting, Creative and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Either solo or in a team of three, you play as several different spies dispatched to fulfil the same mission

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence. The player’s character can shoot other characters, although they will not always know whether these characters are controlled by other players or simply non-player characters. However, if they shoot a non-player character, this is likely to blow the player’s own cover. Regardless of whether the characters are controlled by other players, reactions are minimal, with no blood or injuries shown. The bodies of player characters remain on the ground until they are revived. Because the game is shown from a first-person perspective, violence against the player’s character is only implied, with a red border appearing around the screen to indicate damage and a reduction in health. When the player’s health runs out, a "˜Defeat" message is shown.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Use of Tobacco, Violence.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to not only have fast reactions for the gun fights, but also be able to deal with being tricked by other players - in disguise or using a gadget cleverly to blindside you. Players you are happy to fail and try again will rise to the strong challenge here.

CostsCosts

Deceive Inc usually costs £15.99 to £24.99.
 

Deceive Inc.

XBox Store Xbox X|S £16.74
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.99

Deceive Inc. Black Tie Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £24.99
XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can buy items with real money, such as Black Tie outfits and Deceive Inc. Bonds (game currency). The Black Tie edition includes these as part of the game. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/03/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-12

Genres: Communication, Shooting, Stealth, Traversal (Action, Brain Game, Collecting, Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Sweet Bandits (@Sweet_Bandits)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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