There is something strange and strange in human nature that the concept of mysterious murders represents the climax of intrigue. The simplest explanation is why a criminal genre enjoys so much success in popular culture and why it is present wherever you turn. Among the most read readers of today are the Nesbø and Larsson scenes of Nesbøa and Norse stories, and the TV is spinning the trillionth of the CSI season followed by Narcos, True Detective and the like. Neither the world of videogames is an exception, but today’s active games are mostly placed in a lower ranking on mobile platforms. The refresh is therefore that we have a high-budget crime-thriller on the PS4 console whose creators disagree with L.A. Noire was a zen game of detective games.
Hidden Agenda is a sort of successor to the great horror Until Dawn. Namely, his creators noted that people played that game by listening to the advice of other people on the sidelines when making crucial decisions. In this game these people are becoming your teammates and you do not need five extra gamepads, but everyone can play in the game using your smartphone. You can not get into the game whenever you look but in the main menu when the whole team “recruits”.
This does not mean that Hidden Agenda is a mere multiplayer game because you can play it alone in plain story mode, pure for the story. But if you want a full experience, this is a competitive mode that requires a minimum of two players. In competitive mode, some players get a secret assignment to sabotage others to end the story in favor of the bad guy. Sabotage is usually carried out through takeovers, ie theft of decisions. If you do not agree with the decision chosen by most players, you can place a veto and decide for them. However, you can only do this if you make a takeover, ie if you are fast when you are playing, you are asked to find traces, or to perform an emergency QTE sequence.
The story revolves around a serial killer who terrorizes the police by setting up civilian traps. Follow the action with two characters, Becky’s cop and Felicity attorney, and most of the time investigate the identity of the killer. However, the real drama follows when the killer realizes that you are on the run, and you doubt who he might be. There is a few stories in the story line and it’s fascinating how your game provokes to outline a cunning killer – if not at the first switch, then in the next.
The Hidden Agenda is used with the same starter as Until Dawn, which means that the graphic presentation is on an enviable level. Face figures are extremely detailed and the play is very convincing thanks to fantastic facial animations. For a good deal of work here is also the 3Lateral Novosad studio that did the 3D scanning of the characters. Although the animations are top-notch, they are not without a hint because in some parts of the game the transition from one face animation to another is noticeable. For example, the figure matches the sentences in the previous choices of players, and that string is not natural, but after each sentence you see the faces of the “flash” and the suddenly changed position because a transition to the next sentence occurred.
Such things are acceptable for a as much as Hidden Agenda and it costs. The value of this game is in a story you can share with other players, but also live alone. This is not about top-of-the-line narrative, but as a criminal thriller, it is fun to set up challenges. In most detective games, the killer is a static figure, but in Hidden Agenda it is one of your teammates. In this way, the element that was previously reserved for social games was successfully inserted into the world of video games, which is why some omissions in this case are more easily ignored.