PS4 exclusive Hidden Agenda arrives on the console just ahead of Halloween. The thriller and mystery game gets two new gameplay videos, as developer Supermassive Games says that it is perfect for ‘movie nights’ and gatherings.
Hidden Agenda was announced at E3 2017 and looks like a hybrid between Supermassive’s horror adventure game Until Dawn, and Quantic Foundry’s iconic Heavy Rain.
Hidden Agenda Looks Like the Perfect Game for Halloween
In a developer diary for the game, game director Will Doyle and senior producer Jez Harris explain why Hidden Agenda is such a good game for friendly get-togethers. The thriller is full of different choices which could literally mean life or death for the characters and it’s up to players to use the PlayLink mobile app to vote on which actions they will take.
In one scene, players have to decide whether police officer Becky Marney (one of two female protagonists) will have to shoot serial killer ‘The Trapper’ or hold fire. The players vote to shoot but it triggers a butterfly effect, causing an electric wire to come loose and a tank of water shatters and spills its contents everywhere. The next decision is who players will save from being electrocuted: Marney’s colleague, a fellow police officer, or The Trapper’s captive.
Hidden Agenda can even up the ante, requiring players to act quickly under pressure. For example in another scene, district attorney Felicity Graves finds herself locked in an interrogation room with the serial killer, who manages to get free of his handcuffs. In a ‘quick reaction’ moment, players have to use the app to get Felicity to dash for her pepper spray.
The game’s developers explain that Hidden Agenda encourages players to talk to each other and make decisions as a group. There’s also a playing card mechanic, which includes ‘hidden agendas’ and secret plans as well as points for making choices and reacting quickly. It all lends itself to multiplayer and makes the game a solid choice for a Halloween games night.
However, that’s not to say that Hidden Agenda can’t be enjoyed alone and players don’t have to compete for points either. “We’ve managed to craft a story that can go in all sorts of different directions,” says Doyle, who explains that there is a story mode that is ideal for those who just want to see where the decisions take them or a competitive mode as you play for points.
Regardless of how you play, it looks as though Hidden Agenda has shocks and suspense in droves. It’s out now on PS4.
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