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Hidden Agenda is like stepping into a crime drama and influencing how it plays out. The branching narrative is a welcoming aspect and makes me want to play it multiple times. It's fun to play alone, but taking it on with friends is a treat all on it's own.
Hidden Agenda is a great game to play both on your own and as part of a party. It's not very long, clocking in at around 90 minutes, but it's a decent enough length to play through in one sitting without losing interest. Once you know the plot and the killer there is still motivation for replaying the game as there are multiple hidden branches which you can't view within one playthrough, this will keep you coming back to experiment to see what you can uncover.
It is a real interactive film that owes its narration to the choices we make, following our reasoning and our feelings. Unlike other titles in Hidden Agenda the choices heavily affect the game mechanics, turning the story into something always different than previously played.
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Hidden Agenda is an innovative experience that opens up new possibilities in the world of interactive adventures. The title of SuperMassive Games proposes us live a party of crime with friends and influence all together in the history. It is not perfect, but it is a great alternative for entertainment.
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Games like Hidden Agenda are what we need to see more of. The game itself isn't perfect, but it is a perfect example of games that try new ways to tell a story. Full credit to Sony for trying something new with the mobile phone linking system.
Hidden Agenda shows the success of PlayLink. A game developed by Supermassive Games that gathers the best of Until Dawn with a dark story with some funny moments. Great to play with family and friends, since it can have 6 simultaneous players.
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Hidden Agenda is worth a purchase if you like Until Dawn, or if you're a fan of insanely fun couch co-op experiences. PlayLink's incorporation of smartphones may or may not catch on for PlayStation, but it works well for Hidden Agenda and becomes one of the game's strengths.
Even after finding out who the true culprit is at the end of your first playthrough, Hidden Agenda makes it challenging for players to collect all the clues and gain a complete picture of what really happened in one go. There are so many things you can do differently over the course of the story, and the game has incredible replay value.
Hidden Agenda proves that PlayLink works not only with funny party games, but also with more mature, dark stories that can be controlled even by very casual gamers.
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Hidden Agenda is a great way to spend a night with friends, working together (or against each other) to get to the bottom of The Trapper case. It is playable solo, but it truly shines as a multiplayer experience, where other players' choices impact and sway the story in ways you wouldn't have taken it yourself. Which means playing through a second or third time could present very different choices and outcomes.
Hidden Agenda isn't very deep, but it's a fun and creative game that you're going to want to share with all of your friends. It's an interesting showcase of making a typical adventure title into a party experience that takes advantage of the PlayStation's PlayLink platform.
Hidden Agenda is a game built to be played with friends, but ultimately I found the most fun in single player. It is also a game made to be finished in one sitting, but I grew to like it more after two playthroughs.
It's doing something different as part of Play Link, and there is no better studio to do a crime story using this service, even though some of the gameplay elements are a bit dull.
Hidden Agenda is a fun co-op or competitive title with a good production values and a gripping story. The PlayLink system can cause issues and an unforgiving save system means that you may have to start over, but this is a well-made game that's extensively replayable and a killer with friends.
A novel idea executed competently, but a predictable and short plot and lack of features to entice those playing alone and with one friend bring the experience down.
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Supermassive's expertise in narrative and player-led storytelling brings us a gripping thriller that simultaneously shows the potential and the limitations of PlayLink.
In the end, I wish Hidden Agenda was more of a traditional PS4 game rather than a PlayLink gimmick. Still, with a solid (yet slightly predictable storyline; at least, the one I played through), it's well worth a go. Supermassive is quickly becoming my favourite Sony developer.
If you love choose-your-own-adventure games, Hidden Agenda is compelling enough to make for an evening's entertainment, especially given its price – but it feels more a glimpse of what could be enabled by mobile-connected games in the future, than a showcase of them at the moment.
Hidden Agenda has all the trappings of a Supermassive game, but its potential is cut short as Crime Thriller: The Party Game. Stiff animations give the impression that Hidden Agenda was rushed. While the PlayLink technology has potential and does some really cool things by turning your phone into a controller, it also adds unnecessary complications to a game that uses the second screen functionality as more of a gimmick than a core gameplay mechanic. Hidden Agenda is a good game, but is held back from being great by trying to fit it into the party game mold.
With a huge web of choices to make and an enjoyable competitive mode to boot, there's a lot to like in this crime analysis. Hidden Agenda proves that the PlayLink initiative can be taken advantage of in more than just casual party games, but this particular outing doesn't quite realise its full potential. This investigation is absolutely one worth experiencing, but one too many caveats with the app itself holds things back from greatness.
Hidden Agenda is a gritty and intriguing experience that should entertain up to six players for about the length of the average movie. It isn't without its flaws though, and most likely won't be something you'll play more than once.
Hidden Agenda is a hard recommendation, because the game feels like a natural fit to share with non-gamers, but we had one playthrough that ended so abruptly and unsatisfyingly I thought we had somehow skipped a section, and had I brought this game out at a party I would have felt like we totally wasted two hours.
It's clear that Hidden Agenda has an interesting concept. But this interactive thriller playable with your phone doesn't really fit with the idea of a party game and sometimes feels a bit rushed in terchnical terms and not really memorable.
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As a game for chilling out on the sofa with a handful of friends or the family, Hidden Agenda is pretty cool. Yet there's a lot about the mechanics, the story, the situations and the characters that seems wilfully, crazily dumb. For £20 for a few hours of fun it's well worth a try, but this feels like an interesting concept that needs some work before it all comes good.
There's some good ideas in how PlayLink can be used to let a group of players (and non-gamers in particular) join together and shape a filmic story, but the actual interface feels clumsy, and the story and scripting leaves plenty to be desired. It's safe to say that Hidden Agenda is an obvious disappointment.
Despite how bad it is, you can have some fun with Hidden Agenda. If you play it with friends over a few drinks, you’ll probably have a laugh in the same way you do when watching bad horror films. That’s the best I can say for Hidden Agenda. It’s a narrative game with a dull and poorly written narrative. It’s a choose your own adventure game with boring and uninformed choices. It’s a “play with friends experience” that is likely to leave you with fewer friends at the end of it. Hidden Agenda manages to scrap a two out of five because, despite itself, I did laugh out loud a few times.