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  • Summary: Blending the best elements of movies and games, this story-based adventure drops you into a tale rife with chilling moral dilemmas.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. Jan 11, 2018
    91
    As I said up top, there are certainly reasons to be wary of Hidden Agenda. It’s hard not to search a crime scene for clues with your unresponsive PlayLink app and come away wishing that you were just using a plain controller. But that’s more than outweighed by the fact that the game also does a better job of capturing what makes mystery novels so compelling than nearly anything else I’ve ever played. Hidden Agenda may not be perfect, but it knows how to keep you hooked right to the very end.
  2. Nov 21, 2017
    80
    Hidden Agenda is a great thriller, where players are determined to determine the outcome of the story.
  3. Dec 28, 2017
    75
    Hidden Agenda is a couch co-op adventure game played with a smartphone. It has some narrative issues, but was still fun to play with friends.
  4. Oct 31, 2017
    65
    Technical hurdles can be frustrating to overcome, and there’s very little replay value with the same group of people, but if you regularly host friends and family, even those who don’t play games much, Hidden Agenda makes for a surprising and enjoyable evening.
  5. Nov 28, 2017
    65
    As an interactive movie, you could do a lot worse than Hidden Agenda. However, technical issues and a number of unsatisfying endings are flaws that deserve to be mentioned.
  6. Nov 23, 2017
    60
    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.
  7. Oct 27, 2017
    40
    In single-player or multiplayer, Hidden Agenda is a game in which winning almost always feels like losing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Oct 26, 2017
    10
    I must praise this game despite the clunky mobile controls and underwhelming graphics. The player is given many options that aren't alwaysI must praise this game despite the clunky mobile controls and underwhelming graphics. The player is given many options that aren't always readily apparent which is best course to match the ultimate ending you may be trying to achieve. The diverging stories seem to be way more numerous than Until Dawn. Some story lines feel more fleshed out than others and some jumps from scene to scene feel more or less natural than a full price game should feel which sometimes feel as characters make radical jumps in logic that won't be clear till a 2nd or 3rd play but with 2 plays as of this review their are radically different directions the story may go. This is a highly entertaining narrative while not the most original plot... I have to question why the devs didn't make this a full length game as it would have been labeled best of the year however the short length is sure to keep this title from getting the AAA attention it deserves. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2017
    10
    Really enjoyed playing through with other people. That's the key, you need other people to enjoy it to the fullest. It's innovative. The storyReally enjoyed playing through with other people. That's the key, you need other people to enjoy it to the fullest. It's innovative. The story kept us all guessing until the end. Sure, it's terrible compared to a TV show or movie in terms of pacing, plotlines, plotholes and a rushed ending, but the interactivity pulls you along. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2017
    10
    O jogo é divertido quando você junta uma galera, lembrando que você pode usar seu smartphone se você gostou do Until dawn é uma boa pedida jáO jogo é divertido quando você junta uma galera, lembrando que você pode usar seu smartphone se você gostou do Until dawn é uma boa pedida já que é no mesmo clima. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2017
    7
    Hidden Agenda is essentially a scaled back version of Until Dawn. Though the game runs a bit short at around 2 hours (as little as 45 minutesHidden Agenda is essentially a scaled back version of Until Dawn. Though the game runs a bit short at around 2 hours (as little as 45 minutes if you really mess up), it makes up for that with far more endings and alternate scenes than it's predecessor. Basically, they took out the needless walking, removed all except for the most important choices and streamlined the interface (although I marked it down from an 8 to a 7 because of the lack of DualShock4 support). Overall, it is a fun, if sometimes corny, crime drama That will keep you entertained for at least 3 or 4 playthroughs, even more if you play it with friends to see what kind of outcome they get. 7/10

    Pros:
    -Decent Graphics
    -Better Face Animations
    -Story Doesn't Drag
    -Lots Of Alternate Scenes
    -Multiple Endings (Unlike Until Dawn)

    Cons:
    -Playlink
    -Game Sometimes Changed or Ignored My Choices
    -A Few Of The Endings Are Just Variations of the Other 3 Endings
    -One of the Endings Is Rather Abrupt
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  5. Oct 31, 2017
    7
    Hidden Agenda
    Intriguing game that makes a huge mistake
    Hidden Agenda is a playlink game from the team that made until dawn... This time
    Hidden Agenda
    Intriguing game that makes a huge mistake
    Hidden Agenda is a playlink game from the team that made until dawn...
    This time instead of the butterfly affect, the story focuses on the ripple effect...
    As a playlink game you can only play this game using a smartphone
    There’s a solo story mode and a competitive mode that can be played with up to 6 players…
    The app is a pretty hefty download, over 200mb, but I had no issue using it and it connects to your PlayStation instantly..
    This is a narrative focused choice based game... my initial play through took me an hr. and a half...
    Playing with others and making decisions is what adds to this games fun and length…
    As in competitive mode ever player has their own hidden agendas and end game agendas…
    having your agenda completed in the story will get you more points..
    You’re also awarded points for finding clues and guessing who’s agenda is who’s…
    finding clues will give you take overs... you can use these take overs to stop other players from making a choice in a certain situation…
    This sets up for an intriguing party game of deception and manipulation
    Playing solo though..
    Supermassive games does a great job at telling the story of this mysterious trapper killer
    You play as both a detective and district attorney trying to get to the bottom of who this killer is…
    to clear the name of the current suspect before he’s executed, or maybe even prove his guilt
    the story is full of twists and turns
    I failed to solve the case in my story and I was so ready to start a fresh play through and get to the bottom of this case…
    And then at the end of the credits...
    The game reveals the killer…
    Completely killing any urge I had to replay this game…
    The fun is not knowing who the killer is...
    There’s perfect party potential to have a group fail and want to hop back in for another 2 hours to get it right….
    Robbing players of this feeling by just giving them the answer kills this game and its potential…
    Hidden Agenda kept my attention...
    And I appreciate the competitive nature of bluffing your way to the top like a game of poker…
    But this game fumbles big time at the end
    I give Hidden Agenda
    a 7/10
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  6. Oct 25, 2017
    5
    -GAME REQUIRES A SMART PHONE TO PLAY. Using an app through the smartphone, it as as a controller to select choices with finger swipes. Often-GAME REQUIRES A SMART PHONE TO PLAY. Using an app through the smartphone, it as as a controller to select choices with finger swipes. Often jerky and hard to detect on PS4.
    -$20 game in which you make choices and get different endings based on that. Only 1 save slot; each playthrough lasts 2-3 hours. Endings are varied and complex, accounts many choices.
    -Game stars a female protagonist, Detective Becky Marney, who investigates the leads of The Trapper, a serial killer who creates bombs. Antagonists are mainly white males. Also contains details of child rape/abuse.

    Worth a look see. Watch a playthrough before deciding. Recommend rental through Redbox.
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  7. Apr 3, 2018
    0
    I don't really know what is wrong with Supermassive. After until dawn or even rush of blood, impatient and hidden agenda are by far theirI don't really know what is wrong with Supermassive. After until dawn or even rush of blood, impatient and hidden agenda are by far their worst releases ever.
    So here's playlink. And Supermassive thought dragging our cursor would be a nice idea. They didnt have enough iq to imitate the knowledge is power voting system.
    Plot is a mess, you have many difficulties following it and fully understanding it. Missions against your friends are just a chore, no interest or understanding.
    Anyway, I tried many times to play the game. Every member of my friends was dissatisfied every time we gathered to play.
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