In my anticipation of Supermassive Games’ Man of Medan, I actually bought Hidden Agenda for the PS4. Walker Dennis really wanted the latest Ghostbusters game, and after seeing it for $15, I bought it as well. I had planned on buying Hidden Agenda but I figured it’ll be one of those things I plan on buying but don’t really follow through. But I did it and I’m super happy I did.
I’ve read people saying it isn’t worth $20 as it is only two hours of content but for $15 and it being three hours of content, I think it is pretty worth it.
Thanks to PlayStation Europe for hosting the reveal trailer.
The game uses the PS4 PlayLink, so you have to download the free app and you use the PS4 controller to select menu settings but once you are ready to start either Story mode or Competitive mode, you start using your handheld device. I used my Android and my Kindle, which was pretty nice. I had put the app and the app for Knowledge is Power on my wife’s phone but I’ll probably delete this app from her phone as she doesn’t have to play with me anymore.
I was able to use my phone and the Kindle at the same time and I didn’t really notice it being all that difficult. I really wanted the trophies that are required with a Competitive play so on my second night with the game, I did all of that.
My very first gameplay, I went with Story mode, to experience the full aspect of the game. I only committed an hour to it and when I came back the second night, I found out I was so close to finishing the first chapter.
I’ll say the second chapter is the shortest as I’ve spent two different nights finishing the final two chapters and the first chapter seems to take up my limited hour of gaming (sometimes I can get an hour and a half a night).
There have only been two real gripes I’ve had with the game. One is when you are looking for clues, it takes a long time for the cursor to register on the screen, so you lose like five seconds of the twenty you are given. Which is great when you have two player mode (in either Competitive or Story (two player Story is required for one specific trust trophy) mode) as either you get more time to find them all or moving two different devices at the same time, gives you more opportunity to go around the room.
The only clue I ever missed was due to whatever delay that is caused between clues. I couldn’t find the magnifying glass (that represents where the clue is), it is on the police uniform. The other two are the pictures of Becky in the middle and the rat trap below the pictures, next to the pink box.
My second gripe is a real bummer for a huge Until Dawn fan. We get the option again to look at Global Statistics, so if you want a run where you pick all of the least proper choices, you can do that. But if you have to turn off the game and come back to it later, the option is still selected as “On” but you no longer get the stats. Every time I came back to the game on the next day, I’ll get an error message. I’ll try to experiment if I quit the game proper, if I can still get the stats to continue but it was a real shame losing those as I continued. So I had to just choose the opposite choice or the choice that would lead to a trophy as I was aware of which ones I’ll need after my first playthrough.
The motion captures and voice talent (I’m not sure if they are one and the same) are amazing. Like a very limited Until Dawn, they hired Katie Cassidy (from Arrow fame) to be Detective Becky Marney.
Christy Choi plays Felicity Graves, the other main character, who is the District Attorney to the Trapper’s case.
The two of them have great chemistry together, and there were times I thought about shipping them together but thought that was silly. My first playthrough, I had them look at case files at night together.
They seemed to be very friendly, but none of my other playthroughs required them to look at the case together, which was a shame.
Olivia Carass wrote this fun article commenting on it as well:
So at least I’m not alone with the thought.
Here they are in the rain, sharing an umbrella:
Even when there is a miscommunication
They can resolve their issues and get a beer together
But be mindful if Becky should have that beer or not.
The only real legit suspenseful part of the game was when this lady joined Becky at the bar:
She just shows up, sits there and watches as Becky passes out. We get a glimpse of her, well I guess two glimpses of her prior and never again (as far as I can tell), so she shows up, gets the job done, and we never see her again. I was like, who is this?! And then with what happens after that, oh boy!
The entire cast is very well done. Leonard Roberts is Tom, Becky’s police partner. I know him as DL from Heroes, who had the phasing power and dated Ali Larter’s character. He is King Idri of Loria on Magicians, a show I really want to start watching. He’s also been on Mom and The Client List.
Tom was my favorite of her partners, if you make a different decision in the very beginning of the game, you get Karl Carter as her partner, but he always feels an alternate choice to me. West Liang does a great job but I always got Tom as my main partner.
If Karl is your partner, that means Tom is your sergeant which is another shame as Sergeant Riggs is such a great police sergeant. Riggs is played by Chris McKenna. Apparently McKenna and Roberts were on Major Crimes together, during the Conspiracy Theory arc, so I should try to watch that to see if they have any scenes together.
In one playthrough, my final one actually, Becky had to do something horrible to Riggs that made me happy that it wasn’t also Tom in the role. But still bad.
I got the platinum for the game within five days of playing it, and four playthroughs. This makes my eleventh platinum, as my tenth is Fallout Shelter (which is why I’m able to finally play other games).
PlayStation Trophies was a great website to help with the proper playthroughs:
I did one on my own, I attempted an unpopular decisions play (but being aware of other trophies), a third one, the Rat in the Trap, and Antitrust.
Another fun hold over from Until Dawn was that the writers of Until Dawn wrote this game and Larry Fessenden came back to portray Vernon Lemay, a brother to one of the Trapper’s victims. Feessenden co-wrote the game and was the Stranger in Until Dawn. Graham Reznick is the other co-writer, I’m not sure why he doesn’t lend his voice to a character.
There are three other actors that make up the main cast.
Yan Feldman plays Jonathan Finn, who Becky arrests as The Trapper. He’s been in various things but nothing I recognized him in.
Chad Michael Collins is Jack Calvary, who was the detective on the Trapper case that Becky closed for him. They do not get along. He’s a jerk with a heart of jerk so it is easy to take Becky’s side in every exchange. But there is also, not a charm, but charisma about him too. He’s confident. He’s been in things too that I may have recognized him if I rewatched them.
Finally, there is a Gabriel Miller as Simon Hillary, the police medical examiner. He’s credited as Gabriel Schwalenstocker but imdb lists him as Miller. I didn’t recognize any of his credits.
Something I did recognize in the game, and once I recognized it, I couldn’t stop seeing it. As that the game will flick or have a delayed pause, like I could tell when the game was choosing either Response A or Response B, which was smoother for Until Dawn. Also, a character would be talking at one angle, and then Response B would be chosen, be shown at a different angle, and then go back to the original angle to go back to the main plot. I wouldn’t say it was distracting but something that I did notice.
Maybe if I did one playthrough a week and didn’t spend so much time with the game, I wouldn’t have noticed it as much but it is hard to unsee once you have seen it.
Overall, such a fun experience, even the gripes I have, are minor and I would clearly recommend the game to anyone interested in it. I love Until Dawn, I really enjoyed this, and I’m eagerly anticipating Man of Medan.
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As I foretold, once I got the platinum in Fallout Shelter, I haven’t gone back. I have thought about it but like Fallout 4, just spending ten minutes in the game, makes me want to spend an hour in the game. So I’m distracting myself with other games. I did start a new character in Fallout 4 to play on Survival mode to get myself prepared for Fallout 76 but I modeled him after our son and he just wanted to play instead so that took up my 30 minutes. I wished I could have made the character shorter and more younger looking but Walker Dennis thought it looked enough like him to get into it. He’s gotten much better at controlling the character. Of course, he immediately went looking for Dogmeat, and that was pretty cute. I’m filling his memory banks with unimportant things like the map of Fallout 4 but he pretty much went from the vault to Sanctuary (spending no time there) and going to Red Rocket to get Dogmeat. Ideally, I’ll play him as a Railroad member but I’ll also not play at all.
It is easy to be a prophet of your own actions.
Someone on the Trophies subreddit got the RiME platinum and I realized I should pick that game up and figure out where I left off. I was in Chapter 2 and I had unleashed the second windmill and realized I didn’t do the first windmill.
Which, again, was a complicated puzzle that I had made harder than it had to be. I saw several YouTube videos that had completed everything within 30 to 45 minutes and I must have made that level a two hour affair. Someone was nice enough to inform me that the next three chapters are super easy compared to two and they were definitely right about that. So we beat the game, Walker Dennis and I hugged for maybe four minutes after beating the game, it was a long and good hug (it may have been more like a minute of silence) but even he recognized that it was a sad but hopeful moment. I had it originally spoiled for me, conceptually, but actually playing the game and seeing the actual content, hit me on a different level I wasn’t quite ready for. We’ve gone back and did all of the trophies for Chapter 1 and gotten all of the collectibles. I also started a YouTube playthrough for Chapter 4 and just did it along with the video, it still took me an additional 10 minutes but that was more on me than the video.
Thanks Sylvain LUCE for hosting such a good video! We couldn’t have done it without you.
So ideally, we just need Chapters 2 and 3 and we’ll have our 12th platinum. I promised to not play without Walker Dennis there, who is really good at the game. So we’ll probably play on the weekend but still follow a guide. We’ll get the platinum during Chapter 3, at some point, as typically, people get it during their second playthrough when they unlock a costume in Chapter 4 and have to go back to Chapter 2 and we’ll be doing that next.
Looking over PSN Profile’s Trophy Guide
We got all of the collectibles from Chapter 4 but we definitely need two trophies and once we find all of the white shades (I believe we only need three’s now), we need to replay Chapter 5 as well. So all of my assumptions were wrong. But like they say, when you make an assumption, you are right the bulk of the time.
As I got the platinum at around 11pm for Hidden Agenda, I didn’t want to make all of the noise of ejecting the disc, opening Arkham Knight’s case, and inserting that game into the system (it is louder than you think it would be). So I started Heavy Rain again, did the section with the FBI guy (I have to learn their names eventually) and that section ends with the father informing the police. I clearly didn’t remember what his shirt was, after a few months of not playing, but I got the rest of the questions right, there were no ellipses during the other responses like the shirt response got.
Last night, I did get to play Arkham Knight for a while, and I’ll probably be sticking with that game for some time. I got a little further in The Perfect Crime and the firefighter storyline. I ended the session with attempting a Militia Watchtower but a drone was stopping me from making any real progress. I read I have to hack the drone but I haven’t gotten the hacking device just yet. I also made a little progress in the main storyline as Barbara Gordon caused Arkham Knight’s car to crash and that was a very fun sequence to play. I felt like a real detective, an overly financed one, but a detective nonetheless.
I still need to unlock that third island, so I can get the Batmobile over there, as there are so many threats still. I can access it but the bridges are still up.
It felt great coming across the body in Bristol all on my own, I knew the district it was in but I had to figure it out on my own. That’s the case I’m trying to focus on at the moment, as it was the first case presented to me. So my main goal right now is to get the hacker device so I can get that one particular watchtower completed.
Looking at this website, not the one I found last night, apparently I should just go to the Watchtower by Ryker Heights on Founders’ Island as that’ll give me access to Stagg’s Airship, which is the mission that gives me the hacker device.
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Okay, I’ve typed “hacker” so many times that it triggered something I’ve been wanting to look up on YouTube for too long.
Walker Dennis is obsessed with Chad Wild Clay’s Hacker storyline, he’s on the prowl for the Hacker and the Game Master and I’m either overhearing the YouTube videos or just hearing the word “hacker,” like all of the time.
Thanks to Chad Wild Clay for hosting his own video.
It is this massive (and maybe never ending?!) crossover with other YouTubers like Steven Sharer and his siblings (who I haven’t heard about in a while).
I’ve been meaning to look up if there is a conclusion but I’ll have to watch this video to see what is happening. I’ve heard one video at least six times, where they are looking for clues in their basement. I can’t seem to find the basement video but in my searches, there is at least six or seven different YouTubers who are continuing this massive crossover. I was looking for a video with a blonde lady with glasses but not having much luck.
Well, I’m clearly down this rabbit hole. Rebecca Zamolo is her name.
Thanks to Rebecca Zamolo for hosting her video.
It is the Gamemaster who has a secret tunnel in her house. Though I get the feeling it is a second video where she’s telling another peep about the tunnel and she’s going back in the second time.
Like the Sharers, she has an entire industry with her
Thanks to Matt and Rebecca for hosting their video. Whoever Matt is, he doesn’t appear to have his own video series.
Every time Walker Dennis starts one of their videos, I think about Netflix’s Alexa and Katie as they share the same theme song (somehow).
Thanks to Netflix Kids & Family for hosting the video.
Turns out, they don’t but it sounds similar. Or it did until I listen to both of them.
Wow, there’s research I did that only satisfied me. But seriously, I’m always hearing about the hacker and the game master but I get it now as one video sort of leads into a second video and from there, you’ve seen six videos in thirty minutes.
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According to that Arkham Knight website from forever ago above, the Watchtower I’m currently on (to end this on a video game note) is
Location: Founders’ Island – Otisburg, east of Port Adams
You will come across 2 Gun Emplacements in the northeast edge of the area in addition to 3 armed soldiers including a Boa Sentry Operator. It is advised to deal with the Boa Sentry Operator before rest of the thugs to make things a tad easier.
I remember it being near Port Adams but I was doing a search for drone but eventually found it on the page. I was throwing explosive gel at the drone and batarangs at it but I clearly need that hacker device. Which is officially called the Remote Hacking Device, which was called the Cryptographic Sequencer, but I imagine most people called it “the hacker device” and why try harder?
Trying Watchtower 19, I was being painfully reminded that Founders’ Island is further along in the story than I should probably be at as there were tanks all over the place and the Batmobile couldn’t get there as the bridge is still up.
I believe this will be my second Watchtower and I stopped the first one that introduced the threat.
Amazingly, I still don’t know who the Arkham Knight is. Unfortunately, for this post, I had to get the Perfect Crime spoiled for me as I couldn’t remember the mission name and when I found it, the helpful website listed who the boss was but that is what happens when you are a patient gamer.
The bridge will come down eventually as I make progress in the story, I don’t want to just do the story, I like to spice it up with side quests, keep it fresh. The only reason I went to that particular Watchtower was due to it being the closest mission after I did The Perfect Crime event and I wasn’t quite ready to call it a night.
I’ll probably get in the habit of doing one main story point and then a side thing, with a focus on The Perfect Crime. The latest victim was from Tucson, Arizona, which was pretty cool as a guy from Arizona.
Thanks to Agent E-NYGMA for hosting the video!
I will avenge you, Lisa Mendes!