Header picture courtesy of “Sensei Tehminer“.
I like a superb ARG. Both as a noise to scream atop blustery hills, and as a sequence of convoluted mysteries that take the collective brainpower of whole communities to resolve. Payday 2 gamers have been uncovering increasingly more of “The Secret” for the previous 5 years, which has now culminated in cracking open an enormous ol’ hidden magic vault.
If you’d moderately not spend a dozen hours leaping via hidden hoops to observe the live-action finale, simply have a peek at it beneath.
To familiarize yourself with the total conspiracy, you’ll must learn this report of each clue and purple herring gamers have stumbled into over the previous half a decade. I’ve not finished that.
If you thought stealing presidential pardons from the White House was an over-the-top finale, assume once more. Though to be sincere, I had extra enjoyable watching this man attain the ending than watching the ending itself.
I’m an enormous fan of elaborate daftness – maybe much more so after I’ve received no sense of its context. Here’s what it is advisable to do, written out in no small half for my very own amusement:
First up, you assemble a glowing, hovering cyan disk from 4 particular parts in your HQ, all snagged from completely different missions. That finished, it is advisable to seize a medallion from yet one more mission, then head over to a piano and shoot 9 particular keys. Lord is aware of why. That enables you to work together with the system, which shall be spinning and lined in runes – these correspond to 20 of 50 potential achievements you could earn by finishing particular goals on particular maps. Every participant will get a distinct mixture, so except you need to full all of them then you definitely’ll want to really familiarize yourself with the runic language.
Once you’re finished riddling, it is advisable to launch the White House mission. There’s a particular portray that may glow if everybody within the game has finished every part they should, which you’ll take away after which blow via the wall behind it. That takes you to an elevator shaft, which in flip takes you down to an enormous vault door lined in additional runic symbols. It’s a puzzle that takes half an hour to resolve, based on walkthrough man up there, all of the whereas being attacked by an infinite stream of shadow demons.
The door opens, you get monologued at for a bit by the Dentist, you open a door to shoot the Dentist, you plug bars of Mayan gold into a large dais, then you definitely all evaporate in a light-weight present. Then there’s an eight minute cutscene with real-life actors chilling on a seashore, then a 4 minute epilogue crawl detailing the fates of each character – from working wildlife centres to enlisting in authorities experiments involving cognition-enhancing medication.
I did learn the very finish of that ARG summary, which reveals why they’re so enraptured by the president’s speech. He is, after all, being possessed by the spirit of a fallen gang member:
“The final words in his speech are “Let’s do this” – this mixed with a few of Bain’s voice traces through the Ark’s activation (“Time for a new perspective.”, “The things I do for a facelift…”) indicate that Bain used the ability of the Ark of the Watcher to sacrifice his terminally sick physique to be reincarnated because the president, and goals to repair the issues he noticed within the US institution which made him take up heisting within the first place.”
Ah sure, the 2 routes to correcting institutional corruption: heists and metempsychosis. Good on ya, Bain.