Man of Medan (2019)
Man of Medan – From the developers of Until Dawn. Enter the world of The Dark Pictures – A series of standalone cinematic horror games. Players will be challenged to explore and uncover each story with the knowledge that all their choices have consequences and all playable characters can live, any and all can die.
Man of Medan is the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, bringing supernatural horror to the South Pacific. Five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip with a rumored WWII wrecked plane to find. As the day unfolds a massive storm rolls in, and their expedition quickly changes into something much more sinister and dangerous when the five friends are taken hostage by pirates.
Against their will, the group is brought to a large ghost ship, the fabled Indonesian Ourang Medan, where their worst nightmares become reality. With their safety threatened, their sanity tested, and their survival at stake, the five must make swift life-or-death choices that could either lead them to freedom or cause them to suffer fatal consequences.
An ‘anthology’ is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler; it may be a collection of plays, poems, short stories, songs, and/or excerpts by different authors. The word alone should give you an idea of what to expect in a game series such as this. It has a much shorter game-play with a different story that will connect in some way to the next game in the series. Don’t go into this thinking it will be a sequel to ‘Until Dawn’ because you’ll be disappointed to learn that it isn’t. It does have the same style of storytelling and atmosphere, but ‘Man of Medan’ is really completely different.
When I did a second play-through of ‘Man of Medan’, I made some drastically different choices and I loved how far-fetched some of my choices were. Like choices, in the beginning, can have a huge impact on the very ending of this game and you gotta love that! With it being the length that it is, replaying the entire game to see my different outcomes was far easier than replaying the entirety of ‘Until Dawn’. ‘Man of Medan’ will last you about 6 to 8 hours on the first run, depending on what you do and how long it takes you. If you actually spend time exploring, you’ll get about 10+ hours of game-play out of it.
This has the same quality of game-play as Until Dawn, it’s a great story with a great cast and great acting, although a bit repetitive in the second half. I have played Until Dawn many times, and while Until Dawn is definitely longer, Man of Medan is way scarier. The overall ambiance and even the scares themselves are all memorable. There were a few jump-scares, but overall this was one creepy adventure.
As much as I enjoy this game, I think it’s way better if you play it with friends. There is a “Co-op” option which is basically passing it on whenever the game changes characters, I didn’t touch it but know it may be a good party option. If I had to make one complaint in this game it would be that I thought the story was full of plot holes. It left me scratching my head more than once. All in all, I think this was a great game that I would recommend to others. I can’t wait until the next installment in this series is available!
About the Game:
- A new terrifying experience: Supermassive games delivers a new, horrific narrative journey where you will have to confront your deepest fears
- Don’t play alone with two multiplayer modes: Invite a friend to online “Shared Story” or play up to 5-players in offline Movie Night mode
- Can you save them all? All playable characters can live and all can die. The choices you make will decide their fate. Death could be just around the corner
- What will you do to survive?: Each choice you make has a consequence which can mean life or death for your character. Will you keep your head while struggling to survive? What decisions will you make?
- Pre-orders get exclusive early access to The Curator’s Cut: to play previously unavailable scenes, experience new perspectives with different choices, and discover new information and secrets
Title: The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan
Genre: Survival Horror, Interactive Drama
Rated: Mature 17+
Release Date: August 30, 2019
Developer: Supermassive Games
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: PS4, XBox One, Microsoft Windows, Steam
Mode(s): Single Player, Multiplayer
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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