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  • Summary: DON'T PLAY ALONE - 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 charactersDON'T PLAY ALONE - 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 wreck to find. As the day unfolds and a storm rolls in, their trip soon changes into something much more sinister. Who will live? Who will die? It's down to you. Can you save them all?

    Features:

    A NEW TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE
    Supermassive Games delivers a new, horrific narrative journey where you will have to confront your deepest fears.

    CAN YOU SAVE THEM ALL?
    All payable 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 whilst struggling to survive? What decisions will you make?
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The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan Gameplay - 24 Minutes Of Spooky Co-Op Multiplayer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Aug 28, 2019
    95
    When played the way the developers intended, Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is a one-of-a-kind triumph, and a shared horror experience unlike anything ever produced. It’s extremely presumptuous to ask players to buy two copies to get the full effect, but I can’t deny that it’s absolutely worth the time and expense for those who do. Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is a true evolution of the interactive movie genre, and horror fans owe it to themselves to climb aboard.
  2. Aug 28, 2019
    90
    Supermassive’s back in full swing. In spite of a predictable plot and setting, I eventually grew somewhat tired of, I loved every aspect of Man of Medan. It’s a killer debut to a series I’m now eagerly anticipating. It has the spooks, fun cast, and unforgiving consequences I grew to love in Until Dawn. Horror fans rejoice, as Man of Medan’s a phenomenal introduction to a promising new interactive anthology series.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    82
    For this first episode in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Supermassive Games has fulfilled its mission — to provide us with a game that effectively reproduces horror movie tropes. The quality of the graphics and sound is undeniable, even it sometimes looks more like an interactive film than a game, and it gives little freedom. It achieves its goals by effectively and intelligently managing to frighten us — it's just a shame that the QTEs sometimes make us angry.
  4. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    Man of Medan is a strong start to The Dark Pictures series, and more ambitious than it may first seem on the surface - while a single-player run-through took us 5 hours, the game is about trying that story again in different ways. However, if you don’t like the idea of replaying a story-based game, then you may be left unsatisfied with just a single playthrough - as you certainly won’t have all the answers. Nevertheless, a fun and deeply scary game - and the multiplayer needs to be experienced.
  5. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    Man of Medan is a worthy follow-up to Until Dawn. It hits a lot of the same notes, and it's clear the developers understood the group appeal of watching-slash-playing a cheesy horror film with friends. There are still some weak points, but Man of Medan shows a willingness to learn from the previous game's mistakes and leaves us curious to see the next part of the anthology.
  6. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    It's not easy to keep everyone alive in Man of Medan, and you won't necessarily want to, especially in 2-player co-op.
  7. Aug 29, 2019
    45
    Man of Medan is quickly overtaken by a very average writing quality and an abominable technical level synonymous with jerks and other constant freezes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 12 out of 35
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    A great game that you definitely need to play in a cooperative in order to get positive emotions and have a good evening. I had no problemsA great game that you definitely need to play in a cooperative in order to get positive emotions and have a good evening. I had no problems with optimization, with the exception of rare FPS drawdowns, but this is when playing at high graphics settings. The plot is quite suitable for fun in the company of a friend. I liked the game, and I will gladly buy a sequel. Thanks to the authors for a great interactive movie on PC)
    P.S. For the cooperative to work, you must have nicknames in Steam in English.
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  2. Sep 11, 2019
    10
    اللعبه قدمة تجربة رعب متميزه على أسلوب الأفلام ولكن تختلف تجربة الطور الفردى عن الثنائى عن الفئه تضم ت حجم ربة خمسة اشخاص تضيف تجربه متميزاللعبه قدمة تجربة رعب متميزه على أسلوب الأفلام ولكن تختلف تجربة الطور الفردى عن الثنائى عن الفئه تضم ت حجم ربة خمسة اشخاص تضيف تجربه متميز
  3. Sep 1, 2019
    9
    El Juego es muy interesante , la narrativa no es perfecta pero cumple con lo que se esperaba, la jugabilidad esta acorde a un juego al estiloEl Juego es muy interesante , la narrativa no es perfecta pero cumple con lo que se esperaba, la jugabilidad esta acorde a un juego al estilo until dawn ( osea esta bien), la cantidad de finales y variantes son bastantes, pero no me dio la sensación de que sea muy rejugable, mi única critica es que la cantidad hs/precio es muy alto, es un juego muy corto, me hubiese gustado por lo menos 6 horas . pero en resumen es un juego muy correcto... estoy con ansias de jugar a little hope. Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2019
    7
    TL:DR People are being too harsh on this game.
    Ok, a lot of people are giving it a 0, 1, 2 for unjustified reasons
    First of all, comparing
    TL:DR People are being too harsh on this game.
    Ok, a lot of people are giving it a 0, 1, 2 for unjustified reasons
    First of all, comparing this to Heavy Rain, Until Dawn or Detroit: Become Human is pointless because they are charging you 30 USD.
    Second, a lot of people are complaining about the duration of the game, well this is a choice-based game. It is designed so you play it at least two times (A lot of people don't, I don't and i still enjoyed it).So if you like playing these games more than once, dont worry about the duration. After a first play-trough you'll feel like you could have done things better , and that might make you want to go for a second play
    And if you only play these games one time, maybe wait for a sale but i dont think it is a bad spent money.
    Third, The acting is totally fine, maybe some lines are a bit weird and some are even cringe but its not that bad, there are a few bugs to fix but nothing that will ruin your play session.
    If you enjoy these types of games, dont let the reviews of people that might like more action driven games private you from playing this game, youll enjoy it.
    Again, its not perfect but its not ''completely trash'' as some other users suggest
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  5. Aug 29, 2019
    5
    If you enjoy bad horror movies on netflix, you might enjoy this one.

    For hardcore/horror gamers.. don't. Awful jumpscares, extremely
    If you enjoy bad horror movies on netflix, you might enjoy this one.

    For hardcore/horror gamers.. don't. Awful jumpscares, extremely annoying characters and absolutely absurd writing for the dialogues. The game is 4 hours long and feels like 2 of those should be scraped off, bad pacing, bad story. It's just decent graphics and thats it.
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  6. Sep 9, 2019
    3
    If you are the type of person that easily gets distracted by plot holes, logical fallacies and typical cinematic goofs, you should wait for aIf you are the type of person that easily gets distracted by plot holes, logical fallacies and typical cinematic goofs, you should wait for a sale.

    If you are the type of person that hates unresponsive controls, invisible barriers, as well as effective, but also very convenient camera restrictions, you should wait for a sale.

    If you are the type of person that laughs and/or gets annoyed because of jump scares and they don't translate into horror for you, you should wait for a sale and than wait for the sale after that one.

    If you sneer at the "stiff neck" school of facial animations and bad lip synch, wait for a sale.

    If you are impatient and get easily bored by oh so slowly crossing the same set of corridors over and over again while keeping in mind that the game is praised for it's replay value, which means that you will have to replay all of that to experience said replay value, wait for a sale, wait for the next sale, forget the game, get it accindentally in some bundle and never play it.

    If you are more than one of the aforementioned types of players, watch some screaming youtuber to take the last bit of fun out of it if you still feel the itch to get this one. It's a waste of your time, your money, and the talent of most people who were involved into making this. Most of the indiviual parts - graphics, voice acting, sound etc - are quite good, they just don't add up to a good game.

    For me it has been a reminder that movies and games just don't mix well. See pretty much every game made out of a movie and every movie made out of a game. There are too many developers who would rather be directors, but for some reason ended up making games.

    The occasional seconds of interaction and choice are worn down by long minutes of watching cutscenes and having no control or choice whatsoever. You can't explore anything except for jumpscares, and it's almost impossible to not collect all the "secrets" since you have no real freedom of movement, nothing is really hidden, and on top of that every point of interest blinks and shows you an immersion breaking icon. To top it off the story will regularly be interrupted in well-made, but completely unnecessary scenes where the narrator takes over, following traditions that you either liked in similar tv formats or will hate just as much in this game.

    You feel restricted and directed in all the wrong ways and all the wrong situations. My favorite is the reminder to press "W" whenever you haven't moved for two seconds, since you found something interesting enough to look at it. Not only that the "game" can't stand you having a mind of your own, in 80 % of those cases "W" will direct you against a wall. While all the relationship changes and "bearings"(choices that will change the course of the story) sound interesting enough in theory, the thought of having to replay this really does not.
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  7. Sep 1, 2019
    0
    I can't even start the damn game... Game will freeze upon starting a new game and I have to kill the task via taskmanager. Maybe I will giveI can't even start the damn game... Game will freeze upon starting a new game and I have to kill the task via taskmanager. Maybe I will give it a few patches time and will try again Expand

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