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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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 30, 2019
    80
    Man of Medan is a promising start to the Dark Pictures Anthology. I'd be happy to play more of these b-horror movie simulators, full of pretty people desperately trying to survive.
  5. Aug 28, 2019
    77
    The great horror atmosphere has created constant tension with me.
  6. 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.
  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: 39 out of 81
  2. Negative: 18 out of 81
  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. Dec 26, 2019
    10
    This is a wonderful follow up to "Until Dawn" that goes a different route instead of replicating the sickening creepiness of "Until Dawn."This is a wonderful follow up to "Until Dawn" that goes a different route instead of replicating the sickening creepiness of "Until Dawn." Instead of sickening horror, the horror is not just the monster appearance but also how the monsters came to be, "Man of Medan" takes its cues from "Tales of the Crypt" and "The Shining." This is more of a fun creep fest than intense disturbance.

    In fact, during gameplay, thinking of "Outlast 2" which tried to replicate the intense horror of "Outlast 1" but misstep with having an open air environment, which took away the claustrophobic horror from the first one. The smart move here has been to recognize that once the novelty wears off, you can't replicate what made an initial entry spark - you need to build on the previous one. "Man of Medan" takes the core gameplay of the first and adds to it, by introducing us to the grander, episodic world. How intense can you replicate a known horror? Part of horror is the unknown ,that the mystery itself is horrifying, and so, if drama is ruled out, well the flipside of drama is comedy.

    Where we may have initially wanted to murder each of the main characters in "Until Dawn" straight away, "Man of Medan" presents characters you root for - maybe with the exception of Conrad, he's jackass, but can grow on you. Instead of an facile open air environment, being trapped on a mountain and the monsters induce claustrophobia, the story situates itself in a physically claustrophobic environment. And since we have a playful narrator and the intro has set the tone of "Tales of the Crypt," you feel as if you're peering in on a haunted house - seeing the set up for a good scare and waiting, just waiting, for the scare to drop, to see the characters jump back as their minds play tricks on them.

    So, if you're looking for intense, disturbing horror - this will not be your cup of tea. If you're looking for a good time, a spookfest, and feeling like you get to be in on the joke as you watch a character walk into a "Uh - oh, oh no" moment, then this is your cup of tea. Lots of fun, good spooks, but most importantly, a good time!
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  3. Jan 6, 2021
    9
    {GamePlay: World/Level Design, Driving, Combat}
    ☑ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☐ 8/10 - Very Good. ☐ 6/10 - Average. ☐ 4/10 - Bad. ☐ 2/10 -
    {GamePlay: World/Level Design, Driving, Combat}
    ☑ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☐ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad.
    ☐ 2/10 - Terrible.
    [The Level Designs are amazing, it feels like you're there.
    The quick time events were a challenge, but it worked out fine, well except for 2 events during my PlayThrough.]

    {Narrative: Dialogue ,Cutscene ,Voice Acting}
    ☑ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☐ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad.
    ☐ 2/10 - Terrible.
    [The Dialogue it fantastic, even amusing at times.
    The Voice Acting was perfect throughout the story]

    {Visuals: Graphics, Animations ,Motion Capture}
    ☐ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☑ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad.
    ☐ 2/10 - Terrible.
    [The Graphics are fantastic.
    The Animations were on spot.
    The Motion Capture looked fantastic during the cutscenes.]

    {Technical: Bugs, Performance/Optimization}
    ☑ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☐ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad.
    ☐ 2/10 - Terrible.
    [Didn't encounter any bugs during my PlayThrough.
    No Performance issues during my PlayThrough.]

    {Story: Plot/Ending}
    ☐ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☑ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad.
    ☐ 2/10 - Terrible.
    [The Story was interesting from the start.
    The Plot was alright, but kinda predictable.]

    {Replayability: Replayability ,Game Length}
    ☐ 10/10 - Fantastic.
    ☑ 8/10 - Very Good.
    ☐ 6/10 - Average.
    ☐ 4/10 - Bad. ☐ 2/10 - Terrible. [The Replayability is very good in this game with at least 3 different endings The Game length is respectable around 4 hours as well.] "9/10 – Fantastic. I enthusiastically recommend that you add these games to your to-play list. As it does not hit the amazing score, It is still an extremely good game. I recommend getting this game." ~DeathKillerNOR~ ⚠️ IN MY OPINION ⚠️
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  4. Aug 31, 2019
    7
    Man of medan has a good gameplay. The story is itself is ok. Nothing special, but good and you call actually feel the tension. The charactersMan of medan has a good gameplay. The story is itself is ok. Nothing special, but good and you call actually feel the tension. The characters are ok. However it must me like 50% The price. 3-4hours campaign is to short in my opinion. You kinda miss the relationship with the characters. Let's wait for the second game. Hope it is longer. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Oct 30, 2020
    5
    Playing this game with big expectation -at least It'll on par with Until Dawn.
    But, it's really far. The lore actually is pretty great, but
    Playing this game with big expectation -at least It'll on par with Until Dawn.
    But, it's really far. The lore actually is pretty great, but the story, very standard.
    Characters, not interesting. It's not like Until Dawn with lot of memorable characters.
    Is it scary? No. It just give me some jump scare. But that doesn't make the game scary at all.
    I didn't find this game to have replayability feel, except you gonna play it with your friend.
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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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