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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 characters canDON'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: 29 out of 70
  2. Negative: 3 out of 70
  1. Aug 28, 2019
    90
    Man of Medan kicks off The Dark Pictures Anthology so elegantly and chillingly that you just can't get enough of that lovie-dovie stuff.
  2. 80
    Supermassive Game's high concept - an anthology of horror stories - is off to a great start with Man of Medan. We don't get nearly enough horror that aims to be thoughtful like this. The challenge will be to make sure that each game in the series is different enough to reflect a different approach to horror, but things are off to a good start.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    A good start for the Dark Pictures Anthology and another solid, entertaining horror experience for Supermassive Games.
  4. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    At its best, Man of Medan is every bit as gripping, beautiful, and giddily silly as Until Dawn, but technical issues, a rushed story, and a confusing approach to player choice betray the limited resources the game’s creators had to work with. Man of Medan is currently the best option for those desperate for more Until Dawn, but I'm hoping Supermassive Games can scare up something a little more substantial for future The Dark Pictures titles.
  5. Aug 29, 2019
    70
    Sadly, you can’t help but compare it to Until Dawn which quite frankly did everything better. Man of Medan is over far too quickly and doesn’t have the same impact of Supermassive’s previous entry. It is, however, a short but sweet enjoyable romp which is way better when played with friends.
  6. Sep 18, 2019
    60
    Personally, I’m genuinely excited for future Dark Pictures instalments. And I’m still playing Man of Medan, figuring out its hidden traps and machinations, despite my frustrations with it.
  7. Aug 28, 2019
    40
    Man of Medan has a couple of fun gimmicks, great faces and bunch of exciting moments spread throughout, but it's also filled with badly paced sequences, bland characters, annoying technical issues and cheap scares that are so frequent and so poorly executed that you can't help but feel offended and frustrated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 115
  2. Negative: 34 out of 115
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    Great horror game! It’s like a choose your own adventure book on acid. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror/suspense.
  2. Sep 8, 2019
    9
    Very unique game, extremely interesting to play online with a friend. Quite unlike anything else. Well worth playing through at least once orVery unique game, extremely interesting to play online with a friend. Quite unlike anything else. Well worth playing through at least once or twice as many things can change each time. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2019
    8
    I'm a huge fan of Until Dawn and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. When I read all the bad critic and user scores, I was pretty bummed out and setI'm a huge fan of Until Dawn and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. When I read all the bad critic and user scores, I was pretty bummed out and set my expectations super low. To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed the game! More than Until Dawn actually. For me shorter length does not automatically mean worse quality. I felt the length was fine. I really enjoyed the setting, atmosphere, theme, characters, and character banter. I like how they kept the overall structure of Until Dawn the same, but didn't just strictly stay to the formula, and added some new features like online co op play which to my surprise, majorly elevates the experience. It's a blast to play with a friend and I hope this new interactive movie/game concept catches on because the online co op choose your own adventure gameplay is a breath of fresh air in the gaming industry and has so much potential. I would love to play other genres of games like this besides horror. The production values are top notch and the graphics/atmosphere look even better than Until Dawn. It really felt like I was watching/playing a cinematic horror movie. The ship was really creepy and the jump scares were really good and startled me several times. I also love the fact that the game was made to be replayed several times to see potentially new outcomes, etc. It seems the game is best played with different online partners/friends to see how their choices affect the plot. In conclusion, I'm really impressed that Supermassive Games retained a strong identity of their Until Dawn hit game but also added a good amount of freshness to the gameplay, so it doesn't just feel like the same old thing. Highly recommend to horror fans and Until Dawn fans! It seems most of the negative reviews come as a result of people not understanding how the developers intended people to play the game which is to play online with a friend and to play through multiple times to get the full experience!!! Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2020
    6
    сильно просела по сравнению с дожить до рассвета
  5. Aug 30, 2020
    5
    This is another game I wish I could like much more than I do.

    The premise seems fairly solid, if predictable, but the execution is so
    This is another game I wish I could like much more than I do.

    The premise seems fairly solid, if predictable, but the execution is so lacking, it ruins the experience.

    There are two primary issues when it comes to this game:

    1) The controls are not consistent. I don't mean they're poorly programmed. I mean they're downright inconsistent. You can be faced with the same type of situation three different times, and the game will require you to use three entirely different control schemes to get through it. I'm sure the devs thought that was a novel concept, and it is... but it's a novel concept much in the same way getting in your car and finding out the manufacturer has programmed in multiple, random ways to steer the vehicle, and that today you'll be using the steering wheel, whereas tomorrow you'll be using the pedals to steer left and right and the handbrake to control acceleration, while the day after, you're going to have to control your car by rhythmically opening and closing your glove compartment.

    It's not good game design because it is in no way intuitive and requires the game to constantly break your immersion by prompting your every action, rather than doing what most games do, and explaining how to control your character in certain situations throughout the game so you consistently know how to manipulate the environment around you and can immerse yourself in the experience of the game. This brings me to the second problem this game has.

    2) You only get one chance to do anything. That's it. One. If you aren't able to get the game to do what you want because for some reason the devs decided the way you should maneuver through this particular series of events is through a rhythm event that psych! Just kidding! We're going to go ahead and abort that halfway through and then tell you to choose between two different things that will, nope! It's a quick-time event, and... quick, consult your moral compass to... another quick time event, quick time event, quick time ev... oh, too bad! You didn't get through the whole sequence!

    You want to go back and take a second crack at it? That's fine. Start the game again from scratch. That's the only way you're allowed to do it. If you make a single, solitary mistake you want to correct, the only way to go back and correct it is to start the game over from the beginning. And you can't skip anything. Not a single moment. You can't skip tutorials. You can't skip cutscenes you've already seen. You have to go through all of it from the beginning, at exactly the same relentlessly unedited pace. Every. Single. Last. Time.

    Otherwise, you're stuck with whatever screw-up happened for the rest of the game, and it's possible to screw this game up very early on so that it's simply not winnable. The game won't tell you it can't be won. It'll let you go on until the end of the game, and then spring it on you there that something you did way back at the beginning completely screwed you for the rest of the game.

    "But... but... that's how real life works!"

    Yeah, and you know what you don't see me doing in real life? Diving wrecks without properly logging my route, taking appropriate safety precautions, and keeping the authorities apprised of my actions. Taunting Somali pirates. Running around in an abandoned ship filled with hallucinogenic nerve gas.

    Know why? Because one mistake, and I'm stuck living with the consequences forever-- or even worse, not living with them-- because that's how *real life* works.

    The reason I'm playing a game isn't so I can be restricted to the rules of how life works; it's so I can enjoy figuring out how to solve the game, complete with some sort of method of correcting the occasional mistake in order to keep the action flowing so I don't have to stop, go all the way back to the beginning, and suffer the mind-numbing tedium of having to watch every tutorial and every cutscene and make every dialogue choice again, and so on, and so forth, and furthermore, etc.

    Honestly, I picked this game up because I saw an ad for Little Hope which looked amazing, and then found out it was the second game in an anthology, so I bought Man of Medan to catch up, and my experience so far has convinced me not only to stop playing Man of Medan, but to cancel my pre-order for Little Hope. I hope that's the goal the devs were aiming for, because I really can't fathom how they thought Man of Medan would be enjoyable as the experience they programmed it to be.
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  6. Aug 15, 2020
    4
    This game is literally the worst horror game in a long time, some good characters but with a terrible development and the story gets SO boringThis game is literally the worst horror game in a long time, some good characters but with a terrible development and the story gets SO boring when you realize whats happening. A huge step back for Until Dawn's developer. Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2020
    0
    No juegues esta cosa, esta de hueva... Personajes e historias super chafa....

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