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Mixed or average reviews - based on 70 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 70
  2. Negative: 3 out of 70
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  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. Aug 28, 2019
    90
    Man of Medan builds on the solid foundation of Until Dawn. The decisions you make actively alter your experience, meaning you'll want to replay it over and over.
  3. Aug 28, 2019
    88
    I think The Dark Pictures is very spooky, and the sense of fate that comes with it is very compelling. I think it was very smart for Supermassive Games to build a whole horror series around this concept. I’m looking forward to the next one, but I also hope that the graphics and gameplay will strike a better balance so that it’s more interactive.
  4. Aug 31, 2019
    85
    Man of Medan is the first of The Dark Pictures. The game has all the elements of horror to keep you up at night. Still there are some flaws in the acting, but nothing serious. IF you want to get scared of a game, this is a must buy.
  5. 85
    Man of Medan weaves a brilliant and compelling story punctuated by some genuinely creepy moments. More importantly, your choices matter, and the multitude of collectibles and different outcomes based on your decisions means there's more than enough reason to keep plugging away at Supermassive Games' latest horror romp. It's not without its issues, sure, but they're not enough to deter from what is one of PS4's best interactive dramas.
  6. Aug 28, 2019
    84
    A new entry in the horror genre that offers a clear and effective gameplay proposal. Some technical hiccups lessen the experience, but its a very enjoyable adventure, especially if you try the multiplayer.
  7. Sep 1, 2019
    82
    Man of Medan is a perfect game for lovers of interactive adventures. A horror story that although more predictable than we would have liked, offers us a great experience and a lot of choices that can cause it to end with more or less survivors. In addition, the social component that allows us to play with friends online or with up to 5 friends on the same console, are an added weight when enjoying this experience with more people.
  8. Sep 2, 2019
    80
    A spiritual successor to the excellent Until Dawn, Man of Medan is the promising first entry in a brand new series of interactive horror films. Once again, there are plenty of scares to be experienced and 'life or death' choices to be made, though technically the game just doesn't run smooth enough to be as good as the developer's magnum opus.
  9. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    A good start for the Dark Pictures Anthology and another solid, entertaining horror experience for Supermassive Games.
  10. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan may have more technical issues than Until Dawn and it's also much smaller in scope, but the game is still a pretty effective horror game and worthy successor.
  11. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    Just like Until Dawn, the Man of Medan setting - a ghost ship - may be cliché, but the outcome is sublime. The protagonists are sympathetic, the shock effects effective and it is amazing how seamlessly the story unfolds while still being interactive. It is a pity that framerate problems sometimes disturb the illusion.
  12. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    Man of Medan is an enjoyable adventure. The story, albeit a little bit predictable, is quite interesting with a good amount of branches and different endings. Some dialogues do not seem to take into account what happened before and there are a few technical problems, but overall it’s a good experience, and an interesting start for The Dark Pictures Anthology.
  13. 80
    As only the first entry in Supermassive Games' new anthology series, The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan offers a very replayable experience that is a lot of fun both in single player and with friends, leaving us very excited to see what they have in store for future entries yet to come.
  14. Aug 28, 2019
    80
    The Dark Pictures - Man of Medan applies the Until Dawn recipe to a smaller and cheaper game, with cooperative features, and the results are very good.
  15. 80
    Just like Until Dawn before it, Man of Medan is a knowingly schlocky and incredibly fun horror movie in video game form, tailor-made to bridge the gap between those two mediums. It’s never truly terrifying, but always edge-of-your-seat thrilling right through to what can be quite an abrupt ending. As jarring as that may be, it’s a great way for Supermassive to leave players wanting more and ultimately keen to check out additional short-form, budget-priced entries in the intriguing Dark Pictures Anthology.
  16. 80
    Man of Medan is a stellar example of how to push boundaries and innovate within genres that seem restrictive at first glance. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like Supermassive has done much to give the game its own identity, but enough is going on under the hood to make it unique and have it stand out among the plethora of choose your own adventure games. There’s a few pacing and gameplay variation issues that hold it back from being excellent, but a plethora of game-modes that all offer unique experiences and loads of replay value get the first game of The Dark Pictures Anthology off to a great start.
  17. 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.
  18. Aug 28, 2019
    78
    Man of Medan is exactly what we expected: a less ambitious take on the Until Dawn concept. There are some technical issues that should’ve been polished, but overall is a great experience, and considering there aren’t many titles like this (if any), it’s definitely worth your time.
  19. Sep 2, 2019
    77
    We could say that Man of Medan is all that was expected of the new game of the Supermassive developer: a game that shows that horror film adventures have a place in the world of video games. Although it is somewhat short and with a somewhat hasty development, due to the amount of errors it has, the game manages to keep the player clinging to the sofa. In short, it is a game that lovers of the genre, and especially those who enjoyed Until Dawn, should not miss.
  20. Aug 28, 2019
    77
    For the start of this anthology Supermassive Games serves up a short, but intense horror-trip that will draw some comparisons to Until Dawn, but show offs interesting multiplayer options.
  21. Aug 28, 2019
    77
    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is a thrilling story, has some nice characters and the player can influence both on an impressive level, giving the game lots of replay value. Replaying may be not as interesting as you would like though, due to a great amount of walk and search gameplay, but the multiplayer modes do a good job of balancing that out. The Dark Pictures Anthology is off to a good start and hopefully has a bright future.
  22. Jan 29, 2020
    75
    Even though Man of Medan is far less inspired than its studio predecessor Until Dawn, it offers an enjoyable horrific atmosphere, with good ideas and well thought out sequences. Unfortunately we would have appreciated more surprises and an extended lifespan, which would have given us the time to be really afraid. Everything is going too fast and we have the feeling that the story is sloppy. Too bad because this first chapter of The Dark Pictures has a good potential, but all it does is just scratch the surface.
  23. Oct 1, 2019
    75
    While not as solid as Until Dawn, Man of Medan shows that Supermassive Games is still comfortable with the horror genre.
  24. Sep 11, 2019
    75
    There's no anthology in The Dark Pictures anthology yet, but his first history, Man of Medan, bring an (enjoyable?) ghost history in high sea. Some little problems in the continuity of the plot and annoying image freezing moments, but a great first step in the new horror game of Supermassive Games.
  25. Sep 9, 2019
    75
    Although there were some cringy-dialogue options and I feel as if I spoiled the entire mystery by asking the curator for advice, I enjoyed my time playing through the story and trying to escape with as many – or as few – survivors as possible.
  26. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    After a slasher in the woods, Supermassive take us to a ghost ship. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan shares the same gameplay, mechanics and visuals as Until Dawn, with a shorter campaign of 4-5 hours that needs to be replayed at least two more times. The best part is the two multiplayer modes, an online coop and a local multi for 5 users. It is a shame that the visuals are so amazing but the execution so poorly sometimes, with frame drops and pop charging textures. Scary, compelling and funny, but not as good as Until Dawn was.
  27. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    Man of Medan keeps himself afloat thanks to an atmosphere full of charm, to a sufficiently original multiplayer structure and to a valuable sense of investigative discovery that supports the limited exploration. However, the numerous possibilities of choice are not always adequately supported by an all too predictable script and by a recourse to a rather mannerist horror, which in the long run ends up reducing tension.
  28. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    The first game of The Dark Pictures Anthology is a step backward for the genre. The game needs a re-work, especially in the structure of QTE and choices, but at this price and with multiplayer modes the overall value is good.
  29. Aug 28, 2019
    75
    A good but not great beginning for an Anthology series that establishes the basics for its horror proposal, but still has to refine its gameplay to be as fun as its story.
  30. Aug 28, 2019
    74
    The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan takes a while to get going, but eventually the scares start kicking in, and it’s a lot of fun screaming alongside your friends. This is a game that’s meant to be shared and is a blast to play in groups. A promising start to the horror anthology that will hopefully only get better with subsequent entries.
  31. Oct 11, 2019
    70
    Man of Medan starts out well enough but just falls apart towards the end leading up to a pretty anti-climatic ending thanks to a twist that was given away at the very beginning of the story. It's not terrible but it's not nearly as good as Until Dawn. Still, as a fan of Until Dawn, I still enjoyed the story for what it was but I didn't really have a desire to go back and play through it again after finishing it the first time.
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 25, 2019
    70
    A short, spooky sail into seas that could be schlockier. For all its faults, we’d still recommend getting the gang together for Movie Night mode, and our hopes are still high for the rest of the anthology. [Issue#167, p.90]
  33. Sep 16, 2019
    70
    A solid enough follow-up to Until Dawn, with the promise of more to come; hopefully, they iron out a few kinks next time.
  34. Sep 1, 2019
    70
    Man of Medan is an adventure best enjoyed with a friend in Shared Story Mode, and then enjoyed with many via Movie Night. Playing alone creates a decidedly lesser experience, but it's nonetheless a must play title for fans of cinematic adventure titles
  35. 70
    While Until Dawn was a serving of shlocky horror served up with a self-referential grin, Man of Medan has less personality, in part because it's a smaller slice of story. That said, its online modes will be game-changers for the rest of the series.
  36. 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.
  37. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    Man of Medan is in many ways similar to Until Dawn: based on narrative branches, dialogues and jump scares, but with less effectiveness.
  38. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    The deluge of branching paths and chilling atmosphere combine well enough with its brief yet keen story that invites players to repeatedly run through it. But an abundance of cheap jump scares, semi-frequent slowdown, and initially goofy cast members mean that it pales in comparison to Until Dawn; the studio’s magnum opus that all of its titles will forever be compared to.
  39. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    At its best Man of Medan delivers a confident and well crafted horror experience with a genuinely clever two player mode. But it’s unbalanced pacing has a little to much opening filler and an unsatisfying conclusion.
  40. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    Despite these technical issues and occasional let-downs with the choice mechanic, Man of Medan represents a bright start for the Dark Pictures Anthology. It delivers almost exactly the same great stuff that Until Dawn did, although it does suffer from sticking to the formula a bit too much. With some polish and further innovation, the rest of the Dark Picture Anthology could be even better than what it follows on from.
  41. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    Mad of Medan looks and sounds gorgeous, but it's spoiled by some technical issues and, depending on your choices, characters doing stupid things just so the plot can continue, both of which break the flow of what could have been a decent horror story. It's an excellent night or two's entertainment with a bunch of mates in a dark room and plenty of beer, though playing by yourself or online with a chum is an altogether more muted experience. This is a fair start to The Dark Pictures Anthology.
  42. 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.
  43. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is a solid beginning to what I hope becomes a memorable selection of virtual horror outings. The setting here didn't do much for me if I'm perfectly honest, but the memorable characters, razor sharp pacing and well-placed scares make it excellent fun with a few friends by your side.
  44. 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.
  45. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    If you can forgive some of its cheesy narrative moments and glitches, Man of Medan shows promise for a future franchise. You just have to play with a friend to fully appreciate it.
  46. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    I have no idea when the next "Dark Pictures universe" entry is coming, but I'll be waiting for it.
  47. Sep 3, 2019
    68
    The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan offers up fun frights and a solid choice-based horror experience - especially when played with others on the same couch.
  48. Sep 2, 2019
    66
    It is obvious that Man of Medan's gameplay inherits from Until Dawn, but the online multiplayer mode is impressive and interesting. Beside that, it is a underwhelming game with a bad story-telling pace.
  49. Sep 6, 2019
    65
    When played with a group of friends The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is an undeniably fun experience. However, the main story and core game feel rather skeletal when not being filled out by the real-world flesh and blood of your nearest and dearest. Bugs and performance issues constantly nag, but the real disappointment is that as a horror story Man of Medan is not even close to being as smart or fun as its predecessor. I hope the next entry in The Dark Pictures anthology can recapture the gore and glory from Until Dawn.
  50. Aug 29, 2019
    65
    If you enjoyed Until Dawn, then you will certainly like Man of Medan which uses the same gameplay mechanics. It is just unfortunate that the game is less scary than expected.
  51. CD-Action
    Oct 25, 2019
    60
    Supermassive’s newest work is a step back from Until Dawn on every level – including visual design which, though solid, ends up monotonous in comparison. [12/2019, p.58]
  52. 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.
  53. Sep 1, 2019
    60
    It’s not hard to find faults in Man of Medan, both in terms of story and gameplay. And yet we can’t stop playing until we’ve seen several endings. At the same time, we can’t shake the feeling that this is a downgrade compared to Until Dawn – a game released four years ago. But still, there is quite a lot to like here, and the low price makes it a solid purchase for horror fans.
  54. Aug 31, 2019
    60
    Even though the formula is similar to the one used in the beloved Until Dawn, Man of Medan suffers from a poor story combined with equally poorly written dialogue. The multiplayer modes are the highlight here, though, so if you plan on visiting the "Ghost Ship" you should call your friends.
  55. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    Man of Medan seems like a good start for the Dark Pictures Anthology, but as a standalone title it somewhat stutters out of the starting blocks.
  56. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    Men of Medan promises a story about ghosts but the only ghost on the ship is the system of choiches and consequences, flat and shallow, "un-supported" by an unstable framerate and by command system that feels old and intricate. What saves this debut from failure is the atmosphere and the possibilities about future episodes.
  57. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    Combining Until Dawn’s style of mild horror with online multiplayer works great, but the actual story and characters fail to engage.
  58. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    With Man of Medan, Supermassive builds on the foundation established in 2015's Until Dawn. While the core of the game remains the same, driven by dialog, choices, and quick-time events, the developers has added some multiplayer action to the mix. The two-player online Shared Story is the primary highlight here, allowing two players to simultaneously determine the course of the story. Unfortunately, the story itself isn't as good as the horror yarn spun in Until Dawn.
  59. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    Man of Medan is built from the same mold as Until Dawn, but the writing lost a bit of charm on the way, and the technical performance hinders the game greatly. After multiple playthroughs of the game, I’m still left with several questions—not about the story, or about what’s next to come for The Dark Pictures, but about the sustainability of this long-term eight-game project. Is one game every six months too much of a workload? Will there be enough variety to keep the tropes from being stale? And will these neat co-operative modes be good fits for whatever story is to come?
  60. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    Man of Medan is still telling a weak story, though, as much as Shared Story plasters over this with its excellent take on co-op, which lets you plan things out and work together to craft the narrative you want to tell (and kill the characters you find the most annoying). If you can organize a session with someone else who owns the game and play through the whole thing together, it's an excellent experience; but if you're after another single-player horror narrative experience like the one offered in Until Dawn, it's very disappointing. As a show of the potential for the Dark Pictures Anthology, Man of Medan is largely a success, but as a first episode, it leaves plenty to be desired.
  61. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    This is a decent start to The Dark Pictures Anthology, but at the end of the day, I really do feel that Supermassive could have done just a bit of a better job at polishing up the issues and tying up the plot a little better.
  62. Aug 28, 2019
    60
    While it feels like a not insignificant step down from the breakout hit Until Dawn, Supermassive Games’ latest attempt at interactive horror still serves up some compelling thrills and chills. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan definitely gets better the deeper you get into its story, but traveling that path is fraught with technical issues and questionable narrative direction more often than it should be.
  63. Aug 28, 2019
    55
    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan pales in comparison to Until Dawn in practically every way and only surpasses it in its amount of jankiness.
  64. Sep 1, 2019
    50
    One hopes Man of Medan will function similarly to a mediocre TV pilot for a series that only later finds its footing.
  65. Aug 28, 2019
    50
    The game is a bitter disappointment for me. Because just where Until Dawn triumphs, Man of Medan fails.
  66. Aug 28, 2019
    50
    Man of Medan kicks The Dark Pictures Anthology off with a whimper rather than a bang. The format has a lot of potential, but this was undoubtedly the wrong story to showcase it. The narrative is slight and rarely gets out of first gear, the characters are annoying, the scares limp, and the dialogue unnatural. There's constant technical hiccups. In fact, the scariest thing about Man of Medan is how it ever went gold in the state that it's in.
  67. Aug 28, 2019
    50
    While Man of Medan has a decent horror story, a number of technical problems and inconsistencies derail the experience. It's best to wait for a patch or two before purchasing.
  68. Aug 28, 2019
    45
    Man of Medan succeeds in bringing nice effects, several endings, good jumpscares and a good coop concept, but fails to bring pleasant optimization (uncanny valley syndrom, numerous loadings, freezes...). Plus, the writting isn't as good as it was in Until Dawn, and doesn't help us get involved in the story.
  69. Aug 28, 2019
    40
    Hopefully, Supermassive Games can learn from what went wrong here and apply it to their next projects. For now, Man of Medan is simply not worth playing and I recommend skipping it entirely.
  70. 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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  1. Aug 28, 2019
    Supermassive's Dark Pictures anthology gets off to a promising start, but this first nautical instalment winds up a little too promptly.
  2. Aug 28, 2019
    I’m interested in playing Man of Medan with more groups of people to see where else its story could go, and to see if it reaches more satisfying ends than the one I got. Ultimately, though, I fear that it’s destined to be more of a cult classic than a blockbuster.
  3. Sep 2, 2019
    Man of Medan in particular is unique among horror games in giving you, the player, a ton of agency in shaping the story’s eventual outcome. You can’t dictate every single beat — where’s the thrill in that? — but you’re role-playing all of the potential victims. So when you sit down to play, find a way to live inside the story and just let the horror wash over you.
  4. Sep 3, 2019
    Like a Quantic Dream game, except good, Man of Medan really shines through in its co-op, where two players work together and sometimes spend large stretches of the story apart. And of course, if someone dies along the way, you can always blame them.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 360 Ratings

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  1. Sep 8, 2019
    4
    I was so disappointed by this game. I was a huge fan of Until Dawn, so when I heard this was from the creators I couldn't wait.

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    I was so disappointed by this game. I was a huge fan of Until Dawn, so when I heard this was from the creators I couldn't wait.

    This is everything until dawn wasn't. The dialogue was unnatural, the characters weren't interesting and the pacing of the story was terrible. It took the majority of the game walking incredibly slowly round boring scenes, to uncover little to no storyline (with a total lackluster 'twist' at the end) and all of the meaningful action taking place in the last 20-30 minutes.

    There are almost constant glitches, from the laggy cuts during dialogue, difficulty navigating characters, not to mention the infuriating gameplay. The terrible controls cost me every character I lost, from the annoying heartbeat sensor that's totally out of time with the graphics, to the unclear distinction between a spam button QTE and a button click. Given Until Dawn's gameplay was perfect and gave you a real sense you were frantically trying to save the characters life, this is just infuriatingly poor, with hours of gameplay wasted.

    Honestly, I've never been so let down by a game. Won't be buying the next instalment of what I had totally expected to be a fantastic series.
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  2. Aug 31, 2019
    5
    The characters are all pretty annoying and every event just feels way too random. I lost one character because I thought I only needed toThe characters are all pretty annoying and every event just feels way too random. I lost one character because I thought I only needed to press the square button.. turned out I need to press it rapidly.
    Lost two others because I made the wrong dialogue choice... it just didn't feel like I had any control over what was happening which is the point to some extent... but this just felt poorly designed.
    The game is also not scary. A large portion of it is set outside of the ghost ship and the reason for the appearance of monsters and ghouls is explained so clearly that it kind of just ruins it.
    There are no massive shocking revelations to be found that chill you... just jump scares and not even that many of them. It's probably better with friends for a laugh but avoid it if you want a scary single player experience.
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  3. 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.