Supermassive Games is back once again to deliver another one of its signature narrative-based games in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. A successor to the horror hit of Until Dawn, Man of Medan puts players in control of five friends who find themselves trapped on a ship where unspeakable horrors have occurred. However, Man of Medan does its best to keep you guessing as to what exactly is going on throughout your fight for survival.
The story of Man of Medan begins with a freighter ship embarking on a mission to deliver essential caskets following World War II. However, the release of whatever is in these caskets results in the deaths of everyone on board and the abandonment of the giant vessel. Leaving it to the mists of time.
Fast forward to the present day, and we have a group of individuals heading out on a dive trip. Alex and his little brother Brad are accompanied by Alex’s girlfriend Julia and her brother Conrad. The captain of the group’s boat, the Duke of Milan, is then introduced to be Fliss.
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Following one exploration dive, a series of conversations to help build character development, and a not so pleasant run-in with a group of fisherman, the Duke of Milan is overtaken by three mysterious figures who take the group hostage.
This kidnapping sets the stage for the rest of our story, as all of the characters soon find themselves onboard the same freighter which befell a horrific fate at the beginning of the game. Suspense and dread soon become the constant feelings for players with their mission now being to help the leading group of characters survive the mysterious dangers of the abandoned ship they find themselves stranded aboard.
Players are set on an adventure throughout the various areas of the dangerous ship controlling the actions of the friends. From vague figures lurking in the shadows to attacks from ghostly figures, Man of Medan delivers plenty of jump scares and other terrifying sequences that keep the adrenaline pumping for players.
However, every time you think you know what exactly is going on in Man of Medan the Supermassive Games title turns your deductions upside down and keeps you guessing as to what exactly is causing these horrific things to happen.
As with Until Dawn, Supermassive Games delivers another visually stunning game in Man of Medan. Highly realistic character graphics and thousands of details come together to bring the mysterious ship to life and help immerse players and make them feel like they are right there experiencing the horrors themselves.
However, unlike Until Dawn, Man of Medan can be played cooperatively with other players while on the couch or online. The first entry in Supermassive Games’ The Dark Pictures Anthology is a title that could be enjoyed thoroughly with family and friends gathered around the living room deciding which decisions they should have the characters make.
There is no denying Man of Medan delivers on this genre’s signature style of delivering gruesome deaths without any warning when a particular decision is made. This fear of having one dialogue or action choice result in the untimely death of a character adds an extreme level of suspense to every single option that is made available to players.
Replayability is another significant aspect of Man of Medan that helps the title push past its somewhat short story. Every character can die and live. These mortality options mean there are dozens of branching endings when it comes to which characters players can keep alive when the credits begin to roll.
Man of Medan continues the entertaining nature of the interactive narrative-based experience Supermassive Games put on the map with Until Dawn. However, the high seas adventure brings plenty of its own unique flavor to make it a must-play for any horror fan.
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