Man of Medan is the latest interactive horror game by Supermassive Games, known for their PS4 exclusive Until Dawn. If you’re familiar with or like Until Dawn, then Man of Medan will be right up your wheelhouse. It emphasizes on choice and consequence, and tells a compelling narrative told from the perspective of various characters. A group of friends on holiday end up tangled in a series of sinister events at sea, and it’s up to you and a friend (yes, it has co-op) to see the story through. The game is a bit short, but also priced accordingly, and is part of a larger anthology, The Dark Pictures. The choices do have significant consequences, making multiple playthroughs viable.
The gameplay is pretty simplistic though, similar to Until Dawn, with some exploration and quick time events, with some choices spread in between. I recommend playing it alone first and doing a second run with a friend. The graphics are pretty good, but lacks the fidelity that Until Dawn had, which is surprising since Until Dawn was only on the PS4, while I played Man of Medan on PC. It still is a great looking game, with some fantastic atmosphere. Overall, Man of Medan offers good value if you are into a narrative thriller/horror experience.
Meaningful choices and consequences
A bit short
Score – 8/10
The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of stand-alone, branching cinematic horror games featuring a multiplayer mode. In Man of Medan, five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip that soon changes into something much more sinister. Embark on a horrific journey aboard a ghost ship. Experience your terrifying story with a friend online or go for safety in numbers with up to five players offline All playable characters can live or die. The choices you make will decide their fate. Who will you save? Don’t. Play. Alone.