The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

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Unscored
Sep 12, 2019

With more instalments to come in the Dark Pictures universe, there’s definitely space for improvement. And if the entire package is aiming to build on the surprising success of Until Dawn, it needs to make some adjustments.

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IGN
By Lucy O'Brien

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7 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

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.

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PC Gamer

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81 / 100
Aug 28, 2019

Man of Medan tells a familiar story in a fascinating way, and even moreso with a partner.

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No Recommendation / Blank
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.

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GamesRadar+

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Aug 28, 2019

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 too much opening filler and an unsatisfying conclusion.

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6 / 10
Aug 28, 2019

Combining Until Dawn's style of mild horror with online multiplayer works great, but the actual story and characters fail to engage.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

The uninteresting story has plenty of dull moments, but isn't enough to kill the thrill of trying to keep all of the characters alive, especially when played with friends

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6 / 10
Aug 30, 2019

Man of Medan is a thinner, flawed follow-up to Until Dawn that is saved by its online co-op mode.

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Unscored
Aug 28, 2019

An interactive horror game only works if it scares or surprises you, and Man of Medan does both.

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Aug 28, 2019

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.

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Aug 28, 2019

Despite its technical shortcomings, Man of Medan is a decent maiden voyage for Supermassive’s new Dark Pictures Anthology series.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

Supermassive Games is quickly proving that they have a knack for high budget adventure projects that many studios simply do not. I have no idea when the next "Dark Pictures universe" entry is coming, but I'll be waiting for it.

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Areajugones

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82 / 100
Aug 31, 2019

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.

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7 / 10
Aug 28, 2019

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.

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84 / 100
Aug 28, 2019

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, specially if you try the multiplayer.

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6 / 10
Aug 28, 2019

While Man of Medan isn’t the greatest game you’ll play this year, it does a good enough job of setting the Dark Pictures Anthology series out to sea.

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IGN Italy
Davide "AMBRO" Ambrosiani

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6 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

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.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

A good but not great beginning for an Anthology series that sets the basics for its horror proposal, but still has to refine its gameplay to be as fun as its story.

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Aug 28, 2019

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.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2019

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.

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