“I am The Curator. The Curator of Stories. Stories of love and hate… greed and beauty… life… and death. Stories such as this one.“
– The Curator
The Dark Pictures Anthology : Man of Medan is an Interactive Horror Survival game, developed by Supermassive Games, it has been published in 2019 by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It’s the first chapter of a series of eight games.
“The story of Man of Medan starts off on a dive boat in the South Pacific. With a rumoured WWII wreck to find, and plenty of on-deck partying to be had, our group of 4 young Americans and their skipper Fliss get ready for what should be the trip of a lifetime…but it doesn’t go quite to plan. As the day unfolds, and a storm rolls in, they find themselves trapped on board a ghost ship. Subjected to unimaginable stress and terror, they must try to find a way to escape the ship and its sinister history.”
– Supermassive Games
The story is based on the SS Ourang Medan’s legend, a ghost ship which became later a wreck ship after its crew had died suspiciously during the 40’s. The atmosphere of the game is really creepy and dirty and exploring the boat takes a lot of nerves.
Man of Medan offers three different play modes, Solo, Online co-op with one friend and the Movie Night Mode up to 5 players offline couch play.
I’ve played the game twice, first time using the Movie Night mode and the second time alone which mean two different experiences and paths to explore since you are writing your own story. Logically, I had much more fun playing the game with my wife and my son. My son and I planned to kill Conrad and to blow up the couple formed by Alex and Julia. Half a success… We finally killed Conrad and Brad (it was an accident !! I swear !).
My second experience with the game was totally different. I put myself in good conditions, dim lights, headphones for the immersion. Got a bunch of jumpscare and this time only Alex died. Something I’ve noticed while playing, the curator is watching you in some scenes, hidden in the shadows…and that’s pretty cool in my opinion.
The game has flaws in terms of the freedom of action it is supposed to give us, yes our choices influence the continuation of the story but at times, whatever path we choose the outcome will be the same, as if in the end we didn’t have as much impact on the story. Did it affect the way I enjoyed playing the game ? Absolutely not !
In my opinion, the weak point of the game come from the characters. I understand that for a game that you finish in 4 to 6 hours of play, they will not go deep into the psychology of the protagonists, but here, we are still very close to the charisma of an oyster for many of them.
Unlike his friends Conrad is doing pretty well in this game, he’s a character that I liked not to like (like we love to hate Micah in Red Dead Redemption 2, all things considered of course). Quite the opposite of Brad for example, he is useless and his absence was hardly felt. Altogether forget the accident, he deserved as much as Conrad to die…at least in my game.
Unfortunately for consoles player the game comes without any Photomode, which is a shame in my opinion because it offers great possibilities for VPing. However, PC players can grab the Universal Unreal Engine Unlocker by @FransBouma by downloading it here and make some shots thanks to him.
Man of Medan truly is a great horror game if you play with a friend or more. But it’s also a really scary game if you play all alone.
Have you played the game ? What’s your thoughts about it ?