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The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (2019)

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In this survival horror adventure, four friends and their captain set sail on a holiday diving trip to find a rumored WWII wreck, but as the day unfolds, a storm rolls in and soon their trip changes into something much more sinister.

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Tom Heaton

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Larry Fessenden (screenplay by), Graham Reznick (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Ashmore ... Conrad (voice)
Ayisha Issa ... Fliss (voice)
Arielle Palik Arielle Palik ... Julia (voice)
Chris Sandiford ... Brad (voice)
Kareem Tristan Alleyne ... Alex (voice) (as Kareem Alleyne)
Chimwemwe Miller ... Junior (voice)
Kwasi Songui ... Olson (voice)
Russell Yuen ... Danny (voice)
Adrian Burhop Adrian Burhop ... Joe (voice)
Sean Colby ... Charlie (voice)
Pip Torrens ... The Curator (voice)
Sarah Sayuri Hare ... Additional Voice (voice)
David Yu ... Additional Voice (voice)
Jb Newman Jb Newman ... Additional Voice (voice)
Roland John-Leopoldie ... Additional Voice (voice) (as Roland John Leopoldie)
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Four friends and their captain set sail on a diving trip to find a rumored WWII wreck, as a storm rolls in they set out to investigate clues to the 'cursed' Manchurian Gold aboard the SS Ourang Medan. As the group travel throughout the world they find paintings which appear to be premonitions changing what events will happen in the future, rather than forewarning of dangerous consequences.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Based on the 1940s Dutch freighter named the SS Ourang Medan which was discovered adrift after transmitting a single, garbled distress message. The crew were all found dead with every face locked in the same terrified expression, and no sign of visible injuries. Before the ship could be dragged to safe waters, it exploded and sank beneath the waves. See more »

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Julia: [to Conrad] You never think about much of anything.
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Still brings on the scares
2 September 2019 | by jwwalrath-227-85487See all my reviews

Man of Medan is the first in the Dark Pictures series, which is supposed to be a total of eight short interactive story, horror survival games. It is is also a spiritual successor to publisher Supermassive Games' Until Dawn. Though I can't say this game quite matches UD, I still enjoyed it.

LOOK: Being a smaller game, this doesn't quite match the visual grandeur or the scope of the settings of UD, which basically had a smorgasbord of spooky places. But this game is still entertainingly creepy. There are some pretty well-done scares and threats and the abandoned ship that this game mostly takes place in looks pretty good. I also really liked the opening credits.

Unfortunately, the character graphics haven't really improved since UD and don't compare to other recent games. (With a new DP installment expected every six months or so, I'm not entirely surprised if this game was a bit rushed.) The hair rendering looks particularly bad in the sunlight. Some scene and screen change transitions are awkward. I also had an error take me out of the game, though it was at a save point, so I didn't have to backtrack.

STORY: Being a shorter game, around five hours give or take, this game also doesn't offer as much story as UD, but I also felt this kind of helps the replay value in that your time isn't as stretched out. (Though there is a little too much hallway wandering and item searching than I'd prefer.)

I liked the story pretty well. The characters encounter a series of interesting threats. For such a quick game, MoM does offer what appears to be a pretty varied number of endings, even mixing things up a bit more in comparison to UD's just-try-to-have-them-not-die-goals.

The dialogue, much like UD can be clunky, especially at the beginning. However, also much like UD, the cast manages to elevate the script.

The DP series has a host the Curator (mocap acted by Pip Torrens). Though he has some nice lines, the character didn't really work for me. You expect a horror host to have some presence, be they creepy, comical, or mysterious. Here the Curator is just kind of there.

GAMEPLAY: This game fixes the hiding events from UD. In that game, in order to hide you had to keep the controller completely still. Unfortunately, the motion sensor was too picky. As a person with slightly shaky hands, I could never keep still enough. Here you have to press the buttons in line with the rhythm of your character's heartbeat. It gets pretty tricky, but at least it's fair.

What this game doesn't fix from UD is the walking. It's still as slow as last time. Also like UD, the game tells you to press R2 to walk faster, but there is no noticeable effect. The fact that they didn't fix this is a wee bit infuriating.

OVERALL: Despite some of the game's failings, this is still one of my favorite interactive story games. Man of Medan moves at a quick pace and kept me intrigued as to what would happen next.


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