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5 reasons to get excited for Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
By Sam Jones - 16th Aug 2019Games
5 reasons to get excited for Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
A new adventure horror game is on the horizon, and judging from what we've seen so far, it's going to be a good one!
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan created by Until Dawn devs Supermassive Games and published by Bandai Namco, sees players control a group of young tourists who are caught up in a storm, inevitably being stranded aboard a cursed ghost ship. Featuring plenty of quick time events and consequential actions, this narrative-driven game promises to be a spooky affair.
Ahead of its release on August 30th, we take a look at five reasons why we, and you, should be excited for the release of The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan.
Chilling realistic atmosphere
From what we've seen, Man of Medan mainly takes place aboard a huge ship in the South Pacific. To capture the eerie essence and spine-tingling atmosphere, Supermassive Games captured audio aboard a military vessel from a similar era to the one seen in the game - helping them record everything from latches on the doors to the different mechanisms and ambience coming from individual rooms.
In part one of the Man of Medan Dev Diary, Audio Director Barney Pratt confirmed that the developer had even recorded impulses from each room, creating an environmental reverb that you would experience on a ship of that era.
With the ship's noises responding to environmental changes and the weather outside, players will be immersed in a truly chilling atmosphere.
Unlike Supermassive Games' hit PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn, Man of Medan features a co-op which sees two players exploring the horrifying darkness that lies ahead. However, this isn't a simple case of survival in numbers, as either you or your comrade have the power to make their own decisions, which could result in the other being left behind and killed by your captors and whatever lurks in the shadows.
With co-op playing simultaneously, players will often experience the same thrills but from completely different perspectives. One of you may be in the middle of a gruelling interrogation, while the other player is sneaking around to come up with a plan to save you... or using you to buy them some time to escape!
An impressive cast
Until Dawn introduced a truly authentic, cinematic game to players with an emphasis on the quality and appearance, combined with a strong narrative and great cast. Including Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Nashville), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, We Will Rock You) and Peter Stormare (Fargo, Armageddon) Until Dawn certainly had strong actors, and Man of Medan appears to be no exception.
Shawn Ashmore, known for his role in the X-Men movie franchise as well as in action-adventure game Quantum Break, leads a new exciting line-up of holiday-goers that are unwillingly thrown in the deep end, facing pirate-like captors and paranormal monsters.
Pip Torrens (The Force Awakens), Kwasi Songui (300, White House Down) and Kareem Tristan Alleyne (Assassin's Creed Origins, Quantico) are just a few of the other actors who have lent their voices to to Supermassive Games' new adventure horror.
It's a colorful cast of unique personalities, which bodes well with the game's unpredictable narrative.
Gather round for Movie Night
Supermassive Games developed Movie Night mode off the back of the enjoyment of players either streaming Until Dawn to followers, and those who decided to play the game by passing the controller around the room to let players take control of a set character.
In Man of Medan's Movie Night mode, you can set how many players want to take part and which character they want to control, as well as entering their name so that the screen prompts you to pass the controller over to someone else when it's time to switch. At the end of main sections and acts within the story, players will be able to see who received rewards such as 'most relationship increases/decreases' or 'couldn't make choices' among others - giving you bragging rights over your mates as a top survivor or a wuss.
Man of Medan is very much a single-player experience that many will enjoy, but this mode as well as the co-op mode option deliver even more fun and excitement when experiencing the game with others.
Branching paths and repercussions
With any story-driven narrative game, actions mean consequences - and this is very much the case when it comes to Man of Medan. In an interview with PC Gamer, Tom Heaton, game director at Supermassive Games said "Everything you do in the game changes the narrative, to some extent. Sometimes it's very small, sometimes it's massive.
"It can be anything from changing the way a character feels towards you, up to and including killing a character. So that's already a complicated thing. When you have shared story co-op, you have a second player making choices at the same time, that exponentially increases the branches."
The game's main focus on decision making is players should either think with their heart or their head, essentially choosing to fight or flight in challenging and often terrifying scenarios.
Being brave and venturing into the unknown can often be rewarding, finding potential clues, or maybe you'll stumble across something that wants to kill you - who knows. It's rumored to be a little bit shorter than Until Dawn's playthrough time, but with such a vast path branching system in play, the game's replayability is strong.
Pre-order your Man of Medan Steam PC key now and get the Curator's Cut, featuring new scenes playable from the other characters' perspective with brand new choices and decisions to make.