The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan is the latest game from Supermassive, the developers of Until Dawn, 2015’s the most entertaining movie that is also recreated as a video game. Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, along with Supermassive, officially announced the game on 21 August 2018. Get to know about this title in detail here.
Four Americans, namely brothers Brad Smith (Chris Sandiford) and Alex (Kareem Alleyne), his girlfriend Julia (Arielle Palik) and her brother Conrad (Shawn Ashmore), embark on a journey to the South Pacific Ocean on a boat known as The Duke of Milan for an underwater diving expedition. They were accompanied by the ferry’s captain Félicité “Fliss” DuBois (Ayisha Issa) who would help them in their search for the remains of a WWII plane wreckage.
However, as the day progresses and a massive storm rolls in, unexpected events trap the friends on board of a huge ghost ship, which is later identified as the fabled Ourang Medan. Here apparently their worst nightmares turn into a living reality. They find their sanity tested, their safety threatened, and their survival put at stake. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is all about how they make quick life-or-death choices that could either take them to freedom or subject them to some deadly consequences.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan is essentially a survival horror video game that is played from a third-person perspective. The game involves single players or multiplayer taking control of five principal characters that are trapped in a massive ghost ship on the South Pacific Ocean.
The game requires players to make decisions based on the “head” or “heart” of their characters, or choose to do nothing while considering various options when interacting with other characters. The possibilities to interact in the game are stylized as a compass, which represents both the “moral compass” of the characters and the game’s nautical themes.
The narrative of the game adapts to the players’ selections, thereby making it possible for them to keep their playable characters alive or to even have some (or all) of them die. Their choices also influence the personality traits of their characters, as well as their associations with each other.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan can be played multiple times, as it has numerous conclusions and various scenarios that rise depending on the players’ decisions. The game’s action sequences primarily feature swift time events, if missed, can trigger severe consequences for the characters. On exploring the ghost ship, players can stumble upon “Dark Pictures” that herald the happenings of the future. Also, players can demystify the tragedy that took place on the ship in the past—something that can save the lives of their characters in the present.
Supermassive Games also launched two different multiplayer modes in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan called “Shared Story” and “Movie Night.” The former allows two players to have a co-op game online, while the latter allows up to five multiplayer.