Parents' Guide to

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Nightmarish horror tale is at its best shared with friends.

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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Trippy horror game has violence and language

Man of Medan (2019) is a game following some friends on a diving trip when they discover something out of the ordinary. It is mushy less graphic than other Supermassive games yet quite spooky. VIOLENCE: MODERATE Dead, decaying bodies are shown mostly in hallucinations, characters can die in several ways yet none of them contain gore, just blood. These include calling from heights, being shot, stabbed and slit at the throat along with being crushed however deaths that usually would result in gore are obscured or partially offscreen. The violence is relevant, yet not shocking or gory like other games. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Use of “f*ck”, “sh*t” and milder profanities throughout the game but not too frequently or pervasively as Until Dawn, The Quarry or House of Ashes. SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD Some milder sexual references, brief make out scenes. DRUG CONTENT: MILD Brief drug refrences. 12+ for violence and disturbing images, and for language
age 10+

Man of Medan: FUN!

I played this with my younger son Jimson, We had a blast! We passed the controller along and played together flawlessly, The language can be avoided easily and is quite light-hearted often making us laugh while the joke goes over the kids head, The blood is limited and scares are limited to creepy faces which turn out to be fake, This is a ghostly story that anyone mature can handle, If your son can handle the Arkham and spiderman games, They can handle this. I would recommend this to non- tech-savvy adults as well as children, I was worried about violence and swearing, but l ended up having my first gaming experience with my child, I would recommend this to everybody. The characters are funny, good role models and always give you the option to apologize and the game always puts the emphasis on saving your friends, Making it a must to be altruistic to your family members.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Whether it's a ghost story told around a campfire or a horror movie in a darkened theatre, there's nothing quite like getting sucked into a terrifying tale. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan takes that feeling to a whole new level by giving players control of how the narrative unfolds. Instead of pointlessly yelling at a person on the screen "Don't go in there," you get to choose their actions … and live (or die) with the consequences. It's interesting to see how different relationships develop between characters and how their personalities take shape based on decisions, both minor and major. Before long, you can't help but second guess your choices, especially when something that seemed insignificant earlier in the story leads to the death of one of the main characters and you wonder just where you went wrong. That's enough anxiety and tension on its own, but add in the horror elements, where the shadows lay host to unspeakable evils and death lurks around every corner, and you wind up with plenty of nightmare fuel to keep you awake for nights.

While Man of Medan has many different story branches to explore, the single-player experience can get repetitive fairly quickly. After playing through the story once on your own, it can be difficult to go through the same motions again and again. That's where the multiplayer steps in. Movie Night allows up to five players to join in, each controlling the actions and decisions of one of the five main characters, changing how the story unfolds significantly. But it's the Shared Story that really shines and adds replayability to the game. Here, two players connect online, each viewing the story from different characters' points of view. Oftentimes, the players are separated from one another, though their choices still can affect each other in unexpected ways. Something you think might be helpful to your teammate might actually lead to their death. You might even find yourself abandoned by your partner, who chooses to save his own skin rather than lend a helping hand. Admittedly, it can be frustrating to feel like you've done everything right and still lose based on the unseen actions of others, but that's also the way life can go sometimes. And here at least, there's always the option of one more playthrough.

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