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What role does the horror movie take place in the oceans of high speed?
In Until Dawn, we slip into the guise of five characters throughout the story. In the roles of Fliss, Brad, Alex, Conrad, or Julia, we travel to the wrecked and sunk warship, replay fast-paced action scenes in rapid-time situations, and make choices in multi-choice dialogues. This leads to many possibilities for solutions stories, story branches, and (character) endings that will encourage us to replay the game several times.
Man of Medan works best in online co-op as the exchanges between us enhance the narrative. It doesn’t matter if we talk about what happened in the voice chat or afterward. In the course, one of our team members informs us that a frightening ghost has walked into her from the engine room. While we’re right there with her, we’ve not been able to see him!
However, it is particularly thrilling when a partner in a cooperative game must make the (super)vital choice that neither can influence. It’s evident at the beginning when player A is attacked by a pirate with an assault rifle, while B is left to watch in silence. If the person being targeted cooperates with the enemy and cooperates with him, he’s saved. However, it will be killed if it revolts against him and escapes and flees.
In conclusion, all of them must bear the consequences. Because, as with the original story, the characters in Man of Medan can perish during the tale or go through the story to its end.
Man of Medan sounds much more exciting than Until Dawn in the theory of things. However, in reality, Supermassive’s modified formula for horror does not want to be a success in any way.
What’s the reason? Man of Medan does not work?
The boring stereotypes
We loved the characters from Until Dawn to our hearts after a while and attempted with all our might to save them; we’re completely uninterested in our Man of Medan heroes throughout the story.
Man of Medan is the quickest to mold the interchangeable decals typical of mid-twenties horror films into multi-faceted characters whose existence is something we’d like to fight for. It doesn’t matter if it’s the nerdy scary-cat Brad, its athletic twin Alex, reckless Conrad, unassuming Julia, or the ever-aggressive Fliss. Unfortunately, most of them don’t seem to be engaging or likable.
In the roughly five-hour tale, they are so dull the majority of the time that we do not care about their lives or their deaths. Yet, from the end to the novel, we are envious of the characters to such an extent that we’re even thrilled at their death. For instance, the moment Brad is crushed by a steel door in an area for storage. Or Conrad falls 10 meters down the depth in the tanker and fractures his neck.
This was the exact thing that created the central part of the appeal that was Until Dawn: The fear and fear of heroes who break free of their familiar roles to escape danger or fall into the terror of dying. In Man of Medan, on the contrary, it is not the case that any of the other five protagonists astonishes us because they remain in their corsets of the past and behave exactly how we’d expect them to do throughout their journey to the horror, even when we desire to take them to a new direction by our decisions.
Failure of Horror Craft
The game would not be as bad If Man of Medan had, at the very least, grasped the fundamentals of horror staging or, at a minimum, adhered to them regularly. In some scenes, the game can create a feeling of unease.
As we step inside the World War II tanker all by ourselves, as Brad is a lone occupant, the dark corridors seem to engulf us. Through an ingenious use of music as background, we are so nervous during these moments of calm that we anticipate an unsettling force to be at our backs in every dark space.
But, the game often removes the actual atmosphere. Due to an unchanging camera view, the game often leads us around the scene trying to find the correct route, annoyingly reminding us of Resident Evil 2 from 1998 but with a different twist. Our co-op friend sometimes hurts when we force her into the space in error.
Supermassive is also very good at jump scares. A lot of the time, rats or other harmless animals leap out of small spaces, which can threaten us for the first moment, but then remove the fear of seeing the real terrifying experience on board. In reality, this one is easily ruined because of the cheap techniques. If a fish is already let loose, the tension in the atmosphere and is now displaying a scary ghost-like appearance is only half as much.
Perhaps, even more, Man of Medan breaks the fundamental guidelines of filmmaking and frequently causes us to be angry due to poor cuts and connections. When Fliss escapes in a panic from an attack in one scene and abruptly stands on the spot following cutting, we cannot laugh at the unintentionally funny occurrence.
Man of Medan could have proved to be the perfect video game for Until Dawn fans who crave a fun, trashy, and spooky co-op snack to eat between. Unfortunately, Supermassive commits some incredibly grotesque mistakes about setting and characterization that are detrimental to our enjoyment. In the end, the grueling journey through the terrifying ship isn’t as much with someone else on you. And sometimes, he’s heard us screaming in our headsets.