Last Week’s Gaming


In the buildup to Halloween and other projects, gaming took a big hit last week.

There was a record low number of gaming days for me last week. Even though I want to get a lot of things started, I had to take some me-time. Hopefully, this is enough to get me through to my holidays.

But enough of that kind of talk. Self-care is essential, but it’s not like I didn’t get in any games! Well, two HUGE sessions of one game. Man of Medan, to be precise. I played through it TWICE!

So even though today’s last week’s gaming is only really one game, be prepared to hear from me a fair bit this week! November highlights, reviews restarting, and a couple more announcements. While I took it easy this week, it was definitely in preparation for a running start!

Man of Medan – Xbox Game Pass

In my October highlights, I talked about the new Dark Pictures Anthology game Little Hope. I have been sitting on the first game – Man of Medan – for the better part of a year.

So Halloween night, what better time to sit and enjoy what is essentially an interactive horror movie? Even better, SpookedShibe was also keen to play this game. So together, we joined forces to tackle the shared story experience of Man of Medan!

Until Dawn was a fun interactive movie experience. Man of Medan has extended this nicely.

There are five characters you control during Man of Medan. Playing online, both Shibe and I took control of different characters. This means we saw different angles of the same story simultaneously.

For example, early in the game, I stayed on the charter vessel Duke of Milan while she went diving below the water. I was curious as to how this would work, and the bottom line – it worked well!

If the ghost child is already freaking you out, then I am glad I didn't show you his final form

We enjoyed the experience of Man of Medan so much, we finished the whole game in one sitting. Personally, I enjoyed it so much that after a break, I then jumped in and completed a single-player run through.

Even though there were many similarities between the two runs, there were plenty of differences as well. And not just because of different choices made (although this certainly helped).

You aren't always separated. Here Shibe and I have a character and are exploring the same room.

The overall impression left by Man of Medan is overall a positive one. The movement controls take some getting used to. The character movements aren’t natural, and even on the Xbox One X Shibe was playing on, there were frame issues.

I also found quick time events quite hard. OK so that’s my issue rather than Man of Medan’s, but still. All of the deaths on the shared run through were due to my failing quick time events.

In my defence, if I was playing with a Switch controller, I would have passed almost every single one. Not my fault Xbox puts the buttons in the wrong spot!

I knew what I had to do. B is on the bottom. I got this. WAIT XBOX NOOOOO!!!

With Man of Medan on Game Pass, if you like a bit of spooky fun and aren’t put off ‘playing’ a movie, give Man of Medan a go. Completing all the achievements will take some dedication, and I am seriously contemplating making Man of Medan my last Completion game for 2020.

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD