Percentile Rank

The Medium is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 183 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

62%

Critics Recommend

Based on 183 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 27, 2021

Bloober Team goes back to the classics for possibly its best effort yet.

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Vamers
Recommended
Recommended
Feb 11, 2021

While not entirely original, The Medium serves as a wonderful experience that marries the best of the classic fixed camera horror titles with brand-new gameplay mechanics and level design. The story is a little bit short and there are one too few explorable locales, but the experience itself remains fun. Bloober Team did a great job at creating yet another suspenseful video game. Everything, from the world [both of them] to the way the characters are designed to interact with it, and everything in between, show a lot of dedication. Voices may be a bit weak, and animation does leave a lot to be desired, but The Medium is a must-have for fans of the classic horror genre. It is a slow and methodical game with a decent pay off at the end. The Medium may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it most assuredly fills a niche no longer catered for by the likes of Capcom or Konami.

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Echo Boomer
Liked
Liked
Jan 27, 2021

Even with an interesting concept of navigating and controlling two worlds at the same time, this new entry from Bloobler Team does not make justice to its full potential.

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Expansive
Mixed
Expansive
Brad Baker
Mixed
Feb 1, 2021

My expectations were high coming in, and, in some part, those expectations were met. At times, I would go as far as to say that The Medium feels the best thing Bloober Team have ever done. But it clumsily attempts to handle subject matter which cannot just be brushed over and several mechanical missteps really jar and grate at the wrong time. If you own GamePass, this is worth dipping into to see what the talented team at Bloober can be capable of. But this one does not stick the landing well at all.

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ACG
Rent
ACG

Top Critic

Rent
Jan 27, 2021
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Unboxholics
Caution
Caution
Feb 17, 2021

The Medium is a Silent Hill tribute, trying to keep the survival horror genre alive in the absolutely old-fashioned way; during the approximately 6-7 hours it lasts, you will see an interesting script, superficial character presentation, some beautiful set pieces and ambitious mechanisms that, however, scrape and do not go deeper; it is not a bad game and of course I suggest it to fans of the genre.

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cublikefoot
Avoid
Avoid
Jan 28, 2021
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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium starts off personal and poignant, but ends in cliché

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 27, 2021

In a different reality, I could see this game being something special. And it might, like so many other horror games and movies, go on to become a cult classic. But in this realm, for me, it just doesn’t come together.

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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 27, 2021
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Entertainium
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 8, 2021

Hopefully there will be more to be seen in the universe built for the game, but under much better circumstances. What Bloober Team has achieved left me with mixed feelings by the time I reached its conclusion, almost 8 hours in. I adored the setting and fiction that’s been created for The Medium but I struggle to think of a single section of it that I truly enjoyed playing. It’s surely a weird place to be when it comes to a game I’m writing a review for, and one I’m not used to having to deal with. While I’m glad I got to see what it’s all about, I’m in no hurry to replaying it anytime soon; but then again, I want to see what could be in store in the story if there’s ever a (mercifully much better conceived) sequel.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 2, 2021

The Medium presents us with a paranormal adventure in which its premise is to advance to discover its history, its greatest challenge being solving simple puzzles and trying not to die on very rare occasions. Do not expect lots of action as in a survival to use because you will not find it. The game is a very accessible title for every player

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Scored Reviews

TheGamer
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium itself never hits a flat note. I beat the game in two long sittings, and there was never a point during either that I felt like the game dragged, or could’ve used a little more polish, or left too many loose ends hanging. It’s a lean, compelling experience that says what it has to say, then leaves you to grapple with the specifics afterwards. There are images, lines, and ideas from The Medium that I’ll likely take to my grave thanks to this approach, as it puts the onus on the player to piece everything together. You have to wrap your brain around the spirit world’s twisted logic so much that it becomes a part of you, as you live through Marianne’s pain with her and help to navigate her trauma.

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Prima Games
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

In the past, Bloober Team have created incredible psychological horror experiences with games like Layers of Fear, and The Medium feels like a natural progression in their development style.

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PowerUp!
9.7 / 10.0
9.7 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Not for the faint of heart, nor those susceptible to trauma, The Medium is an intensely disturbing masterclass in storytelling, dripping with atmosphere and loaded with enough dread to make you question the very nature of your existence when you're finished with it.

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Gamers Heroes
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

Bloober Team has long established itself as a purveyor of innovative and frightening horror experiences, but it will be tough to outdo this one. The Medium is a terrifying and disturbing look into the darkest recesses of human behavior, wrapped in an immersive, atmospheric, and beautiful looking game world.

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SomosXbox
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is Bloober Team's next big step and a tremendous cover letter for the next generation. With simple yet accomplished gameplay, captivating design and overwhelming storytelling, likely to rip off some tears, it quickly becomes one of the games you need for this new generation and one of those you have to try if you have Xbox Game Pass. With The Medium, Bloober Team proves there will always be room for the big well-told stories. So don't hesitate and listen carefully to Marianne's story, because you won't be the same.

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Gamerheadquarters
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium is an incredible narrative driven psychological thriller that balances a really neat split between reality, and an eerie spirit world.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

A third-person horror game that's elevated by some of the sharpest writing and acting in the genre.

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Lords Of Gaming
9.1 / 10.0
Lords Of Gaming
Kevin Alexander
9.1 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

I could not help but feel that The Medium took inspiration from many beloved franchises before it. The camera angle style, notes and puzzles to keep the player focused, and music that makes your skin crawl all combine to make The Medium feel like a worthy newcomer in a genre with a long legacy. In an era where first-person perspective and jump scares with mediocre psychological horror reign, it is nice to see The Medium take a different approach while utilizing many of the psychological horror tactics of old and new age audio tricks. I cannot help but love the new psychologically induced horror game Bloober Team made The Medium.

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Generación Xbox
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is an incredible journey, a necessary game that stands as one of the exponents of the genre. A dramatic story that you won't want to miss.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is not only the best game from the Bloober Team but also one of the greatest virtual psychological horrors out there. It’s on the same level as the masterpiece I consider What Remains of Edith Finch to be. And if you accept the lack of survival and action elements in the gameplay, you’ll get a great heir to the Silent Hill series. If you prefer story and atmosphere over typical action – it’s a game for you!

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

While The Medium does not look truly next-gen, the excellent dual-reality mechanics and storytelling prowess of Bloober Team ensure it is one of the most technically and narratively sophisticated horror games to come out in years, recalling the best of games like Silent Hill.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Abandoned communist resort is great place for scary game. The Medium will attract you and guide you.

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a dark horror game with a compelling story and a unique twist on playing in two worlds thanks to its dual-reality presentation.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

With a fairly direct narrative, this might not be the sort of game that you’ll head back to replay often but this is an experience worth picking up. Bloober Team’s latest story manages to be both unsettling and engaging in equal measure. The presentation is fantastic, the characterization and voice acting is great, and the nods to other horror tropes is knowing rather than sloppy. This team from Krakow clearly know their chosen genre inside out and while it might be hard to fully discuss this new horror title without ruining the twists in the tale, I can be certain that The Medium will make you think twice about your next vacation.

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Checkpoint Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium feels like a culmination of everything Bloober Team have learned from their previous titles, pushing the envelope creatively while still heavily referencing classic horror games as their inspiration. The adventure does an excellent job of immersing you in its dark and twisted world, full of tortured souls and dark secrets begging to be uncovered. The dual-reality gameplay adds a fantastic riff to proceedings, a mechanic that has been cleverly injected into the gameplay and story in a really compelling way. While it could stand to leave some of its old-school sensibilities behind, its heartfelt story and creepy setting demands your attention right up until the credits roll.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a terrifying but compelling exploration of duality that uses the horror of personal trauma to craft a memorable tale.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

While I don’t generally sit down to horror, or horror like experiences, the Bloober Team with their atmospheric and psychological horror The Medium had me hooked from start to finish. With a very well paced story and solid mechanics that let you explore the run down resort that Marianne finds herself in, it was really hard to put down the controller as the secrets that often lay right around the corner just begged to be answered.

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Darkstation
Feb 8, 2021

After playing through certain games, I get all emotional and dazed because the experience, even with some issues along the way, has been so exceptionally strong. The Medium is one of those games. Its distinctive art and sound design, bare-bones gameplay, Marianne’s tender persona, and stripped-down story create a poignant tale.

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8Bit/Digi
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 11, 2021

The Medium is a modern horror masterpiece that wants to take players to explore two nightmares at the same time. In doing so it brings a unique experience while building on the foundation established by the classics that came before it.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Feb 2, 2021

It might seem a little early in the year for some horror, but after playing through the entirety of the psychological horror game, The Medium, I found it to be so much more. The Medium places you in the shoes of Marianne, a young woman able to commune with the dead and lost souls looking for a way to pass on. After the death of her adopted father, Marianne receives an ominous phone call. This leads her to the long-abandoned Niwa workers’ resort. Here she must face new threats in her pursuit of finding the truth about her past. What follows is a disturbing journey littered with secrets, revelations, and a horrific danger that will hunt you in this world, and the next.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2021

The game’s arrival on the PlayStation 5 has been a long time coming. But thankfully, it was well worth the wait. With its unique dual-world gameplay mechanics and gripping narrative, The Medium is yet another macabre masterpiece from the talent at Bloober Team. If you have even a passing interest in horror games or are looking for a powerful supernatural story to experience that isn’t afraid to touch on uncomfortable subjects, this is one game that demands a spot in your PS5 library.

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PlayStation Galaxy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2021

Overall, The Medium is a superb horror game. It’s a game that fully utilizes the capabilities of the PS5. It’s a game that even the bravest of players will get scared unexpectedly. It’s a nice addition to the ever growing library of the PS5.

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Gamerweb.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2021

Definitely. Bloober Team was right and this is without a doubt the best project of the Krakow studio. An engaging plot, a story told in an excellent way in both worlds, a wonderful audiovisual setting and a constant sense of horror and anxiety are a recipe for a very successful horror.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
God is a Geek
Chris White

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

The Medium on PS5 is as good as it was on Xbox Series X, however, with DualSense support it becomes a much more immersive game.

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TheXboxHub
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium on Xbox is the game fans have been waiting for. A dark, mature, scary, visually appetizing next-gen delight with a gripping story, it is one to not miss if you are a fan of psychological horror.

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The Games Machine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The latest horror from Bloober Team is a great bridge between the new generation of consoles and the old classics of the genre, with an intriguing story, a surreal setting and a road full of puzzles to decipher.

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NoobFeed
88 / 100
88 / 100
Jan 29, 2021

The Medium holds a lot of potential of becoming a great franchise and it's worth playing right now, especially for horror fans.

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Hobby Consolas
87 / 100
87 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

Don't expect a horror game but a paranormal adventure, one that will intrigue and surprise you with some of its mechanics. A noteworthy and attractive experience that, maybe because of that, feels a little too short.

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Rely On Horror
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

After reviewing Bloober Team's newest horror title, The Medium earlier this year, we take another look at the upcoming PS5 version.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is without a doubt Bloober Team's biggest game to date, and it is easily one of its best. The story is captivating as are its characters, and the uneasy journey you take through it feels much like if Stranger Things was set in the Alan Wake universe.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Literally straddling the line between supernatural and real-world horror, The Medium is satisfying, sleek, and sophisticated in every department. While it makes only limited use of its signature simultaneous reality mechanic, and features some of the same gameplay frustrations as earlier Bloober Team games, it's easy to overlook such stumbles. The Medium sidesteps scare gimmicks to deliver a masterclass in mature horror, one rooted in atmosphere, all-round restraint and an enthralling region-specific story. Note: On Xbox we scored the game 8.0 for some intermittent performance issues.

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Just Push Start
4.25 / 5.0
4.25 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

Overall, The Medium is able to evoke the same kind of feelings you might expect from a game like Silent Hill. There are tense scenes and an eerie atmosphere that is engaging from start to finish. Naturally, there are some flaws, such as difficult puzzles, clunky controls or subpar stealth mechanics, but the deep story through the two worlds more than makes up for it, making it start as a strong showing for Xbox this year.

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GameWatcher
8.5 / 10.0
GameWatcher
Luiz Coelho

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Despite its linearity, I'd argue that The Medium is a genuinely chilling ghost story that's sure to leave a lasting impression. The splitscreen effects make for quite a few memorable moments, and there's no denying the growing sense of accomplishment as you solve difficult puzzles and make your way through the cursed resort. It may not be on the same level as some of its inspirations, but I'd definitely recommend The Medium to any fan of classic survival horror.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium is one of the best quality horror games in recent years.This game learns many essences of "Silent Hill", and tells a suspenseful story with its own pace.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The psychological horror elements are not as present in The Medium as you think they may be, but they are well implemented. The story is intriguing and the world is immersive. It is a great selection for fans of classical horror.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

A deeply thought-provoking and mature psychological horror game that honours its influences without relying entirely on nostalgia.

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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium’s dual reality gameplay is a fine showcase of what we can come to expect from the new generation of consoles. It starts off somewhat slow, but once the story gets going, its grip on you will not loosen until you see the credits roll.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium will not be the best psychological horror game in the world, but it engages like few others. Bloober Team once again raises a bar that dropped somewhat after Blair Witch and presents us at times two games in one, with quite effective mechanics despite its simplicity. A great gift for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who will enjoy it from day one.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 15, 2021

The Medium proves to be an interesting look into the human psyche, one that attempts to figure out why individuals are the way they are, while still stating that your past does not excuse your current actions. I greatly enjoyed my time in Marianne's shoes, and found myself constantly impressed with the incredible graphics and unique mechanics. Bloober Team has made an impressive product, even more so on the PS5 with their willingness to make use of the PS5's controller's special features.

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GameByte
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

I’ve been waiting a long time for Bloober to finally nail down true horror, and The Medium is a wonderful example of how to do scary without relying on cheap tricks. If you’re a fan of Silent Hill, Clock Tower, Haunting Ground or even if you just want to test out the capabilities of the latest Xbox consoles, The Medium is a must-play.

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Enternity.gr
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Those who are looking for a great horror experience will not be disappointed, Silent Hill fans will certainly appreciate the atmosphere, aesthetics and plot but will probably not be satisfied with the gameplay.

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MondoXbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2021

Bloober Team's most ambitious game convinces with a deep and intriguing story, a visually fascinating world and original gameplay mechanics merged with classical adventure tropes. It shows the polish developers' inexperience in real-time character animation and stealth mechanics, but it's overall a very good and worthy experience.

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Gamerweb.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium stays close to Bloober Team’s roots, strongly resembling a walking sim rather than a survival horror. Nonethelles, The Medium feels like a spiritual successor to Silent Hill with its eerie atmosphere of an abandoned hotel near Cracow, and visual ripped straight from Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings. For the Polish players, it will also take them on a nostalgic trip to 1990’s Poland.

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Oyungezer Online
8.5 / 10.0
Oyungezer Online
Erce Güven

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

Bloober Team manages to deliver its most ambitious project to date.

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The Games Machine
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2021

The Medium on PS5 is pretty much as good as it was on Xbox Series X, despite some graphic flaws and loading issues. Luckily, the DualSense features manage to fill the gap.

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GamePro
83 / 100
GamePro

Top Critic

83 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium scores especially with story and gripping atmosphere, but does not reach its class in a playful way.

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Digital Chumps
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2020

In sum, The Medium is a great game with a few quirks, and it’s the best from Bloober Team to date. Available on Game Pass, it’s well-worth playing through as it makes for a nice early next-gen experience.

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Use a Potion
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium is another thoroughly enjoyable psychological horror romp from the experts at Bloober Team, even if it could have done with a little bit of tweaking here and there. Exploration could be a little cumbersome thanks to the fixed camera angles for example, whilst the stealth sections felt like they broke the pace of the game as opposed to adding to the excitement. Everything else though? It was of the same high quality you’d expect from Bloober Team. With its harrowing yet engaging narrative, fantastic visuals, and great sound design, The Medium really has all of the most important pieces in place to offer a memorable horror experience.

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Serial Gamer Italia
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2021

The Medium is the best work of the Polish guys from Bloober Team. It is a valid horror game, both on a narrative and on a graphic level. Moreover, it is enriched by the novelty - gameplay-wise - brought by Dual Reality, which lets the game rejuvenate the genre via new types of puzzles.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Brilliantly paced and palpably tense, The Medium is a psychological horror adventure that's all thriller and no filler.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a really good horror adventure with some stand out ideas and excellent presentation. It makes the most of its influences to create an atmospheric and involving narrative, but its wider context as a next-gen exclusive may lead many to expect it to be a grander step forward than it is. Taken on its own merits, and particularly for genre fans, this is a genuinely great game and I look forward to replaying it to take in all the amazing details and touches that I may have missed first time through. With some questions left unanswered, I hope it does well and develops into a franchise.

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Game Rant
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a gorgeous next-gen horror game with a haunting game world anchored by old-school survival-horror style puzzles and exploration.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

With creepy puzzle moments throughout, The Medium pulls off a dual-reality puzzler with precision. The game looks magnificent, with impressive lighting and shadows courtesy of RTX, though the Xbox Series X version suffers from occasional stutters and hitches, as well as level of detail pops. More classic dread than jump scares, it delivers on its promise of horror served two ways, making it unique and a must-have for horror fans, even if it's a little lighter fare.

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Windows Central
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is one of the most gorgeous horror games I've ever played. Its detailed environments, compelling characters, and unique setting make it a must-play for psychological horror fans.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is full of deep and intertwined narrative, moreso than many other games from recent years. If you love The Longest Journey, Silent Hill and The Evil Within for the overall atmosphere and tone, but also prefer something less action-oriented, then The Medium is something you don't want to miss.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a strong outing for the team at Bloober. It is easily my favorite game they have released to date. The eerie soundtrack and locales set the mood nicely. The story is interesting, and I loved the duality in the puzzle-solving. This is a strong first game for Series X in 2021 and I hope their slate only improves as the year goes on. I wish this had been available at launch, and I am sure Microsoft does as well. It would have been a great showpiece for the console. Still it makes a nice early year title for owners of the new Xbox to dive into.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 2, 2021

While there are some slight technical issues, The Medium is undeniably a fantastic horror game. For fans of the genre, this game gets an easy recommendation.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a very good horror narrative game, despites somes riddles that may be too simple, and the dual reality mechanics may not be as original as expected...

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a pretty fun horror game, but it lacks must of the values of series like Silent Hill.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium builds upon a lot of gameplay gimmicks and ideas that aren't always used to their full potential, but when they do work, they work incredibly well. Controlling main character Marianne as she jumps between worlds is both engrossing and exciting in practice, and the game's main location serves its job as a setting for horror masterfully most of the time. This is a game that definitely could have been better-but which is also better than a lot of other horror games that don't take such daring risks.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium isn’t perfect. Bloober Team’s most ambitious ideas aren’t realized to their full potential, but it’s a step in an exciting new direction. The pacing stumbles in the middle, but that’s where the enticing narrative picks up the slack to drive you through. The dual-reality mechanic goes just about far enough to keep its slowest gameplay moments interesting, and paired with a fantastic narrative and exceptionally eerie atmosphere, it’s an easy recommendation for fans of Bloober Team’s work in the past and the horror genre in general.

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Washington Post
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 28, 2021

Although “The Medium” is billed as a psychological horror game, I found it to be consistently unsettling rather than scary. There is a vengeful monster that Marianne must deal with intermittently, but except for one breathtaking scene where he chases her through different realities — resulting in shifts in perspective that strike like tidal waves — I didn’t think much of him. Nothing robs a creepy game of its power as forcing a player to confront the same monster too many times so, thankfully, the monster encounters are nicely spread out. “The Medium” might not have the most nightmarish adversary but its blanketing, foreboding atmosphere and uncompromising ending amply makes up for it.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
Gameblog

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 6, 2021

The Medium returns to PS5, and offers an experience similar to what players were able to live in January on their X series. The story is still as gripping, with its concept of parallel worlds evolving at the same time before our eyes, and if the gameplay is ultimately the most simplistic, we take pleasure in exploring these worlds.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Jan 27, 2021

Layers of Fear showed early promise, Blair Witch demonstrated that Bloober could resurrect a dormant movie license to great effect, and Observer saw the studio successfully turn its hand to cyberpunk horror. The Medium is a similarly excellent game, serving as further proof of the developer's horror expertise and its credentials as an exciting creative outfit.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

The Medium finally arrives on PlayStation 5, bringing over Bloober Team's horror experience to a new audience with packed DualSense implementation and a few persistent gripes from the Xbox Series version.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

One could argue that outside of its creative double-world approach, The Medium isn't the sort of revolutionary horror game that one might hope for from the start of a new generation in gaming.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a step forward for Bloober Team, mature enough to propose a compelling, twisted dark thriller with an astonishing visual art. Without run&hide sessions and with a more complex level design. it could be a more enjoyable game.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium boasts an engaging narrative plus clever gaming dynamics and while it starts slow, the ending builds to an impressive crescendo of unexpected surprises. So if you like to be surprised, don't keep reading the reviews or watching Youtube videos because this is one game that must be experienced without coming in with any prior knowledge as you twist your way through of both the land of the living and… the dead!

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a tightly designed horror-puzzle game. There may not be much survival at all, but presentation of the spirit plane is captivating and the driving mystery of the story will leave enough bread crumbs to allow players to piece the answer themselves.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium doesn't revolutionize the horror genre, but it's a compelling entry that's worth checking out.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Like many of Bloober Team's titles, The Medium isn't a horror game made for all horror fans. The lack of jump-scares can be refreshing, but some will be turned off by the lack of combat and danger. The game's relaxed pace, its linear nature, and the ease of its puzzles can erode the tension of the mystery. The strong atmosphere, grounded characters, and solid storyline will attract horror fans who are looking for something other than grotesque monsters to hunt down or run away from. For those who value plot over punch, The Medium is a journey worth taking.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 29, 2021

The Medium introduces an excellent story with interesting characters and a world that will take into an unforgettable journey. The first Xbox Series X/S exclusive well delivers.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2021

Medium may not be a flawless 9th generation experience, but is a great alternative for those who miss the Silent Hill series, thanks to its great story and wonderful music.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2021

The Medium is undoubtedly one of the best Psychological horror video games I've played in recent years. A well written story, Great atmosphere and a deep sense of mystery will make you care about The Medium till the end of the game. If it wasn't for Pacing issue in the first half and some frame rate drop, we could easily consider The Medium a Perfect Game. Regardless, The Medium is one of the Best game of this year.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 25, 2021

The Medium isn't an unflawed masterpiece. It's got some performance issues on PC and some jankeyness in unexpected places. However it has got this absolutely unique horror atmosphere, beautifully crafted worlds and some absolute heart-string pulling story moments. This is a successful return of the "horror adventure" game style from those golden oldies everyone fondly remembers. Bloober Team has done an outstanding job making this title and it's one hundred percent recommended to all fans of horror.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 2, 2021

The Medium is a game with a very good proposal and it's very well executed. Some technical issues could bother, but not to the point that I stop traveling in this madness that is Marianne's life.

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Hey Poor Player
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 27, 2021

I think I’ve hit my legal limit on flowery language in this review already, so I’ll keep it plain and simple in the end; The Medium is a fun, unsettling atmospheric horror game that is guaranteed to knock your socks off if you even remotely appreciate artistic design. It’s not a “traditional horror game,” but, then again, none of the Bloober Team games I’ve ever played have been traditional horror games. If you have a day to spare and want to spend it with a game guaranteed to draw you in (even if it takes a few hours to do so), then I don’t think you’ll regret taking The Medium out for a spin.

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Seasoned Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

The Medium has very few jump scares and it's not about killing a bunch of monsters and then moving on to the next. It's deeper and more intimate, with notable imagery and symbolism subtly presented to the player along the way.

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Kakuchopurei
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 30, 2021

I honestly want to see more Bloober Team horror games of this nature, because it seems this big ambitious project is the best direction to go. In short, The Medium is a great start to bigger and better things.

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Noisy Pixel
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium provides the best classic survival horror experience through modern gameplay systems that I have played in quite some time. It does this all without relying on action and gore but instead builds its excellence through atmosphere, environments, and narrative. There’s some refinement that could help the overall experience, but this is a gripping adventure whether you’re in reality or the spiritual plane.

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Nexus Hub
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2021

As a linear, narrative-driven horror game, The Medium is easy to recommend – and a no-brainer if you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription – thanks to the balance of unsettling exploration, involved puzzles, a handful of terrifying encounters, and frequent narrative beats.

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Saving Content
Feb 11, 2021

While rough around the edges in a few areas, overall The Medium is an excellent adventure that’s not lacking in scares, and is thoughtful in how it approaches its subject matter. I felt the tension, the dread, the sadness, and the fear in those moments where they presented themselves, and I felt a connection to Marianne and her story that I don’t often feel in many games, regardless of genre. It’s a beautiful game to look at and the art direction is excellent throughout. The Medium has a lot of heart and it wants to tell you important things, if you’ll listen. I’m not generally one to say that I enjoyed my time with any horror game, but this is a case where that is absolutely true for me, and that alone is reason enough for me to say this is a world worth experiencing.

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GameBlast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2021

The Medium is a game that makes references to the horror classics, but adds several new mechanics, making it a unique experience. Despite the low replayability and some specific technical problems, the well-built environments, the chilling soundtrack and the instigating plot make this game one of the most interesting and original in the genre.

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GotGame
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2021

As the game tackles dark subject matter and an intriguing mystery, The Medium offers a solid plot to absorb. It also gives the player an ending that they can interpret in a number of ways, though it might lack satisfaction. It’s not the scariest horror game out there, even by Bloober Team’s standards, but it’s frightening enough to get a few scares, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you have Xbox Game Pass, you should experience this game.

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Movies Games and Tech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2021

The Medium is a wonderful game that must be played by anyone who has a Gamepass subscription. I recommend you get it, and it can be purchased here! Focus your power and get to the route of your being. Can you get the answers to all your questions and be content with who you are?

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oprainfall
Mar 9, 2021

The Medium is a very dark story dripping with moody atmosphere and ambience. It has an old-school horror feel like the earlier Resident Evil games, but without jump scares. The thick ambience makes the environments very interesting to explore, as you uncover the twisted truth. I very much enjoyed my time investigating the cursed Niwa Resort, and uncovering the truth of the “Niwa Massacre.” However, it should be noted that the story includes some very dark subject matter, including child abuse. Players will get a glimpse into the minds of a number of characters along the way. It is a thought provoking story with an intentionally ambiguous ending. The weak point for The Medium may be replayability, but it does have a bunch of achievements and collectibles to get. The story is good enough that it will still easily be worth replaying again later on. I finished the game in 11 hours according to Steam, with the vast majority of the achievements. The Medium is available on Steam for $49.99, as well as on Xbox Series X|S. Are you ready to brave the darkness, free trapped spirits, and uncover the twisted truth of the abandoned Niwa Resort?

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INDIANTVCZ
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 2, 2021

The Medium is a perfect game for people who like a powerfull story. Gamer who let themselfs be carried away by the game's strong athmosphere and beautifull world design will forgive the always present bugs.

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Screen Rant
Sep 7, 2021

Bloober Team meshes all of these elements together to draw players further into The Medium's world than the Xbox/PC versions were capable of, elevating an already enjoyable experience to new heights. It stands to reason that the PS5 version of The Medium is the ideal way to experience Marianne's dual-reality adventures, and PlayStation 5 owners that enjoy horror games should definitely check the game out.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 5, 2021

The Medium surprised me with its psychologically twisted, complex and intricate story that had me enthralled from the moment the intrigue turned into something more sinister and personable. Even with its simplistic gameplay design and clunky encounter mechanics, the atmosphere of the world and enjoyable tale should carry you through even its darkest corners. In the real world, The Medium would be basic, but in the spirit realm, it comes to life and will show you the disturbing but enchanting fabric of its reality.

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COGconnected
77 / 100
77 / 100
Sep 22, 2021

With each game they release, Bloober Team continues to make strides, and The Medium is another such step. It has an intriguing story with intriguing characters. The game also has a nifty mix of old and new gameplaying elements.

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Worth Playing
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

Bloober Team is no stranger to making games that feature concepts with immense potential, like Blair Witch or Observer. The Medium is probably my favorite of theirs to date. It's got a couple of warts, but it's easy to get lost in its world (both of them), even with its pitch-black narrative overtones. It makes it feel important, though perhaps not something you'll feel compelled to play on repeat.

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IGN Italy
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

An artistically inspired and technically interesting horror, based almost entirely on narration. Those who expected an adventure with a wider scope could be very disappointed.

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Zoomg
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2021

If you love hearing a good story in a video game, then you're going to love The Medium. The blooper Teams latest game tries to be a horror experience close to the likes of Silent Hill but fails to do so since it lacks real tension required for the psychological horror it tries to be. Another issue with The Medium is that it has some really well designed puzzles, but spoils them by giving too much information. Overall, if you like a well developed story which is told in an eerie and beautiful world, The Medium is worth a try.

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JVL
15 / 20
JVL
Kikitoès

Top Critic

15 / 20
Feb 7, 2021

The Medium is in line with previous studio productions. Namely a nice game with good ideas, but that suffers from some heaviness and a technique a bit below what the competition offers. On the other hand, even if the game takes its time in its first part, it offers a gripping story carried by strong subjects and strewn with twist. The Medium remains an atypical and convincing game despite its few shortcomings.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium is at its best when you are exploring its remarkable, beautiful worlds, or enjoying the excellent composition and art direction. Unfortunately, the gameplay does not meet that high mark, and often detracts from what is otherwise a stellar aesthetic experience.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2021

The Medium is an admirable horror experience from a developer that has been making a lot of huge strides for itself in the world of horror game development. It's not something that is going to change the world of horror games, but it does enough unique things with the simultaneous dual-world mechanic to stand out. Like many horror games before it, it fails to balance its tension with certain gameplay mechanics that can turn from fear to frustration pretty quickly, but these are spaced out enough that it never ruined the experience wholesale. For any horror fans looking for a Silent Hill-esque game to fill that ominous void, The Medium will at least scratch that itch.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Despite an improved narrative when compared to Layers of Fear, The Medium does drag on a bit — especially near its climax — and resorts to a couple lazier puzzles at around that same point. On the whole though, The Medium is a rather enjoyable experience, especially for those who are fans of any of the myriad survival horror franchises I’ve already mentioned.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium presents intelligent horror and innovative gameplay inspired by Silent Hill, but far overstays its welcome and fails to provide closure. The split screen mechanics work wonders for new kinds of puzzles, but a myriad of technical issues hinder immersion.

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Rely On Horror
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Bloober Team's The Medium is an admirable effort to evoke a classical survival horror experience, but it's not without some caveats.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

As a whole package The Medium is very much a story of compromise. For all its successes in visual storytelling and interesting setting, it’s collared by poor pacing and dated game design. Still, it’s well worth a look for history buffs and those fascinated by the unknown. So what lies beyond? It’s still up for debate. In the present, The Medium offers an intriguing possibility to puzzle on.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

Although it has demanding system requirements, The Medium is still a marvelous offering when it comes to its visuals and gameplay. Its locations will haunt and horrify you, and its dual-reality system will provide refreshing ways to complete your objectives. Unfortunately, it also suffers from a few technical hiccups, and its bizarrely abrupt conclusion leaves a lot to be desired.

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PPE.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

Dual Sense in the PS5 edition does the job, but you could add a story addition for less than a year. Which does not change the fact that it is still an extremely atmospheric production.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is Bloober Team's most ambitious game to date, and while certain aspects work better than others, the result is a decent horror romp that even the most horror-averse can enjoy.

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But Why Tho?
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Overall, The Medium is a great game, when it comes to the actual nuts and bolts the game is superb. It’s scary, it’s visceral, and it showcases how Bloober Team understands horror and how to execute concepts unrestricted by location. That said, its story is less than stellar, but at 8-10 hours of gameplay, with its fantastic cinematics, it’s a hurdle you can get over.

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WayTooManyGames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2021

The Medium is right on the edge of being a great horror game, in many ways being the closest we’ve got to a true Silent Hill successor. Returning to the classic camera angles seen years ago has been a treat, whilst the dual reality pushed the genre forward in clever ways. Sadly, uninspired puzzles and stealth encounters bogged the game down quite a notch.

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Geeks & Com
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2021

The Medium is another proof that you should not stop at the first impression. I started a bit disappointed, but I ended up in awe of the very touching story and the innovative duality of the game. Although, it is only the first steps in a 3rd person world for Bloober Team, we can say that they succeeded implementing this new approach. I recommend you give it a shot as the more you will play it, the more you will want to uncover its mysteries.

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VGChartz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2021

There are a few writing and gameplay demons to exorcise, but that only keeps Bloober Team's latest from séance-sational horror game status.

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PPE.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Medium is a very interesting proposal Bloober Team. Creators still do not come to the forefront and will not set new paths in the industry, but this is another very solid position that shows that the native studio is constantly developing.

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Wccftech
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Marianne might be able to jump between two realities, but The Medium is trapped somewhere between being a worthy Silent Hill successor and another mediocre hide and seek horror game.

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Video Chums
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

The way that The Medium brings trauma to life in various ways is awe-inspiring. At the same time, it's not all that good of a video game.

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Game Revolution
Jan 27, 2021

At its best times, The Medium channels Silent Hill, but the rough pacing and limited gameplay outside of puzzle-solving hold it back. Additionally, the unsatisfactory ending leaves a sour note that detracts from the overall experience.

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TrueAchievements
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is an interesting and enjoyable game, but one let down by some awkward animations that constantly threaten to break the immersion created by an otherwise captivating game world, and those weak stealth sections that Bloober Team can't seem to leave behind. It's very much a one-and-done game — you can easily see everything it has to offer inside of ten hours, so the pricing might be a little questionable for both the quality and quantity of what you get here.

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The Escapist
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Review: The Medium from Bloober Team on Xbox Series X | S and PC is a beautiful Silent Hill 2-inspired horror game with some annoyances.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a horror with fascinating potential, but translated into an experience never really ambitious, and indeed paradoxically rather limited, restrained and shallow.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
Everyeye.it
Marco Mottura

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

Also on PS5 The Medium confirms the strengths and weaknesses of a production at times even genuinely intriguing, but unable to stand out and to sanction that consecration of the Polish studio that many would have expected (even more so with what seemed to be the project of definitive maturity). The experience is basically identical to the one lived seven months ago on Xbox Series X, with a big difference, indeed in practice two. Even without epochal revolutions, on PlayStation 5 the DualSense adds something in terms of interaction compared to the original version, but on the Microsoft console the inclusion of the game within the Game Pass catalog weighs a lot since day one.

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Washington Post
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium is uninspired, from puzzles to characters. If you’re looking for an interesting world to explore, it delivers with stunning art direction, but for those looking for a richer experience, The Medium feels skin deep.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a decent horror game that has some really good ideas, but ultimately fails to live up to its potential.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 9, 2021

The Medium is an interesting title to play through, but I think it is fair to say that while the split-screen, dual world element is a fascinating idea, it never truly excels at pushing the idea to its maximum potential.

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GameSkinny
Jan 26, 2021

The Medium is less survival-horror and more adventure-horror like the studio's past games, but so long as Bloober Team is still refining this style, the team is clearly getting better.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2021

Intriguing, mystical detective story with interesting idea of simultaneous render of two worlds. But in the end, it just doesn't pay off.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 19, 2021

The Medium is a game with great potential and bad execution, as its issues and problems such as limited gameplay, easy puzzles and bad camera work eventually overtake its great story telling and engaging atmosphere.

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Screen Rant
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a psychological horror game that is set across two worlds, but it doesn't quite live up to the potential of its gameplay features.

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Glitched Africa
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a good game that lasts just around 10 hours. After completing it I so wanted it to be more than it is. Its story and uncomfortable themes its touches on does a great job carrying the repetitive gameplay to the end. I so wanted it to be more. I wanted more challenging puzzles and gameplay elements to expand the “dual reality” mechanics. However, it never happened. I hope The Bloober Team use this as a start to something new. The game’s general premise is an interesting one and can really be expanded on. Unfortunately, it gives me Order 1886 vibes – Just playing it too safe.

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Filmweb
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is, for better or worse, old-school at its core. The split screen mechanics aren't revolutionary at all and action sequences may leave you a bit confused, but the wholesome plot and well executed narration make Bloober Team's latest effort a compelling horror story imbued with some cool sociohistorical references.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jan 27, 2021

If you like the horror, thriller genre, I can say that The Medium is a game where you can get a nostalgic taste.

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XboxEra
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium has a lot of good ideas that come together in a mixed bag of a game. I found the story to be involving and well written; the atmosphere and ambience unnerving. The environments are often hauntingly beautiful to look at, and the soundtrack is a genuine highlight. The good in this game is forced to carry you through the bad, which in some ways, is the gameplay itself, where a lack of challenging puzzles, a shallow yet innovative dual reality mechanic, and an over reliance on exposition pull you out of the detailed and interesting story Bloober are trying to tell. The Medium is then, perhaps, a victim of its own gimmick – a game of two halves, one full of detail and intrigue, the other somewhat lost in the gloom of the veil.

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DASHGAMER.com
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2021

The Medium’s daring resolute in thrilling its audience does come off a little daunting, rather than terrifying.

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33bits
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 3, 2021

The Medium suffers from wanting to look like a classic Survival Horror, but without daring to go beyond the superficial, the aesthetic. The puzzles are irrelevant, even annoying, the resource management is zero and the progression is completely linear. When The Medium really works is when it sheds that facade and becomes a walking simulator with a powerful setting and a narrative that manages to touch our hearts.

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Twisted Voxel
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2021

The Medium marries old-school horror with modern technology to mixed results but succeeds in delivering a cinematic experience with a compelling narrative.

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Blast Away the Game Review
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2021

While the small emotional ties to Sadness and Marianne only grow more complex towards the end, and the small performance hiccups and graphical bugs occur from time to time, The Medium is a strong title that – to some – will ultimately be held back due to awkward camera angles and the split duality emphasized by the use of split-screen gameplay to represent both the spirit world and that of the physical world.

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NaviGames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2021

A narrative and absorbing game with touches of survival horror. Two dimensional planes that give life to surrealistic works.

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NookGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2021

Overall, The Medium left me with feelings of general frustration. Not at the quality of the game, or the mechanics themselves, but the length of the ride. The game is simply too long and the vast majority of my issues are a result of the core game growing stale, or the story being broken up by long stretches of nothing. All that being said, I had a good time with The Medium. It’s not something I’d recommend people rush out and buy at full price, but it’s certainly a game worth experiencing.

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Game Informer
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

This is a horror game with more tedium than tension

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Cerealkillerz
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2021

The Medium falls short of expectations and repeats a lot of mistakes from the previous bloober team games. From a technical standpoint the game is impressive, besides some minor lighting issues but nearly everything else disappoints just too much.

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Easy Allies
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2021
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Press Start
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

The Medium is Bloober Team's most ambitious game in terms of scope and scale. It successfully leverages fixed camera angles and strong sound design to create a horror experience that's unashamedly nostalgic. Despite its successes, the game fails to capitalise on its unique dual reality mechanic and ultimately feels too similar to the studio's prior efforts in Blair Witch and Observer.

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Heavy
6.5 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium sadly joins Blair Witch as another disappointing effort from Bloober Team.

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Luis Alamilla
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2021
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Sirus Gaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2021

The Medium was a game I really wanted to like. With its gorgeous graphics, old school tank control gameplay, and musical pieces composed by Akira Yamaoka himself it had everything that promised a memorable experience. But at the end, the journey was unfulfilling and forgettable.

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AusGamers
6.2 / 10.0
AusGamers
KostaAndreadis

Top Critic

6.2 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Sometimes that focus is nudged in one direction via shifting screen real-estate.

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New Game Network
62 / 100
62 / 100
Feb 1, 2021

The Medium is a flawed horror experience with an interesting story and a visually captivating spirit world. Fixed camera angles add excess clumsiness and the terrible framerate drops make it difficult to enjoy the split-screen views. With some glacial pacing and a lack of genuine scares or challenges, it fails to create a strong bond with either of its two worlds.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

My favorite part of The Medium ended up being its "semi-fixed cameras," which blend old and new design philosophies in a way that seems genuinely palatable in 2021. That's the real achievement here. I can easily picture a more well-rounded sequel happening, and for what it's worth, I hope it does.

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a game that doesn't have big flaws or hits. Simplified gameplay and a half-way story between the horror story and the most serious sociopolitical discourse make Bloober Team's work doomed to be a mediocre title that we probably even remember at the end of the year.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

Despite the wrong steps, there is good in The Medium.

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VG247
VG247

Top Critic

Jan 27, 2021

No, this isn’t a production up to the level you might expect from Naughty Dog or The Coalition. This is an indie game that’s performing on the biggest stage, and for the most part it’s put on quite the show.

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Telegraph
Feb 2, 2021

Bloober Team provides the Xbox Series X/S with its first console exclusive in this psychological horror with a technological twist

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2021

The Medium shines when it's letting you soak in its beautifully crafted dual worlds and melancholic soundtrack, but early promise of a quietly effective ghost story unravels as the story staggers clumsily to a point where it becomes almost unbearable in its attempt to tackle a tough subject.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is at its best whenever the player gets to lives up to the game's title.

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PCGamesN
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

Bloober Team does well to keep things taut all the way to the end, but there's a frustrating amount of untapped potential beneath its gameplay gimmicks and art direction.

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Digital Trends
Digital Trends
Giovanni Colantonio

Top Critic

Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a chilling tone piece that's bogged down by retro influence and a protagonist that can't stop oversharing.

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TrustedReviews
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is an enjoyable survival horror that's held back by a lacklustre narrative and a signature mechanic that never reaches its full potential. Even with Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka's score ringing across the twisted soviet world, Bloober Team's latest project pales in comparison to the legends that came before it.

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PCMag
Feb 2, 2021

The Medium impresses with its next-gen graphics and unique, split-screenplay that lets you jump between the human and spirit worlds. Unfortunately, the horror game's not particularly scary.

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GameSpew
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium isn’t a bad game by any stretch of the imagination – it’s just nothing special.

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Pure Xbox
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 27, 2021

As a narrative focused experience, The Medium generally impresses. In terms of gameplay, it often just feels too easy and lacking in depth. But even with criticisms towards the latter, if you're looking to embrace a horror game for one dark night or two, The Medium is a worthy choice. It's clearly the vision of a team who loved the concept and wanted to take players on a narrative driven adventure, filled with dark themes and systems such as the dual-reality mechanic that feel integral to the story. If you can accept The Medium for the experience that it is, you're in for a good time, but dial back your expectations for the actual gameplay.

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WellPlayed
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

Much like Bloober Team’s previous horror efforts, The Medium features an interesting story in a compelling and creepy world but is let down by often boring and dragged-out gameplay sequences

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Inverse
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium stumbles because of its weak script, but it’s worth checking out if you have Xbox Game Pass and want to see what the next-gen fuss is all about.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Jan 28, 2021

If you’re after a new linear narrative adventure game set in a creepy world to play, you’ll likely enjoy The Medium, but if you’re hoping for a more involved experience, I’d suggest skipping it.

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Game Freaks 365
Feb 13, 2021

The Medium seemed like one of the more promising games coming to Xbox Series X. Visually, it makes pretty good use of the hardware, and the environments are stunning at times. Unfortunately, poor controls and seriously flawed gameplay design choices hold this back from being the instant classic that it could have been.

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Pure Dead Gaming
Feb 11, 2021

The Medium is a game with more highs than lows. Bloober Team has taken a definite step in the right direction with this latest venture and I look forward to seeing them build on these foundations.

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VGC
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium won't give you any sleepless nights, but treat it as a paranormal thriller rather than an all-out horror game and you'll find an interesting story (albeit a disturbing one at times) that will encourage you to push through its slightly repetitive split-screen gimmick to find out how it all ends. A short but intriguing tale.

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DualShockers
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

Despite its technical prowess and stunning visuals, The Medium is a drag. From slow, uninteresting gameplay to a confusing and poorly executed story, Bloober Team's latest makes for a good tech demo, but not much else.

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Explosion Network
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2021

I found myself rather bored a lot of the time, and straight-up hating several sections for being tedious or repetitive.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+

Top Critic

Jan 27, 2021

The Medium tries to do a lot but never really seems to stop and see if any of it's working.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium will scratch the horror itch for some for a while but fails to live up to its potential in a number of significant ways.

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 28, 2021

Bloober Team has summoned a rich atmosphere, under all that writing, and one or two sequences offer glimpses of a purer game.

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Paste Magazine
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

A good horror game can make rifling through old postcards and personal letters a compelling experience. But The Medium seems entitled, in that it expects me to be titillated by its character design and atmosphere but won't give me enough context to actually care about them. Between that and its tired puzzle-based progression barriers and dull character powers, The Medium fails to justify its existence.

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CGMagazine
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2021

The Medium is a poor game that is rife with bugs, bad ideas, and some nice things to look at.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Jan 28, 2021

Instead of high-tech thrills and survival horror chills, this disappointingly mundane thriller struggles to impress with a muddled narrative and unengaging gameplay.

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Guardian
Jan 27, 2021

Bloober Team's beautiful-looking exploration of intergenerational trauma is ripe ground for innovative storytelling, but fumbles its big themes

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Total Gaming Network
Feb 7, 2021

The Medium is quite offensive to those who suffer depression or trauma. It uses people who suffer as a narrative crutch to tell its story. I expected better.

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The Game Crater
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2021

The Medium looks pretty, but outside of that, this game is not special.

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