The Medium

Rating Summary

Based on 183 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

62%

Critics Recommend

Based on 183 critic reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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