Review

The Medium review: Bloober’s paranormal walking simulator is more disturbing than scary

The Xbox Series X/S exclusive is packed with atmosphere but somewhat lacking in bite

Game Designer
Wojciech Piejko
Key Credits
Jacek Zięba (Producer), Akira Yamaoka (Co-composer)

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.

  • Brilliantly detailed and atmospheric environments, especially the main hotel
  • Fantastic musical score co-composed by Akira Yamaoka
  • A compelling but concise plot that doesn't overstay its welcome
  • The split-screen mechanic has great potential but its uses aren't very varied
  • If you're expecting a terrifying experience you won't find it here
3 / 5
Version tested
Xbox Series X | S
The Medium review: Bloober’s paranormal walking simulator is more disturbing than scary
Game Designer
Wojciech Piejko
Key Credits
Jacek Zięba (Producer), Akira Yamaoka (Co-composer)

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.

  • Brilliantly detailed and atmospheric environments, especially the main hotel
  • Fantastic musical score co-composed by Akira Yamaoka
  • A compelling but concise plot that doesn't overstay its welcome
  • The split-screen mechanic has great potential but its uses aren't very varied
  • If you're expecting a terrifying experience you won't find it here
3 / 5
Version tested
Xbox Series X | S