2021 begins off with slightly deal with for individuals who take pleasure in spooky video games, as Polish developer Bloober Staff is about to launch their newest effort, The Medium, later this week.
The Medium comes out on the brand new Xbox consoles and PC. I’ve been taking part in it for a few days and it’s… okay.
Bloober Staff has been making a reputation for themselves within the horror style since they launched Layers of Worry again in 2016. Earlier than then, the Polish developer made some smaller titles that didn’t garner loads of consideration, however style followers have been pleasantly shocked by the first-person horror sport and the studio hasn’t stopped making scary leisure since.
Their newest effort is The Medium, a mystical horror puzzle sport made solely for the Xbox Collection S / X and PC. It tells the story of Marianne, a non secular medium who has the facility to journey between this world and spirit realm.
After a quick introduction, Marianne’s visions lead her to the NIWA Employee’s Resort, an eerie deserted resort someplace in Poland. After all the eerie deserted resort is haunted after a horrible mysterious tragedy, and naturally it’s as much as Marianne to uncover what actually occurred.
The Medium’s distinctive promoting level is that you simply (typically) management Marianne’s bodily and non secular type on the similar time, by way of the sport’s ‘patented’ “dual-reality gameplay”. In apply this implies the display splits in two and your actions are mirrored in each worlds. You accumulate and mix objects within the materials world to unlock a sure motion within the non secular world, with the intention to open a door that permits you to progress in each and so forth.
This gimmick is neat and it appears to be like cool, however it’s by no means actually utilized in any kind of mind-blowing manner. Most puzzles in The Medium are extraordinarily easy and don’t require loads of thought.
The one instances I bought caught on these puzzles have been once I couldn’t discover the item or motion the sport wished me to seek out. The sport’s Resident Evil-style mounted digicam place would typically make it onerous to determine what I used to be on the lookout for, and it has a behavior of inexplicably forcing you to work together with each single object in a room earlier than it permits you to progress. It by no means bought too irritating, however I do assume that The Medium would have benefitted from some extra play-testing.
The sport’s story is okay and dealt with decently. It received’t set the world on hearth, however it’s serviceable sufficient to maintain horror aficionados entertained for the roughly 10 hours it takes to finish the sport.
Audio-visually, The Medium is okay too. It makes use of Unreal Engine 4 and appears like most different video games made with that engine. I’ve solely performed the Xbox Collection X model the place it runs in 4K at 30 frames per second. I don’t have the expertise to rely pixels so I’ll depart that to the professionals, however it seemed slightly jaggy and upscaled on my display. It’s not ugly, however received’t win any awards for finest visuals both.
The soundtrack is finished by the man who did the soundtrack for the Silent Hill video games, in order that’s cool. I didn’t discover it.
In the intervening time the sport doesn’t help the console’s Fast Resume performance which was irritating and needs to be patched.
At a retail value of $49.99 it’s onerous to advocate a full value buy because it feels a bit budget-y, however luckily that’s not a difficulty as the sport is freely obtainable to Microsoft’s Recreation Go subscribers from its launch date on January twenty eighth. There’s not loads else out to play in the meanwhile so I might undoubtedly advocate giving The Medium a go if you happen to’re one of many 18 million individuals on Recreation Go.