A third-person horror game that’s elevated by some of the sharpest writing and acting in the genre.
What is it? A third-person stealth/puzzler horror game in the spirit of old school Resident Evil.
Expect to pay: $50/£40
Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Bloober Team
Reviewed on: Ryzen 7 3700X, RTX 2060 Super, 16 GB RAM, SSD
Link: Official site
We’re all going to die some day, so I won’t waste your time: The Medium is one of the best third-person horror games I’ve ever played. Bloober Team, the studio behind Blair Witch and the Layers of Fear series, has completely outdone those less ambitious games with the fantastically written, emotionally grounded story of Marianne, a young woman who can see and communicate with spirits. What it lacks in technical polish it makes up for with chilling set pieces and thoughtful plot developments.
The Medium plays like an old school Resident Evil game, minus the guns. You navigate Marianne around crumbling, abandoned hotels and claustrophobic Cold War bunkers from fixed camera angles, which can be cumbersome, but it’s an effective design choice. Like the games that inspired it, The Medium is excellent at making you feel like you’re always being watched, and that danger could be lurking just out of view at any time.