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I am liking the atmosphere and music. Looking forward to trying this game out.



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With recent previews.. this looks like more of a budget mystery game with puzzles and rather than a survival horror. Hard pass.



Looks like a solid AA game



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles. 

 

hinch said:

With recent previews.. this looks like more of a budget mystery game with puzzles and rather than a survival horror. Hard pass.

The developer and the publisher are the same company, so it is an indie game by the traditional definition, and genre-wise, psychological horror is what Blooper Team does most often , especially in the more recent past (observe the pattern), and is the genre of The Medium as well. I feel like some people are approaching this game with the wrong expectations.



Will try only cuz I have GamePass. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have done so.



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Bloober can be really hit and miss, Layers of Fear 1 and Observer were great, while Layers of Fear 2 and Blair Witch were meh. Really hoping that The Medium is one of the good ones. What I've seen of it so far looked pretty good, but the animations are pretty herky jerky, kind of expected better on that front since this is their highest budget game ever. 

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As a GP subscriber, I'm gonna give it a try, so long as reviews aren't terrible. If i didn't have GP, there's little chance that I would buy this game.

That's one of the great benefits of Gamepass - we try games that we otherwise wouldn't. Sometimes we find hidden (from us) gems this way..



Yeah, I would have likely not bought it or waited for a sale. I really enjoyed layers of fear. Played through it 3 times to get all the endings/achievements too. I haven't played any of their other games since though. Definitely one of the biggest advantages of GamePass.



I just finished "The Medium" and enjoyed it very much. Point&click adventures are still my favorite genre, so I didn't mind the lack of action or "a challenge".

The game reminded me of the first Silent Hill games and Alan Wake. The "red level" an Thomas's power also reminded me of "Control". "The Medium" would fit nicely into the "Control" canon as story-focused AWE (altered world event).

Thanks to DLSS the RT-performance was quite good the most part of the game (60 - 100 fps in most areas), but with some more hardware-heavy areas/scenes down to ~40 fps and a few very problematic seconds with heavy drops even below 10 fps.

Can't remember any other game with such a wide performance range, that smells like fixable software problems. I hope they fix these problematic scenes for the PC and Xbox versions with timely patches.

Some reviewers complained about the length of the game, but around eight hours ain't too short for that kind of game, IMHO. Silent Hill 1 - 4 and Alan Wake were in the same ballpark, also 8 - 10 hours.

Compared to Layers of Fear it is a huge jump for a small team like Bloober Team (but I haven't played Layers 2 or Observer yet).

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Conina said:

I just finished "The Medium" and enjoyed it very much. Point&click adventures are still my favorite genre, so I didn't mind the lack of action or "a challenge".

The game reminded me of the first Silent Hill games and Alan Wake. The "red level" an Thomas's power also reminded me of "Control". "The Medium" would fit nicely into the "Control" canon as story-focused AWE (altered world event).

Thanks to DLSS the RT-performance was quite good the most part of the game (60 - 100 fps in most areas), but with some more hardware-heavy areas/scenes down to ~40 fps and a few very problematic seconds with heavy drops even below 10 fps.

Can't remember any other game with such a wide performance range, that smells like fixable software problems. I hope they fix these problematic scenes for the PC and Xbox versions with timely patches.

Some reviewers complained about the length of the game, but around eight hours ain't too short for that kind of game, IMHO. Silent Hill 1 - 4 and Alan Wake were in the same ballpark, also 8 - 10 hours.

Compared to Layers of Fear it is a huge jump for a small team like Bloober Team (but I haven't played Layers 2 or Observer yet).

I'm about halfway through and it definitely did remind me a bit of Alan Wake, Silent Hill, and with bits from Control. I'm really enjoying it so far. I'll probably come back in here to talk about it when I finish.