The Medium review: “Hard to see this mildly spooky adventure as anything other than a misstep”

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The Medium review: “Hard to see this mildly spooky adventure as anything other than a misstep”

The Medium tries to do a lot but never really seems to stop and see if any of it’s working.

There is a lot going on The Medium. It’s a busy mix of mechanics and story threads that jostle to fit in, never settling, and rarely trusting the player to enjoy themselves without a watchful hand to guide them. I spent a lot of time tapping the run button for example, because I wanted to move faster, but you can only run when allowed. And if The Medium decides you’re in an atmospheric moment you’d better damn well walk and soak it in. It feels like a story that someone spent so long thinking about, planning, and clearly loving, that they forgot about the bit where another person has to play it and panicked at the last minute that people might play it wrong. 

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