The Medium Is Now Available On Xbox Game Pass

Fans of psychological horror will be pleased to hear that The Medium launches today (Jan 28) on Xbox Game Pass, meaning members of the service can download and dive in right now!

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The Medium is a game somewhat similar to the likes of Silent Hill, with an ominous aesthetic and lots of convoluted plot hooks. Filling the shoes of protagonist Marianne, players will have to venture into the spirit realm to uncover the secrets of her past. Switching between worlds is at the core of The Medium’s gameplay and is weaved into its story and puzzle mechanics.

Notably, it’s the first Xbox Series X|S console exclusive (sorry, Xbox One gamers!)

Screenshot from The Medium
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Now that the game is available on Xbox Game Pass, various horror fans across the PC and console spectrum will be able to try out the game for themselves.

Being able to play The Medium on launch day as part of the subscription stands as a reminder to how beneficial the service can be. This is especially true during the current pandemic lockdown, which has lead to the closure of all non-essential shops in the UK. 

That being said, it seems like The Medium is actually something of a digital exclusive, with Microsoft seemingly skipping any sort of physical release. This is pretty troubling, especially since some players lack out there lack an internet connection. 

the medium game
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While the game could still see a physical release further down the line, it’s entirely possible that this is going to happen more and more during this generation. The current global situation could be used to an excuse to rush in an all-digital era, one that will leave the disk drive on your PS5 and Series X feeling a little redundant.

The Medium has so far received mixed-to-good reviews, with GameByte giving the game an 8.5/10, describing the experience as an “absolutely chilling romp” and a horror experience that our reviewer, Lara Jackson, “won’t be forgetting anytime soon”. 

Will you be playing The Medium on Xbox Game Pass or are you holding out for its potential physical release?

Check out 30 minutes of gameplay in the video below!

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