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The Medium – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews The Medium.

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You know what, Konami, I don’t even care about Silent Hill anymore. You make all the Pachinko machines and arcade shooters and Pyramid Head-shaped suppository kits you like. I loved Silent Hill once, but you know what, getting us attached to name franchises is how they get you. That’s why Disney can sell haunted Zyklon-B canisters just by sticking C3PO on the front. I don’t want a new Silent Hill, I want interesting new horror games that benefit from Silent Hill’s influence. I like bands influenced by Nirvana but I wouldn’t like it if they nailed Kurt Cobain’s body to the front of the drum kit. Well, you’re in luck, Yahtzee, me drivelling old game reviewing giant sea turtle, because here’s The Medium, a new original survival horror game not only inspired by Silent Hill but featuring music from Akira Yamaoka, himself. Yeah, all the shitty Silent Hills had music from Akira Yamaoka. So did the Dead by Daylight expansion, and Shadows of the Damned, and… World of Tanks?! Akira Yamaoka apparently has trouble saying no to people. And why are you trying to cover the developer logo? Erm. ‘Cos it’s by Bloober Team. Ugh. Fucking walking simulator merchants. Wish they’d simulate walking over to a fucking whiteboard and coming up with some new ideas for once.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.