A new DualSense-focused trailer for the upcoming PS5 version of The Medium has arrived, and it’s an alluring look at how the Controller elevates the game of supernatural horror.
DualSense tricks and haptic feedback can start to be overkill when every PS5 game under the sun pushes them – stop me if you’ve ever seen a game use triggers to mimic string tension – but The Medium really did it all to help. remove some cool features. That said, the opening is a classic: as protagonist Marianna charges up a mind blast, the triggers will reduce the simulated tension.
Thankfully, the rest of the trailer features less familiar ideas, some of which remind me of the DualSense magic of Returnal, a PS5 exclusive, which many consider to be one of the best showcases for the tech. When you set up a Spirit Shield to keep a storm of moths from reaching you, for example, you’ll feel small, quick pulses all over the controller as they collide with your shield. On the other hand, when you hold your breath while hiding, you will feel big impulses to indicate when Marianne will be out of breath. This is further amplified by a trick with the light bar that makes her flash along with Marianne’s flashlight when monsters are nearby.
It’s not just haptic feedback either. You can use the DualSense touchpad to rotate objects as you inspect them for clues, and its built-in gyro sensor can be used to control the camera during first-person exams (probably in case the faithful right joystick is MIA). And when you use tools to overcome environmental blockages, the little speaker located directly on the DualSense will make sounds mimicking the tool you’re using, from bolt cutters to scalpels.
The Medium will arrive on PS5 on September 3. Check out our full review of The Medium for more on the psychological adventure.
The Bloober developer team has in partnership with Konami working on two new games “larger” than The Medium.