posted by MadSkillz (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL) Jan 3, 2008
Member since Nov 2005
I really liked this game. The game play is very solid, at first you may get lost in what your suppose to do, but its not hard to pick up. You start off by doing some basic operations and of course they get harder as the story progresses. The storyline is good. There is not much to complain about. The game has depth which was surprising, also it is challenging. I highly recommend this game.
I'll use this review as a comparison to the first Wii Trauma Center. Those who haven't played Second Opinion, do that first.
Many of the procedures are similar to S.O.; lacerations, tumor removal, laser treatment, etc., though there are plenty of new procedures, and a good increase in difficulty. The new nefarious ailment here is called "Stigma," they're similar but not exactly like GUILT, and for the first part of the game they're actually easier to defeat than the standard surgeries (they get wicked hard later on). The two doctors have their own style of healing touch; one slows time, the other locks the vitals in place.
The scoring screen has changed; achieving certain tasks in a surgery (no misses, less than X bleeds appear, etc.) are worth multipliers rather than straight points, and scoring is much stricter here. I don't know if the game penalizes you point-wise for using the healing touch, but it doesn't seem to; I'm far in and haven't seen a "no healing touch" bonus.
Co-op surgery is awesome. It's especially cool in later surgeries where there are multiple tasks to perform. Having an extra pair of hands to pump stabilizer into a body makes things easier, and racing to see who can remove the most tumors is a hoot.
Many surgeries require you to look around for more injuries in the person. Small but neat addition.
You can post your scores online. It's time consuming (you can't post more than one every few minutes), and of course you may experience feelings of inadequacy at seeing your scores crushed online, but that's the risk you take.
A lot of the later surgeries involve multiple patients. There are also challenge rounds that are a set of three brutal procedures. Fun!
Voice acting is okay, but the story drags painfully in places. Graphics are about the same, sound is a bit better (more music, better sound effects).
If you like Trauma Center: S.O., you're going to play this. If you haven't, play it before you play this, see if you like it.
Let me start out by saying this, if you are frustrated easily, don't play this game cause it is HARD.
Now with let's start with the Pros, the biggest one in this game, is the fact that you never really do the same operation over again in any given mission, there's always something to "spice it up". The actual controls work quite well, and the graphics are pretty good.
Now with the bad: as I mentioned before this game will beat you down, some of the operations are just unfair, and on occasion, you have to save three or four people. Also the story isn't to good.