gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I could care less about doing surgery, but this gets you motivated. What's more, I thought it would be merely a simulation game, but LOW AND BEHOLD! A Storyline! An interesting one at that. And who ever thought that some of them would feel like your neccessary boss fights in a regular RPG? Or at least it feels that way to me. Pretty good if I do say so myself. The bad parts are more like when you have to act quickly with the surgery while not letting the patient die. Why is this bad? It seems simple enough as this is what you do with surgery... but any time what you're fixing has a mind of its own and is killing the patient at the same time AND fighting against YOU... it's not that easy... You'll see.
gamers (84%) found this review helpful
Aside from Zelda, there really arent alot of solid games out for the Wii right now. So having a few gift cards to burn I picked up Trauma Center:Second Opinion. First of all its nothing more that a puzzle game really, hidden in a surgeons garb. That doesn't make it a bad game though. This game uses the Wii remote to accomplish all the medical procedures. You use the nun chuck to select your tool, scalpel, disinfectant, suture, syringe, laser, mri...etc. the point the wiimote to the treatable area. From removing tumors to shards of glass from patients. Very compelling. It plays fantastic, with the help of a good tutorial mission or two. The real downer is the lame story telling, its not the story, its the telling. Long tedious subtitled sessions of hitting the "a" button through most of it. Somehow this annoying feature doesn't take much away from the game though. I find the hours just fly buy and it gets really hard to put down. The graphics are sub par, but after all its really just a puzzle game. With the lack of great Wii launch titles, this easily falls into the number two slot in my Wii lineup. I recommend this game.
Talk about a game that absorbs you into the action! When you master the controls and start performing surgery super fast on the extreme levels it feels intense. At the first of the game it is kind of annoying when the nurse stops you all the time but after you learn those controls and it lets you loose then you feel like a surgeon racing the clock. The game makes perfect use of the wii remote and the nunchuck. The remote can be used as a scapel,laser,stiches, and the nunchuck allows you to speedily switch between them. When I first saw the control pad for the wii I wondered what kind of a game would you need to have your hands separate like that. Well trauma center you need to have a steady hand like a surgeon but be able to switch quickly between the tools fast with your other hand so with them separated your left hand doesn't bump your steady right (operating hand). It is awesome and I don't think it would work nearly as well with any other controller. This game truly shows the fun aspects of the wii remote/nunchuck. You might be tempted to skip over the story line so you can get to the operation but don't. It has a quality story line that will make your patients seem more real and give you a better appreciation for what doctors and surgeons do for a living. You can learn the controls for this game in a few short hours but then there is a huge replay value as you try to get master surgeon on all of the levels. You won't be doing that unless you know your tools locations very well, and then you can fly and you will feel like you are qualified to do real surgery. However my wife (also a big fan of the game) hasn't let me perform surgery on her yet. If you have a wii this game is a must play.