United States: November 19th,
December 2nd, 2006
Perform lobotomies, put bones back together, and remove
glass from a patient's heart all from the comfort of your
living room! Trauma Center lets you perform surgery on
patients without medical school, internship, and residency.
Get a dose of this medicine.
You are Dr. Derek Stiles, an inexperienced but loyal doctor
working at Hope Hospital in Angeles Bay. Your assistant who
is loved by all, leaves and is replaced with a sassy nurse
called Angie who seems to hate you but then warms up to you.
The story goes along normally, with you being disciplined
for being lazy, until during a surgery where you remove
glass from a patient's heart, time slows down for you and
you suture that heart in a second. It is later revealed that
you have The Healing Touch, a gift passed down from the
Greek G-d of Medicine. Later you control a doctor who has
the power as well.
Anyway, terrorists have created a bioweapon virus used to
destroy all called GUILT. They tried to use it for good, but
naturally it failed, and many people get infected. The
effects of GUILT can be lacerations to organs at least, to a
giant web that sucks energy from the heart at most.
As Dr. Stiles, you must cure everyone and find out
The gameplay is superb. You only get to control things in
surgeries, which is fun. For the first few surgeries you are
guided by your nurse who tells you what to do. You must
operate on patients to save their lives.
You have tools to help operate on patients, and they are:
Scalpel- Cuts people open, and can also be used to kill
Forceps- Just like little pliers. These can be used to grab
and place things on organs, or to pull things together.
Antibiotic Gel- This heals small wounds and disinfects areas
before you cut them.
Syringe- This handy tool can shoot up to 4 things, which are
present only when needed or available. The blue liquid cures
inflammation, the green liquid boosts vitals, the red liquid
is a sedative for tumors, and the black is a poison for
Sutures- These stitch up cuts and incisions on the patient.
You must move them in a zig-zag pattern.
Drain- This drains liquids, such as blood or cytoplasm, out
of the way so that you can see things better.
Laser- This can be used to remove polyps and kill GUILT. It
burns through human tissue, so it causes some damage as
Ultrasound/Magnification- Ultrasound detects tumors and
GUILT, and the magnification zooms up on areas.
You will also use a pen light in certain levels when it's
You have to use items with your Wii-Mote, which is
incredibly easy, as long as your hand is steady. The
controls are astoundingly easy.
Oh, the Healing Touch.
You learn the Healing Touch later in the game, and it seems
simple to use but it's a bit tricky until you practice.
As Dr. Stiles, it slows down time so you can move fast. For
the other doctor it heals patients if doing well on the
procedure. You can activate it by holding the Z and B
buttons and drawing a star on the patient (like that star
from the Exorcist or something.) You can only use it once
The patient has vitals which keep him/her healthy. If they
drop to 0, they die. Antibiotic Gel helps them a bit, but
injecting them with green serum really helps as well. You
also have a time limit, which is usually 5 minutes.
I give the gameplay:
The graphics during cut scenes are very good. Everything is
Japanese anime, so at least Angie, your new nurse, is hot.
They do not move at all, so it's almost like Fire Emblem,
except there are pictures of them and their words are at the
bottom of the screen.
During surgery, it isn't anime, but the organs look
cartoony, and there isn't much blood besides what you need.
The darkness of the human body or blood vessels are hardly
seen. For surgery, it's not that the graphics are bad, it's
just that some more detail would've been better.
I give the graphics:
The music during surgery and cut scenes is mostly the same.
A soundtrack would not be very big.
However, during the more drastic surgeries, the music is all
deathly and sounds urgent.
There is some voice acting. When the operation starts Dr.
Stiles says something like "I will save this patient!" or
"Let's begin the operation!" Angie also says things like
"Good job, Dr. Stiles!" or "What the...?"
There is not as much sound as I would have liked, and almost
no sound effects, but it's not terrible.
I give the sound:
Yes, yes yes! You can replay anything in the game, even
though some levels may be too easy.
Even cutscenes are replayable. Before replaying a game, it
even gives you an option of skipping the cutscenes and going
straight to the surgery. My dream come true!
Replayability is great in this game.
I give the replayability:
Oh, yes, there is tons of challenge.
Not only do you need to memorize certain procedures, but
there is a time limit, vitals, and complications. On one
level you even need to disarm a bomb with your scalpel,
foceps, and laser. And it just gets harder. The GUILT has
many bars worth of health, and holding the Wii-Mote steadily
enough can prove to be a challenge. You also need to have
somewhat of an understanding of medicine to know what's
I give the challenge:
Sometimes the controls screw up a bit and the patients'
health goes low too fast, and the GUILT is incredibly hard
to kill. Also, some of the levels can get repetitive. I've
done a bazillion tumors already! Other than that I have no
I give the frustration:
This game is from December or so, but it's still on the
Wii, so I'd say... $30.00? I don't know how much it costs,
so you got me. I'd buy it for $20.00
I give the value:
Here's something sorta cool. Most of the patients' names
are based off of names from Scrubs, and other doctor shows.
For example, your first patient is Kevin Turk, like Chris
Turk from Scrubs. Linda Reid and Mr. Cox connote to Elliot
Reid and Dr. Cox.
Is that cool or what?
I give the extras:
This game is thrilling, tough, and incredibly fun. I'd
recommend playing Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the DS
before trying this, but if you get this first then that's
good as well.
I give Trauma Center: Second
Well, that's my review of Trauma Center: Second Opinion.
Eat apples, get exercise, and the nurse will give you a
lollipop on the way out.
Written By: Adam
Date Submitted: August 7th, 2007
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