Review by papercup
"Great use of the touch screen."
Trauma Center is at first a sort of weird concept for a game. Playing a surgeon, trying to save peoples lives? How could that be fun? Well it is, it's damn good fun. It is a surprisingly good game, and one must have for anyone's DS library.
This is of course the most important part of any game. Everything is done with the Stylus, yes everything. From picking what tools you need, to using them and trying to use them effectively. You have 13 tools to pick from, and a situation when you need to utilize each and every one of them. From removing tumors, to sucking up blood clots to destroying viruses. It sounds simple, open up your patient, remove a tumor, a shard of glass, whatever. But it is a surprisingly difficult game, and only gets harder as you go along. So you find yourself doing procedures faster and faster to train yourself for later missions.
The controls are all done with the stylus but it doesn't always work really smoothly, especially when you are injecting a patient with stabilizer, or sucking up blood or cytoplasm, it can be a little annoying. And it can be a little annoying trying to suture a cut or wound and it won't stitch back up, no matter how many different approaches you take. Thus it does take away a little bit from your accuracy and time, which can get you a bad score.
Trauma Center is a very difficult game, it starts out kind of easy, and just gets harder and harder and harder. You'll find yourself starting missions over constantly. In most missions you have about a 5 minute time limit, and you can only make so many mistakes before you fail and another doctor has to finish the surgery for you. You have to learn to work fast and accurate, which is of course very hard to do.
For a game about surgery it has a surprisingly deep story. It involves everything from Euthanasia to religious terrorists. I'm not kidding here. And there's a lot of drama going on in between missions. And a lot of the characters have to deal with things such as death, and neglectful parents and friends who just might not exactly be their friends. In some of the later missions it can get a little disturbing, and very disgusting. Definitely not your typical surgery disturbing or disgusting either. However it's not a really thrilling story, and it can be a little predictable at times, but there is a lot of story none-the-less.
There's not really a lot of replayability in this game. There's only one difficulty(Very Hard) But you can go back and replay every mission to try and get that shiny S Rank on all 40-ish missions, which will have you trying to beat missions in just seconds, yes in seconds. Which only adds to it's difficulty.
The graphics are very nice, they aren't the best on the DS, but they are still great. And with hand drawn anime-like characters it only adds to how great this game looks. Everything looks so nice, and smooth it is a great looking game. There's not much else to say here except it looks nice.
Buy or Rent?
If you are a hard core DS player looking for a difficult game with lots of touch screen based game play you will definitely want to buy this game. If not this game might not be for you. It can be very violent, and of course gory, and in some of the later levels it can be really disturbing. If you are not a fan of blood and disturbing story lines you might want to stay away from this game.
It is a great game on the DS, a hard game, a gory game, but a great game. It makes great use of the touch screen for those that like to use the stylus. You will find yourself trying to work fast and accurate, which is very difficult. So if you are looking for a good game for the DS pick up Trauma Center: Under the Knife.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/16/07
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