Review by rin2075
"Is real surgery this hard?"
Trauma Center: Second Opinion is a remake of the DS title Trauma Center: Under the Knife. Although it is such, this game is much more suited for the Wii, and personally is one of my favorite games on the new console.
Story - 7/10
The story of this game is very interesting. Basically, you're a fresh, new doctor out to show the world what you're made of. You operate on many different patients with mostly unique symptoms for each one, but a little into the story you discover the biggest bio-terrorist threat the world has ever seen. This is what the game mostly focuses around. The story is quite captivating, not too slow or too fast-paced, but for me it just seemed a little too far-fetched, even for the year 2018.
Music/SFX - 8/10
The music in this game is quite nice and is very appropriate for this kind of game. On the one hand you are performing a simple operation with simple operation music most of the game, but then there are those really important missions that have music reminiscent of a boss battle from a typical RPG game, which really adds to the pressure of completing missions, at least for me. The sound effects are nicely done. The gel sounds like gel, the drain sounds like a drain, and stitching sounds like stitching, although the SFX aren't so graphic as to make your stomach turn.
Graphics - 7/10
Although not important for a game like this, I thought to include it anyway. The graphics in this game are pretty well done. The characters are drawn nicely, the backgrounds are cool, and the cities don't look half bad (even if they all look the same). The operation graphics are not stunning or amazing. In fact, if they didn't tell you what organ you were working in I probably couldn't identify half of them, but for the most part that is a good thing. While it would be nice for the blood and organs to be a little more detailed, some people might not be able to stomach more than what is already shown, so I guess it is ok.
Gameplay - 10/10
This is where the game really shines (thank goodness because this is really the only important part of a game). Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the DS had pretty good controls that allowed you to feel like you were actually drawing liquids out and putting them in, like you were really applying gel or massaging the heart, but the layout of your tools and the difficulty that came with it just kinda sucked some of the fun out of it. Not so for the Wii. This game takes full advantage of the Wii's unique control style. Your tools are selected using the Nunchuk by simply pushing the analog in the direction of the corresponding tool, and you use the selected tool with the "Wii-mote" by pointing to the problem area on the screen and pressing A or B to activate the tool and use it. Not only does this provide for quick tool selection in a pinch but it also provides the feel of using "two hands", so to speak, of putting one tool back and getting another. The responsiveness and precision of the Wii-mote is simply amazing, a lot better than I thought it was going to be, and is a lot easier to use than one might think. Now, All this sounds pretty simple right? Wrong. Although the game's difficulty level has been somewhat evened out in this game, the addition of the Wii-mote control scheme makes it only slightly less hard than the DS game. *just a side note* (A lot of people might say "well <insert game title here> is too hard so it sucks". NO. If a game is too hard for you it means YOU suck, not the game, which means you need to go get better and come back when you have skills). *end side note* Although this makes the game hard, there are three difficulty levels to choose from if you find one to be too challenging for you at the moment.
Re-playability - 6/10
Not really too important for me, but the game does have a certain re-playability factor to it using the "rank" system. You can go back and play the game on easy or hard, or you can just try and tackle your old ranks with higher ones. Nothing special.
Overall - 9/10
Really the only thing this game has going for it is the gameplay, which really is all that matters. Everything else is pretty average (except for the music which is really good). Definitely a must buy for the new Wii console due to the fact that it really takes advantage of the control scheme. And while it is on the very difficult side, it is not unplayable.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/27/06
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