Review by RidleysShadow

"If a surgeon can do it, you can too!"

Trauma Center: Second Opinion is the remake of the previously DS exclusive surgery game Trauma Center: Under the Knife. Do new features like improved graphics, a new surgeon, and a whole extra chapter make this game worthwhile?

What you do in Trauma Center Second Opinion, is do surgery, obviously. It's a strange concept, sure, but certainly an awesome one. You switch tools with the nunchuck analog stick and perform the operations with the remote, which allows you to switch tools more quickly than you were able to in the DS version, making the game somewhat easier. Each of the tools are used frequently from cutting the patient open with the scalpel, laser off tiny tumors, or use a magic gel that can cure small wounds. The game starts off slow and simple, removing tumors and glass. But the difficulty will increase quickly as the pressure builds up, the game can get really intense.

As you progress in the game, you learn an ability called the Healing Touch which can slow time temporarily by holding Z, B, and drawing a star on the screen. Unfortunately, the game sometimes has trouble recognizing the star which can get very frustrating, especially when you're in a tight situation. You'll also use your tools outside of the operating room from solving puzzles to disarming a bomb!

For the remake, a new surgeon with her own missions was added. With these missions they explore some cool ideas like surgery in the dark, or repairing an arm. All of the character art has been redone to look more professional, and updated graphics which are nice. One of the things people didn't like about the first one was that in some missions, it was very difficult. This has been addressed as there is now an easy mode a normal mode, as well as a hard mode for people who want more of a challenge. They completely replaced the final chapter of the DS version, instead summing it up after beating the chapter before it, with a whole new one involving the new surgeon.

The game has an excellent story, which revolves around a rookie surgeon called Derek Stiles discovering his ability of the Healing Touch and having to stop a new disease called G.U.I.L.T. On that note, treating G.U.I.L.T. is completely fictional, because you're basically fighting evil bugs with your surgical tools. While unrealistic, it's immensely fun and it makes the story unique. The music is terrific, perfectly fitting the game. Whether it's intense music when the patient is close to death, or calm music when you're in the hospital, it really adds to the experience.

After you beat the game, you have some extra extremely hard missions to go through(whose difficulty is fittingly named Insane). You can also S Rank every mission, but there isn't much of a point. I'm a bit disappointed that you can't play as the other surgeon, because she has a unique healing touch. But for some missions you'll need to freeze time so it may be for the best.

Overall, Trauma Center: Second Opinion is a great remake and worth buying no matter what the situation.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/06/07

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