Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Release Date: July 1, 2008
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: T
Official Web site

In a nutshell: All the fun of surgery... now with less blood!

0:00 The Wii version of the original game was one of my favorite early games for the system. Here's hoping the controls work as well using the DS stylus.

0:01 Black-and-white scenes of medical offices fly by. Derek Stiles, Angie Thompson, Adel Tulba and Heather Ross are introduced just as quickly. A bird flies over a city. Scenes of incisions, patches and pentagrams. Seems pretty similar to the intro for the original, if I remember correctly.

0:02 I choose the Normal difficulty and am relieved to be told I can change it later. I wish more games had this feature. Then, a warning about this game being a work of fiction. Were there really people who thought this was nonfiction?

0:03 "The Republic of Costigar, Africa... The internal warfare plaguing the people of this country for over a decade has finally come to an end." What a cheery introduction! There are still guerrillas and landmines and such, but the country is finally headed in the right direction. "A doctor named Derek Stiles has come to Zakara, one of Costigar's many refugee camps, to provide medical care to those in need." Hey, that's the guy from the first game!

0:04 Chapter 1: "Doctor in a Foreign Land." Derek is "a surgical prodigy who travels around the world helping patients." Angie is "an elite nurse with an International Nursing License" and "Derek's trusted partner." Insert sexually suggestive interpretation of "trusted partner" here.

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

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