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Old 03-31-2009, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trauma Center: Under the Knife

This is going to be one of my current gen reviews, dont expect a lot with them since I'm going to do Advent Rising after this and then do some of the games on this site. Maybe one day I will return to next gen reviewing. ANYWAY, this review will be longass, so prepare to read.

Trauma Center, is the first game to come out, in a very small niche genre that I had thought dead. If you can recall games like "Life or Death", then you will be right as home here...but there is a twist.

In Trauma Center, you are thrust into the role of Dr. Derek Stiles, who while being called a doctor, comes off aloof and unaware that, he is deal with life or death here, real people...and this, is where the game grows on you.

You will experience what Derek does, his ups, his downs, and you will experience what it means to truly play God, as Derek learns about his special ability. Taking a page from all good anime, Atlus has created a game where, the basis is quite simple, but by infusing you into situations that seem insane, and impossible, the game will push you to succeed, and ultimately, learn what becomes of Derek.

That is however just scraping the surface. Through the course of the game, you will not only deal with emotions, but with medical terrorism, and ultimately, Derek's "Gift". This game is good as is, but had the writing and characters been flat, it would not be interesting enough to keep playing. Fortunately, what you get here, is top notch presentation, and great dialoge.

Not to dive to deep into the story, as to spoil anything, but lets just say, if you think this is going to be ER with anime style characters, and 3D operations, think again.

This game proves why you need a touch screen, and why the concept works so well. As soon as you dig into this game, you will realize first hand, why this game will only be available on the DS, or a system with a touch screen. You will perform life or death operations, in 3D, and with the stylus, so every twitch you make, every wrong slice, will cost you dearly. However, it is the intense pace, and stylus, that make this game what it is.

Graphically, it works. It's nothing all that impressive, and while its about operating, the gore is kept to a respectable level...still, there are moments where you might cringe or go "eww". There are also moments when, you'll think your done, and then all hell will break loose. It is then, that you must learn to use Derek's special gift, and your own split second operating skills, to overcome what the game throws at you.

Simply put, it's intense. Trauma Center is an emotional rush, an addrenialine pack romp of playing doctor and learning the cost of human life, and above all else, a fun game.

So whats the verdict? If you have a DS, you have no reason not to own this game. After the storyline ends, you can go back to any of the operations, and try to beat your skill record. This is not easy, hence, to get the best rank for all operations in the game, you will need time. So the game has replay.

Aside from all this, it's that rare gem from Japan, that infuses two types of gameplay, and mixes them into a pot, with good gaming elements already found in the US, and comes out with a awe inspring tasty mix, that you won't want to put down.

Buy Trauma Center now, or miss out on what could be considered one of the best games of the DS.

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Old 04-01-2009, 04:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Trama Center: Under the Knife

Honestly I was on the fence and you just sold me. I don't have many DS games but I can see owning this one.
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Re: Trama Center: Under the Knife

Growing up as a kid, Life or Death was one of my favorite PC games. I didn't own it, but everytime I went to my buddy's house, I wanted to play it.

I remember the intensity to this very day, as you carefully cut into your patient and work to extract the appendix, spleen, or whatever the game threw at you.

I don't own a DS, but my nieces do. Looks like they might be misplacing their DS at Uncle Tanc's house for a week or two.

Good review, by the way.
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Re: Trama Center: Under the Knife

Dude you spelled Trauma wrong, lol great review, great game... I'm gonna review Second Opinion for the Wii
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Re: Trama Center: Under the Knife

I just noticed he spelled it wrong Fixed.
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Re: Trauma Center: Under the Knife

This is one of the most fun games I have played.
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