Trauma Center: Under the Knife review

  • Best use of stylus controls, ever
  • Tensely-paced surgeries
  • Wacky hospital staff
  • Text logs between and during surgeries
  • Difficult procedures=lots of do-overs
  • No multiplayer

Trauma Center’s twisted tale is told through text-driven dialogue between a bizarre cast of anime-inspired characters. Along the journey you’ll uncover the mysteries of a terrorist-engineered virus, learn the "healing touch" - a medically unrealistic, but life saving technique - and even adapt your surgical skills to defuse a bomb.

Explaining all this often requires you to slog through too much text, but this is more a testament to how much fun the actual gameplay is than a knock against the narrative. It's not that the story is bad; it's just that the surgeries are so addictive that you’ll be anxious to scrub back in to the O.R. and pick up your scalpel/stylus. If a lack of new and addictive gaming content is what ails you, we prescribe this satisfying surgical sim. Pick it up and call us in the morning.

More Info

Release date: Oct 04 2005 - DS (US)
Apr 28 2006 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS, Wii
Published by: Atlus, Nintendo
Developed by: Atlus, Nintendo
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Language, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity

1 comment

  • GameManiac - November 6, 2009 5:05 a.m.

    Wow... First comment after FOUR years... Anyway, I'll probably get this game soon. I wonder how it plays...

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