Trauma Center: New Blood review

There will be blood... and some puss

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Clinically addictive fun

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    Sought after co-op play has arrived

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    16:9 support and online leaderboards


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    Not too different from Second Opinion

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    Lots of long

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    unanimated cinemas

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    Difficulty jumps around a bit

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Nov 20, 2007

Blood. Malpractice suits. Nearly a decade of book leanrnin'. Most of us don't have what it takes to brave Med school, muchless dig sharp instruments into our fellow man. So when last year'sTrauma Center hit the Wii, we finally learned for ourselves... how to save a life. Okay, it's just a game, but damned if slicing incisions, stitching wounds, and firing lasers at polypsdidn't make forone of the most fun, and perfectly suited, experiences for Nintendo's new console.

Above: Meet Dr. Markus Vaughn. Isn't he dreamy?

This time around Trauma Center: New Blood isoffering just that. Rather than a DS reworking, we've got brand new doctors bringing the dramawith anall new storyline. Granted it's a game that doesn't really need a plot, but we were surprised to find a fairly engaging little yarn in the plight of these Alaskan MDs. And the voiceovers are some of the best we've seen on the Wiito date.

Everything else is largely unchanged. As far as gameplay goes, you'll still use the nunchuk's analog stick to select your tools of the trade while, using the Remote to snip, drain and tweeze until your hearts content. Also back is the super-concentration Healing Touch maneuver, activated with Z and B to help out desperate doctors pinched for precision.

More info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionIt's the same Trauma Center that got our hearts pumping last year, now with all new characters, storylines and procedures. But it's the included co-op mode that'll keep you and your friends cutting well into the New Year.
Franchise nameTrauma Center
UK franchise nameTrauma Center
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)