Monday, February 26

Game: Trauma Center: Under the Knife (DS) Click for more info

Now that I finished the seemingly never-ending Ace Attorney 2, I finally have a chance to catch up on some of the older games I've had piling up on my to-play list.

Trauma Center is a game made for the DS. It's premise is pretty obvious; you play a surgeon who gets to operate on various patients with equally various problems - it's a kind of modern Operation in the sense that you cut, operate and suture with as much speed and precision as you can.

It sounds fun, and to a large extent it is. There are some problems though - mainly due to the lack of feedback that you get from the game. It demands quite a bit of accuracy from you; it's almost on rails in that sense, and if you don't get it right it'll make you do it again. And again. And again. This in itself isn't a problem except the game doesn't give you any clues as to what you re doing wrong - there is no learning curve and it reduces to a game of trail and error. Having said that, I've only experienced the issue once or twice and they were quickly forgotten when I got to the bits that did work.

It's a bit unfortunate, because the game would have been super-good instead of just good. As it stands, it's still a strong title and well worth giving a bash.