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  • Summary: Take your Nintendo DS into the Operating Room! Trauma Center: Under the Knife lets YOU play doctor, performing increasingly complex surgeries. At first it's just another day in the O.R., but when a mysterious outbreak sweeps the area, the patients' lives are in your hands--no pressure. The stylus will be your scalpel as you make incisions, anesthetize problem areas, remove tumors, monitor vital signs, apply bandages, and more! Of course, you'll also have to deal with human drama between appointments. Keep a cool head, or you'll be out on the street (and all those years of medical school for nothing). [Atlus USA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Here is a game that is both more exciting and more educational than Casualty, ER and Scrubs put together.
  2. If WarioWare was Touching 101, Trauma Center is Applied Touching 501. [Dec 2005, p.114]
  3. A unique experience that only the DS can handle. If you own a DS pick this game up, it’s well worth a play.
  4. 80
    A well polished and kick ass surgery game that makes excellent use of the Nintendo DS' touch screen. But what I wasn't prepared for was its engaging story, and that added bonus puts this game over the top.
  5. Succeeds in creating an engaging story full of equally engaging characters that will push you to complete the game just to see where it goes and what kind of sadistic surgery you'll have to perform next.
  6. A wonderfully unique game that does an excellent job of sucking the player in through both the tense operations and intricate story segments.
  7. 69
    If you find yourself in a charitable frame of mind, and can overlook the ridiculous story, one-dimensional characters, and hackneyed story elements, Trauma Center is a great twitch-action game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. AnonymousMC
    Nov 7, 2008
    If you have a DS, and don't have this game, why are you just sitting there? Go and buy it right now and prepare for a game that will last for ages. It's a challenge, and can be frustrating, but what, do you think surgeons can cut a patient open and sew them shut and call it a day? No. They have to live with frustration, too. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 29, 2005
    This and Castlevania is the best game out for the DS.
  3. LukasS.
    Aug 4, 2006
    I really LOVE this game. Its definetly one of my favourite games.
  4. ShinnA.
    Oct 25, 2005
    Trauma Center is one of those games that goes the extra mile and produces a title that could only be on the DS. the touch surgergies have just enough difficulty to make them very satisfying, and the story isn't all that bad (even if you aren't a fan of anime). This is a most worthy title that every DS enthusiast should own, if only to see this genre of games thrive. Expand
  5. TonyG.
    Mar 26, 2006
    as nasty as is is, it is real fun. who would think? this game has me hooked. this is going to be a real rarity one day. happy i got it now before i will have to pay big bucks on ebay in the near future. for people who think it is gross, cut it out! Expand
  6. DrewF.
    Dec 7, 2005
    Tremendously oroginal game that fits the DS system AND portable gaming in general perfectly. The (normally) 5 minute time limit make it a game that's perfect for picking it up and wasting away 5-10 minutes of your time. The challenge level is high, and at times maddening, but it makes completing a level that much more satisfying. Only reason it's not getting a 10 is because there are a COUPLE of touchscreen elements that don't quite work properly (i'm thinking of the magnification). Still, if you have a DS and can find this game, it gets my highest recommendation possible. Let's begin the operation! Expand
  7. DaveW.
    Jan 12, 2007
    An overall great surgery sim weakened by frustratingly tedious dialog interruptions, controls that demand slightly more precision than the touch screen can offer, and a bizarre science fiction skew to the story. If you're easily frustrated or prone to wrist strain, stay away from this game. Expand

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