• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Despite some really nit-picky problems, Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is a fun, frantic game that's worth trying. Regardless of what type of gamer you are, you owe it to yourself to try out the madness that is Trauma Center. Once you start playing, you'll be a hooked.
  2. Trauma Center was one of the original sleeper hits for the DS and this is just another step ahead of the pack. Under the Knife 2 is more of the same, but it feels so good to get the scalpel back in hand.
  3. While there hasn’t been a lot of evolution, the game boasts a nearly perfect presentation with the same challenging and addictive gameplay that made the original so great.
  4. Engaging gameplay and an excellent story make this a must have title for fans of simulation titles such as the Phoenix Wright series.
  5. The surprisingly multifaceted story covers everything from political maneuvering to the consequences of hubris and tinkering with the laws of nature.
  6. While not terribly far removed from the original Under the Knife, this entry showcases some more complex surgeries while still being as user-friendly as DS games come.
  7. Under the Knife 2 is a fast-paced medical puzzler that's as infectious as its predecessor.
  8. Nintendo Power
    While I had a blast mending bones, removing tumors, and dealing with nefarious mystery ailments, it all felt very familiar; the game has hardly evolved beyond its predecessor. [Aug 2008, p.87]
  9. The fact is Trauma Center 2 may not be one of Atlus' greatest achievements in the narration department, but the amount of tiny tweaks and fixes they made to the core Trauma Center DS gameplay to make it even better is more than enough to give this one life.
  10. 84
    The point is, this is yet another impressive Trauma Center experience, and by this time most players know exactly what to expect.
  11. Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is a very addictive and fun game.
  12. A fun game, but one that still falls short of what made the original Trauma Center so great.
  13. Despite being a sequel, Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is a unique concept that uses DS to its full potential.
  14. It's just that, if the first Trauma Center was a heart transplant, this is more like your fourth visit to the chiropractor: it feels great while you're there, but you can't help wondering if something a little more drastic and different from your previous check-up would improve your life even more.
  15. 80
    The controls are intuitive, the operations are well-organized, and now that you can tweak the difficulty to your liking, you can challenge yourself as much as you'd like to. It may still bring back memories of playing Operation when you were a kid, but it's the best game of Operation anyone's ever made.
  16. Under the Knife 2 is a triumphant return for the Trauma Center franchise to the handheld that made it famous in the first place. While it’s a bit too familiar for its own good, and a bunch of features from the previous games are missing, the excellent game design, larger campaign and significantly improved story make this a great title. Atlus is officially 4-for-4 with this unique series.
  17. 80
    Once again, Atlus delivers an excellent operating game for DS.
  18. games(TM)
    Those who’ve played the first three might feel short-changed, especially with the omission of the two-player mode and online leaderboards from New Blood, but players pulling on those surgical gloves for the first time will be doing so with the best game in the series to date. [Oct 2008, p.112]
  19. Combining the fastpaced puzzling of Cooking Mama with the involving plot of Phoenix Wright, this is a medical miracle!
  20. Nintendo Gamer
    As far as the DS series goes this is a big leap. For Trauma Center as a whole? Nothing new. [Oct 2008, p.64]
  21. The prognosis is good: Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 channels the spirit of the first game and then some with a tighter presentation and a developed story sure to reward players who've persevered with Derek in the first installment.
  22. 75
    Under the Knife 2 is an experience all gamers can enjoy, not just stylus savants -- and that's how Trauma Center should've been done from the start.
  23. 75
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is a welcome addition to the series. Sadly, it doesn't introduce any real new gameplay ideas and elements.
  24. 70
    How much you enjoy this sequel will depend almost entirely on your feelings for the first Under the Knife. If it left you wanting nothing more than another set of operations to tackle, you'll be in heaven. If you were hoping for a vastly improved scenario, you're out of luck.
  25. If you didn’t like the previous Trauma Center games, there’s nothing that’s going to draw you in now, but for long-time fans or those who have been mildly curious about the series, Under the Knife 2 is a good choice.
  26. Even a modest step forward, such as adding more frames of animation to the character portraits, would have made the game feel fresher and more vibrant. As it is, Under the Knife 2 comes across as a cynical cash-in, a mission pack so lazy that it doesn't even have new missions.
  27. Edge Magazine
    To tackle the more inventive operations dreamt up for Wii with superior tools will be enough to convince the Trauma fans. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  28. 50
    With procedures rarely clearly explained, frustration is quick to take over, and the time limit is just annoying. A normal operation has a time limit of 5 minutes, which doesn't seem so hard until you get stuck randomly away at the screen, trying to figure out what to do next.

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