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  • Summary: Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a darkly humorous over-the-top operation sim game where players become Nigel Burke, a would-be surgeon taking life into his own shaky hands, performing life-saving surgical maneuvers on passive patients.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    75
    Frustrating and fun, these are the two main words to describe the experience you have with Surgeon Simulator. Now with Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition you have the full Surgeon 'simulation' experience that is currently on offer for PlayStation 4.
  2. Aug 16, 2014
    70
    Not for everyone, but a good laugh for those who want something that doesn't take itself too seriously.
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    70
    It isn't a game for everyone, especially those who demand tight controls and realistic simulation titles or Trauma Center, but if you can deal with the silliness of it all, you'll find Surgeon Simulator to be enjoyable enough.
  4. 60
    I enjoyed the idea of Surgeon Simulator, but the difficulty made the game futile more than entertaining.
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    Surgeon Simulator is a gross and hilarious lesson on how not to perform a surgery. Unfortunately the, deliberately, bad controls make the game more of a chore than fun. It’s still a somewhat entertaining experience when playing with friends.
  6. Aug 20, 2014
    50
    The game is the gag, and in an age where games get wished into existence only through sheer force of wallet, one can't help but wonder what happens when the jokes have no punchline, but enough people are still paying a premium to see someone tell it anyway.
  7. Aug 28, 2014
    20
    Surgeon Simulator is a joke, but it's not funny for a long time, and it costs money. So don't buy the game, just try a demo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Aug 17, 2014
    10
    Just go get it right now, is all I can say. This game is ridiculously fun. It is one of those games that is stupid fun, and I LOVE IT!!! just go buy it. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2014
    9
    I love this game! Yes, the controls are difficult, to say the least. Yes, it's got bugs. Yes, the sheer giggle factor does tend to fade (when you're playing alone. With friends it's still a riot).

    But difficult "simulation-like" controls resulting in epic failure many times is a formula that has worked in the past. Another reviewer said giving Surgeon Simulator easier more precise controls "would be like giving QWOP duel thumbstick controls". Pointless. Even EA's Skate (with its controls that are admittedly just as precise as they are confusing and difficult to use) has it's Hall of Meat for when you crash hard (which is inevitable). However given enough time and practice, you will find that it's not so hard to control. This leads to many fist-raising "f*** yeah!" victory moments of accomplishment.

    Add in the fact that there are little easter eggs EVERYWHERE and you've got a hit in my book.

    P.S. I would also like to take this time to tell everyone to stop blindly buying games because of its name or a screenshot. Of course Surgeon Simulator isn't actually a simulator, but if you had taken 2 seconds to learn about a game you're going to buy first, you would have known that. Don't give a game a bad score because it didn't turn out to be the type of game you thought it was. That's like saying "This poker game sucks! All you do is look at cards!" or "I hate Call of Duty... I never got called!"
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  3. Aug 14, 2014
    9
    Oh Surgeon Simulator (2013). The purposely difficult simulator of surgery many have grown to love. Both the iPad and PC versions have been a success and now, we have the Anniversary Edition on PS4. Many would think this game on a console would be crazy to do, as the controls would be very complicated. However, from what I've seen, this game is overall a brilliant console title. To rotate the hand you move the controller, to move the hand about you use the right directional pad. Now rotating the controller, I can tell, has made people think about your sudden movements while playing. But that is the point, Surgeon Simulator is famous for many reasons and one of those reasons is the controls. It makes the game challenging and can make you laugh when the slightest twitch will cause the drill you are holding to possibly get stuck in the middle of Bob's organs (Bob is the patient) while still on. Bottom line, I would recommend this game. 9/10 Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2014
    6
    This game is frustrating, old and nearly pointless. Yet there are barriers to stop it from going completely of the rails and into being completely unplayable. This is fun but I don't recommend trying to complete at least one section of the game in one sitting. The phrase "practice makes perfect" could not define this game better. Everything will need to be practiced once to get a taste of it and then move on for completion. You play as a famous surgeon who can't even write his own name properly, who must perform various transplants in different settings. From heart transplant in hospital, to kidney transplant in a corridor, to even an eye transplant in space. This will assure that you will never be bored and yet challenged. As I said before don't try this in one sitting. Pace yourself. Even play co-op so you can have two hands to control, it could be fun. Only recommended if your looking for something to kill time for a big hot triple A release. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2014
    6
    Good for a solid few hours of laughter but once you decide beating the levels sounds like fun, you'll meet your demise. Part of the fun in Surgeon Simulator's gameplay is the clunky controls but on the PS4 they are absolutely awful. It makes the game unplayable when attempting to play seriously. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2014
    3
    I know it's meant to have bad controls and all, but it's just too much. It takes the fun out of it. I'm not sure it would be easier with a mouse and keyboard, but I just find it to be more frustrating than fun. So I agree with some of the critic reviews of this game. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2014
    2
    You don't get a score any higher than 2/10 when the controls are so bad that it makes the game unplayable. And this is for PS4??!!! Good grief... For a "simulator" this guy has got to be the worst surgeon on the planet.

    The controls are LAUGHABLE. Everything is unbelievably accurate - from picking up instruments, to actually using them. Your hand usually gets in the way of your view so you never have a clue what you're actually cutting at. They could have fixed this by making the hand transparent, but nope! They don't offer the option to invert the right thumbstick. Good luck pulling half of the organs & bones out of the patients with the horrible controls! Besides how ridiculous it is to simply pick up utensils/organs, you can't even properly use half of them - Scissors? Nope. Markers? Nope.Tweezers? Nope. On/off switch for power tools? Nope. And good luck once you don't properly place a tool back down onto the table with pinpoint accuracy & precision - you'll never be able to pick it up again!

    Any game from the Trauma Center series for the Wii puts this game to shame. You don't even get to cut open your own patients - they come pre cut open and all you have to do is wave some flailing utensils around inside them until you either fail the mission or somehow actually manage to cut the right organs. As far as PS4 games go, this is a joke. It's a shame too because games like this can actually be really cool if they're done correctly.
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