Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jan 7, 2015
    This is the kind of game you either instantly fall in love with or stare at in amazement. Surgeon Simulator A&E is a great port of the original title and brings more good new features than bad.
  2. Sep 9, 2014
    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.
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition is still giant dripping bucket of stupid fun - and most of the new content is great - but absent is the howling laughter and pure novelty from its debut.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 29, 2014
    Equally frustrating and hilarious. [Nov 2014, p.89]
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    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.
  6. Sep 7, 2014
    At its core, Surgeon Simulator: A&E Anniversary Edition on PS4 is still effectively the same game as it was on PC, just with a few more additions.
  7. Aug 16, 2014
    Not for everyone, but a good laugh for those who want something that doesn't take itself too seriously.
  8. Sep 2, 2014
    For newcomers, I’d highly recommend the madcap game, which is packed to the gills with extras and insane details resulting in grisly deaths on the operating table. For returning fans, it might be time to move on and leave poor Bob alone on the operating table.
  9. Aug 21, 2014
    I’m not saying Surgeon Simulator is a bad game. I mean, it is, but it’s supposed to be. The game is interesting in multiple ways, but in the end, I found myself enjoying about three hours of it and then deciding I didn’t have the time or the patience to do some of the later surgeries.
  10. 60
    The first few hours are hysterical, but then frustration begins to set in, and in the end, Surgeon Simulator doesn’t manage to become more than a prolonged party trick.
  11. Sep 4, 2014
    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.
  12. Aug 20, 2014
    This isn’t a game for perfectionists looking for a true simulation of a busy A&E department: it’s more like a training ground for psychopaths looking to learn the ropes, shave a few eyebrows, and play with lasers.
  13. 60
    I enjoyed the idea of Surgeon Simulator, but the difficulty made the game futile more than entertaining.
  14. 55
    The novelty and humour soon wears off, but local co-op play is a great addition and perfectionists may get a kick out of the tough challenge of gaining perfect ‘A’ grades. Too frustrating to be considered fun, though it does get easier with practice.
  15. Aug 20, 2014
    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.
  16. Sep 3, 2014
    A one trick pony, and once you’ve played through the first operation enough times to complete it you’ll have stopped laughing. The controls err on frustrating far too often, and while deliberately clumsy, the entire system is too inconsistent to provide much fun.
  17. Aug 19, 2014
    Here's the thing: lack of accuracy in the controls is the whole point of Surgeon Simulator. That is the joke. However, when it comes to the difference between fun and frustrating, it's a matter of degrees. Playing Surgeon Simulator on PS4 is like listening to someone stumble through the telling of what could have been a hilarious wisecrack.
  18. Sep 3, 2014
    I have to admit: the first five minutes are fun. You can’t escape the surreal and morbid fascination to operate on the helpless virtual patients. But even that won’t keep you coming back once you start getting frustrated about the careless controls or the bugs and freezes.
  19. Aug 28, 2014
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 70
  2. Negative: 30 out of 70
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    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??!!! GoodYou 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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  2. Aug 14, 2014
    Oh Surgeon Simulator (2013). The purposely difficult simulator of surgery many have grown to love. Both the iPad and PC versions have been aOh 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 Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2022
    One of the best experiences of surgeon simulator there is honestly it can't get better then this unlike a certain sequel