Excerpt: The term “So Bad It’s Good” has become abused this past decade. It’s due for some form of retirement alongside ‘epic’, ‘awesome’, and ‘random’, if only for a decade or so. But bear with us one moment as updated Steam-release of Surgeon Simulator 2013 , the prototype of which was created in just 48 hours at the 2013 Global Game Jam , demands the phrase plays a key part in its review. A little clarification on how the phrase is personally defined.
Excerpt: Who says you need a medical license to perform an organ transplant? Apparently not Surgery Simulator 2013, which has no problem leaving a comatose patient to the mercy of your medically untrained hands with a collection of sharp tools at your disposal. You simply have to figure it out as you go along, and hey, accidents will happen. This comically morbid vertical slice of malpractice is short and sweet, if you can call blood-gushing arteries and squishy intestines sweet.
Excerpt: So there are people out there that simply won’t “get” this game whatsoever. These are often the same people who won’t spend $20 on the crane machine trying to win a stuffed animal nobody wants. They wouldn’t have stuck with Super Star Wars on the Super Nintendo or collected tickets in an arcade all night that gets you a pair of glow-in-the-dark fangs and a small spinning top.
Conclusion: Surgeon Simulator 2013 is engagingly ludicrous. It’s neither a substitute for actual medical training, nor will it take anywhere near as long to complete, but it’s a good way to find out where you fall between squeamish and remorseless monster. Physician, heal thy self (and stay away from me).
Conclusion: Surgeon Simulator 2013 won't help you be a surgeon. It won't help you save lives, either. Hell, it probably a negative influence on your personal knowledge of what invasive surgery actually entails. What it does is haphazardly simulate the thrill of ripping a man's heart out of his chest and then replace it with another one - all under the most ridiculous circumstances possible. It’s a joke of a game, sure, but for once the player gets to be in on it.
Summary: "Perform a heart transplant." These are the words that greet you at the beginning of Surgeon Simulator 2013. Beyond that, there are no instructions to speak of: it's just you, a table full of surgical instruments, and a patient whose life you hold in your woefully unprepared hands. While that may sound like a recipe for disaster, it's also what makes Surgeon Simulator so wonderful.
Pros: Makes failing at surgery a joyous experience, Wonderful use of over-the-top humor, Lots of little hidden extras, Music is oddly complimentary
Cons: Only three types of transplants, Physics can sometimes get wonky
Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a surgeon? It’s one of the more fascinating jobs out there, really – slicing open another human being’s body and, with the care and precision that can come only from thousands of hours of practice, performing delicate works of life-saving grace on a person whose well-being is entirely at your mercy. It’s as solid a premise for a game as anyone could hope for… but still, it’s missing something, isn’t it?
Pros: While hilariously awkward, the controls are nevertheless unique in a good way, A wide variety of achievements to chase after, The interaction with your environment is amusing, even challenging
Cons: While it has levels and challenges, it’s more of a toy than a game, The easily frustrated will be… frustrated. Easily.
Conclusion: Humour is very much at the forefront. The objective is it to remove all obstructing organs to perform a transplant in the least realistic way possible. The game revels in slapstick humour. Whether you're playing or just watching, a devilish chuckle is almost guaranteed. The original concept was thrown together at the Global Game Jam, an event that asks creators to pitch and build a game in 48 hours, this past January, with this refined version now being stretchered onto...
Pros: +Hilariously gory slapstick humour +Challenging controls to master +Lots of extra in-game content
Cons: -Relatively short -Repetitive soundtrack -Occasional clipping issues
Excerpt: Way cheaper than medical school. Surgery is so easy that it can be done with one hand. Your left hand. Surgeon Simulator 2013 puts you in the scrubs of Nigel the one-handed surgeon whose best customer, Bob, just can’t get enough of those organ transplants. If you haven’t heard of the game already, then you have most certainly been living underneath a rock because Surgeon Simulator 2013, made in only 48 hours and released for free, absolutely exploded onto the internet –...
Pros: Hilarious gameplay, More items than the original game, Interactive menu screen