Conclusion: Still, Trauma Center: Second Opinion was one of my favorite games during the launch window for the Wii, and New Blood delivers more of the same joy. What’s more, the game has a two-player cooperative mode, which is entirely fun. Sharing the ridiculous dialogue with another doctor, and stumbling through the operations while shouting “Damn it, nurse, I need it the forceps NOW!” is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Excerpt: "It's the pump unit you implanted in my pancreas seven years ago..." So says Elena Salazar, the 20-year-old nurse who also happens to be a former patient of Dr. Vaughn, the super-powered surgeon at the remote Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Alaska, a country described by Trauma Center New Blood, the latest in the Atlus-developed video game operation sim series, as "the frigid northern extremity of America". Days of our Lives, eat your heart out.
Excerpt: Volunteering for a third tour of duty with the unusual Trauma Center series, I found New Blood to be an extremely unbalanced experience. Though it's undoubtedly one of the most effective uses of the Wii's control system and presents content that virtually no other console developer has attempted, the designers have turned something that should have been a sure thing into a difficult recommend due to an unacceptable level of difficulty.
Summary: Trauma Center: New Blood is a fine addition to the Wii library and is a solid sequel to last year’s Second Opinion. The gameplay mechanics works pretty well and the improved presentation gives it a more enjoyable flare. Could online co-op be far behind? Hopefully not as that would be the next logical step in a franchise that has a ton of potential. New Blood is a game you should definitely pick up whether you are a veteran doctor or the new kid on the block.
Summary: Keep your hands steady and your mind focused – this time around there's a lot more on the line. Every cut of the scalpel, every pinch of the forceps, each and every second that ticks by is of the absolute greatest importance.