Are you cut out to heal. Will you indeed make the final cut that could save a life or will live slip through your hand.
As we all know in life that is not how computer games work. Having said that it could in a way give you a better idea of what being a doctor is like just like a football game could give you an idea of what being a footballer is like. With that out of the way i think it is time to look at the plot and the story of Trauma Center: New Blood.
This game takes place seven years after the events of Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 in the year 2028. The story follows two doctors, Markus Vaughn and Valerie Blaylock. They are surgeons with the Healing Touch ability who worked at the Concordia Medical Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Vaughn moves over to Montgomery Memorial hospital in Alaska and is followed by Dr. Blaylock. They perform a few operations here, including one on Dr. Hoover, the director of Montgomery Memorial. In one episode at Montgomery Memorial, a man was shot with a rifle, and a young woman brings him to Montgomery Memorial, and she actually turns out to be a nurse, who then helps them in the operating room. Later, they find out that this nurse is from Concordia and her name is Elena Salazar, and she had come to ask Dr. Vaughn to perform an operation to replace an implant in her pancreas. Later in the plot Elena becomes a permanent nurse for Blaylock and Vaughn. When the hospital closedv down, Dr. Hoover tells them to return to Concordia. Markus is reluctant to return to Concordia, but realizes that he must go back.
Once there, they learn from Professor Wilkens, an old acquaintance of Markus's, about a new and mysterious parasite called Stigma. After Markus and Valerie operated on Wilkens, who was infected with Stigma, the professor is kidnapped and all of his data regarding this new disease is stolen. Fearing for the worse, Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Blaylock are invited to join Caduceus, because of their valuable knowledge on Stigma. The first couple of cases were mostly kept from the public eye, but shortly after appearing on Miracle Surgery to take the show off the air, things only got worse. I will leave it there as i do not want to spoil it for anyone who has not played this game yet.
I can however talk a little about Stigma to give a little more backround infomation. It is a series of highly dangerous man-made organisms. The main objective in many stages throughout the game is to save patients infected with Stigma. Initially, for a strain of Stigma to become active, it needed to come into contact with a rare metal named Culurium, which is used in many artificial materials employed by the medical industry. However, later in the game there were reports of people infected by Stigma, despite not having any trace of Culurium in their bodies, indicating that it was evolving into a much greater threat.
Now with the plot and the story done and dusted it is time to move onto the meat and bones of any game and that is the gameplay. In Trauma Center: New Blood you can pick three difficulty modes these are Easy, Normal, or Hard. In this game there is a Co-op mode which lets two people work as a team to try and save the person who is having the operation. At the end of each operation, a rank is assigned based on the style and accuracy of the player. So the less mistakes you make the better the rank you will gain.
Both doctors have what can be called a Healing Touch. This is a rare ability that can only be practiced by select doctors. It can be used only once per operation and requires great mental concentration. It is used so that in the surgeon's mind, it can do superhuman things that would otherwise be impossible. Both Healing Touches can only be used for a limited amount of time before returning to normal. By using the Healing Touch, Markus can temporarily slow down time during a procedure. This allows him to accomplish more. Valerie can prevent a patient from dying by using the Healing Touch. When she uses this technique, the patient's vitals will temporary stabilize. The player can continue the procedure without having to worry about the patient's vitals dropping. However, the player cannot improve the patient's vitals during this time.
Trauma Center: New Blood first came out for the Wii in north america on November 20, 2007 in japan on January 17, 2008 and in europe on November 7, 2008.
This game might not be everyones cup of tea but that does not stop it from being a fun game once you sink your teeth into it.