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Trauma Team is the successor to the Trauma Center series of surgery-action games for DS and Wii. The TC games got a lot of flack for being really hard and having really stupid sci-fi plots. Atlus took notice of this and made a much easier game with an even crazier plot that is (mostly) not sci-fi. Trauma Team's plot is centered around the characters, who include a superhero surgeon, two women who interact with ghosts(in different ways, for different reasons), a House knockoff, and Nolan North. Like all entries in the series, it has some pretty serious flaws, but I love it anyway.
I'll be playing the game on Specialist difficulty, which is the hardest one. You need to complete the game once to unlock it, but it makes the surgery sections about as hard as the Trauma Center games were.
Trauma Team has six playable characters, each with their own gameplay style and story. You can do one character at a time, but I'll be covering them in chronological order, for the most part. Let's meet the doctors:
Prisoner CR-SO1 is serving a 250 year sentence for a horrible crime he doesn't remember commiting. He's also an amazing surgeon, so they let him out to do operations in return for a slightly reduced sentence.
Other than some interface tweaks, surgery remains mostly unchanged from the Trauma Center titles. You still use the same variety of tools to treat patients suffering from illnesses and trauma. It remains one of the best and most challenging modes.
Maria is a highly-antisocial paramedic. She hates working with, and relying on, other people. She's also being haunted.
First Response is my favorite of the new modes, and the best one for capturing the tension of earlier games. Using a simplified, and sometimes improvised, set of tools, you need to manage multiple patients at once, often with more arriving as soon as you finish. To balance this, you can lose a certain number of patients without failing the operation. Naturally, you can't consider it a true success unless you save every one of them.
Hank is my favorite character in terms of story. He's like if Jean Valjean was Batman. And a surgeon.
Orthopaedic surgeons work in the musculoskeletal system. With Hank, precision is key as you mainly work repairing and replacing broken bones. There are no vitals or time to worry about, but there is a Miss limit. You must complete the operation with fewer than ten mistakes. While I like the idea, and Hank himself, I admit that Orthopaedics can sometimes be repetitive. It also relies far too much on imprecise Wiimote gimmicks.
Tomoe is a literal Japanese princess. She is in America to find her independence with the help of a shitload of daddy's money. She also talks about honour a lot.
Endoscopy involves using a small device called an endoscope to look inside of the body, where problem areas can be located and treated. It's a little like surgery, except with more moving between treatment areas. Honestly, it isn't really executed as well as it could be. Like with Hank, this mode relies on motion controls that can sometimes be finicky. Still, clearing out an entire area with perfect speed and precision can be very satisfying.
Gabe is a little like House, yes, but there are two main differences. Firstly, he's not as misanthropic. Secondly, he didn't go to shit after two years. He has a robot partner.
This is the first adventure portion, and it mostly consists of performing various tests and looking for incongruities with the "normal" results. You'll also need to interview the patient and discern the symptoms through their mindless babble. In the end, you put the symptoms together to discover the patient's condition.
Naomi, you may recall, was a playable surgeon in Trauma Center: Second Opinion. Since then, she's been diagnosed with a terminal illness which left her unable to operate. She works for the FBI now, solving murder mysteries. Dead people keep calling her cell phone.
This is the other adventure portion. In this one, you search crime scenes, bodies, and witness testimony looking for evidence, and then put the pieces together to eventually discover the entire truth behind a victims death. Sometimes, the game holds your hands a bit too much, and sometimes you end up on a pixel-hunt, but the mysteries are actually pretty interesting for the most part.
Table of Contents
- Episode 01: Resurgam
- Episode 02: The Unwanted Partner
- Episode 03: Signs of Anguish
- Episode 04: The Big Guy
- Episode 05: Moment of Zen
- Episode 06: Unexpected Reunion
- Episode 07: Locked-Room Mystery
- Episode 08: The Dead Speak
- Episode 09: Time For Trouble
- Episode 10: Wandering Girl
- Episode 11: Disease
- Episode 12: Spitfire
- Episode 13: Marionette's Lament
- Episode 14: Blazing Darkness
- Episode 15: Giving Up
- Episode 16: The Masked Prisoner
- Episode 17: Love in the Ground
- Episode 18: Moving Heart
- Episode 19: Market Crash
- Episode 20: Uninvited Guest
- Episode 21: The Couple
- Episode 22: Behind the Lies
- Episode 23: Love of the Beast
- Episode 24: Maximum Annoyance
- Episode 25: Broken Heart
- Episode 26: The Healing Warrior
- Episode 27: History of Fear
- Episode 28: Mournful Hero
- Episode 29: Doctor and Patient
- Episode 30: The Simplest Truth
- Episode 31: Waking From Terror
- Episode 32: I Want to Believe
- Episode 33: Corpse Whisperer
- Episode 34: Shockwaves
- Episode 35: Blade of Resolve
- Episode 36: Seeking Atonement
- Episode 37: Back to Life
- Episode 38: Mind Against Mind
- Episode 39: Journey's End
- Episode 40: Valuable Lesson
- Episode 41: Together in Spirit
- Episode 42: Patient Zero
- Episode 43: Mystery of the Bones
- Episode 44: Proud One
- Episode 45: Stolen Memories
- Episode 46: Spreading Infection
- Episode 47: Chloe's Change
- Episode 48: Returning
- Episode 49: Demons
- Episode 50: Missing Girl
- Episode 51: The Trauma Team
- Episode 52: Carpet of Blue Death
- Episode 53: Beginning
- Episode 54: Despair
- Episode 55: I Will Rise Again
- Episode 56: The Healing Touch
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