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Published:February 24th, 2010 09:32 EST

Trauma Center: New Blood

By Tony Graff

A game for the Wii that I didn`t expect to enjoy.

Last week I was browsing Hollywood Video`s selection of Wii games in an attempt to not be at home. Amidst the Mario Party and House of the Dead games was a game I had placed in the "games you can`t believe people made" pile. You know the place. The entire Harvest Moon series is in there. But the game I was looking at, and eventually rented after some mental argument, was Trauma Center: New Blood. 

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The game starts you off in a remote little hospital in Alaska, where there are few doctors and fewer nurses. Once you get some practice using medical equipment through the Wii remote, your first patient comes in, having survived an attack with a bear. You get to stitch him up, clean the wounds, and send him back to the great outdoors. 

From there the game really picks up. The fact that most of the graphics are saved for the operation scenes becomes a good thing. My brother and I spent the majority of the weekend playing this game, and it really kept your attention. Each doctor has a complete set of tools, and a time limit to open a patient up, clean up and fix whatever`s wrong with them, and make sure they make a full recovery. Admittedly, I had to place Trauma Center in the "games that were really cool" pile. It`s one worth owning. 

The downside is the unrealistic things that make the player really feel like a doctor. My gut feeling says this was done on purpose. Doctors don`t actually dress like Dr. Blaylock or, darnitall, the nurse Elena. It also took some getting used to with the "Healing Touch" aspect of the game. You draw a star with the controller, and time is stopped long enough for you to get that last piece of glass out of someone`s lung. 

On a scale of one to ten, Trauma Center: New Blood ranks in at a 7.5. I recommend it. Game play is much more enjoyable when there are two players, but one person can still have a good time with it. So, in the words of my brother before we started a brain operation: Dig in.