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Trauma Center: New Blood -- stitchin’ bitches on Nov. 20

LunkerLunker Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Games and Technology
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Trauma Center: New Blood
Platform: Wii
NA Release Date: Shipping on Nov. 20
EU Release Date: TBA, let me know if you see an update
Number of players: 1 to 2
Number of Wiimotes you will break finishing the game: Approx. 1 to 3

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Trauma Center: New Blood from Atlus is the full-on Wii sequel to the DS cult classic Trauma Center: Under the Knife and its enhanced Wiiport, Trauma Center: Second Opinion. While Second Opinion offered a new control scheme and added a handful of Wii-specific operations, for the most part it was a retread of the original. New Blood offers a brand new scenario and loads of extra features (Co-op play! Voice acting! Online leaderboards!) while still retaining the heartpounding action and brutal difficulty that’s had gamers throwing DSes into brick walls since 2005.

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Gameplay
It sounds absurd on paper that “a doctor game” could be exciting and oh-so-awesome, but just run with me on this: Trauma Center is a delicious cocktail of frenzied arcade-style action with a dash of puzzle game thrown in. Using various surgeon’s tools, such as a scalpel, forceps, suture, laser and more, your job is to save the life of the patient in front of you by whatever means necessary. You use the Nunchuk analog to choose a tool, then use the Wiimote to point at the area and apply the tool as needed.

The tasks start small: Remove a piece of glass from a person’s arm by using the forceps to grab the shard (pinch by hitting A and B together), pull it out, then place it on a surgery tray on the side of the screen. To sew up a cut, choose the suture tool and draw a zigzag line over the injury. But more serious tasks use multiple tools in sequence: To remove a tumor, you have to 1) Use ultrasound to find tumor; 2) Use scapel to cut and unearth tumor; 3) Use drain to drain fluid from area; 4) Use scalpel to cut around tumor; 5) Use forceps to grab tumor, drop it off on tray, grab synthetic membrane and apply to open wound; 6) Use antibiotic gel on membrane to help it merge with body.

And while you’re doing this, you have to keep the patient alive! A Vitals meter on the top shows your patient’s life level, so speed counts and mistakes can kill. That tumor isn’t just sitting around waiting to be removed, you know. Do you go for the tumor first or instead sew up the minor lacerations that are bleeding everywhere?

No mincing words: Trauma Center is notoriously hard, and New Blood looks not to disappoint. (The IGN preview said the initial missions are harder than the first set in Second Opinion!) But you can choose from Easy, Normal or Hard difficulties, and you can change on the fly before any mission. To excel at Trauma Center, you have to concentrate on what needs to be done, remember how to handle everything, multitask to handle several things at one, use pinpoint accuracy with your tools and do it all as fast as humanly possible. It’s a fan fave of high-score fanatics, intensity junkies and gamers who love getting their asses kicked until they can, in turn, kick the game's ass. I'm looking at you, Final Sin Savato.

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Key features in New Blood

• Brand new operations, storyline and characters: The game takes place 10 years after the events of Second Opinion and follows doctors Markus Vaughn and Valerie Blaylock, who work at Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Alaska. The doctors eventually move to an L.A. hospital and become embroiled in a vast conspiracy, a new and mysterious virus called Stigma and the crack team of medical experts known as Caduceus.

• Two different protagonists: Mark and Val can both use the Healing Touch, but their effects are different; Mark’s HT slows down time (a la Derek Styles in the original TC), but Val’s HT nullifies all damage to the patient. It looks like you can choose which doctor will be the lead surgeon for most operations.

• Full co-op play: Tackle any operation simultaneously with a friend. One of you drains blood while the other sutures up the cuts; put one doctor on just keeping the patient alive while the other focuses on what needs to be done; take turns shouting “You’re not gonna die on me! NOT ON MY SHIFT!!!”

• Online leaderboards: Any solo or co-op operation score can be uploaded to Nintendo WFC’s persistent leaderboards. You’ll be ranked by top score and max chain (healing steps done in a row without an error), and the only thing more important than saving lives is bragging about it for nerd cred.

• Brand-new Challenge mode: Most of the operations are under 5 minutes long and involve a pre-op briefing where you’re told what to do. Not in Challenge mode! Tackle longer surgeries across multiple areas of a patient’s body, and you have to figure out everything on your own!

• Full voice acting and 480p widescreen support: Very welcome touches!

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Other media

Official Atlus TC: New Blood site
IGN videos
GameTrailers teaser vid
YouTube vid of co-op play

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  • quovadis13quovadis13 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    [slow clap]

    That is a tremendous OP. I am interested in this game, but I have too many games right now to play. Namely, Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero, Battalion Wars.......Trauma Center:SO......


    I have a feeling you will be changing your location and description soon to match this game.

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  • ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I'll definitely be playing this over winter break when I have a full month off to sit at home and play video games. I got full XSes on Second Opinion so I think I'm well prepared. Maybe this time they'll have some damn unlockables or something.

    My only concern is that they'll make the challenge operations stupid hard to do by yourself, since I heard the difficulty doesn't change in co-op. Hopefully it'll be plausible to get XS rankings solo since I will settle for nothing less.

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  • NofrikinfuNNofrikinfuN Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Personally, I'm disappointed that they neglected to make a DS sequel. Some of the new features sound neat though, particularly challenge mode with the longer "figure it out" surgeries.

    Crap, I'm going to have to save up for a Wii.

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  • ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Personally, I'm disappointed that they neglected to make a DS sequel. Some of the new features sound neat though, particularly challenge mode with the longer "figure it out" surgeries.

    Crap, I'm going to have to save up for a Wii.

    It plays way better on the Wii than the DS. Smooth as silk.

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  • NofrikinfuNNofrikinfuN Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Zek wrote: »
    It plays way better on the Wii than the DS. Smooth as silk.

    Does it really? I wouldn't honestly have guessed.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Zek wrote: »
    Personally, I'm disappointed that they neglected to make a DS sequel. Some of the new features sound neat though, particularly challenge mode with the longer "figure it out" surgeries.

    Crap, I'm going to have to save up for a Wii.

    It plays way better on the Wii than the DS. Smooth as silk.

    I was really surprised by how well the controls shifted from DS to Wii. I initially thought not having the tactile response of the screen would be kind of flimsy, but the added speed you get from flicking the analog stick instead of having to reach back to the sides of the screen change a lot about the way the game is played.

    I was wondering about difficulty balance for the co-op play, too; I'm hoping that the game was balanced with single-player in mind, but after watching that one co-op YouTube vid it looks like it's pretty hectic even with two people.

    But the Wii version is worth a rental if for nothing but the Naomi operations and the revised "An Explosive Patient" op. The Wii-specific missions were my favorite part of Second Opinion, which is why I'm so hopeful for how New Blood will turn out.
    quovadis13 wrote:
    I have a feeling you will be changing your location and description soon to match this game.
    :D The sig is a happy compromise between two of my favorite game series ever coming out in the same week. I'm just as lost as you are with a flood of games, honestly, which is why I want to remind people that this is in fact coming out and will strip your face off with a scalpel.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Think this'll go to Toys R Us for their deal next week? If so I have my games that I will buy.

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  • tuxkamentuxkamen really took this picture. Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    As someone who finished X missions on the original, this is possibly the first time I've actually wanted a Wii. :/

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  • PimpbotPimpbot Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    The original DS version kicks much ass... I did not pick up the Wii version since I read that it was pretty much a remake of the DS version. I will have to pick this version up though... hopefully it will be as much fun as the DS version.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    tuxkamen wrote: »
    As someone who finished X missions on the original, this is possibly the first time I've actually wanted a Wii. :/

    It was Second Opinion, not Twilight Princess, that ended up being my launch-era killer app.

    I do wonder if Atlus would consider making another DS sequel, though ... alternatively, I've always had a secret dream of an entire spinoff based on the bomb operation.

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  • Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Zek wrote: »
    It plays way better on the Wii than the DS. Smooth as silk.

    Does it really? I wouldn't honestly have guessed.

    One other thing to consider is that holding a wii-mote for long periods of time is easier than the same with a small, DS stylus. No hand cramps when retrying an operation for the 5th time is helpful.

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    Big Dookie wrote: »
    I found that tilting it doesn't work very well, and once I started jerking it, I got much better results.

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  • SunshineLollypopsRainbowsSunshineLollypopsRainbows __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2007
    I never played SO, how did they change the bomb operation?

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I never played SO, how did they change the bomb operation?

    They totally revamped it, and it uses Wiimote twisting and pulling a bit. You have to see it for yourself. It's really one of my favorite ops in the game, just for the end segment.
    Although the DS version still had the best end segment with the "CUT THE RED WIRES!" rush right at the end.

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  • ThetherooThetheroo Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I really want this game, I played the crap out of the DS version. Unfortunatly, I'm still stuck on the second to last operation, Savato is a bitch!

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  • MinionOfCthulhuMinionOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    On the one hand, I kind of want this. Someday. After I get the other games I want. Maybe, I guess.
    On the other hand I never actually beat SO. Or the original on the DS.

    I suck. :(

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  • TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Hopefully this actually gets an AU release...

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Oh lord the intro theme for Second Opinion is good:

    www.japong.net/TCwiiintro.mp3

    So much better than ER's wussy intro.

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  • SunshineLollypopsRainbowsSunshineLollypopsRainbows __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2007
    Lunker wrote: »
    I never played SO, how did they change the bomb operation?

    They totally revamped it, and it uses Wiimote twisting and pulling a bit. You have to see it for yourself. It's really one of my favorite ops in the game, just for the end segment.
    Although the DS version still had the best end segment with the "CUT THE RED WIRES!" rush right at the end.

    Eh. I think i like the DS one better. Maybe I have to play it though.

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  • Cameron_TalleyCameron_Talley Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I hated, HATED the bomb mission.

    Never played the DS game but LOVED SO, despite the fact that I still can't beat the next-to-last mission in the regular story (But I will someday...I will).

    I'll probably have to wait until after Christmas to pick this up but it is definatley on my Buy list...

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  • twmjrtwmjr Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I already have this paid off. I agree with Lunker, the original Wii version was my favorite launch game for the system. I can't even explain how much I loved it.

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  • elevatureelevature Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Fuuuuuck I can't afford another game this month! But I want this so bad. Maybe I'll buy it as a reward once my exams are done. I wish I could find the first one on the Wii used. I have it for the DS so I can't justify buying what is essentially the same game for full price, but if I find it cheap I'm all over that.

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  • KyanilisKyanilis Bellevue, WARegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I am so grabbing this game. I don't even care, I beat both the DS version and SO of the original, I haven't had my operating fix in forever.

    And challenge mode seems so...so...awesome. Like, I'll never wanna stop playing it. Ever.

    Really.

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lunker wrote: »
    I never played SO, how did they change the bomb operation?

    They totally revamped it, and it uses Wiimote twisting and pulling a bit. You have to see it for yourself. It's really one of my favorite ops in the game, just for the end segment.
    Although the DS version still had the best end segment with the "CUT THE RED WIRES!" rush right at the end.

    Man I hate the bomb on the Wii. It doesn't even make sense.

    BOMBS DO NOT CONTAIN GIANT FLOATING SPHERES.

    Anyway, I was planning on getting this, but due to sudden Xbox acquisition, I won't be, not until Christmas anyhow. However, a friend is, and we will be co-oping the shit out of this baby.

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  • BTPBTP Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I want this. I would also like Contra 4 and Geometry Wars Galaxies.

    I just don't have the time or money. This is insane.

    Crossing my fingers for Christmas.

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  • 043043 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    It's the four in a row one. I'm pretty sure I was playing on normal.

    Though I wouldn't be surprised if it was on fucking easy. God damn, TC.

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    edited November 2007
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    It's the four in a row one. I'm pretty sure I was playing on normal.

    Though I wouldn't be surprised if it was on fucking easy. God damn, TC.

    If it was on Normal, go ahead and bump down to easy.

    No one will see.

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  • SunshineLollypopsRainbowsSunshineLollypopsRainbows __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2007
    The four in a row one isn't the second last, there's like 5 more.

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  • ThetherooThetheroo Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Wait, does the DS version have adjustable difficulty?

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    edited November 2007
    No. Normal mode on the Wii equates to the difficulty of the DS version.

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  • ThetherooThetheroo Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Dammit! I would probably feel like a wimp if I dropped the difficulty to easy however.

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  • 043043 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    The four in a row one isn't the second last, there's like 5 more.

    "Like"

    And yeah, it's even in the Wii right now and I can't bring myself to play it. All the Xbox rentals this week cry out for me to play!

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Ooooh I love when good games creep up on me like this. Didn't even know aobu tit until now. Shame this is poor money sink november.

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    edited November 2007
    Also I hope you don't have to purposely screw up to score an XS.

    That was the dumbest thing.

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  • BarrakkethBarrakketh Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    The music for the final operation is awesome.

    EDIT: Operation 6-8: Vulnerabilities.
    Also I hope you don't have to purposely screw up to score an XS.

    That was the dumbest thing.

    Agreed. Agreed so hard.

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  • Cameron_TalleyCameron_Talley Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    It's the four in a row one. I'm pretty sure I was playing on normal.

    Though I wouldn't be surprised if it was on fucking easy. God damn, TC.

    If it was on Normal, go ahead and bump down to easy.

    No one will see.


    That's the one I'm stuck on, too. 6-7. I can get to the last operation but then I just can't go fast enough.

    Yes, it's on Easy. DAMMIT!

    Anyone have tips how to beat the damn thing?

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  • Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Barrakketh wrote: »
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    The music for the final operation is awesome.

    EDIT: Operation 6-8: Vulnerabilities.
    Also I hope you don't have to purposely screw up to score an XS.

    That was the dumbest thing.

    Agreed. Agreed so hard.

    Oh congratulations doctor your performed that difficult and taxing procedure without a hitch.

    By the way that guy that fucked up like five times did a better job.

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  • BTPBTP Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    It's the four in a row one. I'm pretty sure I was playing on normal.

    Though I wouldn't be surprised if it was on fucking easy. God damn, TC.

    If it was on Normal, go ahead and bump down to easy.

    No one will see.


    That's the one I'm stuck on, too. 6-7. I can get to the last operation but then I just can't go fast enough.

    Yes, it's on Easy. DAMMIT!

    Anyone have tips how to beat the damn thing?

    The last one being Paraskevi, right? I had a hard time too at first.
    Focus on only one at a time. Don't cut them all like a reckless maniac.

    You start with one long strand. Cut it and it becomes two halves. (1/2 and 1/2)
    Then focus on only one of them for cutting. Your next cut should have 1/2, 1/4, 1/4. Of course, freeze as many as you can with the laser before your next cut. Then go like this.
    1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/8
    1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/16 (I think 1/16 is when you can forcep them out)
    1/2, 1/4, 1/8 remain
    1/2, 1/4, 1/16, 1/16 (forcep them out)
    1/2, 1/4 remain
    1/2, 1/18, 1/8
    1/2, 1/8, 1/16, 1/16 (forcep)
    1/2, 1/8 remain
    and so on and so on until you're done.
    Stitch when necessary, but that's the least of your concerns.

    Does that make sense?

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  • CantideCantide Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lunker wrote: »
    I never played SO, how did they change the bomb operation?

    They totally revamped it, and it uses Wiimote twisting and pulling a bit. You have to see it for yourself. It's really one of my favorite ops in the game, just for the end segment.
    Although the DS version still had the best end segment with the "CUT THE RED WIRES!" rush right at the end.

    Man I hate the bomb on the Wii. It doesn't even make sense.

    BOMBS DO NOT CONTAIN GIANT FLOATING SPHERES.

    Anyway, I was planning on getting this, but due to sudden Xbox acquisition, I won't be, not until Christmas anyhow. However, a friend is, and we will be co-oping the shit out of this baby.

    Yes, the unrealistic nature of the bomb was very disappointing, since all the other missions were solidly grounded on realism and actual medical situations that surgeons face.
    Triti can die in a fire.

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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Zek wrote: »
    It plays way better on the Wii than the DS. Smooth as silk.

    Does it really? I wouldn't honestly have guessed.

    One other thing to consider is that holding a wii-mote for long periods of time is easier than the same with a small, DS stylus. No hand cramps when retrying an operation for the 5th time is helpful.

    In my opinion, the controls for Second Opinion are perfect. I can think of no way in which anything could be improved.

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  • Disco BanditDisco Bandit Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Barrakketh wrote: »
    043 wrote: »
    I am on like the second to last operation in Trauma Center. I've left the game, stuck there, since I actually bought the Wii last year.

    The music for the final operation is awesome.

    EDIT: Operation 6-8: Vulnerabilities.
    Also I hope you don't have to purposely screw up to score an XS.

    That was the dumbest thing.

    Agreed. Agreed so hard.

    Oh congratulations doctor your performed that difficult and taxing procedure without a hitch.

    By the way that guy that fucked up like five times did a better job.


    It's been a while since I played (I actually got stuck on the 4-in-a-row mission on the DS version, fuck that shit), but what was the deal with that mission? You had to purposefully failr it to get the best grade? Could someone refresh my memory?

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