As you prepared your self to step into the working room, you catch a glimpse of your reflection within the mirror. With a fishbowl in your head and a affected person’s robe barely protecting your bottom, you’re not precisely the image of a complicated physician. Not solely do you seem like the style equal of chucking garments right into a blender, however you’ve bought some fairly poor motor management, lifting scalpels and surgical hammers with a claw-like grip. What poor sod’s life relies on you?
That “poor sod” is Bob, the affected person you’ve operated on numerous instances earlier than, changing his arms, legs, ribs, and head on quite a few events. The solely steering you may have comes from a disembodied voice on a loudspeaker, offering you with directions in a approach that’s completely not mysterious or paying homage to a blood-soaked Portal 2. Pay it no thoughts – you’re a health care provider, rattling it, and also you’re right here to function, not speculate.
After operating across the lab fixing puzzles and having access to the physique components and instruments you’ll want, you’re lastly prepared to begin the surgical procedure. This time it’s a easy arm transplant, however as a substitute of slowly sawing Bob’s arm off to maintain his blood loss to a minimal, you’ve learnt that it’s faster to easily rip his arm from its socket like a chunk of morbid Lego and take care of the results later.
As Bob quickly begins to bleed out, you lunge for a blood-stopping syringe, unintentionally grabbing the tomahawk you stupidly didn’t transfer earlier than the operation started. Rookie mistake. You fling the tomahawk apart with some spectacular throwing chops (critically, it’s best to contemplate that as a profession when this surgeon factor inevitably fails) and handle to make use of the syringe to save lots of Bob’s life earlier than it’s too late.
It doesn’t matter although – the syringe goes into Bob, however Surgeon Simulator 2 bugs out, has a tantrum and doesn’t register it, leaving our hapless guinea pig to bleed to dying. This is all a part of the enjoyable so that you smile and restart, noting to maneuver the tomahawk subsequent time. After finishing the identical puzzles in the identical house and questioning whether or not you actually need puzzles in your surgeon simulator, you get able to function once more. History repeats itself and also you lose one other Bob, making you query who the joke is actually presupposed to be on.
This combination of peaks and valleys sums up a lot of my expertise with Surgeon Simulator 2. I went into the sequel with excessive hopes, as I’ve fond reminiscences of the primary game and its talent-based mostly chaos. Sure, you had been utilizing a fireplace extinguisher to interrupt ribs, however you additionally had to determine the place to slice, what to interrupt, and what goes the place to finish every mission. With the sequel, that sense of logical satisfaction is nowhere to be discovered.
Surgeon Simulator 2 is a really totally different beast from the unique game, and focuses extra on narrative, puzzles, and its multiplayer element. It’s just like the distinction between ostomy and ectomy – positive, they sound the identical, however in actuality, they’re very various things. You’ll nonetheless spend a while doing surgical procedure, however the mechanics are toned down and much much less partaking.
One massive purpose for that is that Surgeon Simulator 2 ditches the fastened place of the unique and provides you full management over your would-be physician. This implies that surgical procedure is rather more approximate than exact this time round, and you’ll typically get away with jabbing at an organ and pulling at it, somewhat than rigorously making incisions or attempting to drag out particular tooth with the utmost care.
On paper, I’m nice with Surgeon Simulator 2 taking a special method to gameplay and leaning into the inherent wackiness of all of it, however I don’t suppose the brand new course works. Having a story is a novel concept, nevertheless it by no means pulled me in regardless of an honest sense of humour and a few admittedly enjoyable twists.
The unique game’s signature joke needed to do with the way you’d carry out laughably exact duties with intentionally wonky inputs, exemplified additional by the very fact you could possibly straight management every of your fingers to select up instruments, pluck organs, and trigger chaos. The sequel solely offers you the power to level, seize, and twist your palms, which works properly mechanically, however means the as soon as-beloved elements of clumsiness are nearly completely absent. Now when you’ll be able to’t seize one thing, it feels extra like an absence of management somewhat than an absence of mastery over management. I couldn’t be affected person and enhance – it simply didn’t really feel good to play.
Instead of mastering wonky palms and surgical instruments, Surgeon Simulator 2’s gameplay is essentially centered on puzzles. Each degree duties you with navigating your approach to the surgical desk by discovering fuses to open doorways, ripping down vents, and hitting buttons. These puzzles aren’t essentially unhealthy, however they take away from the primary purpose you’d in all probability need to play a game known as Surgeon Simulator within the first place.
Toning down the unique’s mechanics could initially appear essential for facilitating cooperative play this time round, nevertheless it additionally leaves the game with an absence of replay worth. There’s no actual drive to revisit the game as a result of the surgical procedures themselves are really easy – the one problem comes from discovering gear and shifting via the hospital, which feels extra like Handyman Simulator or Walk Through Rooms Simulator. Combine that with a brief runtime and I felt like I used to be carried out with Surgeon Simulator 2 earlier than it even had the prospect to begin.
I can think about taking part in Surgeon Simulator 2 with your mates is much more gratifying than taking part in by yourself and possibly negates a few of the extra tedious parts of the game. As a billy-no-mates, I did all of it alone. Still, regardless that I’m positive that’s not the best approach to play, I can’t assist feeling that bringing a pal alongside wouldn’t have redeemed the tasteless puzzles and easy surgical procedures both.
When Surgeon Simulator 2 focuses on the surgical procedures and your personal talent as a participant, it’s a whole lot of enjoyable, nevertheless it feels prefer it typically avoids that in an effort to grow to be a completely totally different kind of game. Less vent exploration, extra intricate tooth surgical procedures subsequent time.
Surgeon Simulator 2 is accessible on Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC. We examined the Xbox Series X model for this evaluate. Review code was offered by the writer.
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