With scalpels, defibrillators and enough emergency room drama to rival ER, Trauma Centre: New Blood is a game of heart stomping intensity. So if this sounds like just your sort of thing then get those debit cards at the ready, as Argos are offering copies of this great game for £4.99. The next best price according to price comparison is around £15 – so this is a nice saving.
Trauma Centre: New Blood is like the computer game version of that hospital buzzer board game where the patient’s red nose would constantly light up. The game is a follow on from the very successful Trauma Room: Second Opinion – which itself was based on the DS game of the same name.
However New Blood brings a whole new storyline to the table, and although the gameplay has not exactly had a drastic overhaul, it has improved in many areas. The game follows the efforts of two doctors as they attempt to treat the outbreak of a mysterious disease called Stigma. Both are equipped with a particular ability which gives them certain strengths in the operating theatre, and each mission ends with a player ranking. All in all, First Blood is much more varied than the earlier editions of the franchise, and this diverse level of gameplay gives the game great replay value.
It also has very few drawbacks. The only problems according to its IGN review – where it received a score of around 86% - is regarding difficulty. The missions are very hard to complete first time round becasue it's unclear exactly what to do, and often, a second, third or even forth attempt is required. The game also takes a fair amount of getting used to on the Wii remote, however, these problems are trivial and really do not undermine what is essentially an exciting, dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable arcade style experience.
If you think you might be too squeamish for this one then rest assured, the game is not very graphic, however it still manages to deliver a small sense of the pressure and intensity of a real operating theatre. Overall, even though it's not spectacular graphically, Trauma Room: First Blood excels in terms of storyline, gameplay, and with its lasting appeal, will have you coming back time and time again.