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Trauma Team

Atlus USA Trailer: Trauma Team

I did not go to medical school and for those who dream of being a surgeon, this is probably the closest thing most of us will ever get next to the classic game “Operation”

Operation Commercial from 1989

Trauma Team is the latest incarnation from Atlus. Currently the 5th in the series, two Nintendo DS games and two Wii games. I’ve played them all and this is the most polished one of them all. The first game came out for the DS on 2005 and it was hell to finish. At the easiest level, the game difficulty was set pretty high that once you reached a certain level, your patient will die. Frustration just came over me and I wanted to throw the DS right out the window. I gave up on the game until the Wii version was released.

The Wii version is a direct port of the DS game with some minor changes such an additional playable character and surgeries. The best part about is game is the lowered difficulty. Though it’s still challenging, it now allows you to reach until the last stage. The games focus on a terrorist organization using biochemical warfare to further their means. The first half of these trauma games is pretty straightforward with the usual tumors, gunshot wounds or pacemaker replacement. The second half is where the game starts to pull on reality. The terrorist pathogen does weird things to the patient with scenarios that doesn’t seem plausible. Add to the fact that you are gifted with the “healing touch”, this uncanny gift which slows down time and gives you extra time to work on the patient. But even with these unbelievable scenarios it’s still an enjoyable game.

Trauma Center: Healing Touch

Now comes Trauma Team. You don’t just play 2 characters. You now get to play five different characters with different specialties and brings a new angle to the world of videogame surgery. You get to work on different environments such as diagnostics, emergency, orthopedic surgery, endoscopy, investigation and of course general surgery. All the storylines will eventually unlock the final phase of the game and reveal the dark secret of the story. The wii remote is great especially for the endoscopic surgery due to the mapping of the controls. Orthopedics seems a bit too easy and the ER scenes are absolutely heart pounding where every second counts and patients keep coming. My favorite has to be the Dr. House situation in diagnosing the patients or the CSI situation where I find out what really happened as a forensic doctor. Come to think of it, it’s more Bones than CSI.

My diagnosis? This is the best Trauma Center game Atlus has every made. The story is believable. The surgical procedures is doable. I actually wish that the game was longer. Or at least could be extended with downloadable content. But since the Wii doesn’t have that. Maybe we can expect a port coming to the PlayStation Move? We can always wish for these things.

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Persona 3 PSP coming to North America in July

Official Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Website

Good news to English speaking fans of Persona. Atlus is bringing one of the last great RPGs of the PS2 to English speaking shores on the PSP. But this version is no port. It’s a brand new story and you get choose if you’re going to play a male or female character. One of the big draws of the game is the in-game social aspect where you try to “win” your classmates as you try to juggle your life between fighting shadows at night and studying to making friends during the day. It pretty much puts you in the shoes of the character.

Atlus just  has so much love for it’s fans that they bundle the soundtrack with the game which is unseen in other game publishers and what took Sega ages to decide whether or not to bring Yakuza 3 over to countries that speak another language other than Japanese. It takes them less than a year to bring over their titles. Persona 3 FES was once feared never to see western shores made it. I applaud Atlus for bringing over these games. I do hope that they get their PS3 game done soon and bring them over as well.

Persona 3 FES coming to North America in April

Official Persona 3 FES Website

Atlus, in a surprise announcement says it will bring Persona 3 FES which was Japan only title will now be heading across the Pacific.

This is great news! Early adopters need not worry, you can transfer over your save game from the original game and import it into FES to take advantage of the new features and additional storyline. Wow and to think I’m almost done with it. It’s exciting to see Atlus bring over the extended special editions of their game to countries other than Japan. (Hint hint Square-Enix, cough cough Final Fantasy 12 Zodiac Job system, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix) I hope this will start a trend of these games finally seeing the light of day in the west.

Now all you fanboys can spend more time with Mitsuru-senpai. The fun arrives in April 22 of this year.

Persona 3 FES coming to North America in April

Official Persona 3 FES Website

Atlus, in a surprise announcement says it will bring Persona 3 FES which was Japan only title will now be heading across the Pacific.

This is great news! Early adopters need not worry, you can transfer over your save game from the original game and import it into FES to take advantage of the new features and additional storyline. Wow and to think I’m almost done with it. It’s exciting to see Atlus bring over the extended special editions of their game to countries other than Japan. (Hint hint Square-Enix, cough cough Final Fantasy 12 Zodiac Job system, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix) I hope this will start a trend of these games finally seeing the light of day in the west.

Now all you fanboys can spend more time with Mitsuru-senpai. The fun arrives in April 22 of this year.