Release Date: 11/8/2010
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The Good: Hilarious story and characters, tighter controls, upgrades make the game better to play, varied surgeries
The Bad: Very short, playing on a small screen is not good for people with big fingers, feels like there’s something missing
Alan Probe is back in another campy and hilarious Amateur Surgeon game (a spin-off of Trauma Center by Atlus for the DS and Wii). Alan is now retired and well into his 70’s, but he’s contacted by a mysterious man who tells him he must brush up on his skills because he needs to help someone very important. If you didn’t play the last game you must because the story is excellent, and the writing is campy and witty (thanks to Adult Swim’s talented writing crew).
The game starts to feel like the last one with imprecise controls, but you can upgrade your tools so you don’t have to be so precise with every tool to get a good score. You can say this is Adult Swim’s lazy way of making the game play better, but it works whether that’s true or not. Most of the surgeries are very strange and even weirder than the last game, but they are so varied not one is the same. This was the last game’s flaw because it had a ton of surgeries, but a lot of them felt the same.
If you haven’t played the last one the game’s humor also comes into play with the tools. Instead of a scalpel you use a pizza cutter, a vacuum instead of some type of surgical sucker etc. The graphics are slightly better, but they are still the same, but the visuals work for this type of game. It’s also easier to get an A rating now instead of having to do the surgeries almost perfectly like in the last game.
Amateur Surgeon 2 delivers in story, and tighter controls which is a huge step up over the first game, but the downside is there’s only about a dozen surgeries, but Adult Swim is releasing a new story mode which is great.