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Trauma Center: New Blood

Trauma Center: New Blood

is the third game of the Trauma Center surgery simulation video game series, only available for the Wii. New Blood is a new installment with features not seen in the previous title, including CPR, a cooperative mode, online leaderboards, full voice-over dialogue and a 16:9 widescreen mode.

Plot

New Blood starts off seven years after the events of Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2. The game follows doctors Markus Vaughn and Valerie Blaylock, two surgeons with the Healing Touch ability who worked at the Concordia Medical Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Vaughn moves over to Montgomery Memorial hospital in Alaska and is followed by Dr. Blaylock. They perform a few operations here, including one on Dr. Hoover, the director of Montgomery Memorial. In one episode at Montgomery Memorial, a man was shot with a rifle, and a young woman brings him to to Montgomery Memorial, and she actually turns out to be a nurse, who then helps them in the operating room. Later, they find out that this nurse is from Concordia and her name is Elena Salazar,and she had come to ask Dr. Vaughn to perform an operation to replace an implant in her pancreas. When the hospital closed down, Dr. Hoover tells them to return to Concordia. Markus is reluctant to return to Concordia, but realizes that he must go back.

Once there, they learn from Professor Wilkens, an old acquaintance of Markus's, about a new and mysterious parasite called Stigma. After Markus and Valerie operated on Wilkens, who was infected with Stigma, the professor is kidnapped and all of his data regarding this new disease is stolen. Fearing for the worse, Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Blaylock are invited to join Caduceus, because of their valuable knowledge on Stigma. The first couple of cases were mostly kept from the public eye, but shortly after appearing on Miracle Surgery to take the show off the air, things only got worse. They were soon kidnapped by the Kidman Family, a criminal organization who have seen their skills and the profitability of Stigma, and forced to operate on patients intentionally infected with Stigma. Markus then confesses to Valerie and Elena that he was responsible for the creation of Stigma, which was from an accident from when he was working with Professor Wilkens. Professor Wilkens wanted to continue his research to the world with the intentions of becoming famous with the research. Markus, however, rejected the idea of using a potential threat to become famous and left for Alaska. After travelling to South America to treat more Stigma patients and to find Kidman and one of his companions (which ended in Kidman's death).

When they returned to Caduceus, they discovered Cynthia Kazakov, a close friend of Valerie's, was in a relationship with a man named Master Vakhusti, who planned to give a similar implant to Elena that Cynthia has (The implant in question Cynthia has had a remote control which could stop the bloodflow, likewise, he planned to use it on Elena in order to coerce Markus in continuing Stigma research for him.). After removing the device from Cynthia, they encountered Vakhusti, who has the Cardia Stigma, Valerie and Markus deals with the final Stigma and finds out that Cardia was meant to be used as treatment for a terminal illness, but in doing so has made him sociopathic and insane. He dies acknowledging his sins shortly after the operation. As life returns to normal, Valerie, Markus and Elena contemplates on how it is up to them to save a life when needed.

Derek Stiles and Angie Thompson from the previous TC games make a cameo appearance in Episode 7-4 and the 4th Challenge mission, in which Derek and Angie introduces to Markus and Valerie a VR simulation designed to simulate treating patients infected with both GUILT and Stigma.

Stigma

Stigma is a series of highly dangerous man-made organisms. The main objective in many stages through the game is to save patients infected with them. Initially, for a strain of Stigma to become active, it needs to get in contact with a rare metal named "Culurium", which is used in many artificial materials employed by the medical industry. However, later there are reports of people being infected by Stigma despite not having any trace of Culurium in their bodies, indicating that it was evolving into a much greater threat.

Gameplay

Trauma Center:New Blood can be played in 3 difficulty modes: Easy, Normal, or Hard. New features include the possibility to play with both characters throughout almost every stage in a new co-op multiplayer mode, and the "Challenge Missions", where a player must perform on a set number of patients in a limited time.

Ranking

At the end of each operation, a rank is assigned based on the style and accuracy of the player. The rankings are:

  • C - Rookie Doctor
  • B - Specialist
  • A - Senior Surgeon
  • S - Master Surgeon
  • XS - Medical Prodigy

The XS rank can only be achieved in Hard or Extreme difficulty.

Healing Touch

The Healing Touch is a rare ability that can only be practiced by select doctors. It can be used only once per operation and requires great mental concentration. It is used so that in the surgeon's mind, it can do superhuman things that would otherwise be impossible. Both Healing Touches can only be used for a limited amount of time before retuning to normal.

Reception

Reviews
Publication Score
IGN 8.5/10
Nintendo Power 8/10
1UP.com 5/10
Gamespot 8/10
Game Informer 7.5/10
GameSpy 2.5/5
Aggregate Scores
Metacritic 76%
Game Rankings 77%
New Blood received generally positive reviews. Some praised the new features introduced in the series (mainly the voice acting throughout cutscenes), while others pointed out the unbalanced gameplay for the single-player campaign as its weakest spot.

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