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- Feel the adrenaline rush of dealing with non-stop medical emergencies as you live the life of a young, motivated doctor!
- Interact and communicate with staff and patients that you meet throughout the game - review and discuss patients' medical records, ask questions as you diagnose patients' problems and resolve volatile personal conflicts before they boil over!
- Find out what it is really like to juggle your personal affairs with the demanding lifestyle of a medical intern!
- Examine, diagnose and operate on patients using the unique stylus and touch-screen features of the Nintendo DS to perform actual medical techniques and use medical instruments - take auscultation, pulse rates, incisions, sutures and many more!
- Play a variety of mini-games as the story unfolds!
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Yes the story may seem juvenile at first, and the translation is not perfect, but after one day I was hooked. The surgery is not as gimmicky as Trauma Center, and seems far more realistic.
If you like anime and want something more akin to a phoenix wright or hotel Dusk game, this may be for you.
The surgeries start out very simple, but quickly progress to being challenging without being impossible. There's a certain glee that can only be achieved through successfully trepanning a skull. I found the surgeries themselves different enough to stay fresh, with graphics that nicely balanced a need for realism without going over the top.
My chief concern with the game is simply that I would have liked to have seen a higher ratio of game play involving medical issues as compared to running about solving the character's personal problems. Two of the five episodes take place on a vacation island, not the hospital, and much game time is spent running around matchmaking for your little sister and convincing a chief that little elves aren't trying to sabotage his festival (honestly). (Surgeries do take place in the island scenario as well, but they seemed relatively infrequent) I began to really resent those little elves for disrupting my surgical time.
Inside the hospital, I found the story lines varied and interesting. Once consequence of having fewer surgeries is that the patients you do have, have quite a lot of personality to them. There are sad moments in the game as a result of this attachment as well.
First of all: this is not Trauma Center. This is not Phoenix Wright. The series started in Japan way before the former, and though it's an adventure game, the feel is entirely different to the latter. Despite the soap-operaish storyline, this is ultimately more realistic than either game. Trauma Center was great fun, but lost the plot for me once I started drawing pentagons and fighting bug monsters in the operating theatre. Lifesigns sticks with fairly typical operations in a relatively realistic hospital setting. The simulation part is similar to the ancient PC game, Life and Death, in that you're expected to follow standard procedures and understand some of the basic requirements of surgery; there's little hand-holding here.
The major downside is that this is a translation of the second game in the series; the first was exclusive to Japan. Consequently, you're thrown into the story with only a basic explanation of who your character is, and the setting in which he works. I hope they eventually give the first game an English release. The translation is also simple and patchy; don't expect the outstanding level achieved by the Phoenix Wright games. Lifesigns sticks with the Japanese names for all characters, and the game has some awkward dialogue. The graphical style takes some adjusting; it's anime-style, but sort of sketchy. The character designs are great though, and the characters themselves are interesting and reasonably well-developed. There's also a very sweet little romance subplot between you and another intern doctor, if you do well enough on the operations for each chapter.
I'm not quite sure what the other reviewer meant when they said this game shows Japanese people in a bad light. First...Read more ›
Based in Japan, this game is actually the sequel of a previous game which was not translated in English. In my opinion, you don't really need to buy and play the first game. This game more than fill in the plot holes of the previous game.
In this game, you play, of course, a doctor named Tendo Dokuta who is finishing his clinician internship at Seimei Medical University Hospital. (Do you still call him a doctor if he's an intern?) There are five episodes dedicated in this game: 2 at the hospital, 2 on an island during his vacation with his beloved stepsister, Hikaru (hey, everybody's got to take a break/vacation sometime especially for his little sister), and the final episode back at the hospital during the holidays. Technically, each episodes last about a few days and for the entire game, a year.
You play as Dr. Tendo: diagnosing and treating 2-3 patients, convincing certain people in order to move the game story, and playing mini-games in each episode. Diagnosing is using three tools in your arsenal: yout stethescope, your eye, and your hand. It can be hard and frustrating if you don't know what tool to use and where to place it on the patient. 'Treating patients' is a light term: you actually do mostly surgeries in order to treat your patients. This is why this game is called 'LifeSigns: Surgical Unit'. Convincing is another hard one: if you fail to use the right 'words'/items, you fail to convince the person and it usually doesn't end well, trust me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am playing it right now I have to learn how to do the surgical parts of the game keep the patient from passing away but it is a interesting gamePublished 12 months ago by Daphne
I bought the game looking for a Trauma Center type game, but all I found was a medical soap opera. The operations are boring... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Christopher Freeland
I like the game its a good game overall surgeries are kinda too easy but gets more challenging as u play great game for teensPublished on April 24, 2012 by brittanyy (+
My daughter wanted all the games that would have to with Medical, so that she possible use them as a study tool and to practice what she has learned in Nursing school.Published on December 18, 2011 by elena
Ever since I first bought my DS, I quickly became hooked on adventure games (no, I didn't play them on PC previously - I first got into adventure gaming on the DS platform). Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Feelah the tigress
This game is very confusing to figure out, I have owned it for almost a month and can not figure out how to play it.Published on January 31, 2010 by SheriEMT
This game has a alot of text. But that is what I like. There are multiple endings , so it has alot of replay value. Read morePublished on July 25, 2009 by CarmenSandiego2