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Lifesigns - Nintendo DS

3.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

Surgical Unit is an original, exciting game for the DS that allows you to experience what it's like to be a top doctor in one of the best hospitals around. Just like on television, you'll be continuously confronted with interpersonal issues between you and your staff and you'll need to resolve them as quickly and professionally as possible. Of couse, you'll also have the opportunity to operate on those who need your help the most. By using the DS touchscreen, you'll be able to communicate with, examine, diagnose, and operate on many of the hospital's patients.

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Release date November 6, 2007
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3.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #26,208 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 0.5 x 6.6 x 5.3 inches
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By S. Kelley on December 5, 2007
Unlike a similar game "Trauma Center", Lifesigns is not a puzzle game where you constantly do surgery over and over, it is an adventure game where you talk to patients, form relationships with coworkers and other things that actually form a storyline.

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.
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Lifesigns: Surgical unit is fairly straightforward point and click adventure game, with endearing characters and well structured surgeries thrown in. It isn't groundbreaking, and I would have liked to have spent more time on medical game play, but overall the game is fun and a pleasant way to kill a few hours.

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.
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Check out Professor Sawai, you'll see what I mean.

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...
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I brought this years ago and it took me awhile to pick it back up and finish it entirely: all episodes and unlocking all bonuses. It can really hurt your stylus-holding hand, wrist, and arm along with your head that you might need to see a real doctor.

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.
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