Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Mica Rose


Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition PS4 Review

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Developed by indie games developers Bossa Studios, Surgeon Simulator was previously only available on PC and iPad! It is now making its way to PlayStation 4 in the form of the Anniversary Edition.

You play as Dr Nigel Burke, an inept surgeon operating on his unfortunate patient ‘Bob’ who seems to require every transplant under the sun. The game includes haphazard operations for the heart, kidneys, brain, eyes and teeth. A wide variety of tools are provided for you to get the job done and you can choose whichever weapon you like; whether it’s a spoon to scoop out the kidneys or a hammer to crack open that pesky ribcage to get to the good stuff – the choice is yours!
Dr. Nigel apparently moonlights as a dentist

Surgeon Simulator is infuriatingly addictive; the controls are so sensitive and hard to adjust to that your patient (or should I say, victim) will almost certainly bleed out and die on your first go. Once you’ve got the hang of the controls though, it gets a lot more enjoyable. It took me a good 5 or 6 tries to complete a heart transplant successfully and progress onto more operations, but after a while I was breezing through them. The hand of Dr Nigel is controlled by motion sensors in the Dualshock 4; meaning you have to be very precise in your movements to avoid impaling Bob. There is an option to adjust the controls to use the right analog stick instead, making it only slightly easier!

In a market abundant in simulation games, Surgeon Simulator brings some original zany fun to the genre. The game has a sinister humour to it; the slapstick way that you have to grab and tug at the organs and fling them across the room had me in dissolvable stitches. You can also play with a friend in local co-op if you feel like breaking your Hippocratic Oath together!
The Double Kidney Transplant

There are some great references to keep an eye out for, particularly in the trophies. There’s one for creating a Time Lord earned by giving Bob an extra heart.

It’s not a game for the quick-tempered; it requires patience to get used to the controls and can be frustrating but in a way that really makes you want to try again to get it right.

Luckily for Dr Nigel, there are no plans for a criminal negligence law simulator spin off!

Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition is out today for PlayStation 4 and is available on the PlayStation Store for £8.99. Rated: PEGI 18+.

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