Trauma Team Is Both Dramatic And Gory



We’ve seen some traces of them in screenshots, but the ESRB rating page for Trauma Team has given away a couple of the game’s dramatic moments, and they sound rather intense. Before we get into any "spoiler-lite" details, however, here’s some of the funnier stuff you can expect to see in Trauma Team:


During the diagnostics portion of the game, players must diagnose patients by using the stethoscope and performing visual inspections. Female patients are asked to explain their symptoms, then lift up their shirts for closer inspection. The scene contains no nudity, but a saxophone can be heard playing in the background as a male doctor makes the following remarks: "Can she really be that thin?," "dayum!," and—after doctor’s heart rate increases—"It’s only natural . . . I’m a straight male." During the course of the game, characters sometimes use language such as "bullsh*t," "a*shole," and "b*tch." One central character is frequently depicted with a lit cigarette in his mouth.


That isn’t the only reason behind Trauma Team’s Teen rating though. Apparently, the game has a fair amount of gore as well. Minor spoilers ahead, so be wary if you’re sensitive:


This is an action-puzzle game in which players perform simulated medical procedures and progress through a point-and-click-style adventure, with the goal of treating a variety of injured patients. Players can engage in surgery, diagnostics, orthopedics, endoscopy, forensics, and emergency response. Patients on operating tables resemble 3D models, somewhat mannequin-like and polygonal—intended as a clinical depiction. Players can reassemble broken bones; use scalpels, sutures, and lasers to cut into patients; run tests and physical exams. Surgery requires players to suction away blood, overlay layers of tissue, repair damaged blood vessels; blood-stained clothing is also depicted.


The still-frame cutscenes narrate doctors’ missions and detail how hospital patients received their injuries. These highly-stylized images (graphic-novel art-style) generally involve a camera panning across still-frames and still-motion characters. One sequence shows the aftermath of a mall massacre, where victims can be heard screaming, their bodies lying near small pools of blood; another scene shows a man, infected with a virus, with blood dripping from his eyes and nose—the camera pans out behind the man as quick sprays of blood appear; and a women strapped with explosives threatens to kill people in one dramatic scene.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.