Review: Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition

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Over a million copies of Bossa Studio’s Surgeon Simulator 2013 have been sold. If that’s not impressive enough, there are also over 2.3 million videos of it uploaded to YouTube, showing off it’s very special type of humor.

This week, Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition was released. Now, console gamers can sit back on their couch, grab their controller and perform a brain transplant.

We got to try the Anniversary Edition and for those unfamiliar with the game, we hope this review is helpful.

In Surgeon Simulator, you play the role of Nigel Burke, who can only be described as the world’s worst surgeon. Ever.

The goal is to operate on your friend Bob, who for some reason has agreed to let you give him a heart and brain transplant among others.

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The controls are definitely the biggest issue. There is a definite learning curve for learning how to control Nigel’s hand. Then when you think you’ve got a handle on things, you’ll accidentally brush your hand into a needle and start to hallucinate during the surgery.

One of the most entertaining aspects of the game is messing around and experimenting. Using different methods and tools to complete a surgery can often times result in unexpected occurrences. Even a random act as just goofing around during the operation and giving Bob a nice Intestine necklace is rewarded with a trophy.

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The reception desk where you access the operations is also full of fun little things such as the ability to throw a floppy disc into the computer to get some hints at where to make cuts during your surgeries.

The game has previously released on PC and iOS, with each version bringing something new to the table. The Anniversary Edition for the PS4 has all of the procedures that the former releases have which means yes, you can perform an alien autopsy, or do a heart transplant while the patient is being rushed down the hallway on a gurney…or in space.

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The thing to remember is that this game doesn’t take itself seriously. If you’re going into this gamewithout knowing what it’s about, you might find yourself getting frustrated very quickly. However, if you’re looking to play a game and just goof around then Surgeon Simulator is a great choice.

Bossa Studios has also announced that a local co-op mode will be coming “soon”.


~ Final Score: 8/10 ~


Review copy provided by Bossa Studios for PS4. Screenshots taken by reviewer.