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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is a parody of the surgical field, with nothing taken seriously. Performing the surgery feels more like a secondary goal than just being completely silly and nonsensical.
Positive Role Models
While the cast of playable characters are given cheery backstories, they are all little more than puppets to be moved around by the player.
Ease of Play
Controls in Surgeon Simulator 2 are, at its absolute best, a complete train wreck. The controls for extending or pulling in their arm length overlap with rotating the arm and wrist, making for a frustrating mess. All the while, players need to keep holding the grip command or risk dropping whatever object they need and having to reset and readjust all over again.
Violence & Scariness
While the game has a cartoonish style, there's no shortage of blood and gore. Players crack open skulls, rip off limbs, cut out organs, and do all sorts of other gruesome tasks while blood spurts and streams out from the patient like a sprinkler gone haywire.
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While there's no profanity built into the dialogue, it encourages online co-op and versus play. Online chat with others could expose players to profanity and other offensive language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas is a surgical simulation parody game, available for download on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of wannabe surgeons, clumsily hacking their way through various procedures in over-the-top and comedic ways. Due to the nature of the game, there's a lot of blood and gore, with players tearing and cutting off limbs, cracking bones, and removing and replacing organs while the "patient" bleeds out all over the place. The controls are intentionally awkward, though they're barely functional to the point of frustration. Players can play solo or online in cooperative or versus missions. Parents should note that chat in online play could potentially expose players to offensive language from others.
Is It Any Good?
Some games are relaxing ways to pass the time while others challenge your brain power or dexterity, but the most important thing is that they need to be fun to play. Somewhere along the line, Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas misplaced this important lesson, likely collecting dust next to its copy of Gray's Anatomy (the book, not the TV series). It's probably easier, and shorter, to start with the game's sole positive. It's got an entertaining art style. The game leans heavily into its absurdity, with a cartoonish look and feel that one can never take seriously. After all, it's hard to expect much realism after slapping a fishbowl on your head, grabbing a bloody hand saw, and replacing a kidney with a coffee mug.
As far as what Surgeon Simulator 2 gets wrong? That's just about every other part of the game. The controls are meant to be awkward in order to make for more goofy moments. But these controls go far beyond simply awkward and well into the nigh impossible territory. And the more time you spend, the more irritable you get. Add the stress of the timer as the patient bleeds out all over the room, and even the most level-headed gamer will have to resist the urge to toss their controller or keyboard across the room. The game pushes hard for players to jump into some online team play, which can admittedly make missions just a touch less frustrating. But that's usually only if you team up with friends. In the random matchmaking, more often than not, you wind up teamed with people who seem to relish in messing each other up and causing as much chaos as possible. Surgeon Simulator 2: Access All Areas is neither fun nor satisfying. In fact, the only gratification comes when you've had enough and finally just pull its plug.
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