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Trauma Center: Second Opinion



Medical simulation game is bloody but educational.
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Positive messages

Excellent role-model for doctor/patient care. Emphasis on empathy, professionalism, and doing a job right for a cause greater than oneself.


The only violence comes from making mistakes during surgery. Presentation is tasteful, but there is a lot of blood. And the gooey inside of the body, including things like tumors and broken bones, are on display.


Some flirting in the storyline. This game is tasteful and respectful of the human body.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Medical drugs, but most are fanciful (instant healing jelly, for example).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this medical simulation game presents the body and problems with it in a graphic and honest manner. This isn't a good choice for kids who are squeamish around blood because it's full of it. It can also be disturbing when you injure a patient. Using a Wii controller, players simulate the skills required to be a good doctor. The game is tasteful and respectful, but parents should know that it isn't 100 percent realistic. Ultimately, it's a timed puzzle game.

What's it about?

TRAUMA CENTER: SECOND OPINION casts the player in the role of a hotshot young surgeon out to save lives in a soap opera world of Japanese anime -- think General Hospital crossed with House. The Wii nunchuk thumbstick is used to choose instruments, while the remote acts as a scalpel, syringe, and even a needle that lets you stitch a wound closed. Trauma Center: Second Opinion is a surgical game, so it's bloody and features the gooey inside of the body, including things like tumors and broken bones. While operating, you are constantly aware of the beeping heart monitor, which can be very nerve-wracking.

Is it any good?


The game is tasteful and respectful of the human body. One of the main recurring themes involves nurses scolding our hero for being too callous or not paying attention. Young players will learn a lot about anatomy and basic surgical procedure. Memorization of steps is the key to keeping patients alive on the table during long, grueling surgeries late in the game.

But there's enough fantasy and even science fiction at hand here to make the game feel like ER crossed with the board game Operation, from Milton Bradley. While the setting is not realistic, the still pictures and anime characters are well done. It's all very clever and satisfying, it gives a "futuristic doctor" feeling that's a thrill, and one that is unique in gaming. It makes you wonder if, one day, real surgery will be performed remotely like this.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the medical problems that can affect the human body and the procedures and skills required to fix it. Patching patients up and earning the praise of the nursing staff can make players proud of what they have accomplished. Do you think this is how doctors feel? Does this game make you want to be a doctor or nurse?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 14, 2006
ESRB rating:T for blood, mild language, mild violence

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Kid, 11 years old January 12, 2011

great game

Its a great game. Its not for people who are sqirmish and it does have cursing, I don't know what common sence was talking about but its not a big problem. A game your not gonna get bored of until the end. It can be challenging at times and gets a lot harder. I heard the last surgery you will battle a strains of guilt.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bysportgamer April 9, 2008

Really fun

This game is super fun. It is my favorite wii game and I love every level. It teaches you about the human body. It is sorta blood and some parts are kinda hard to look at, but it is soooooooo much fun!!!:)
Teen, 13 years old Written byMalachiT August 4, 2014

Please Read

This game has the following ESRB content: Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence. The ESRB warns of violence, language, and animated blood. This game I have seen does not have too much language. The words you'll hear is dammit, damn, hell. You'll battle through injuries, GUILT, and even saving people but also yourself as Derek Stiles, age 26. Derek Stiles is a doctor working for Caduceus. Also, you will partner up with Angie Thompson. This game is specified for the Wii. There will be a scene of flirting as the words, "I could'nt have done it without my lovely assistant." is said. There is not much of language, an isolated moderate language is heard in the game but is not listed on the ESRB. You'll also hear some material that may make parents aware. The ESRB also forgot to add Violent References because the girl named Linda Reid and Derek Stiles talk about Linda's Suicide thoughts. "Go look at the girl and say "I want to die."" is heard with Derek's point. This game is overall appropriate for at least 10 and older, but some people under 13 may have difficulty with the gameplay.
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