The Surgeon Simulator is already known to many fans as a classic, with Surgeon Simulator 2 it is now into the next round. We have also thrown the surgical gown on for you and tried - the emphasis is on trying - to save human lives.
There are sequels to the game that gamers are still waiting for today, Half Life 3 we're looking in your direction. Then there are games that didn't necessarily need a sequel. With the Surgeon Simulator 2 there is now a sequel to a game that was more MEME and was taken less seriously as a game. But that didn't deter us from looking into the second part, especially since the question arises: Do you need this sequel or not.
“Simulator” is a little over the top
In case you missed the first part, one thing must be said in advance, the Surgeon Simulator 2 is not a serious medical simulation. As in the first part, you interact with the world by waving your arm around, but this time you don't have to worry about controlling individual fingers. Do you have a patient with an ailing small intestine? Then just pull him out - and as long as you let him drop a new one into his chest cavity, the operation is over.
But the more you pull, drill or hammer, the more blood your patient will lose. You can tear off a leg and amputate a new one, but if you don't use a bone saw, he can bleed to death in the meantime. But even if your first operation fails, you immediately jump back into the saddle and wait longingly for the ever-increasing challenges. What's next An eye transplant? A dental job? A brain operation ?.
Too little variety in the operations
No, unfortunately it was. Surgeon Simulator 2 may confuse the body parts to be swapped out, but every operation is essentially the same. However, if you want to operate in more or less interesting outfits for a change, you can perform an operation with Zlinder and a fake mustache thanks to the game's character customization option, but unfortunately there is an unforgivable lack of variety, especially compared to the original surgeon simulator.
Bossa Studios tried to mix things up a bit by giving Surgeon Simulator 2 a story where you roam the corridors of a rundown training hospital. In doing so, however, they robbed him of the energy that made the first surgeon simulator such a hit. The puzzle elements, which unfortunately are seldom that strenuous, feel completely unnecessary, and the story isn't something that deserves an Oscar. Since the game also doesn't offer savegames, it's frustrating when you're forced to wander around again and again to restart the lost OP.
Multiplayer mode and editor are good
It feels like Surgeon Simulator 2 is desperate to be a portal-style puzzle game. But the Valve classic was mostly true to its title; playing with portals was an integral part of the game. Here you spend half of your time outside of the operation, swapping fuses and pressing buttons, activities that are seldom entertaining.
The saving grace of Surgeon Simulator 2 is multiplayer; the fun factor multiplies the more players join. Instead of giving life-saving fluids that will keep your patient from bleeding to death, you are dealing with the mess that the other "surgeons" are putting on the operating table. If you're lucky, you play with people you know, split up the tasks, and work together like a well-oiled machine. If not, you will fight to keep your unfortunate victim alive while colleagues play with the limb "she loves me, she doesn't love me". It sounds ridiculous, it is, but it's a lot of fun.
Another nice feature is the game's level editor, with which you can create your own levels and play through other players' creations. As with all user-generated content, the levels we immersed in were a really mixed bag. That brings variety to the monotonous operating rooms of the developers.
Number of players: 1
Age: from 6 (USK)
Long-term motivation: medium
Publisher: Bossa Studios
Developer: Bossa Studios
Year of publication: 2020
Cost: 24,99 Euro
What shall we say We can't really answer the question at the beginning of the article that we asked ourselves whether a Surgeon Simulator needed a sequel. Nevertheless: For many fans of the predecessor, the editor and the multiplayer will be reason enough to buy the second part as well.
Anyone who was a fan of the first Surgeon Simulator could be disappointed by the little variety, but with the multiplayer and the editor 2 innovations that are really funny and varied. Because performing a chaos operation with friends is always entertaining with every new attempt. But if you are more of a solo player, you should give the first part a chance because it was more fun and varied from the basic level.