If you don’t already know what Surgeon Simulator is then you must have been living in some sort of desolate cave for the last few months. For the benefit of you lovely cave dwellers though, here is a quick catch up! Surgeon Simulator 2013 began its life as a wonderful creation from the epic competition that is the Global Game Jam. The game is essentially a simulation of different types of surgeries. The twist however is that these surgeries are very much from a rookie perspective of surgery, making the game a heavily simplified simulation of a wildly complex reality. Surgeon Simulator really does provide a comedic value like no other game presently on the market. Controlling a single hand and each finger of this hand individually, you must attempt to manoeuvre a variety of traditional tools in order to successfully complete each of the surgical tasks set out for you.
In case the game didn’t already sound awesome to you, or if you thought that maybe it would get a little bit too samey, then there is more that you should know! The surgeries which you will carry out are not always as simple as fixing up a chap on a table. Oh no, you will have to carry out surgical procedures in both the back of an ambulance and in space before you have seen this game through to its end. Recently the team behind the game has even introduced the classic Meet the Medic Team Fortress 2 scenario into Surgeon Simulator, which now allows you to attempt an uber heart transplant on a heavy from Valve’s 1st person shooter classic. The game is packed full of features which simply work in harmony to make something extremely fun and unbelievably hilarious; rarities in many games today and ones which here have had the chance to thrive. The game is by no means easy to control either, which just adds to the hilarious experience which can be shared by all. However, in case you didn’t feel the keyboard and mouse fulfilled your needs for realistic gameplay in Surgeon Simulator, the developers have just done some work on the game to allow it to incorporate some fancy new toys…
Charlie’s experience with the Occulus Rift/Razer Hydra
“It’s perfect. It’s exactly what I wanted and more.”
These are the words I spoke as I slowly and sadly took off the Occulus Rift after brutally murdering a man in Surgeon Simulator with a mug.
It is truly one of my best moments in gaming. All the life or death moments in Super Smash Bros, all the clinch moments in DOTA, the moment I killed the Capra Demon in Dark Souls are NOTHING compared to the bliss I felt as I watched the shards of mug float in slow motion above me after deftly shattering it on the remains of his ribcage.
It is impossible to describe how good the combination of the incredible Occulus Rift, the silliness of Surgeon Simulator and the intuitiveness of the Razer Hydra is. A perfect blend of high-tech (but insanely fun) hardware and Low-Tech (but insanely fun) software that left my heart racing and erection pounding. I was god awful at the game despite my countless hours spent at the table with a mouse and keyboard but only because I wanted to experiment with the world around me and see how many of the objects I could fit inside his chest cavity.
The lads (and beautiful blood-soaked nurse) at the Surgeon Simulator booth were some of the nicest people at the expo. They answered all my stupid questions, put up with how incredibly over-enthusiastic I was to meet them and one even allowed me to put my hand affectionately on his shoulder. The interview lasted like, an hour in total, just standing there on the floor chatting, I’m listening back to the recording and they are making me laugh all over again. If anyone deserves success it’s these guys.
Everyone should buy an Occulus Rift, Razer Hydra and 6 copies of Surgeon Simulator 2013. You owe it to yourself gorgeous reader.
Nathan’s Final Thoughts:
Surgeon Simulator is one of those games which you can sit down to play with a friend, take it in turns to have a go at, and not stop having fun doing so for hours on end. It really brings back fun to gaming like a kick in the face brings pain and blood; it does it with force and style which can barely be matched and you sure won’t forget it! For a game which was originally built by a tiny team in 48 hours it has come a very long way and deserves all of the success which it has had. Whether we will see another release in the future or what updates they may have in store, one can only guess and imagine. What is certain is that wherever this game goes it simply seems to improve and I along with masses of other gamers look forward to whatever comes next!
Oh, and the guys at Rezzed gave me an awesome t-shirt and were great to chat to, so I would like to thank them personally for adding to the awesome experience!