History Videogame / TraumaCenter

22nd Oct '17 5:13:44 PM lakingsif
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** The chapter Cadecus on a plane has you doing surgery on a plane. That sometimes experiences turbulence.
** Another level exclusive to the Wii version has you doing emergency surgery at a car crash. Where the lights are failing.

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** ''Trauma Center'':
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The chapter Cadecus on a plane has you doing surgery on a plane. That sometimes experiences turbulence.
** *** Another level exclusive to the Wii version has you doing emergency surgery at a car crash. Where the lights are failing.failing.
** ''Trauma Team''
*** First response is all about this, light surgery to deal with problems on site ASAP and buying time for proper care.
*** A few coleoscopy levels are set outside of the hospital, including one where you navigate through rubble at a disaster site.
22nd Oct '17 5:11:58 PM lakingsif
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* RoadsideSurgery:
** The chapter Cadecus on a plane has you doing surgery on a plane. That sometimes experiences turbulence.
** Another level exclusive to the Wii version has you doing emergency surgery at a car crash. Where the lights are failing.
16th Sep '17 11:02:55 PM Superfield
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* GoryDiscretionShot: In almost all operations, you have to first perform an incision to open up the body and see the conditions inside. However, this stage is always skipped when a level involves brain operation, where you start "inside" so to speak, presumably so that the player doesn't have to see a man's scalp being cut open. This is also skipped in one surgery mission in ''Trauma Team'', where the patient is impaled by an I-Beam and the treatment focuses on his liver. One could certainly guess that looking at an I-Beam sticking out of the patient's body would not be a pretty sight.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: In almost all operations, you have to first perform an incision to open up the body and see the conditions inside. However, this stage is always skipped when a level involves brain operation, where you start "inside" so to speak, presumably so that the player doesn't have to see a man's scalp being cut open. This is also skipped in one surgery mission in ''Trauma Team'', where the patient is impaled by an I-Beam and the treatment focuses on his liver. One could certainly guess that looking at an I-Beam sticking out of the patient's body would not be a pretty sight.
23rd Aug '17 7:46:17 AM Gadjiltron
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* SequelDifficultySpike:
** Inverted and ZigZagged across the course of the series. ''Second Opinion'' relieved a lot of sources of frustration from ''Under the Knife'' by adding adjustable difficulty levels and pretty much setting the standard for the next two games. ''New Blood'' and ''Under the Knife 2'' then take this standard and add their own flavours of difficulty. ''Trauma Team'' makes its levels much easier than its predecessors, but then snaps back into very strict territory the moment a player tries to excel on its Specialist difficulty.

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* SequelDifficultySpike:
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SequelDifficultySpike: Inverted and ZigZagged across the course of the series. ''Second Opinion'' relieved a lot of sources of frustration from ''Under the Knife'' by adding adjustable difficulty levels and pretty much setting the standard for the next two games. ''New Blood'' and ''Under the Knife 2'' then take this standard and add their own flavours of difficulty. ''Trauma Team'' makes its levels much easier than its predecessors, but then snaps back into very strict territory the moment a player tries to excel on its Specialist difficulty.
23rd Aug '17 7:44:58 AM Gadjiltron
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: RONI delivers a double-whammy to Gabe when he suffers a HeroicBSOD over [[spoiler: his son]] developing Wermer's Syndrome, and thinks it's pointless to be there to help him.
--> '''RONI''': Dr. Cunningham, do you truly feel your work is pointless?
--> '''Gabe''': Huh...!?
--> '''RONI''': There is one thing that is unclear to me. All people die, so medicine is ultimately pointless. But, Doctor, I have observed patients leaving with smiles. Is helping people smile pointless as well?

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ArmorPiercingQuestion:
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RONI delivers a double-whammy to Gabe when he suffers a HeroicBSOD over [[spoiler: his son]] developing Wermer's Syndrome, and thinks it's pointless to be there to help him.
--> ---> '''RONI''': Dr. Cunningham, do you truly feel your work is pointless?
--> ---> '''Gabe''': Huh...!?
--> ---> '''RONI''': There is one thing that is unclear to me. All people die, so medicine is ultimately pointless. But, Doctor, I have observed patients leaving with smiles. Is helping people smile pointless as well?



* ArtShift: ''Trauma Team'''s anime style suddenly shifts to a more intense, detailed one when [[spoiler:Gabe trashes his office.]]

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* ArtShift: ArtShift:
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''Trauma Team'''s anime style suddenly shifts to a more intense, detailed one when [[spoiler:Gabe trashes his office.]]



*** Additionally, you can call the Rosalia-ridden [[spoiler:Lieberman]] to be this as well.

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*** ** Additionally, you can call consider the Rosalia-ridden [[spoiler:Lieberman]] to be this as well.



** Derek does this [[spoiler: even in a car when they are being kidnapped]] and [[spoiler: even yells out when they are trying to silently escape a prison cell]]

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** Derek does this [[spoiler: even in a car when they are being kidnapped]] and [[spoiler: even yells out when they are trying to silently escape a prison cell]]cell.]]



** CR-S01 from ''Trauma Team''. [[spoiler:Subverted: He didn't do the thing he's atoning for.]]
** Dr. Weaver from ''Second Opinion'' [[spoiler:helped Adam develop GUILT by keeping the "incubators" alive.]]
*** And then in ''Trauma Team'' [[spoiler:Alyssa accidentally takes a bomb meant for Naomi and nearly dies.]]

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** CR-S01 from ''Trauma Team''.Team'' works to reduce his prison sentence. [[spoiler:Subverted: He didn't do the thing he's atoning for.]]
** Dr. Weaver from ''Second Opinion'' [[spoiler:helped Adam develop GUILT by keeping the "incubators" alive.]]
*** And
]] She then cooperates with Caduceus in ''Trauma Team'' [[spoiler:Alyssa accidentally takes a bomb meant the battle against GUILT to make up for Naomi and nearly dies.]]that.



** [[spoiler:Rosalia's unique disease, the original Rosalia Virus, has the capability of suppressing other illnesses that would affect her. Sartre's attempts to maximize the benefits of this disease end up setting the stage for the game's final chapter.]]



* {{Big Damn Hero|es}}ine: Maria's juggling five near-death patients entirely on her own... cue the paramedics.

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* {{Big Damn Hero|es}}ine: BigDamnHeroes:
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Maria's juggling five near-death patients entirely on her own... own. Just as the situation turns bleak, cue the paramedics.paramedics and a surge in vitals for all patients.



* BossBonanza: In the first game, after finishing the second chapter, nearly every playable operation is related to GUILT. ''Second Opinion'' attempts to mix things up with Nozomi Weaver's chapters, but the final stages are still mostly GUILT operations.
* BossRush: The final chapter of the first game has Derek operating on the progenitors of the seven GUILT strains.



* CaptainErsatz: Diagnostician [[http://www.intothelabyrinth.net/atlus/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/traumateamchargabriel.jpg Gabriel Cunningham]] from ''Trauma Team'' looks and acts very similar to [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], down to smoking damaged cigarettes. Too bad SteveBlum isn't voicing him.
** Some fans also think he looks like an anime version of ''Series/{{House}}''.

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* CaptainErsatz: Diagnostician [[http://www.intothelabyrinth.net/atlus/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/traumateamchargabriel.jpg Gabriel Cunningham]] from ''Trauma Team'' looks and acts very similar to [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], down to smoking damaged cigarettes. Too bad SteveBlum isn't voicing him.
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him. Some fans also think he looks like an anime version of ''Series/{{House}}''.



* CoOpMultiplayer: ''New Blood'' lets two players operate together. ''Trauma Team'' does as well and attempts to balance the roles of the two players in various ways, depending on the type of operation. Diagnostics and forensics are one player only, although the second player can still use their Wii Remote cursor to point out things for their partner.

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* CoOpMultiplayer: ''New Blood'' lets two players operate together. ''Trauma Team'' does as well and attempts to balance the roles of the two players in various ways, depending on the type of operation. Diagnostics and forensics Forensics are one player only, although the second player can still use their Wii Remote cursor to point out things for their partner.



* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Players of ''Under the Knife'' would have honed their skills by pretending the Healing Touch didn't even exist, as every level in that game penalized them for using the Healing Touch unless completely necessary. Transitioning to the other games results in an uncomfortable discovery that some missions have time limits so stringent, especially on Hard difficulty, that the Healing Touch is ''needed'' to get that S or XS rank. That, and several procedures are remarkably different, especially the suturing technique.

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Players of ''Under the Knife'' would have honed their skills by pretending the Healing Touch didn't even exist, as every level in that game penalized them for using the Healing Touch unless completely necessary. Transitioning to the other games results in an uncomfortable discovery that some missions have time limits so stringent, especially on Hard difficulty, Hard, that the Healing Touch is ''needed'' to get that S or XS rank. That, and several procedures are remarkably different, especially the suturing technique.



* DontTryThisAtHome: From the ''Under The Knife'' and ''Second Opinion'' manuals:
-->This game is intended for entertainment purposes only and contains no medical advice. Do not attempt any of the operations from this game in real life.

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* DontTryThisAtHome: DontTryThisAtHome:
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From the ''Under The Knife'' and ''Second Opinion'' manuals:
-->This --->This game is intended for entertainment purposes only and contains no medical advice. Do not attempt any of the operations from this game in real life.



* DressedToHeal: Played straight and subverted throughout each game.
** Notably, in ''Trauma Team'', Tomoe wears a lab coat over her kimono.

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* DressedToHeal: Played straight and subverted throughout each game.
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game. Notably, in ''Trauma Team'', Tomoe wears a lab coat over her kimono.



* DynamicEntry: When a school bus comes out of nowhere in ''Trauma Team'' and crashes into the middle of a crowded mall. In the middle of a crowded mall's THIRD FLOOR.

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* DynamicEntry: DynamicEntry:
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When a school bus comes out of nowhere in ''Trauma Team'' and crashes into the middle of a crowded mall. In the middle of a crowded mall's THIRD FLOOR.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Sometimes it doesn't matter what you do, the patient(s) ''will'' die.
** In ''Under the Knife 2'', when you have to operate on four patients in ten minutes, regardless of how quickly you complete the operations, [[spoiler:you still won't have enough time to save Emilio.]]

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
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Sometimes it doesn't matter what you do, the patient(s) ''will'' die.
** In ''Under the Knife 2'', when you have to operate on four three patients in ten minutes, regardless of how quickly you complete the operations, [[spoiler:you still won't have enough time to save Emilio.]]



** Episodes 4-1 and 4-2 in ''Under the Knife 2''.
** Somewhat averted in Trauma Team, where you'll have operations that are actually going to end in failure, but the game will still treat it as a successful operation.

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** Episodes 4-1 and 4-2 in ''Under the Knife 2''.
2'', to drive home Derek's HeroicBSOD.
** Somewhat averted in Trauma Team, ''Trauma Team'', where you'll have operations that are actually going to end in failure, but the game will still treat it as a successful operation.



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: You don't need to use the Healing Touch outside of moments when it's activated automatically due to the plot kicking in, but everyone will comment on how you're using it all the time.

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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: GameplayAndStorySegregation:
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You don't need to use the Healing Touch outside of moments when it's activated automatically due to the plot kicking in, but everyone will comment on how you're using it all the time.



* HeroicBSOD: Combined with a [[HopelessBossFight Hopeless Operation]], a ButThouMust, and a KobayashiMario in ''Trauma Center 2''. All at once.
** Technically, the HeroicBSOD occurred a couple of weeks (or so) earlier, with the [[spoiler:death of Emilio]] disabling Derek's Healing Touch. The Hopeless Operation, etc. occur just before someone finally presses the Heroic Ctrl-Alt-Delete to reboot Derek.
** A minor one also happens after 1-6, in ''Under the Knife''.

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* HeroicBSOD: Combined with a [[HopelessBossFight Hopeless Operation]], a ButThouMust, and a KobayashiMario in ''Trauma Center 2''. All at once.
HeroicBSOD:
** Technically, the HeroicBSOD occurred a couple of weeks (or so) earlier, with the [[spoiler:death of Emilio]] disabling Derek's Healing Touch. The Hopeless Operation, etc. occur just before someone finally presses the Heroic Ctrl-Alt-Delete guilt over [[spoiler:his failure to reboot Derek.
** A minor one also happens after 1-6,
save Emilio]] in ''Under the Knife''. Knife 2'' results in him being unable to use the Healing Touch for almost an entire chapter.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Richard Anderson]] endures ''three'' operations, without painkillers, just so [[spoiler:Victor and Derek devise a cure for Pempti]]. [[spoiler:Sadly, he dies three days later, as the surgeries have finally taken their toll on him.]] He spends his last minutes convincing [[spoiler:Hoffman to take the reins of Caduceus- and pulling him out of his [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan cynical anti-surgery attitudes]].]] It works.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Richard Anderson]] endures ''three'' operations, without painkillers, just so [[spoiler:Victor and Derek devise a cure for Pempti]]. [[spoiler:Sadly, he dies three days later, as the surgeries have finally taken their toll on him.]] He spends his last minutes convincing [[spoiler:Hoffman to take the reins of Caduceus- Caduceus -- and pulling him out of his [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan cynical anti-surgery attitudes]].]] It works.



** [[spoiler:Patrick Mercer]] in ''Trauma Center 2'', paired with [[LoveMakesYouDumb an excessive amount of stupidity]].

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** In ''Under the Knife 2'', [[spoiler:Patrick Mercer]] in ''Trauma Center 2'', paired with [[LoveMakesYouDumb an excessive amount of stupidity]].Mercer's motivations for his Neo-GUILT research is so that he can save his comatose wife]].



* MadeOfIron: Valerie's Healing Touch makes the patient into this - no matter what happens, be it colossal screwups, stab wounds, or a frustrated player [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential shanking the crap out of them with the scalpel]], for the next 30 seconds or so, their vitals will not move at all.

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* MadeOfIron: MadeOfIron:
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Valerie's Healing Touch makes the patient into this - no matter what happens, be it colossal screwups, stab wounds, or a frustrated player [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential shanking the crap out of them with the scalpel]], for the next 30 seconds or so, their vitals will not move at all.



* MarathonLevel: Prior to ''Trauma Team'', you also get to see the time limit for your operation during the briefing. The most common time limit is 5 minutes, so any mission that gives you more (usually 10 minutes) fall into this, usually due to the involvement of multiple patients.

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* MarathonLevel: MarathonLevel:
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Prior to ''Trauma Team'', you also get to see the time limit for your operation during the briefing. The most common time limit is 5 minutes, so any mission that gives you more (usually 10 minutes) fall into this, usually due to the involvement of multiple patients.



* SadisticChoice: Derek is forced to make a seriously hard choice in 3-6 of ''Under the Knife 2'': either save [[spoiler:Emilio and Heather]] first, and potentially let two patients in bad condition possibly die or develop complications, or operate on said patients first... [[spoiler:and let Heather and Emilio possibly die or develop complications. Sadly, the former happens and Emilio dies.]]

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* SadisticChoice: Derek is forced to make a seriously hard choice in 3-6 of ''Under the Knife 2'': either save [[spoiler:Emilio and Heather]] first, and potentially let two patients in bad condition possibly die or develop complications, or operate on said patients first... [[spoiler:and let Heather and Emilio possibly die or develop complications. Sadly, the former happens and Emilio dies. Not helping matters is that both Emilio and Heather wanted the other to be saved before them.]]



* SequelEscalation: Though at times it also jacks up the difficulty in the process, especially if the reused procedure appears near the end of the game. Brain aneurysms? ''[=UtK2=]'' sics 3 of them in a row on the player and complicates things by throwing in pus and tumors at the end. Burn victims? 3 of them in a row once again, with a much shorter time limit than usual.

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* SequelEscalation: Though at times it also jacks up ''Under the difficulty Knife 2'' reuses several familiar procedures but puts in the process, especially a cruel twist to make them more challenging, particularly if the they are reused procedure appears near the end of the game.in later chapters. Brain aneurysms? ''[=UtK2=]'' sics 3 of them in a row on the player and complicates things by throwing in pus and tumors at the end. Burn victims? 3 of them in a row once again, with a much shorter time limit than usual.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Despite your best efforts (not to mention, three operations and two research puzzles), Anderson succumbs to Pempti]] in ''Under the Knife'' / ''Second Opinion''.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ShootTheShaggyDog:
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[[spoiler:Despite your best efforts (not to mention, three operations and two research puzzles), Anderson succumbs to Pempti]] in ''Under the Knife'' / ''Second Opinion''.



* StoneWall: Triti, full stop. Unless you refuse to use the stabilizer, Triti will ''not'' kill the patient. However, it's irritating to remove the entire thing without a fast hand or the Healing Touch, and may very well make you lose by draining the 5 minutes you're given. God help you if it manages to expand.

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* StoneWall: Triti, full stop.Triti. Unless you refuse to use the stabilizer, Triti will ''not'' kill the patient. However, it's irritating to remove the entire thing without a fast hand or the Healing Touch, and may very well make you lose by draining the 5 minutes you're given. God help you if it manages to expand.



* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Whenever a character gives you advice during an operation, time stops until they are finished talking.
** There's a handful of exceptions. If any chatter is more than one "message box" long, time will almost always stop and you'll have to advance the text normally (this DOES extend the [[BulletTime Healing Touch]] duration, but it's almost always a bad thing). If it's just a one-line observation (or Angie ''[[SarcasmMode helpfully]]'' [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper reciting, step-by-step, the procedure you're doing as you do it for the fifth time]]), you won't even be interrupted and the clock will keep ticking.

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Whenever a character gives you advice during an operation, time stops until they are finished talking.
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talking. There's a handful of exceptions.exceptions, though. If any chatter is more than one "message box" long, time will almost always stop and you'll have to advance the text normally (this DOES extend the [[BulletTime Healing Touch]] duration, but it's almost always a bad thing). If it's just a one-line observation (or Angie ''[[SarcasmMode helpfully]]'' [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper reciting, step-by-step, the procedure you're doing as you do it for the fifth time]]), you won't even be interrupted and the clock will keep ticking.



* TimedMission: ''Every'' mission, as it were. That is, until ''Trauma Team'', which drops the timer for the vast majority of the missions.
** Take note that this doesn't mean the game no longer rewards swift treatment. Your completion time is still tracked and can factor in to scores and bonuses - you just don't see the timer until you get your results and rank.

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* TimedMission: ''Every'' mission, as it were. That is, until ''Trauma Team'', which drops the timer for the vast majority of the missions.
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missions. Take note that this doesn't mean the game no longer rewards swift treatment. Your completion time is still tracked and can factor in to scores and bonuses - -- you just don't see the timer until you get your results and rank.



* TitleDrop: The missions ''Under the Knife'' and ''Second Opinion''.

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* TitleDrop: TitleDrop:
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The missions ''Under the Knife'' and ''Second Opinion''.



* WhamEpisode: The second operation on Linda Reid in ''Under the Knife'' and ''Second Opinion'', where Kyriaki, the first straigin of GUILT we see, suddenly makes its introduction.

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* WhamEpisode: WhamEpisode:
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The second operation on Linda Reid in ''Under the Knife'' and ''Second Opinion'', where Kyriaki, the first straigin of GUILT we see, suddenly makes its introduction.



* YouALLLookFamiliar: Averted for the most part, but played to absurd lengths with the Delphi members in ''Under the Knife 2''.
** Namely, they're ''all the same sprite'' with different expressions.

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* YouALLLookFamiliar: Averted for the most part, but played to absurd lengths with the Delphi members in ''Under the Knife 2''.
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2''. Namely, they're ''all the same sprite'' with different expressions.



* YourDaysAreNumbered: In ''Trauma Team'', it's revealed that after ''Second Opinion'', [[spoiler:Naomi Kimishima]] was diagnosed with an incurable disease and is living on borrowed time. [[RunningGag Antibiotic gel]]?
** [[spoiler: The epilogue of ''Trauma Team'' reveals that eliminating Twisted Rosalia, which was a fusion of the disease and the Rosalia Virus, cured her.]]

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* YourDaysAreNumbered: In ''Trauma Team'', it's revealed that after ''Second Opinion'', [[spoiler:Naomi Kimishima]] was diagnosed with an incurable disease and is living on borrowed time. [[RunningGag Antibiotic gel]]?
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[[spoiler: The epilogue of ''Trauma Team'' reveals that eliminating Twisted Rosalia, which was a fusion of the disease and the Rosalia Virus, cured her.]]
13th Aug '17 7:29:40 PM Superfield
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* NonIndicativeName: The "Autopsy" mode in ''Trauma Team''. A more accurate (but less snappy) name would be "Forensic Investigation", since at no point do you actually perform an autopsy beyond just looking at the corpse.
31st Jul '17 2:05:51 PM Gotgunpowder
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* Played straight once in ''Under The Knife'', where one tells Sidney off for shipping life-saving GUILT medication to various hospitals because they aren't FDA approved yet.
31st Jul '17 11:36:41 AM Gotgunpowder
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* ShutUpHannibal: [[BigBad Adam]] gets a lot of this from Derek and Naomi
--> '''Adam''': "Man crawls on the earth like vermin, only breeding and fighting for all eternity. Yet you dare judge them... You, who lost the ability to die."
--> '''Derek''': What's that even supposed to mean?!
24th Jun '17 6:44:48 PM CybranGeneralSturm
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* NintendoHard: It's an {{Atlus}} game, what did you [[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} expect]]. They finally had to cave and add an easy mode in the sequels. It'll still break your arm. It seems that many of the operations in ''New Blood'' were designed around having two players, ''and'' both Healing Touches available, so operating alone can be a daunting task even though it is possible.

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* NintendoHard: It's an {{Atlus}} Creator/{{Atlus}} game, what did you [[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} expect]]. They finally had to cave and add an easy mode in the sequels. It'll still break your arm. It seems that many of the operations in ''New Blood'' were designed around having two players, ''and'' both Healing Touches available, so operating alone can be a daunting task even though it is possible.
23rd Jun '17 9:21:01 AM N8han11
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*** Deftera's manipulation is vaguely mentioned in the manual for both ''Under the Knife'' and ''Second Opinion''. Their manuals say that the Antibiotic Gel can be used to manipulate or block parasites respectively, which is what Deftera is.



*** However, Deftera can be manipulated with the Antibiotic Gel. [[GuideDangIt If you read]] [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] for ''Under the Knife'', it tells you that parasites tend to avoid it.



*** More than a little justified, though. [[spoiler:The entire operation is pretty much first aid, with the exception of the defib - just removing bullets from the skin and suturing.]]
*** And even that's heavily lampshaded: [[spoiler: Valerie comments the defib is made for humans, which Markus handwaves by telling her to turn the voltage down. Then when the paddles are applied, they descend as normal, hesitate, then awkwardly realign themselves as though the user is guess how to get a current across a dog's heart.]]
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