According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Mild Language and Mild Violence

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Parents shouldn't be too concerned. Naturally there's a bit of blood since this IS a surgery game, and you can't really operate without seeing some red stuff. I can't really figure out what the violence is since I don't think the operations count, and there's only one brief scene in the whole game that features a small altercation, it's all of two frames and nobody even gets shot. The language is negligible… not anything even worth mentioning. I suppose the ESRB is getting highly sensitive these days and erring on the side of over-caution. It's a hard game, but nothing that will corrupt your kids. They may even learn something from it what with all the medical terms and talk of responsibility.

Wii Gamers, just go buy it. If you own a Wii for the sake of new experiences and innovative gameplay and you haven't tried this on the DS for some crazy reason, here you go… it's a perfect example of how the Wiimote and Nunchuk should be used. ‘Nuff said.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers get full text for all conversation in-game. However, during tense procedures it's sometimes easier to hear when something happens than to visually try and see it. For example, when a patient's life drops into the danger zone an audio cue is given, but without hearing a player would have to take their eyes off the action to look at a life bar at the top of the screen. A small effort, but sometimes a second can make all the difference. Still, I'd say that it's equally accessible in the vast majority of play.

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Drug References, Strong Language and Violence

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Parents will probably want to steer young ones away from this game. To begin with, the play is entirely centered around shooting bad guys in the head. I imagine this might not exactly be the sort of entertainment most moms and dads will think is appropriate for little Jimmy or Susie. Besides that, the tone and attitude of the game is focused squarely at older teens and adults. The main antagonist is a drug dealer surrounded by bikini-clad babes, the hero's father (holding a box of kittens) gets chopped up by a combine in the opening cinematic, and there are about a thousand other things that are quite entertaining for those who are old enough, but not appropriate for kids.

Action gamers will find a basic, formulaic entry that's best enjoyed in small doses. I have to admit that flying through the air in slow-motion and headshotting a goon from five hundred feet away did bring a smile to my face, but I'd guess that many people will find this title a little too simple and repetitive, especially if they don't get into the humor.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers have access to full subtitles during the cutscenes and major chunks of dialogue, but the phrases and quips are not signaled, and there are a few times when the ability to hear an enemy that's not on screen would be helpful. (If you play this game and find that you're instantly dead from one explosion, look around for a thug with a rocket launcher somewhere above you.) It's definitely playable without sound, but some optional on-screen indicators to help locate enemies would have been nice.

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been gaming since the days when arcades were everywhere and the Atari 2600 was cutting edge. So, like... A while.

Currently, he's got about 42 minutes a night to play because adulting is a timesuck, but despite that, he's a happily married guy with two kids who both have better K/D ratios than he does.

Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody at the office is looking, and his favorite game of all time is the first Mass Effect -- and he thought the trilogy's ending was Just Fine, Thanks.

Follow Brad on Twitter at @BradGallaway
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