By Nathan Grayson on March 14th, 2013 at 8:00 am.
I think a lot of people were pretty surprised when Surgeon Simulator 2013 made the cut for Steam Greenlight. I mean, it’s an impressive, exceedingly hilarious little production, but it emerged from the bounty-filled chest cavity of Global Game Jam. It’s amazing that something with such high production values came out of such a short development period at all, but the fact is, Surgeon Sim’s roots show. It’s a silly sideshow, but it hardly seems primed for primetime. Fortunately, Bossa’s not hanging up its gore-caked coat just because it’s sharing a practice with the likes of TF2’s Medic and, er… yeah, mostly him. New additions are on the way, so as to make this the most realistic simulation of a deranged, depth-perception-less sloth creature performing surgery ever. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to operate the break, after which you’ll find a video conclusively proving that you also don’t have to be a brain surgeon to be, well, a brain surgeon.
So yes, more things breaking that probably shouldn’t be, and brand new regions of sexy, sexy exposed musculature. Which isn’t actually a lot, in the grand scheme of things. Thankfully, it’s only the beginning. Here’s the general pre-Steam-release roadmap:
“More locations: Emergency surgery in the back of a moving ambulance. More surgical procedures: The patient is in need of a new brain. More tools: Because a good surgeon needs more than just a hammer. Achievements: Performing a heart transplant with a shard of glass is every surgeon’s ultimate goal.”
Now no one can ever tell you games don’t teach you any practical skills.
But yes, this all sounds… delightful? Admittedly, it’s still a few extra layers on top of a fairly simple formula, but – unless Surgeon Sim ends up costing an arm and a leg, as removed by Bossa’s own highly trained in-house medical staff – I can’t complain too much.
The new version will presumably be out soon-ish, though Bossa’s not giving an exact date. For now, however, there’s always the original, completely free version.