Team Fortress 2 managed to infiltrate yet another Steam game this weekend. A new update for the medical game Surgeon Simulator 2013 allows players to take on the role of the Medic in a new operation.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 was originally developed by Bossa Studios in 48 hours at the 2013 Global Game Jam this January. It puts players into the OR scrubs of Nigel Burke, an aspiring surgeon. As Nigel, they must perform surgeries with an arsenal of inappropriate tools. Using a keyboard and mouse, they control the fingers of Nigel as well as the rotation and movement of his hand.
The original prototype game created at Game Jam allowed players to perform a heart transplant. The full Steam version, released in April, includes other operations that allow players to test their skills on brains and kidneys, among other organs. Players are graded on their speed and accuracy. The game has received largely positive reviews for its innovative premise and high difficulty. The humorous presentation has been singled out for praise as well.
Today's update allows players to reenact the operation from the Meet the Medic video. The Medic is operating on the Heavy. It's not clear why but, well, does the Medic need a good reason? Here's the original "Meet the Medic" video, for basis of comparison with the Surgeon trailer below.
The update also introduces Oculus Rift support for the game. The Rift is a virtual reality headset that was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Surgeon Simulator's first-person camera makes it a good fit for this tech.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 costs $9.99 to download through Steam. The game supports PC, Mac and Linux. The Oculus Rift and TF2 content are both free to download.