Labor Day VR Challenge: Surgeon Simulator VR

What should you do on your day off? How about learn to be a surgeon in VR? Maybe you'll get a workout, too! Well, not with this hilariously fun, but silly game.

There was once a game that would revolutionize the industry by simulating what it is like to be a surgeon in the real world. It would describe the finer aspects of this medical art and give you real inside knowledge about how to remove a heart properly; this was not Surgeon Simulator VR. It’s time to have a frustratingly good laugh with a Free Virtual Reality game on your day off.

What is Surgeon Simulator VR?

To know what Surgeon Simulator VR is, you need to know what Surgeon Simulator is and a little bit about Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress 2 is a comical cartoonish first person shooter game that’s known for its craziness and funny lines. Surgeon Simulator is another cartoonish surgeon-like game that is built to be so frustrating that it makes you laugh at yourself. It provides a non-realistic version of a Surgeon Simulation, where you will use all the dangerous tools you fear in surgery to do frustratingly precise tasks. In Surgeon Simulator VR, you do the same thing as in Surgeon Simulator but you are the Medic from Team Fortress 2 and the patient is the Heavy from Team Fortress 2.

There are some aspects, such as the view angle and the ridiculousness of the tools, that have changed, but it is the same game. The real difference comes in the fact that the game is in Virtual Reality whereas the normal game is a just PC game.

Are you ready to be a surgeon? Well, you still won’t be after playing this game.

Graphics and Visuals Score: 2.5/5

The graphics are identical to Team Fortress 2, in all of its cartoonish glory, but it does not have the same graphics as the main Surgeon Simulator or other SS DLC games. Since Team Fortress 2 is not as bloody as the original Surgeon Simulator, most of the blood has been removed. The graphics are not that impressive compared to other games, but this is primarily due to the fact that it is trying to achieve Team Fortress 2 graphics and not realistic graphics.

If you’re looking for realism, or a workout, this isn’t your game.

Hardware Requirements Score: 4/5

There is relatively little requirement in hardware to play this game as it is compatible with Windows 7 to 10 and only requires 4GB of RAM and 250MB of space. However, like other Virtual Reality games, it does require at least an i5-4590 or FX 8350 processor and a GTX 970 or R9 290 graphics card in order to play the game on the minimum requirements.

Fitness Score: .5/5

You will get almost no fitness from this game, since that is not the purpose of this game. You will be moving quite a bit, but not enough to make you sweat. This game is about enjoying yourself and laughing at the ridiculousness of the game. A good example of how ridiculous it can be is that you do not need to put the organs in the right place in order to succeed and you can use a fire axe to break open the chest cavity. Clearly, you’re not getting a workout here unless you count the ab contractions you’ll get from laughing. We’re being kind by offering a half a point.

Gameplay Score: 3.5/5

The game makers purposely make things difficult to do in the game to add to the frustration of the game. However, Surgeon Simulator VR is incredibly precise and gives you a good look at what you can do with the technology. This is a very short game, provided that you are good at it, and shouldn’t take more than an hour to beat.

Overall Score 2.6

While this game is not focused on fitness, it is certainly focused on providing you with a ton of laughs so that you can make the most out of your Labor Day holiday. Since the game is free, it doesn’t cost anything accept what you should already have for virtual reality games in order to play them. It’s the perfect game to get frustrated with, especially if played while taking turns with friends.

-Tommy Mertell

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