Dark Cut 3 Game

Dark Cut 3 – Gruesome yet heroic surgery simulation, now with added historical context

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No one likes going under the knife (aside from those idiots on Extreme Makeover, and that’s just for money and 15 pathetic minutes of fame), but having surgery is a reality that we all have to face at some point in our lives. Luckily, due to the development of western medicine, regular scientific breakthroughs, and a National Health Service (in the UK at least; Sorry America!), we can rest easy knowing that for the most part, our operations will take place in a sterile environment with the necessary aftercare and facilities to support this. Medicine wasn’t always this organised or reliable, however, and it is the times before the development of modern medicine Dark Cut 3 is concerned with visiting. The third title in a series of remarkably well designed if shockingly gruesome surgery games, Dark Cut 3 puts us in a surgeon’s shoes, charging us with the responsibility of operating on a variety of patience, but with a twist: a historical framework. That’s right, your patients are not only situated across the world but also are at different moments in time, so can you shoulder the responsibility of operating through the ages?

Gameplay wise, the core principles are the same as any other standard surgery game such as Operate Now: Appendix Surgery. Operations are performed using only the mouse as your guiding tool and left-clicking to perform the various actions necessary to save a patient’s life. Each operation takes place in a linear fashion where there is a predetermined structure that must be followed from which the player cannot deviate. All operations consist of using various tools like scalpels, tweezers, and cleaning cloths in various ways by clicking within the small guidance squares or cutting in the shape indicated on screen. You must pay close attention to the patient’s heart rate, being hasty about your surgical tasks while making sure not to cut or stitch outside the indicated areas at the risk of your patient deteriorating in a rapid way. It may sound like a standard surgical game, but this isn’t all there is to it.

A Cut Above

The game differentiates from standard operating games in its generally dark style but more importantly the inserting of the various surgical procedures into various points in time. The patients you are saving are situated at different times and locations in the past and very often during heavy conflict, so in addition to the pressure of the operation itself, you have explosions and flashes from bombs going off in the distance to worry about. The game’s style is purposely quite graphic to a level similar to Amateur Surgeon, but the atmosphere is considerably darker and more serious in general. Both the graphics of the game and the menu design are highly polished, with the surgeries overview looking more akin to something out of Minority Report than a surgery game. This level of polish is something that we have come to expect from Armor Games’ developers, and the grown-up style is yet another differentiating factor that puts this game above most other surgery games out there today.