Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game

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Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game

Wii Box Art
Developer(s) Longtail Studios
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Distributor(s) ABC Studios
Platform(s) Wii, Nintendo DS, PC
Release date(s) NA 20090304March 4, 2009

AUS 20090312March 12, 2009
EU March 13, 2009 (DS & Wii)

Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game is a video game based on the medical drama of the same name. It was released in March 2009.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is divided into three modes of play: Challenges, choices and surgeries. The first two modes are explored through several types of mini-games that have to be achieved in a limited amount of time: Finding Strength, Setting Priorities, Forming Decisions, Digging Deep, Distancing Yourself, Powering Through, Seeking Focus, Matching Rhythm, Building Resolve, and Finding Comfort. They allow navigating through the characters psychological state and are mostly related to their personal lives.

As for surgeries, surgical interventions have to be achieved by the characters as surgeons. They're all divided in simple steps and go from vital signs check to coronary arteries bypass, including injections, sutures, diagnoses (which are in fact a memorizing activity forcing the player to remember pictograms), CT-scans, MRIs and X-rays' reading (searching for anomalies), blood suction, intubation, etc. Surgeries can be divided in two parts separated by mini-games.

Conform to the series' structure, the game is composed of scenes and acts within episodes. The same title card is used. Each time a choice, a challenge or a surgery isn't fulfilled within the range of time allowed, the player loses a heart. If all five hearts are lost, the scene has to be attempted over again. At the end of each scene, a ranking is given to the player, depending of the number of hearts remaining. Five rankings are possible, following the surgical hierarchy: Chief of Surgery, Attending, Chief Resident, Resident, and Intern.

Plot[edit]

The plot focuses on an outbreak of diphtheria in the hospital. Other sub-plotlines are included, such as Cristina seeking for a fellowship despite Derek's bad review before catching diphtheria, Alex hesitating between Lexie and Ava, and of course Derek and Meredith's relationship.

In addition to the show's Season 4 regular characters, which are all included in the story, new characters have been created exclusively for the video game, such as CDC (Center for Disease Control) Agent Damon Birger, introduced to control the diphtheria outbreak, and Nurse Vince Bennet, who has Cristina as a love-interest.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Wii) 60.17%[1]
(DS) 50.40%[2]
(PC) 34.50%[3]
Metacritic (Wii) 65/100[4]
(DS) 47/100[5]
(PC) 36/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameZone 5/10[7]
IGN (Wii) 6.3/10[8]
6/10[9]
PC Zone 9%[10]

The game was met with mixed to negative reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 60.17% and 65 out of 100 for the Wii version;[1][4] 50.40% and 47 out of 100 for the DS version;[2][5] and 34.50% and 36 out of 100 for the PC version.[3][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ David, Mike (April 23, 2009). "Grey's Anatomy - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ocampo, Jason (March 11, 2009). "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ocampo, Jason (March 11, 2009). "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game Review". IGN. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ PC Zone staff (July 2009). "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game". PC Zone: 76. 

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