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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.3

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Game Vortex (Jul 10, 2005)
ER is a surprisingly entertaining game. I’m neither a huge fan of "ER" or sim games, but I enjoyed myself quite a bit with it. The relationships with the characters and the interesting narrative aspects really finish the package. With a fairly low price tag, I would recommend ER to anyone who enjoys the show, and maybe even a few who don’t.
Yet, despite its problems, ER can be a very entertaining and addictive game to play. There are plenty of activities at County General Hospital that will keep players busy. ER does manage to capture the spirit of the TV show. If you are looking for a casual sim game or if you are a fan of the show, consider giving ER a chance. There is plenty of material here to interest you.
No, there may not be a Dr. House, famed diagnostic physician of the current T.V. series, but we do have Doctors Carter, Pratt and Lewis, all fresh from County General, and all voiced very nicely by their respective actors. ER, the game, places you as a new intern in Chicago's County General Hospital, ready, willing, and potentially able to heal the sick and further your career.
Game Over Online (Jun 27, 2005)
Still, ER looks nice, it is acted well, and it was entertaining enough for the ten hours it took me to play through it. Plus, the gameplay mechanics are simple enough that fans of the show who aren’t necessarily computer game players might be able to enjoy it. So, if the subject matter interests you, and if it doesn’t bother you to spend $30 on a game that might only take you ten hours to complete, then ER is a worthwhile purchase.
GameZone (Jun 06, 2005)
I've enjoyed playing this game, as the designers have done a really good job of capturing the feel of the show. The interface could stand some improvement, but once learned, isn't so bad. The biggest potential problem is the technical requirements, players need to be sure they have a fast computer to run this game. An excellent choice for fans of ER, and also a good choice for any simulation enthusiast, even if they've never seen ER.
IC-Games (Sep 08, 2005)
So, that’s a brief description of the game but how does it play? Quite nicely really, there are the tasks to complete and a nice amount of free play as you strive to become a top class Doctor. The graphics are bright and colourful with the right amount of detail for a game like this. One area that we felt could have been improved was in the animations, they are done well enough when just walking around (and there are plenty of other Doctors, patients etc walking around doing their thing) the problem was when you walk in to somebody or two or more characters are trying to get to the same place. They will often bump in to each other and meander about or walk in circles until, by chance it seems, an exit route ‘happens’. Only a small point but it does let the game down slightly. There is plenty of vocal interaction with other game characters and all the voice acting is well done (as you’d expect using ‘real’ actors.
72 (Oct 22, 2005)
Als großer Fan von Emergency Room und des Klassikers Theme Hospital hatte ich mich auf die Krankenhaussimulation ER wirklich gefreut. Letztlich hält der Spielspaß leider aber nur für maximal drei Stunden, danach hat man in der Notaufnahme des County Generals so gut wie alles gesehen. Dank den drei Original-Schauspielern und dem Soundtrack kommt aber in dieser Zeit recht gute Serienatmosphäre auf. Ich persönlich hätte auf die zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen aber lieber verzichtet und stattdessen das Behandeln der Patienten spannender gestaltet, etwa in Form kleiner Minispiele und einer direkteren Steuerung. So ist der Preis von knapp 30 € besser in eine DVD-Box der Serie mit einer kompletten Staffel investiert, woran man deutlich länger seinen Spaß hat.
ER the game should appeal to fans of the show. Those who are not fans of the show might like is as well, though in reality this is pretty much an average sim without the huge backing of popular actors and a hit TV show.
1UP (Jun 23, 2005)
Simplicity isn't always a bad thing, especially if a game is fun. In the world of video games where TV licenses are usually bad karma (case in point, Alias), Legacy Interactive has given the genre something to brag about with ER. While preserving what it can of the spirit of the show -- the goofy patients, the romances, the cliques, and such -- It manages a mesh of genres that makes it hard to classify, but keeps it entertaining, if not addictive. Plus, for the core target audience, who's likely a casual gamer at most, it's surprisingly accessible.
Cheat Code Central (Aug 16, 2005)
Serious gamers will find the pace slow. It takes several hours to complete an entire shift. It almost feels as though everything takes place in real time. The camera is not user-friendly. It will take some time to get used to as you have to click on the bottom corners of the screen to rotate your view. The graphics are good but the real clincher is the professional voiceovers from the cast of the televised show which include Mekhi Phifer, Noah Wyle and Sherry Stringfield. These actors really put in a lot of work. There are literally hours of conversations which should satisfy any fan of the show.
IGN (Jun 09, 2005)
Never leaving the hospital, and having only two storeys to navigate, and only treating patients on the ground floor can give you a feeling of cabin fever. When all you have to do is treat patients with the progress dial and occasionally talk to a fellow staff member, it just feels a little too much like work. Unlike The Sims, there are no objects to buy or structures to build to your liking. There's no additional set of clothes, no social gatherings, and no salary to spend anything on. Within these limitations, ER does well enough. But then again, the focus of the game becomes too narrow for anyone who doesn't love the show.
Despite its shortcomings, I feel that this game is better than most. My personal indicator is this: if I feel that I must run to my girlfriend, who is indifferent to games, and tell her about what just happened in the game, then the game is certainly worth my time. ER was too short for my taste and replayability is a problem as well, but it was easy to forgive these issues. This game offers rich and engaging gameplay and is adequately priced, so I feel confident in giving it the score.
GameStar (Germany) (Sep, 2005)
Das ich das noch erleben darf: endlich eine Fernseh-Versoftung, bei der man nicht sofort den Spiele-Sanitäter braucht. Obwohl ich mit der Serie wenig anfangen kann, habe ich mich sofort in den stressigen Assistenzarzt-Alltag gestürzt. Zeitdruck, Kollegenspott, Versagensangst – alles wie in echt. Zum vollständigen Eintauchen fehlt allerdings eine kräftige Prise medizinischer Fachjargon und anspruchsvollere Behandlungen – die sind momentan nur bessere Glücksspiele. Wie wäre es zum Beispiel mit Mini-Reaktionstests à la Fahrenheit? Egal, das können die Entwickler ja in den zweiten Teil stecken. Dann hoffentlich zusammen mit etlichen zusätzlichen Levels und Aufgaben, denn in einer knappen Woche habe ich das General Hospital komplett kuriert.
Just Adventure (Jun 29, 2005)
Yet, despite its problems, ER can be a very entertaining and addictive game to play. There are plenty of activities at County General Hospital that will keep players busy. ER does manage to capture the spirit of the TV show. If you are looking for a casual sim game or if you are a fan of the show, consider giving ER a chance. There is plenty of material here to interest you.
PC Action (Oct 18, 2005)
Genau wie in Rollenspielen, sammeln Sie mit jeder Behandlung Erfahrungspunkte und stecken diese in weitere Berufsfelder, etwa Orthopädie oder Kardiologie. Simpel: Mehr Fachahnung beschert bessere Behandlungschancen. So soll es zumindest sein. In Wirklichkeit bringen Sie aber mehr Patienten unter die Erde als tschechische Schönheitskliniken. Viele Verletzte tapsen nämlich auf dem Weg zur Liege durchs halbe Krankenhaus, obwohl die Operationsuhr kurz vorm Austicken ist. Suizidgefährdung oder doofe künstliche Intelligenz?
JustPressPlay (Jul 04, 2005)
Overall, unless you are a die hard fan of both ‘The Sims’ and ‘ER’,don't bother picking this one up. It actually pained me to continuetreating patient after patient with very little interaction. At $30M.S.R.P. it's a little bit steep, as it plays like a bargain bin title.Save your sanity from all the path-finding issues and mediocrity andpick up The Sims 2 if you need a Sims-like fix.
Game Chronicles (Jul 07, 2005)
ER is just not a very good game. It's playable, but even in that aspect it has some strikes against it versus other PC games thanks to bad camera work and a frustrating character control scheme. It does offer up many chances for high office drama, which could be kind of fun if the medical aspects of the game didn't drag it down with their moronic simplicity and annoying repetitiveness.
Ondanks het budgetstatus van dit game kunnen we het moeilijk een aanrader noemen - zelfs niet voor de fans van de tv-reeks. De typische kenmerken van de tv-reeks (drama en een verhaal) zijn nergens te bespeuren, en als er dan toch eens iets aanwezig is in het spel, voelt het halfbakken aan.
Next Level Gaming (Jul 11, 2005)
About the only special thing I can say is that there is voice talent from the show in here. Sometimes the hospital sounds can get on my nerves, the machines, and people whining about their problems and dying… but they are all good sounds for the environment, so I can’t complain too much. Alright, well I decided to cut them a break, I said that the previous category would be my highest score, but since they did pay for the voice talent I’ll knock them up a bit, for without the real voice talents the game would have suffered greatly.
Worth Playing (Jun 11, 2005)
I started by saying that ER: The Game provided mixed results, and that is most definitely the case. The gameplay has been done before, and anyone who has played the Sims will actually be disappointed by the step backwards in character and environmental interaction. The curing is far too over-simplified, the "drama" the game tries to create is weaker than even the worst episodes, and a lot of the graphical portions are just plain weak. However, I still found myself enjoying it for some reason as I played along; the idea of a doctor simulation like this would be great if only the gameplay had been fleshed out a bit more. As it stands, ER is a game specifically for fans of the show who are willing to stomach the inane gameplay. Just pick up a copy of the original Sims, try to cook something in your house, and you will already have a more detailed emergency game.
GameSpot (Jun 23, 2005)
The problem with ER isn't that it's a game aimed at a casual market, but rather that the components necessary to make an enjoyable casual game are not developed well enough. Its assembly-line approach to the process of saving lives and its utter lack of any meaningful or dramatic storytelling rob it of the two things the TV show is most renowned for--not to mention that all the little gameplay elements it tries to throw into the mix to deepen the experience are barely required, let alone useful. It's a half-baked attempt at best, and even the biggest fans of the show will be thoroughly disappointed by it.
Yahoo! Games (Jun 08, 2005)
Most games offer a chance to escape from the drudgery of work. ER wants to immerse you in it. Software "toys" like this need the flexibility and depth to let players cause havoc -- witness Sim City's range of disasters or The Sims' urine puddles and comedy fires. Without anything like this, ER feels like it takes itself rather too seriously. It lacks any compelling features and gameplay decisions are trite, obvious, or both. Life is tedious enough without games like ER.
50 (Sep 22, 2005)
Qui va finir en salle de réa ? L'équipe d'Urgences qui va en avoir bien besoin suite au grave trauma crânien qu'elle vient de se ramasser après avoir pris son adaptation ludique sur le coin de la tête. Les jeux de gestion et les sims-like ne sont pas ce qui manque sur PC, alors à moins que vous ne teniez absolument à posséder toute chose sur laquelle il est écrit Urgences, allez donc voir ailleurs.
When you aren’t pretending to save lives, you can converse with other hospital faculty, which entails selecting from generic topics in the hopes of eliciting a positive reaction. With no real tive for your interactions and no depth to speak of, this too is ultimately pointless...which is strange, considering the game’s source material. ER is ostensibly targeted at fans of the show, but it fails to deliver any of the excitement that an audience might expect from a game based on television’s most highly acclaimed medical drama.
1UP (Sep 26, 2005)
Based on the tv show that featured actor George Clooney back before he donned bat garb and battled a pregubernatorial Arnold Schwarzenegger, ER is supposed to be a doctor sim. It pretty much fails at that, as you will find nothing but carpal-tunnel-inducing mouse clicking, pointless chitchat, and a stat system that plays out like a shallow Sims rip-off.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 29, 2005)
When the most challenging part of a game is remembering to wash your hands, and when the most compelling part is collecting chocolate bars, there’s very little incentive to play. Distancing themselves from the show, the developers have done a respectably good job of recreating the tedium and long hours of working at a real life ER. Unfortunately, without the satisfaction of helping real people and of receiving a real fat paycheck at the end of the week, there’s no good reason why anyone would want to show up for this shift.
Pro-G (Aug 25, 2005)
I'm a big fan of the TV show and have watched it from the beginning, but the game totally misses the mark. What is an energetic, on the edge, and exciting TV show, has been turned into a run of the mill, dull, and rather simple hospital sim. Casual gamers may appreciate the fairly simple game mechanics, but fans of the TV show and experienced gamers will be very disappointed.