Two Point Hospital Review – A Bittersweet Pill

Medical careers are highly rewarding, but they can also be stressful, tedious, and full of high-stakes choices. Two Point Hospital dramatically diminishes those stakes, because in this topsy-turvy world, patients contract diseases like Premature Mummification and seek treatment in cartoonishly large injection machines. Like real hospital work, managing this network of treatment centers is satisfying – but Two Point Hospital can’t do away with the tedium of routine.

Two Point Studios is composed of ex-Lionhead and Bullfrog developers who previously worked on franchises like Fable, Theme Park, and Populous. Over 20 years ago, its core team created the beloved management sim Theme Hospital, and now its creators are back for more hospital hijinx with a long-awaited spiritual successor that matches the goofy tone and deep management layers of the original.

Playing Theme Hospital isn’t a prerequisite for Two Point Hospital. The opening hours do a nice job easing in new players. You manage every aspect of a hospital, including hiring (and firing) doctors, constructing new treatment wards, and ensuring that your patients remain at a comfortable temperature. Two Point Hospital features a variety of interlocking systems, but I never felt overwhelmed. The game does a great job notifying you about problems that deserve your attention, like when I needed to hire more janitors because my hospital was a garbage pit, or when my nurses felt underpaid and became disgruntled.

Your ultimate goal is to travel to every hospital in the county and improve their overall ratings. The easiest way to turn a death pit into a three-star hospital is by completing missions. Early on, these simple tasks ask players to cure a certain number of patients or build a specific facility. These goals get more interesting after you unlock marketing, training, and research facilities. At one point, I was tasked with curing 10 patients of lycanthropy, but patients with that disease weren’t checking into my hospital, so I ran a marketing campaign to attract new patients and researched a better treatment to improve my hospital’s reputation. After that, my beds filled quickly.

Two Point Hospital’s management layers are deep. You can micromanage your employees’ break times and pore over profit/loss spreadsheets. This level of detail feels like boring paperwork, but like most hospital records, they are a necessary evil. Two Point’s automated systems keep your hospital running, but if you want to max out your facility’s efficiency and earn a three-star rating, you need to scrutinize these stats. At one point, as I looked over my staff sheet, I discovered that one doctor was killing more patients than they were helping, so I quickly axed them and hired a more skilled surgeon.

I had more fun building new treatment wings and decking the halls with surreal paintings. My early hospitals all looked similar. As I progressed, I unlocked new medical equipment and currency used to purchase new decorations and novelty items. As I gained a wider range of decor, I felt a greater ownership over my hospitals. The simple click-and-drag interface also allows you to move entire rooms around within a building (even after they’ve been constructed), so mistakes are easy to paper over, and massive remodeling projects are a snap. Even late in the game, I was tinkering with the layout of each ward. I enjoyed designing each GP’s office around a specific theme, and my patients were pretty happy when I added a mini-arcade to the waiting room.

While I loved playing interior decorator, I quickly grew tired of doing it over and over again. Each time you move to a new location in Two Point County, you have to rebuild your hospital again from the ground up. Late in the game, it can take an hour or more just to get your hospital to a point where it meets all the basic functions. Since the game has over a dozen hospitals, you spend a lot of time reliving the basics. This slog is necessary to unlock new treatment rooms and tools, so I always felt the pressure to move on to a new hospital and start from scratch.

Two Point Studio has done a remarkable job reviving Theme Hospital and repackaging its concept for a modern audience. I loved Two Point’s distinct charm and the thrill of researching treatments for absurd diseases. But the tiresome grind eventually wears down even the best parts of the experience. Like an actual hospital visit, I’m glad I went, but I’m not particularly excited to return.

 


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Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now (September 2018)

Are you planning a trip to Wakanda this weekend? Is The Bride waiting for you in Tokyo? Do you have plans with Johnny Cage, or is it Nicolas Cage? Well, either way there are a lot of good action movies to choose from on Netflix…
Everyone loves a good action movie, but we don’t all agree about what makes a “good” action movie. Some of us want carefully crafted cinema, full of smart plotting and rich characters. Some of us just want big explosions, dumb storylines, and a brainless good time. Fortunately, Netflix’s offerings currently run that whole gamut, with blockbusters, fight films, animated adventures and shootouts galore… if you know where to look for them. And that’s where we come in with our monthly updates on the best new movies on Netflix.
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Fall 2018 TV Preview: 32 Shows We Can't Wait to See

Are you ready to be overwhelmed and outnumbered on almost every front by television? That’s what Fall is all about, and this year the networks, cable channels, and streaming giants are all duking it out for your precious binge time.
Netflix is unleashing more seasons of Iron Fist, Castlevania, American Vandal, and Daredevil, while also unveiling new gems like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Meanwhile, Hulu’s got Sean Penn in The First and Amazon’s got Julia Roberts in Homecoming.
Then there’s the new Purge series, some brand new Always Sunny, a Murphy Brown revival, a Magnum P.I. reboot, a Sons of Anarchy spinoff, and a rebooted…revival?…in ABC’s The Conners. Plus, more Outlander, Man in the High Castle, The Good Place, and House of Cards (the final season) – and the debut of Titans, the flagship show for DC’s brand new streaming platform, DC Universe.
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Marvel Comics Reveals the Fate of Wolverine

The search for Wolverine drew to a close this week, but for the recently resurrected Logan, his problems have only just begun.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends #1!

Marvel just wrapped up four separate Hunt for Wolverine miniseries, with each book featuring a different team trying to track down the wayward Wolverine and learn what he’s been up to since his unexpected return. None of these teams were entirely successful, and this finale issue sees Daredevil and Iron Man travel to the X-Mansion to compare notes with Kitty Pryde.
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Why is Google selling potentially compromised Chinese security keys?

Opinion: To sign up for Google’s Advanced protection program, you must buy security keys from a Chinese vendor. Security questions have since been raised considering current intelligence laws in China.
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Microsoft quietly shuts down Surface Plus financing program for consumers

Microsoft is ending its Surface Plus financing program for consumers and students today, August 31, just a little over a year after announcing it. The question is: Why?
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