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Chinese Game Review: Two Point Hospital 双点医院

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Platform(s): PC / Mac OS X

Where to buy: here

System Requirements: OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Processor: Intel Core i3 6100 or AMD FX-4350, Memory: 4 GB RAM, Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GT 1030, 2GB (Legacy: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460), AMD RX550, 2GB (Legacy: AMD Radeon HD 6850), Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 630, DirectX: Version 11, Storage: 5 GB available space

Release Date: 30 Aug 2018

Languages: English and Chinese (both text and audio), French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish (text only)

Chinese Level Required: intermediate/upper intermediate

Proportion of play time where you'll be using Chinese: High (lots of text-based resource management, plus plenty of audio)

Specific/specialised Vocab Learned: Medical

 

This game is a spiritual successor to the popular mid-90s sim Theme Hospital. Your job is to build and maintain hospitals in a variety of challenging environments. It takes a pretty cynical view on private healthcare, and the main aim of the game is to make money rather than cure patients. A game centred around illness could get a little depressing, so the developers have created their own humorous diseases and cures. You'll be dealing with illnesses such as Freddie Mercury Sickness rather than the common cold:

 

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Despite the relatively low system requirements, my laptop still isn't quite up to running it, but a fellow forum member, @markhavemann, has played the game and was kind enough to leave the following review:

 

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In terms of fun: 

Brilliant. If you ever played Theme Hospital then it's definitely for you. It's pretty relaxed and lighthearted but challenging enough to be fun and interesting. It's full of pretty dry but clever humour (for example, the disease where people have lightbulbs instead of heads is called "light headed-ness" and is cured in the "De-lux clinic") and I've actually switched back to English so that I can fully appreciate it. I figure I'd play again in Chinese again afterwards.

 

In terms of learning:

Like I said, I've switched back to English but there definitely is a huge amount of Chinese content. 3 hours and 40 minutes just of Chinese audio (I extracted it from the game files for easy studying) which plays pretty consistently and some of it pretty repetitively ("Can a doctor please go to the GP's office"). There is also a nice little radio station with presenters and adverts, GTA style.

 

I guess you could also say that the game is text driven in a way since all your missions etc. are presented to you in writing, so that's pretty good to work through (especially with transcripts and English translations). Part of the stuff that Two Point sent me includes all the text (even menus) so it makes things much more approachable.

 

It's definitely at a relatively high level, especially if you want to appreciate all the jokes but if you don't mind missing some stuff or checking up the English in the transcript files the first time you encounter something, I think it could be a playable on intermediate/higher intermediate without getting too annoyed with things. Maybe even getting familiar in English then switching could be a good strategy too. 

 

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Tomsima

Just a heads up for anyone thats interested, Two Point hospital is free for trial over this weekend, and is 33% off at the moment (dont know how long that offer has been on for, but seems like the price is right to me). Ive been playing this all evening, and so far the Chinese localisation seems to be fantastic. I mean I was laughing out loud when the message for "光頭症" was announced. I mean the fact that I can laugh in English at 'light-headedness' and watch someone get their "光頭" switched out and laugh just as much, is quite something.  For me the level of Chinese is not difficult, and I like the fact that the little doc at the bottom of the screen disappears quickly, so theres quite a lot of speed comprehension to get in too. 

 

If theres one downside (which is paradoxically also a massive upside), its that the names of the diseases are all jokes, meaning theres no actual opportunity to learn real names of diseases, conditions, diagnosis terms etc.

 

All in all, having a great time, definitely going to buy this game.

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Thanks for the review.

 

3 hours ago, Tomsima said:

If theres one downside (which is paradoxically also a massive upside), its that the names of the diseases are all jokes, meaning theres no actual opportunity to learn real names of diseases, conditions, diagnosis terms etc.

 

If you would like to try a more serious hospital sim, then a game called Project Hospital / 医院计划 was released around the same time as Two Point Hospital, and also features Chinese localisation. Unlike Two Point, it takes a more serious and in depth look at running a hospital, so would be ideal for learning some real life medical vocab. Here is a nice youtube video comparing the two. Let us know if you decide to try it out.

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Tomsima

Looks great, just a shame its not been fully localised, having audio has been a big plus with two point. I think im gonna wait until theres (hopefully) a sale on project hospital before giving it a try. I'll post a review if and when I do.

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1 hour ago, Tomsima said:

Looks great, just a shame its not been fully localised, having audio has been a big plus with two point

 

I could be wrong, but Project Hospital doesn't seem to have any audio in any language. It looks like much more of  budget title than Two Point (which was backed by Sega), although they are both around the same price. Waiting for a sale is a good idea.

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