Thursday, April 7, 2011

46 - Disaster Report (PS2)

Genre: Action adventure
Rating: T
Developer: Irem
Publisher: Agetec Inc.
Platform: PS2
Release Date: 2003

You how how you have those games you've been meaning to play forever and just never get around to it? That's what Disaster Report is for me. I tried it out some years ago, enjoyed it, but then stopped and never looked back. Recently I picked it up again though and decided to go for it and I'm glad I did.

The "survival" aspects of the game are very well done. At times, it can be quite hard to figure out how to progress or what to do to avoid impending disasters. It works out well though and there's only a few times it feels unfair. For example, before an aftershock you hear a rumbling noise so you know to brace yourself for impact. That, and maybe get out from under things that might collapse onto you.

There's a need for water to keep you going as well as bandaging yourself up after getting hurt. When near fire or under extreme duress your water meter goes down quicker, which really makes a ton of sense. The only thing not really implemented was where you go the bathroom, which apparently was added into the PSP version. I can't say I'm unhappy it wasn't in the PS2 version, but it would certainly add a new layer to the game.

I died a lot in this game. In fact, I died 31 times. However, the game was just so appealing that I had to see it through to completion. In doing so I found out the game offered something beyond survival which was a strange tale of government corruption. It was more B-movie than anything, but it was still an interesting addition. Overall, I was really happy to have played it and will probably start up Raw Danger soon.

Would I play again? No (I finished it. Not much replayability).


Bryan Ochalla said...

This is the series that was just canceled due to the Japanese earthquakes/tsunami, right?

I've never played any of the series' games, but I've wanted to. Maybe I'll hit up eBay for a copy sooner or later, although I'm guessing prices will soon skyrocket (if they haven't already).

Marcus said...

Yep, this is it. I really am hoping a copy of the 4th game will show up online at some point (because the game was completely playable when they cancelled it).

Interestingly, I checked on eBay when writing this article and the prices didn't seem to have changed from before. I heard they did in Japan, but back here it seems it's not having as much of an impact.

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