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‘Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories’ Demo Available Now

  • After a long time away, Disaster Report is returning to Western audiences.
  • Demo available now for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
  • Perhaps not the best foot to put forward.

 

Show of hands, who here likes Disaster Report? Who here has even heard of Disaster Report? I won’t be surprised if only a handful of our audience has experienced the series. The original Disaster Report and its sequel Raw Danger were some very rough games that could be considered hidden gems for those that don’t mind that they’re also very rough cut gems. Hidden in the massive library of the PlayStation 2, these games gave players a different type of survival horror experience where it wasn’t zombies and other things that go bump in the night that players were trying to outlast, but natural disasters. Unfortunately before the franchise could ever gain serious traction in the United States, the third game was exclusive to Japan and the fourth game would be shelved for a long time in the wake of the 2011 tsunami that claimed well over 15,000 lives with more still listed as missing, and considering the amount of time that has passed widely presumed dead.

Years later, Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories would eventually finally find its way to release and now it’s on its way to the west once more as an official release for the first time since 2006. The trailer footage looks solid enough, the concept of creating your own survivor and having a more open experience could be a good fit for a series like Disaster Report. To top it all off, a new demo gives players the chance to take the game for a spin so of course, I jumped in. You can find the footage, as well as my thoughts below.

 

In all honesty, I don’t feel this is the game putting its best foot forward. For a demo for a game about a disaster scenario, there should be more emphasis on the disaster itself. After the initial, very promising intro, the player is effectively locked into a small hub with only a handful of quests and the quests present in the demo are bland to the point that I actually dozed off at one time (you’ll note a lull in the footage, that would be where I actually closed my eyes for a little too long and dozed off. Seriously.). It’s clear this is supposed to be a way to get a player’s feet wet, but the demo does the game no favors. The real kicker is just when things are looking like it’s going to get good, the demo ends abruptly.

Demos are supposed to be a way for players to know if a game is for them or not, as such its in a developer’s best interest to show off what the game can do. We’re just not seeing it here. If you’re interested in Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories I highly suggest you skip the demo and go watch gameplay footage of the already released Japanese version to see if it’s for you. Or if you need a quick nap, play the demo. It was certainly good for that.