Review: Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories (PlayStation 4)

In the shadow of a massive earthquake, you must brave a destroyed city where your choices will determine who survives.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 34.46gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • A handful of free DLC from costumes to a whole new epilogue.
  • Male/female protagonist choice.
  • Japanese voice with English subtitles.
  • Simple character creator.
  • 3rd and 1st person perspectives that can be changed with a button press.
  • Multiple choice interactions whereby it impacts the story and/or gives morale points.
  • Can play your character how you want.
  • The free epilogue has trophies.
  • Help people in need by doing tasks or collecting items for them.
  • A lot of replay levels.
  • Interact with many colorful characters.
  • The game world changes as you play and proceed.
  • The setting takes place in Tokyo where a series of natural disasters happen and you survive but must help others less fortunate.
  • Tremors can happen at any time and you can react by ducking, failure to do so will usually cause injury or death.
  • The map fills in and adds points of interest as you play.
  • Save points in the map along with a save and quit.

Cons:

  • Long loading times.
  • Very basic creator.
  • Really slow-paced.
  • No tutorial or help.
  • Constant mid-level loading.
  • A lot of fetch quests.
  • No clear markers for tasks.
  • Clunky menu.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Disaster Report 4 is a game that reminds me of the PlayStation 2 days where you would find a game that dares to be different and go for the more niche genre but in doing so has a lot of the core functionality and approachability taken away. What I mean is Disaster Report Four is a really good game but it has a lot of clunk and jank going on. You always forgive it as it houses a game that tackles a lot of real-world problems. I applaud it for the attempt but I can’t give it a free pass flat out as the jank and clunkiness of the menus, lack of tutorials and generally slow pace really make the game drag. It has so many good moments but it also has many bad moments.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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