Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Game review: Disaster Report

There's a reason you've never heard of this game. It's not that good. I picked it up out of the used games bin. Lots of old PS2 games in that bin these days.

You're a reporter heading to Stiver Island to start your new job. The island was constructed 10 years ago or so and is now a thriving city. But there was an earthquake shortly after you landed. You wake up in the ruins of the subway a day after the initial quake. The island is coming apart and sinking. Your job is to navigate the ruins, avoid stuff falling on you, figure out why the island is sinking, and get you and a few other people you meet to safety.

It's a different type of game than you're used to playing and deserves a look just for that. The challenge is in figuring out where you're supposed to go and what you're supposed to do.

The graphics are kinda lame by current standards. The characters move in a jerky manner. The dialog is poorly timed. The camera controls are often automated so you kinda have to know where stuff is gonna fall in order to avoid getting hit. This means running through a section several times to memorize the pattern.

You're permitted to make choices through the course of the game but very few make any difference how it plays out. There are a few different endings depending on your actions.

I think it was worth the five bucks or so that I paid for it.

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