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Disaster Report (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Keith Miyamoto is a reporter who works for an important newspaper in Los Angeles. In 2005, he travels to an island called Capital City, where he has to get a new job. However, on his way from the airport to the city, a terrible earthquake occurs. The train collapses and Keith finds himself abandoned by the rescue team. Now he has to escape the island, try to save the people stranded on it, and discover the true reasons behind the chaos in the city. But that will be anything but easy. The earthquake continues, and any time Keith steps on a half-collapsed bridge, crawls over a pile of rumble, or climbs a narrow path between ruined houses, the Earth can start trembling...

Disaster Report is a combination of pure adventure and survival horror genres. Controls, inventory management, fixed camera angles and relative vulnerability of the protagonist are reminiscent of Alone in the Dark and similar games, while the complete lack of enemies to fight reminds of a classic adventure. There are many ways to preserve Keith from constant dying. You can find items and combine them into new ones (for example, finding a helmet and a lamp will allow you to build a helmet with a flashlight attached to it). Keith will also need to quench his thirst, so you'll have to find water for him. The water taps found in the game also serve as save points.

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Disaster Report PlayStation 2 Bum Drop
Disaster Report PlayStation 2 Whirlpools
Disaster Report PlayStation 2 Better Hurry, Keith
Disaster Report PlayStation 2 Map

Alternate Titles

  • "絶対絶命都市" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zettai Zetsumei Toshi (Desolate Town)" -- Japanese title
  • "SOS: The Final Escape" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Chronicles Jan 22, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
GamePro (US) Jan 21, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Over Online Apr 03, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Gamekult Nov 29, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 22, 2002 14 out of 20 70
Svenska PSW (PlayStation World) 2003 7 out of 10 70
Netjak Jun 15, 2004 6.9 out of 10 69
GameSpot Feb 26, 2003 6.7 out of 10 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 24, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Factornews Jan 09, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Disaster Report appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Title translation

The original Japanese title of the game, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi, means "A Totally Ruined City". A less exact, but more natural translation would be "Desolate Town".

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