In the past, successful games like Resident Evil that focused on survival have been horror based, often getting a Mature rating. In an attempt to create the same success without the gore, Agetec has released Disaster Report. Following a reporter on his way to a new job, a catastrophic disaster strikes as he finds himself in the middle of tremendous earthquakes hitting the city he's in. Just getting out of the city becomes an enormous task however as he helps those also stuck, while trying to not lose his life in the process. Heavily based on problem solving, time hangs in the balance as the city is being ripped apart while the question about the cause of this intense disaster remains.
Disaster Report plays similar to most adventure games as puzzles or problems must be continually solved to advance the story. The problems that arise also must be completed in a linear pattern for the most part and can be challenging. Factors like 'time' must constantly be managed as building or platforms you're standing on will break up at the most inconvenient times.
The gameplay is simplistic, however, as problem solving is the focus of the game. There isn't any fighting or defending yourself like some games, as the actions are limited to running, climbing, traversing, and riding different types of transportation devices. The action is definitely on the light side but the simple setup also ensures you shouldn't get stuck for hours trying to make a perfect jump or completing some physical task that must performed exactly.
Unfortunately, the graphics and audio don't have much of a presence. With audio that fails to create the sense of a city falling around you and graphics that could benefit greatly from improved detail, some imagination is required to get a sense of what they are trying to create.
Overall, Disaster Report will keep adventure fans occupied with creative problems to solve. It won't keep those with short attention spans entertained, however, as this game requires patience and has only limited action.
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The word survival takes on new meaning in Disaster Report's ultra-realistic setting. As a reporter who survives the collapse of a city thats sinking into the ocean, you must pick your way through the rubble to find your way to safety. Along the way youll encounter other survivors, some of whom you must rescue using hastily gathered objects. And if avoiding crumbling skyscrapers wasnt enough, youll also wrestle with dehydration and Black-Ops forces who want to silence you before you uncover the mastermind behind the citys destruction.