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  • Summary: Through the game, players can experience the fear brought on by an earthquake, and can learn that wisdom, bravery and people's bonding through mutual assistance are necessary for survival. Can players escape from the disaster?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. 100
    For all its technical issues, Disaster Report 4 is a truly astounding bit of video game art and a true reflection on something that is important to understand about the Japanese culture and mindset. It is nothing like the disaster stories and games that come from western creatives, and the more melancholic, sympathetic, and people-focused themes of the game might confuse those that expect a disaster experience at first. Embrace it for what it is, however, and the game is so much better than any of that blockbuster trash. There is something very subtle, but very powerful at the core of Disaster Report 4, and, even as I've had the likes of Animal Crossing and Resident Evil 3 to play this past two weeks, I've found myself coming back to this one, and reflecting on it to a far greater degree. It's not necessarily fun, in a traditional sense, but it's culturally insightful and intelligent, and that makes it valuable.
  2. Sep 14, 2020
    70
    Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a hard-fought project that captures your attention thanks to interesting characters, violent scenes, well-written situations during a global disaster and great gameplay. So in this case the graphics and bugs doesn't matters.
  3. Mar 31, 2020
    66
    If you can look past the aesthetics of Disaster Report 4, there's a bunch of fun to be had escaping the broken city and helping out the residents as you struggle to survive and hopefully make your way home.
  4. Apr 13, 2020
    50
    What players might expect out of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and what it actually is are two entirely different things. It markets itself as a serious yarn centered around a catastrophe where player choice matters, but it’s actually an intentional comedy that uses the drama of the situations to heighten the absurdity of it all. It’s weird, but in a fantastic and enthralling way. Players with patience and a great sense of humor will come away extremely pleased. Those that can’t abide a laundry list of technical imperfections would be well served staying away. Disaster Report 4 is heavily flawed with too many irritating parts to suffer past, but it still comes recommended for anyone that believes Weird Al’s “Dare to be Stupid” should be the national anthem.
  5. May 11, 2020
    40
    True to its name, Disaster Report 4 is a disaster to behold. Mostly in the audio and visuals department, though its gameplay isn't interesting enough to keep you playing either.
  6. Apr 8, 2020
    40
    Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories could have been an interesting game about earthquakes if it didn't feel like it was made 15 years ago, as the visuals are appalling.
  7. Mar 31, 2020
    30
    Disaster Report 4 should be avoided. If looked at as a survival game it fails even on the merits of past titles in the series. If looked at as a visual novel it fails on the fact it is not compelling, poorly written, and lacks any sort of gameplay hook to engage the player. I am unsure who this is for, but for people like myself who found entertainment in Disaster Report and Raw Danger this is nowhere near as good as either of those games. If I had to sum up this game in one word the best I could do is two words and a hyphen: half-baked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 8, 2020
    10
    A beautiful, if a bit primitive (from a technical viewpoint) game with strong narration. Main focus of the story is perseverance, how peopleA beautiful, if a bit primitive (from a technical viewpoint) game with strong narration. Main focus of the story is perseverance, how people should resist and keep moving forward even during the times of natural disaster. Don't listen to "professional critics" who gave this game a low score. They were probably expecting a muscular, bald military veteran to lead survivors to safety and roll over explosions like a generic fps . They wouldn't know a good game if it bit them in the a##.

    Highly recommended!
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  2. Apr 20, 2020
    10
    thats a good game I really liked,need some adjustments the next could be better.hhhhhhhhhhh
  3. Oct 11, 2020
    8
    I just love the "Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories" game for what it is, nothing more nothing less...!

    - Of course there are things
    I just love the "Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories" game for what it is, nothing more nothing less...!

    - Of course there are things to point your fingers at... but, do all games not have that.!?

    Graphic= are okey! (most is a late Ps3-style)
    Art-Style= Great!
    Sound/music= Real good!
    Controls= are okey!
    Re-play value= New Game+! But lazy done, because, as of April 2020, the only thing that carries over, is the collected 'Compass'es!).
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  4. Apr 12, 2020
    7
    A clunky but fascinating game. Tonally the game is bit of a mess, with some very heavy moments mixed with goofy humor. But the big emotionalA clunky but fascinating game. Tonally the game is bit of a mess, with some very heavy moments mixed with goofy humor. But the big emotional scenes generally pay off, and the game is at its best when it tugs at the heartstrings. The gameplay is pretty basic, although some of the light puzzle solving can be enjoyable. All in all it's worth playing if you are up for something slower paced. There's really nothing else like it. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2020
    7
    I must say, I'm a fan of the Disaster Report's games. Loved the second one. This one is great, but still have the usual bad parts of thoseI must say, I'm a fan of the Disaster Report's games. Loved the second one. This one is great, but still have the usual bad parts of those games. Technically, it's far from great, sometimes not even good. But on PS4, the framerate is at least constant. The camera sometimes becomes crazy in small corridors, and maybe the second part of the game is less impressive, with less disasters and a more human's side to the story. But it felt good to play this game again, to have those heavy moments, to survive earthquake and stuff. Worth playing if you like those games, and want to play something different. Expand
  6. May 3, 2020
    6
    Overall I had a fun time playing it but controls were not that great and some of the scenerios just seemed out of place whereas someOverall I had a fun time playing it but controls were not that great and some of the scenerios just seemed out of place whereas some situations were hard hitting. Enjoyed getting to know the characters throughout the game and was slightly dissapointed with the Epilogue and how it panned out but since it's my first Disaster Report game overall I had a good experience. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2021
    3
    Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories reminds me of a time when Japan released a lot of quirky games regardless if it would sell or not. NowadaysDisaster Report 4: Summer Memories reminds me of a time when Japan released a lot of quirky games regardless if it would sell or not. Nowadays you don't see many games like that because it's all about what works and what will sell. When I read this game was about survival during an earthquake, I thought, "Oh, I'll need to find help. Maybe help other people, and gather supplies. Or I could just be a jerk to everyone!"

    Sadly what I got is only sort of that. You do help other people and you're given tons of dialogue prompts to do so in conversations. But at the end of the day, a lot of the actions you do in the game don't really effect the overall direction of the story. I was hoping to be a total jerk to everyone else only to help myself get to safety. You're not given this option. There will be people in your path that you will have to save to push the story forward.

    This annoyed me because I wanted to roleplay as a young businesswoman that was mean to everyone she met. But, how can I do that when the game won't let me progress if a woman is shouting for help under some rubble? The humor here and there in some scenes from your choices and what not did case me to laugh. Although ridiculous given the circumstances. Maybe that is what makes them funny? It just sort of clashes with the times the story get serious. But towards the end there are just too many of these kinds of "humorous" scenes, and it is really jarring. There is also a scene with a female character and you can do nothing to change the outcome. And if you get a certain ending and that character joins you for it, the whole situation feels very awkward.

    The survival mechanic is half-baked. I was expecting there to be a sort of hunger and thirst meter. There is one sort of, but I went through the whole game without eating, drinking or pooping. No repercussions AT ALL. You can buy food and drink, but they only serve as ways to regain lost health from when you get hurt by an aftershock or other objects. The tremors and destruction it brings are actually really cool. The first time I died was from a building just falling on top of me during one.

    The graphics are blurry most of the time and controls are very clunky. The camera is all over the place sometimes. They really bring the immersion and enjoyment level down. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories tries to be interesting but it just wasn't the sort of game I was expecting. I was expecting more freedom and less of an on rails sort of experience.
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