North American box-art
|Aspect ratio||480i (SDTV)|
|Release date(s)||JPN April 25, 2002|
NA February 15, 2003
EUR February 28, 2003
|Ratings||ESRB: Teen (T)|
|Input methods||PS2 Controller, Trance Vibrator|
Disaster Report, known as SOS: The Final Escape in the UK, and Zettai Zetsumei Toshi (絶体絶命都市, literally Absolute Desperation City) is a survival action adventure video game created by Irem. It was released in Japan for the Wikipedia:PlayStation 2 in 2002 and in 2003 was released in North America and Europe. The Japanese version is one of the few games to support the Rez Vibrator.
The game deals with the characters' survival and escape from the slow collapse of an artificial island. While dodging falling buildings and debris from periodic earthquakes, the player must find a way off the island. In addition, the main character, a reporter, must investigate the reasons for the disaster.
A sequel, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2: Itetsuita Kiokutachi, was released in Japan on March 30, 2006, and later released in America and Europe as Raw Danger. A further sequel, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3, was released for the PSP on April 23, 2009.
HP is the character's health and QP is the amount of energy the character has left. QP can be restored by drinking water. If the character becomes thirsty from running or other strenuous tasks, the player must provide the character with drinking water. If the player does not do this, the character begins to slowly lose health. Water can be drunk from clean taps or from bottled water filled up along the way. It is possible to give the character's companion water.
Ultimately, the aim of the game is to move through the city avoiding hazards and finding new routes through seemingly impassable hazards. When an aftershock strikes, the player must make Keith crouch, to keep him stable and safe from harm.
Customisation of equipment can help Keith, or in the case of certain accessories, change his appearance. Items are stored in the players backpack, which has a limited number of slots, but larger backpacks can be collected. Friendly characters are unarmed.
Keith is accompanied by various companions. At one point, Keith has choice of companion, Karen or Kelly, both with different areas to explore and storylines to uncover.
The year is 2001. After ten years of construction, the government announces to the world the completion of a top-secret project based in the Pacific ocean, known as Stiver Island. In a feat of revolutionary technology, the government used its top engineering talent to transform a minor spur of rock that barely stood above the ocean waves into a thriving man-made island, complete with a state-of-the-art metropolis called Capital City.
In June 2005, Keith Helm, the protagonist and player character is on his way to Capital City for the first time, to start his dream job as editor for the prestigious Town Crier newspaper. Upon his arrival, an earthquake occurs. Soon after regaining consciousness he comes across another survivor, Karen Morris. They travel together as strong aftershocks continue, until they meet a man named Greg Bach.
Further on, the group decides to split up. Keith (the player) can either go with Karen to find her dog, or go with Greg to help a girl named Kelly Austin find her brother Jason. No matter whether the player accompany Karen or Greg, Keith ends up at the Town Crier building. He meets William, who directs him to the construction company that built the island.
There it is revealed that the disaster was deliberate. After escaping the building Keith can either help a wounded William evacuate, or leave him and Karen/Kelly so he can escape. William is evacuated and Keith goes to a stadium, where the player can switch which girl they are escorting.
Keith and Kelly/Karen are chased into an abandoned mall by the construction company's goons. After escaping they meet up with Greg, Kelly/Karen is evacuated, and they meet the man who oversaw Stiver Island's Construction - Terry Stiver. Terry tells them that he caused the quake to get revenge on the government, because his family was killed in a landslide. Keith reveals to the man that his business partner Albert caused the landslide to make him want to destroy the island.
After escaping from an attack chopper in a river chase, they are again confronted when their makeshift boat lands on the Capital District. At this point, a mini-tsunami occurs, forcing them into a car showroom and up through it onto the roof.
Upon reaching the top the trio see the chopper once again, which drops two enemies onto the building. While risking his life to save Karen/Kelly, Greg is shot by an enemy, after which the building "sinks" and the enemy is killed. Greg dies after asking Keith to write an exposé on the government's misdeeds in constructing the island.
Keith and Karen/Kelly then make their way into another skyscraper, and they escape the island on a rescue chopper.
The characters underwent a slight change upon importing to other countries. Hair color, names and locations on the map were changed to convey a Western feel. Despite this, the street names and signs in-game are still written in Japanese.
A journalist who came to Capital City to start a new job and a new life. On his way there Keith's train is hit by one of the earthquakes. Keith's need to escape is soon overshadowed by his involvement in a conspiracy connected to the earthquakes. He is the main character.
A college student in Capital City. Her uncle [Terry Stiver] suggested she take a trip out of the city, and she was on her way to the airport when disaster struck Stiver Island. She meets Keith when he saves her from a train car balancing over the edge of the bridge's tracks. After Keith risks his life to rescue her, naturally, she tags along with him. She can become his main partner for most the game.
A resident and student of Capital City. Her little brother, Jason, was with her at the amusement park when the disaster struck, and after she regained consciousness he was missing, now she wants nothing more than to find him before she evacuates. She can be met if you join Greg after the group separates. Keith will help look for her brother if he goes with Greg.
A freelance photojournalist who Keith and Karen meet early on in their journey. He remained behind in the ruins of Capital City to cover the disaster, and in doing so, stumbled upon a new lead that is now his main focus. Greg instantly takes charge whenever he sees fit and involves Keith and Karen in his investigation into Stiver Island's planning development.
The editor in chief of the Town Crier newspaper. He meets Keith and Karen/Kelly when they stumble upon the main building of the major newspaper. He will stop at nothing to get his story and even puts Keith and Karen/Kelly to work.
A doctor who resides on Capital Island. He stayed behind at the hospital when the disaster starts to help the wounded and get them on a rescue helicopter. When Keith hands over some of Greg's files to him he tells him he and Greg are cousins.
One of the police officers on Capital Island. He got his family to safety when disaster struck and then stayed on the island to search for survivors. When the last helicopter came to the hospital, Eric went into panic when he saw there wasn't enough room for him onboard. To make room he almost shot Keith and Kelly, but was shot and killed by his partner, Jeff Barrows, instead.
One of the police officers stationed on Capital Island and Eric Lu's partner. He stayed behind to search for survivors when disaster struck. When the last rescue helicopter arrived at the hospital, he and Eric were unable to get on. When Eric almost shot Keith and Kelly to make room for himself, Jeff shot and killed Eric to save them. It is unknown what happened to him after that.
Kelly Austin's little brother. He was at the amusement park in the city with Kelly when the earthquake first hit. In a panic he wandered away and found himself at the city hospital. He is finally reunited with his sister when they meet at the very last rescue helicopter landing point.
The director and creator of Stiver Island and Capital City. He is somehow connected to the earthquakes and the sinking of Capital City. He is also Karen's uncle.
The real villain behind everything. Albert will stop at nothing to make sure that Capital City is turned into nothing more than an ocean of debris. He has been using Terry Stiver all along, plotting his schemes. When Keith and Karen/Kelly get too close to the secrets of the disaster, he uses his "henchmen" to try eliminate them.
Disaster Report recieved mixed to positive reviews.
- Official website (Japanese)
- Disaster Report at Wikipedia:IGN
- Template:Moby game
- Humorous review of the Japanese version at Penny Arcade (retrieved 2008-10-20 using Wayback Machine)
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