For anyone not yet aware, the Disaster Report 4 demo is now available in the PlayStation Store. Oddly, though, the physical version seems to have been pulled from Amazon despite having been available for pre-order for a while now. (I didn’t pre-order it.)
Past games in this series have been bargain titles on release, but apparently not this one. And I don’t think the demo convinced me to buy the game at full price. But despite the demo being
in some ways (or at least somewhat lackluster), I am still interested in playing the full game.
One thing that surprised me in playing the demo is how old-fashioned some of the design sensibilities are. For example, to trigger each new story event you must wander aimlessly in search of the next required action. Part of the reason for this, I think, is so that you’ll wander through areas and experience the aftershocks and collapsing buildings (one of which instantly killed me because I wasn’t sure exactly what was happening). These changes to the environment are fun to see.
The inventory system also feels very much like something you’d find in a PS2 game. (Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.)
You are given many options when interacting with people. Although I didn’t try it, I think you can be a bad guy if you want. Also, not everyone in the city is blond this time.
I didn’t get to try the VR mode because someone is borrowing my VR equipment right now. Given the current state of things, I might not get it back for a while.