Many, many, many, many years ago now, there was a PS2 game called SOS: The Final Escape. It was a cheaply made, janky game where you had to navigate around this artificially created island as it slowly fell into the ocean around you. Along the way, you had to help survivors from earthquakes, fires and floods. It was amazing. Like those properly ridiculous, OTT Japanese games you used to get quite often on the PS2 era.
The game spawned a couple of sequels which weren't localised (My preorder of Raw Danger was 'Coming Soon' for about 10 years), but in 2011, Disaster Report 4 was meant to be released on the PS3. The game was completed and due for release in Japan but then the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami happened. The game was shelved and the release cancelled.
Fast forward to April 2020 and with no worldwide emergencies happening at all, the game is being released on the PS4 and Switch this week!
My Switch copy arrived yesterday and I've put a fair few hours into it. If you played SOS, you'll know what to expect. I'm not going to be kind here - the game is janky as hell - particularly on the Switch. The framerate is terrible (something that doesn't usually bother me, but it's really noticeable here) and there's a weird ghosting of images in places. I'd strongly advise getting the PS4 version over this. I'm tempted to double dip myself. Also, it's very old school in the way it controls - your character is very stilted in his movements - and it always feels like you're fighting the camera. And the localisation is terribly, hilariously bad.
But if you can tolerate these things, this game is amazing and hilarious in equal measures. So in the middle of this huge earthquake and in this disaster zone, my character pretended to be a sales attendant at a convenience store to sell products to customers in order to get another guy to tell me where the toilet rolls were so I could help another guy get out of a toilet cubicle. So yeah...it's very Japanese. And when the buildings start collapsing around you, it does a great job at making you feel vulnerable.
It's not for everyone - you should probably try the demo on either the PS4 or Switch to see what you think. But if you have any love for the old style, PS2-era, janky, oddball games then give it a shot. It feels like the kind of game you don't get anymore because everything is streamlined and playtested to the nth degree. And you know what? So far I feel like I've got more enjoyment out of it than any other game I've played this year. The whole thing is just so endearing.