Don’t Stress Out Disaster Report 3 Has Humor

By Spencer . February 12, 2009 . 5:08pm

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Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (tentatively thought of here as “Disaster Report 3″) begins with the main character riding a bus. You can pick a male or female protagonist, but the demo version only lets you play as the boy. Everything seems normal until the ground quakes, the bus crashes, and you nearly escape with your life as rocks crush the vehicle. All of that excitement doesn’t stress the hero out that much.

 

Seeing a dead body does. The stress meter and the HP bar act like polar opposites. If one is high the other is low and vice versa. So, when the stress meter maxes out after the main character sees a lifeless person underneath a car you won’t be able to take much damage until you rest. The stress meter and HP meter recover if the protagonist sits on a bench. No, you can’t sit on the ground or on a car to recover. It’s a bench or nothing. Items like a portable first aid kit can restore life and lower your stress.

 

Similar to Irem’s other survival games you don’t have to worry about fighting. The enemy in this game is mother nature and her main “attack” is an aftershock. When the screen shakes you need to hit the R button to cling to the ground and lower your center of gravity. If you don’t do this the protagonist stumbles, hits his head, and loses a bit of life. You can also lose life while walking through black smoke if you forget to equip the white handkerchief at the beginning of the game.

 

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Soon the hero meets a companion. A girl is trapped underneath a car and asks for help. You can’t lift the car on your own, but a jack is nearby – sitting on top of a car tilting towards an a dark abyss. Once you muster courage to grab the jack things get dangerous. An aftershock makes a red car roll towards the unstable car you’re standing on. If you don’t duck and jump off the car (Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 has an auto jump feature) you’re toast.

 

Once you save the girl you speak with her. Conversations in Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 are interactive where you select the response for the main character. Most conversation trees have voice acting too which is pretty impressive for a PSP demo. Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 also lets players pick totally ridiculous things to say like breaking the fourth wall by calling the girl a game heroine and telling her you are 13,658 years old when she asks your age. You can also be a jerk, but the antagonistic choices tend to make the girl upset and raise your stress meter.

 

Escaping the tunnel looks like it’s going smoothly until the tunnel starts flooding. Water pours into the tunnel and if you run into one of the cones your stress meter goes up/life bar goes down. The only way out is to body slam a door by mashing the circle button.

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Out on the surface the demo ends shortly after crawling on a balance beam and finding an object to climb on. So far it feels like Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 scaled down everything that made the PlayStation 2 games memorable. You can even scout the levels for items like sad clown compasses and alternate costumes. What kind of attire should you wear when the world is crumbling around you? A cowboy get up, of course.

 

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  • http://villaleporidae.wordpress.com/ prettyprophet

    Damn, everyone’s got dark hair. I sure hope the localization gets screwed and turns everyone blonde. I miss that kind of hilarity.

  • Icon

    I truly love those Disaster Report games. The contrast between high concept and low budget really makes the game special in a weird way. The “localization” also adds to the mystique in my book.

    I’d actually get a PSP for this game.

  • Chow

    I’m a little confused about the demo that can be found online for this game. I have the original PSP, and normally I just download an EBOOT.PBP with a unique “jumbled” folder name to make any demo work, regardless of region, and regardless of getting it off your region’s PSN store.

    The only demo I’ve found for this game is strangely in an .ISO format. I’m assuming that’s for homebrewers, because I’ve never seen the demos available like that (not that I’ve done it that often). Maybe that’s just how they are when they’re fresh, because this is really the only PSP demo I was really hyped about and actively looked for the moment I heard it was out.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      I don’t think you can download and transfer the file since it’s linked directly to a PSN account. You have to get a Japanese account -> log on to the PlayStation Store -> download the demo directly.

      • Chow

        Well, yeah, that’s how you’re supposed to do it, but simply copying the demo folder and EBOOT.PBP with the PC has always worked with the original PSPs without any tweaking, no matter which demo it is and which region it is (I hear it doesn’t work with the newer models). To this day, demos in that format still work on my PSP. The only thing that was weird about the Disaster Report 3 demo was that it was in a totally different file format that I’d ever seen for a PSP demo.

        • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

          You probably won’t find an EBOOT file lying around because the demo is connected to a PSN account. We would post EBOOT files here like what we did with Crimsongem Saga a long time ago, but if we did whoever downloads them will also need to have the appropriately linked PSN account to play the demo.

          • Chow

            Ah, so basically they just changed the way demos work, I guess. Maybe I’ll just register my PSP to my Japanese account and take a look then. I’d have to get rid of the PSOne Classics on my PSP temporarily in that case.

  • Aoshi00

    I have not played any Disaster report games on the PS2 before. I really liked this demo (graphics, full voice over, surviving thru earthquake) until the part where the car came crashing down, I couldn’t get off in time for the life of me, how do you do it :(?

    • Gibb

      You need to hold R until the 2nd car collides with the first one, then stand back up and run towards the 2nd car until you jump off onto solid footing again.

  • Aoshi00

    Woo.. got it, finally after like 10 tries :(.. you have to hold R the whole time and not let go at all, I thought you had to stand up before jumping off the car. Interested in this game, probably can learn many surviving techniques for real life’s natural disaster.

  • Aoshi00

    I wonder if those choices you make would affect anything important, they seem to be mostly for fun as I tried picking a couple of silly choices.

  • shion16

    i hope this game get translated

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