Disaster Report IV: Summer Memories review – compelling earthquake adventure

Rumbles, screams, aftershocks – take a break from lockdown with a game offering a different kind of natural disaster… Early into his career, the journalist and former Wall Street trader Michael Lewis published a piece of what might be termed “speculative nonfiction”, in which he imagined, in awful detail, the effects of a devastating earthquake on Tokyo . Fictional elements in Lewis’s article were designed to magnify the impact of his traditional reporting, which argued that Tokyo was ill-prepared to handle such a visitation (one that was, Lewis argued, long overdue). The Disaster Report series of video games, which launched in 2003, is rooted in melodramatic entertainment, not rigorous journalism, but by placing you on the Tokyo streets during a major earthquake and its brutal aftershocks, the effect is equally chastening. Continue reading...