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Disaster Report 4 has been Pre-Ordered

Disaster Report 4 has been Pre-Ordered

For the first time since, well, I can’t even remember, I have pre-ordered the Deluxe comes-with-a-lot-of-junk Edition of a game, and naturally it’s a weird one. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is a game that 1) I never thought would be completed 2) never thought would be translated to English, and 3) never thought would see a physical release for the West. Thanks to Granzella  and NiS America though, I’m happy to say all those things have now come true!

Quick(ish) catchup. The Disaster Report series has been around since the days of the PlayStation 2 when IREM released sequels fairly regularly… until the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. As you might expect, a game revelling in natural disasters, set in Japan, to be released around this time felt a little ignoble. So IREM cancelled the PlayStation 3 sequel along with most of their other games and went back to making pachinko and slot machines. The staff who still wanted to make video games left to form Granzella and were able to acquire the rights to Disaster Report from IREM in 2014. Finally, Disaster Report 4 (known as Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4 in Japan) was released in 2018 and NiS America shortly came to head up the Western localization for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. 

And that brings us to today, when I finally pre-ordered the Ridiculous Edition of the game (appropriately for PlayStation 4) after getting a nice bonus paycheck at work to cover the $90 cost. What do I get? A backpack that I can’t read, a soundtrack, a lanyard to hold my employee or school ID (I guess?), and a box that looks like an in-game First Aid kit to unceremoniously shove everything else into.

The tchotchkes don’t matter all that much, I’m just thrilled to be able to finally play the game and throw some support to NiS who I rarely get to buy from because 99% of their lineup isn’t my kind of Japanese.

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 8th!

hope you like playing free demos because there’s quite a few of them on the PlayStation Store for the week of August 7th! The idea of an adventure platformer mixed with pinball gameplay might sound weird on paper so Team17 has released a demo for last month’s indie darling, Yoku’s Island Adventure. Sega has a new demo out as well for Valkyria Chronicles 4 in hopes that you’ll take the plunge and pre-order ahead of its September release.

Lastly, Spike Chunsoft has a demo of 428: Shibuya Scramble, the PlayStation 4 port of their very, very old visual novel that goes all the way back to 2008. Call it a 10th Anniversary Edition of this peculiar visual novel title that originally hit the Wii, PlayStation Portable, iOS, and Android. This latest iteration will be out on PlayStation 4 and PC in September.

Elsewhere we’ve got goodies for a handful of games including, umm, one that isn’t out for another week. TerraTech has been kicking around Steam Early Access since 2015 but you can grab a free pack of skins ahead of its console debut on the 13th, unless they pull it down as this appears to be a premature release. There’s another console debut this week — a totally legit one — in the form of Daybreak Games’ H1Z1 and you can grab a PlayStation Plus Launch Bundle if you’re a subscriber to decorate your character with a flashy backpack. Lastly, Trove is back with another monthly Blocky Bonus for PlayStation Plus members: the Bounding Bundt Cake.

Rounding out the week are a handful of free Avatar icons from ResetEra with a matching, flashy dynamic theme and a static theme featuring Smite, in case you forgot it was still a game.

Grab ‘n Go gang!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for August 1st!

It’s August 1st which means the hyperactive video game release season is upon us. But it won’t really break loose until John Madden pokes his head out of a hedgehog hole and curses another player for being featured on the cover of his latest game. That’s why we’re a little thin on freebies this week with a pair of demos, a beta for a hockey game (!?), another free VR music video, and just a few free Avatar icons.

Grab ‘n Go, but bring an extra snack because the offerings are light.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season demo
Is it really the end of Clementine’s Walking Dead story? Check out the beginning of what Telltale is calling The Final Season and see what’s changed over the last six years of these games.

Kabounce Trial
Get your hands on this peculiar 4-player, self-professed pinball game that looks equal parts Rocket League and… maybe Faceball 2000? Yeah, it’s strange.

NHL 19 Beta
No idea what’s up with hockey so I’ll let the copy do the talking: “Play the NHL® 19 Open Beta* and be among the first to experience the World of CHEL and RPM Tech. Step onto the pond in NHL ONES, THREES Drop-In, EASHL Drop-In and Clubs game modes while you unlock gear for your create-a-player. Use traits and specialties to improve your skater or goalie, and express yourself like never before.”

Tom Greenan VR
Also no idea who this guy is so I’ll let the copy do the talking, again: “Join acclaimed UK music artist Tom Grennan and witness a unique behind-the-scenes recording at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios. Enjoy an unforgettable immersive musical experience as Tom and his band perform ‘Royal Highness’ and ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’, two of the biggest tracks from his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’.”

Castaway Paradise
Embody the likeness of your favorite townsfolk from Castaway Paradise, a very Animal Crossing inspired new release on PlayStation 4, with these four free Avatar icons.

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 25th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 25th!

Hi, welcome to the week of July 25th! How are you? No, really, how are you? Take your time because there isn’t a whole lot happening on the PlayStation Store this week.

If you were ever interested in Middle-Earth: Shadow of War but were enraged by their loot box scheme last year, you can now download a free demo knowing that you won’t run into any nagging pop-ups except the one to entice you to buy the full game.

Meanwhile, Koei Tecmo seems to be getting a little desperate for new players in DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round: Core Fighters. This week they’re offering up Raidou as a free character to PlayStation Plus members who download the free-to-play game. Could the end be far off for the fighting service, or is the team just heads-down making even skimpier outfits for the ladies?

It wouldn’t be a PSN update if there weren’t a free theme or Avatars and this week doesn’t disappoint. Grab the colorful Ice Cream Surfer Theme or a handful of Avatar icons from the equally colorful Slime Rancher (Boom Slime, Gold Slime, Pink Slime, The Tarr, Tabby Slime).

Oh yeah? That’s great to hear. No, seriously, I was totally paying attention. Now Grab ‘n Go!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 17th!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for July 17th!

Welcome to one of the weirdest weeks on the PlayStation Network that I can remember! We’ll get to the freebies in a minute but take a look at the full list here because there are quite a few peculiar and baffling new releases. There are a surprising number of interesting indie games, loads of scantily clad ladies in new DLC for Gal*Gun 2 and Knights of Valour, a new karaoke game, plenty of janky themes and avatars, a new Tempest, a literal wild goose chase for theHunter, and like, a ton of avatars of pizza.

It’s kind of a wild explosion of odd content this week and it’s just as weird and random on the freebies. IO Interactive is back with another free level in Hitman with the Summer Pack. You can pre-load the client for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker in advance of its beta test between July 19th and the 22nd. There’s a demo for The Path of Motus, an interesting indie platformer where you build bridges and fight by yelling and people.

Then there’s a free new level specifically for the physical release of the bewildering Barack Fu : The Adventures of Dirty Barry. Yes, it’s an irreverent brawler starring the former POTUS himself. Rounding out the roster is a free character, Flandre, for the new NiS release, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded and a couple of PlayStation Plus booster packs for 3on3 FreeStyle and Knights of Valour.

Grab ‘n Go you weirdos!