Disaster: Day of Crisis

Disaster: Day of Crisis Review for Wii

On: Wii

Survive nature's most devastating catastrophes in Disaster: Day of Crisis.

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5Out of 10
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Ray isn't a bad guy, but he's in a bad game.
Ray isn't a bad guy, but he's in a bad game.

Ray isn't a bad guy, but he's in a bad game.

There was a time when you could buy anything that came from the big N and you'd be guaranteed a good time. It seems that with the Wii this is no longer the case, with average or worse games being passed off as great interactive experiences just because you play by moving your hands about. Disaster: Day of Crisis is the latest game that falls into this category, offering gameplay that would have felt dated at the beginning of this decade, visuals that bring back memories of 32-Bit gaming and more cheese than a straight to DVD action movie.

You play as Ray, a professional rescuer (is that even a real job?) who sees his friend and colleague die after a mountain rescue mission next to an erupting volcano goes wrong. The rescue chopper is downed by a flying piece of molten rock and all hell breaks loose as the ground is shaken up and torn apart. Predictably you end up on a rope hanging over a cliff edge, holding on to your mate as he dangles perilously over a raging torrent of lava. Cue a Cliffhanger moment as he lets go and falls in slow motion to his melty, burny death.

Ray's pretty cut up, as you can imagine, and can't face his mate's sister who blames him for her brother's death - despite the fact that he promised to keep an eye on her. So, when a seismologist and his assistant are kidnapped by terrorists, you can imagine our shock when the assistant is revealed to be the woman we'd been avoiding for the best part of a year since the accident. This highlights perfectly Disaster: Day of Crisis' tone - a B-movie cheese-fest that's about as clichéd as it can be, full of terrible writing and acting. The funny thing is that it's still kind of enjoyable.

Although the story is so achingly bad it's good, the gameplay doesn't have the same charm. Over the course of the game you'll take part in a variety of different gameplay types. There are third-person adventure game type sections, which have Ray wandering about in devastated areas, finding injured or trapped civilians and helping them out. It's pretty basic stuff, but does make use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck in order to heal wounds (point to spray the wound clean with water and rotate the analogue stick to apply a bandage) and lift heavy objects (raise the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to lift). There are some clever ideas here, like the way smoke gets into your lungs and requires you to take a breath once you're in clean air (Z), and the way you shake off fire (shake both controllers), but it's not the most engaging gameplay you'll come across.

'You'll also have to drive cars, using the Wii Remote on its side like a traditional controller.'

The other main gameplay type is similar to that of a Time Crisis style light-gun shooter. You use the Wii Remote to aim and shoot at enemies, switch weapons with the d-pad, take cover from enemy fire by holding the Z button, zoom in with C, and that's about it. It works, but it doesn't feel nearly as smooth or as polished as a proper light-gun game - Ghost Squad for example. The biggest problem is that these sections look dated, feature an annoying amount of input lag and feel like they've been shoe-horned into a game that features fairly clunky third-person adventure gameplay.

Occasionally after these sections you'll have to run away from a threat, so the game switches to an interactive cinematic, with you waving the Wii Remote and Nunchuck up and down to make Ray run as fast as possible. You'll also have to drive cars, using the Wii Remote on its side like a traditional controller. Although we grimaced at the thought, these sections prove to be some of the best in the game, with controls that work as you want them to. Driving sections do highlight some flaws with the game engine (there's terrible slowdown at times), but it feels like you're in control of a car, which is what matters.

These light-gun-style sections would be OK if it wasn't for the annoying input lag

These light-gun-style sections would be OK if it wasn't for the annoying input lag

Adding to the what we presume to be unintentional humour are the pick-ups. By bashing up objects in the game with a few kicks or punches (don't you know anyone who goes around punching crates?) you can reveal health and stamina pick-ups, as well as food items that you eat instantly. There's something completely bizarre about a man in the middle of a national disaster stopping in the street to eat a burger that's bigger than his head and following it with a can of drink that's equally sized. The inventory system isn't bad and there's a weapon upgrade and purchasing system, but if anything this feels at odds with the unrealistic tone of the game.

We've already mentioned the visuals in the driving sections, but it's worth pointing out how amazingly varied the game's graphics are. One section can look really quite good, complete with plenty going on and some decent effects, while another can see you staring at a NPC that could have been ripped out of a PSOne game. In reality PSOne games look far, far worse, but this is what Day of Crisis' visuals evoke memories of. We know the Wii can't pump out brilliantly detailed HD visuals, but it can do better than this, that's for sure.

The argument you're bound to see elsewhere is that Disaster: Day of Crisis is unique and fills a void in the Wii software library, and is therefore worth a purchase despite its many flaws, but a poor software line-up shouldn't be enough to sell you on a distinctly underwhelming game. There's some fun to be had with this Wii action game, but it's far from good and certainly not what you should be expecting from Nintendo.

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Tom Orry u dont know anything about games folk!!! This is one of greatest games 4 wii, but im not gonna say anything more..... Readers just try this game and you'll love it.
Posted 00:25 on 02 March 2009
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Actually I like this game... It's quite unusual and sometimes interesting. And not so ugly.
Posted 10:56 on 04 January 2009
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A 5 is probably too low because a 5 means that a game is almost unplayable. If it freezes a lot, has bugs crawling all over it, or is just incomplete, I can see a game getting that low of a score.

Based on the control issues and other flaws, it seems like the game would get at least a 6 or 6.5. I haven't played it since I'm in the US, but from what I've seen it doesn't look very good. I definitely agree that a game should not get a heightened score just because it's the only game of its type, especially on a particular system.
Posted 04:51 on 26 December 2008
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Mister reviewer.
Does your big ol' Plasma TV even have a composite cable for your Wii to match? That is probably why you get "input lag".
Funny, how every single comment here is dedicated to bashing your pathetic excuse for a review.
Play the game on a smaller tv or buy a ***in' composite cable.
Posted 23:56 on 20 December 2008
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My review>

Story: 7/10
The story of this game is okay for me. But sometimes it gets a bit cheesy. Who cares? I love the disaster scene.

The graphic of Disaster is superb in Wii. Well, it amazed me. For example: when the tsunami comes, I was like "wow"... Not bad at all. However, it sometimes lack of polish in some polygons.

The music is not repetitive. Well, the game plays different music in different situation.

Gameplay: 8.5/10
Well, the game is fun. On-rail shooting + mini games + driving... I never play this kind of game. Easy pick up and play game.

Overall: 8/10
I still haven't finish the game yet.. But I think I am almost near the ending. I highly recommand this wii game to everyone!!!
Posted 08:50 on 20 December 2008
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i am only new to the wii,,but i didnt like it,it took to long to restart every scene,,every single scene when failed it has to reload again...slow
Posted 01:32 on 28 November 2008
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chris v

if u can help me. send a reply to chrisvalentine99@hotmail.co.uk
Posted 21:34 on 17 November 2008
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Chris V

Can somebody help me with this? i need support on finding staminas signs in the timber yard. it just too damn hard! i have one left to find! ONE!!!!
Posted 21:32 on 17 November 2008
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WTF is wrong with this reviewer lol?
I finished the game and its fun as hell, loved it. Its not perfect but it certanly is worth the money.
Mr Reviewer, learn how to do your job before doing sh*t like this again

7.5/8 out of 10

PS: I want Disaster 2
Posted 02:22 on 11 November 2008
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Too bad reviews like this (crap) get to drag a game down on Gamerankings.

It's the same story all over again: reviewers trying to sound interesting and cool as part of a personal cultus, rather than trying to write a decent review.
Posted 04:11 on 10 November 2008
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Omar Kamel

I, like apparently MANY gamers, cannot understand why this game got so raped by the reviewers all around! It's a kick-ass super fun game with lots of variety, an actual quality of characterization despite the cheesy b-grade plot, brilliant set pieces and just fun action! FUN! Ungh. Reviewers have become WAY too jaded if they don't enjoy this game. Sad indeed that a fun game will get thrashed for not being 'cutting edge' whatever the hell THAT means.
Posted 01:13 on 10 November 2008
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I just read this review and, like everyone else, I've seen nothing but the exact opposite of this opinion in other reviews. This particular review seems incredibly personal and a bit bias. Too bad, as it may very well cause someone to miss out on a worthwhile experience.

After reading the good things these comments have to say about it, I've decided to import the game and see for myself.
You might consider re-reviewing it sometime in the future.
Posted 09:11 on 06 November 2008
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EDITOR PLEASE REVIEW THIS GAME AGAIN!!!!I must agree with the comments posted. I have a wii and a PS3, apart from the popular party games I have not found a wii a very good console for first person action games, apart from this one. The graphics are good for wii standard (8/10) sound is gripping (8/10) game play is varied and fun (9/10) and the controls are simple and fun to use (9/10). There are even varied skill procedures you have to do whilst saving people and other normal wii controller movements like for running and avoiding obstacles. The stages are ongoing with a shooting driving shooting and the fun continues. OK don't take the game serious as it has every disaster under the sun in one day (it may happen one day!!!!!), but it’s an addictive arcade style game, which is very good. I give would rate it between an 8/9 overall, only because once you have played it a few times it would be very repetitive. Rent or buy it, you will not be disappointed
Posted 23:21 on 02 November 2008
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"If Reggie goes on record to lay into the game, you know there's problems, guys."

Of course the irony there, is that the site you're quoting from actually gave the game a 7/10, which is the minimum score most of the people in this thread are saying the game deserved.

Reggie seems to be more put out by the games cheesy b-movie dialogue though, which again is rather ironic, as that's one of the very points which make it such an endearing little game.
Posted 13:47 on 01 November 2008
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Nxs@ wiistation 360

Originally Posted by wiistation 360
i question where you DRUNK revieuwing this game ?

my revieuw:

Gameplay 9
Graphics 9
Sound 10

Maybe you are just biased! Could it be that since you paid the $50 for the game you are forcing yourself to like it? :D
Posted 18:13 on 31 October 2008

Game Stats

Disaster: Day of Crisis
Out of 10
Disaster: Day of Crisis
  • Some decent visuals in places
  • Some really rather disappointing visuals
  • Shooting sections have input lag
  • Clunky third-person adventure sections
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Release Date: 24/10/2008
Platform: Wii
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
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