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''Michigan: Report from Hell'' is a 2004 SurvivalHorror video game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture for the PlayStation2. The player controls a cameraman of the Zaka TV news crew who are investigating the strange goings on in Chicago after it's covered by a mysterious fog along with sound engineer Jean-Philippe Brisco and one of six reporters.

The game is played from the first person perspective as the cameraman, rather than take actions himself, [[PointAndClickGame highlights]] objects for the reporter to interact with, or enemies for her to shoot. If the reporter is killed, the game will skip to the next level where you meet with a new reporter.

Despite some graphical hiccups, God-awful voice acting and a mediocre story, the camera viewfinder perspective adds a level of immersion, and the game serves as a fairly unique experience, as expected of a {{Suda51}} game.
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!! This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Nina actually brags about killing a bear at one point.
* AlliterativeName: The second reporter, Ann Anderson.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Completing the game in certain ways unlocks alternate outfits for Brisco and various reporters.
* AnyoneCanDie: And you can let them.
* ApocalypticLog
* ArtisticLicenseBiology
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: There is a level that takes place in a camping lodge on the mountains somewhere in Chicago. While it ''is'' a big city, the nearest mountain range to Chicago is a few hundred miles away, in the east parts of Ohio and Kentucky (and even there, it's a stretch).
* AssholeVictim: If you let her be, Ann.
* BadExportForYou: The PAL version has some FanService edited away, but more importantly, the secret videos are glitched out.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Inverted, Brisco's the last person you see die in the game. Technically ''second'' to last if you count the Player Character.]]
* BodyHorror: Courtesy of the Gagne Virus.
* CaptainObvious: Brisco. ''Just Brisco''.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The reporters tend to be this way, putting themselves InHarmsWay to try and help others as well as searching for a story. {{Lampshaded}} by Brisco, who doesn't share either sentiment and would rather just get out of Chicago alive.
* ContrivedCoincidence[=/=]DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Some people note that the characters ''just seem so aware of their surroundings'', to the point that, in a part where Justine, a woman you're trying to save, is shackled to a billiard table, everyone immediately comes to the conclusion that they have to put in ''missing billiard balls'' to help release Justine. Their course of action was ''correct''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Deborah.
* DepopulationBomb: [[spoiler: The spastic, mentally challenged man (who is *supposedly* the original carrier of the Gagne virus) is a biological weapon of mass destruction.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: [[spoiler:The Evil Ending's cameraman.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: During the tutorial, Brisco offers to let you practice ramming on him. He ''does'' realize that might not have been the best idea before you actually attempt it, but won't rescind the offer, instead asking that you just be careful.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:No matter what ending you get, the protagonist dies via assassination (the only difference is his attitude toward the whole thing), leaving the entire thing unexplained and information undisclosed.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: The owner of the hotel you stay in at one point, after an infectee guest mutated and killed his wife.
** Also [[spoiler:[[ZombieInfectee Brisco]]]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Brisco reacts this way if you save [[spoiler:Justine from being crushed]], as she rewards ''you'' with a kiss but snubs him.
* EatenAlive: A frequent cause of death.
* EscortMission: The whole game; the player character usually can't die himself, but must protect his reporter.
* TheFaceless: The cameraman, [[spoiler:until the end]]. Also used in one of the endings; specifically, [[spoiler:the Evil Ending, where the cameraman's ''still'' covered in shadows]].
* FantasyKitchenSink: Along with the bioengineered virus, there are also hints of aliens and ghosts.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Brisco grows progressively more exhausted and irritable throughout the game, and mentions feeling dizzy and sick at several points. It seems innocuous, but [[spoiler:[[ZombieInfectee guess what.]]]]
* FriendlyRival: Ann describes her relationship with Pamela this way.
* GameBreakingBug: The bonus movie mode unlocked after completion is actually broken and can't be viewed normally.
* GiantSpider: A glowing, Australian-sized one will jump on, bite, and kill the second reporter unless you knock her out of the way. If spotted early enough it will run off.
* GoingForTheBigScoop
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Leads to [[spoiler:the cameraman's death]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Nina [[EatMe allows a monster to eat her]] so she can blow it up from inside and the cameraman and Brisco can escape.]]
* IceQueen: Ann. Brisco can comment that she's got 'ice in her veins', due to how she's focused on GoingForTheBigScoop.
* IdiotBall: The characters are prone to stupid moments. ''Very'' prone.
* ImmuneToBullets: Any monster bigger than a leech.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: All the reporters are armed; as long as the cameraman's focused on their target, they'll hit it every time.
* IntrepidReporter
* JumpScare: Appears in the [[spoiler:Evil ending]] complete with forewarning ShmuckBait: [[spoiler:"''Look closely''... It's me. It's '''me''', see?!"]]
* JustifiedTutorial: Your cameraman is a rookie, so Brisco and Pamela take some time before the first shoot to help him practice.
* KarmaMeter: Do you go for suspenseful footage, or erotic shots? A meter measures how far you move in either direction. If you choose to shove people around, let your reporter die or film strangers in mortal peril rather than trying to help, you also earn "Immoral Points", turning your meter from a simple gray bar to rusty barbed wire.
* KarmicDeath: If the cameraman allows it, Ann can wind up being [[spoiler:EatenAlive shortly after complaining about how they didn't keep filming somebody else suffering the same fate]].
* KillEmAll: ''No one'' survives this experience.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Brisco]] goes into this during [[spoiler:the secret photo shoot]].
* LoveMakesYouDumb: [[spoiler: Faced with a zombifying boyfriend, Carly opts for the odd tactic of embracing him instead of shooting him point-blank. Scratch one reporter.]]
* MaleGaze: Similar to ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', you can earn Erotic Points from recording [[PantyShot areas of interest]].
* ManipulativeBitch: Deborah. At one point, your reporter and Brisco go into her office furious and mistrustful, about to make her account for sending innocent reporters to a a hellhole like Chicago, but a few chosen words later, and they're both (if not entirely on her side) at least following her orders to continue investigating. Brisco thinks she may have a CompellingVoice, but neither he or the reporters are overly bright, so it seems unlikely.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The game implies it's genetic tampering causing the monsters, but you see several signs of the supernatural, as well.
* MegaCorp: It's not exactly clear what the [=ZaKa=] corporation ''does'', officially, but at the least, they have their fingers in bioengineering and entertainment.
* MultipleEndings: Besides the normal S, I, and E endings, you also get a special ending if your Immorality points are ''insanely'' high. [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding But the protagonist dies in all of them, when he's about to reveal what happened]].]]
* {{Mockumentary}}: A playable variant.
* MonsterMisogyny: The monsters will only attack the female reporters, ignoring the cameraman and sound technician.
** When you get the male reporter Mark, though, the monsters go for him too.
* MsFanservice: The reporters, aside from Mark.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Brisco laments this after [[spoiler:Pamela's death]].
* NeverTrustATitle: The game doesn't take place in the ''state'' of Michigan, it takes place in [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Chicago, Illinois]] around ''Lake'' Michigan.
* NoExportForYou: The game was never licensed for a US release.
* NothingIsScarier: A lot of the horror part of the game comes from the fact that there's mostly nothing there.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Paula appears to be an idiot, but [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/michigan/lost.htm the secret videos]] indicate that there may a lot more to her than there seems. (Note that the "Mysterious Man" mentioned on the page is pretty clearly her.)
* OminousFog: Which is actually what Pamela's been sent to report on when the game starts.
* PatientZero: [[spoiler:The final boss.]]
* QuickTimeEvent: The cameraman can choose at certain points to put the camera down and help someone, or ignore the cue and keep rolling.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: It's your camera guy's primary way of fighting back or taking action, since he usually can't put the camera down.
* SayMyName: Brisco's usual reaction to a reporter's death is to scream their name several times, stretching it out the last time.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: The identity of [[spoiler:the cameraman]] actually changes depending on how you play.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: Appears quite often, cutting in and out to justify short 'jumps' in the footage.
* SnubByOmission: Before each level, the name of your news reporter and sound engineer are listed. The nameless cameraman doesn't get any credit.
** Although this is a log being written by the cameraman, so he probably doesn't see the need to list his own name.
* TheStinger: Which is where the MultipleEndings come into play.
* SyntheticPlague: Gagne [[spoiler: is an experimental bioweapon that was developed in a consortium by the [=ZaKa=] Conglomerate, the U.S. Government, and the U.S. Military.]]
* ThisLoserIsYou[=/=]YouBastard: Used for TheReveal of [[spoiler:the cameraman's identity]], which changes based on your actions. Focus on Erotic Shots, for instance, and they turn out to be [[spoiler:a sniveling, creepy nerd who asks the viewer if they enjoyed his special footage]].
* TimedMission: The player has until his [[JustifiedTrope film runs out]] to complete each level, but since they are usually given just over 30 minutes per level, it's rarely an issue.
* TooDumbToLive: Certain characters go by B-Movie logic, so...
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Pamela's fate.]]
* TheUnReveal: [[spoiler: The cameraman is shot before he can disclose who's behind everything,]]
* UngratefulBastard: If you save Ann from her potential KarmicDeath, she promptly starts chewing Brisco and the cameraman out again for not shooting more footage.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While in the nursing home, neither Brisco or your reporter care to comment on [[spoiler:the room full of bloody handprints]]. Brisco ''does'' react to [[spoiler:the child's specter]] inside, but decides he's seeing things.
* VaginaDentata: A prominent monster type appears to be this, although some of the corpses it's attached to are male.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Choosing to film someone's gruesome death instead of acting to prevent it. Even worse, you can actually use your ramming technique to knock people into danger.
* [[spoiler:VillainProtagonist]]: Earn so many Immoral points that they ''vastly'' outweigh the others, and [[spoiler:the cameraman claims '''he's''' the one behind everything]].
* TheVirus
* VocalEvolution: Inverted, the voice acting gets ''worse'' over time.
* WhatTheHellHero: If the cameraman chooses to keep filming instead of acting to save somebody, Brisco will usually call him on it. {{Inverted}} by Ann, who chews him out for ''not'' keeping the camera running.
* ZombieInfectee: [[spoiler:Brisco at the end]]. Also implied to be what happens to [[spoiler:the cameraman in the Evil ending]].
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