State of Emergency (PlayStation 2)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Presentation
Gameplay
70
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
1.9
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.
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Description

It's some time in the far future, where The Corporation controls everything. People are generally happy, except for a resistance group called Freedom, who do not like The Corporation's dictatorial rule.

In State of Emergency, the player can choose from one of five different characters: Spanky, an ex-gang member; McNeil, a disgruntled ex-cop; Bull, a criminal in prison; Libra, a lawyer; and Phreak, an orphan. The player must complete a variety of missions, ranging from Rescue missions to "Kill This Person" missions to "Blow Up This ..." missions.

The player has many different weapons at his or her disposal, including shotguns, machine guns, pistols, knives, rocket launchers, tear gas launchers, flame-throwers, gatling guns, pepper spray, molotov cocktails and more. It is even possible to use street props, such as boxes, construction cones, benches, signposts, trashcans, and more. Breaking and entering stores allows the player to use the items there as a weapon, such as a DVD player or a television. There are many different enemies such as gang members, skinheads, and The Corporation forces.

Screenshots

State of Emergency PlayStation 2 As McNeil flattens security officers he gains points. He takes damage too but health packs keep popping into existence which is good, the downside is that they disappear very quickly
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 This is McNeil, one of the two characters available from the start<br>He's a decorated officer who may belong to the Freedom Network.<br>Awful shirt and how come his hands are bigger than his head
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 There are bonus multipliers for successive quick kills
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 Before a game can begin the player must name their save game and select a character.<br>Only two characters are available at the start of the game, others are unlocked by gameplay

Alternate Titles

  • "紧急状态" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SoE" -- Common name

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User Reviews

Great idea, POOR execution Lothian (13) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Nov 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Feb 22, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Over Online Apr 23, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) Mar 01, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 27, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PSX Extreme Mar 14, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Mar 05, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
PGNx Media May 23, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Mar, 2002 C- 42

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Trivia

During the intro movie, a character is attacked by a ATO officer outside of a TV shop. The character is wearing a blue and white horizontally stripped shirt. Originally the shirt was green and white, it therefore had a striking similarity to the football strip of Celtic Football club based in Glasgow, Scotland.

The team that produced the game were based in Dunfermline, Scotland, and I believe that the intro movie was created by Axis Animation (Part of the VIS Group) who are based in Glasgow. Something tells me that there was some Football rivalry going on :)

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JPaterson (9117) added State of Emergency (PlayStation 2) on Mar 15, 2002
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