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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.

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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 The main menu
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 The game starts with a series of company logos which are in turn followed by a short sequence of looters being beaten up by riot police, then comes this title screen
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 The first level

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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
GameSpot Feb 15, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Feb 22, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Peliplaneetta.net Mar 12, 2002 72 out of 100 72
Fragland.net Sep 13, 2002 72 out of 100 72
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
Gamesmania.de Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Game Revolution Mar, 2002 C- 42

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Trivia

According to the developer, Vis, who is based in Scotland, the riots in the game came around as a result of watching various soccer riots in Scotland. While the locales are obviously different, the same behavior model is there.

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JPaterson (9101) added State of Emergency (PlayStation 2) on Mar 15, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Dapy (24) and The Ring Hawk (644)