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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 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 There are bonus multipliers for successive quick kills
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 The high score table
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 The first level

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

GameSpot Feb 15, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) Mar 01, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Peliplaneetta.net Mar 12, 2002 72 out of 100 72
Fragland.net Sep 13, 2002 72 out of 100 72
PSX Extreme Mar 14, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania.de Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
All Game Guide 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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 (9103) added State of Emergency (PlayStation 2) on Mar 15, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Dapy (24) and The Ring Hawk (645)