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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.


State of Emergency Windows "Chinatown" is second only to "crate filled warehouse" on the list of cliche game locations.
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
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 The first level
State of Emergency Windows A colored arrow floats over your head to direct you to your mission objective.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Great idea, POOR execution PlayStation 2 Lothian (13)
Console port to Windows...BAD Windows Twilightseer (252)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Mar 01, 2002 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Xbox Mar 28, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78 PlayStation 2 Sep 13, 2002 72 out of 100 72
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 70 out of 100 70 PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
XBox Evolved Xbox Apr 10, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
IGN Xbox Mar 27, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 May 23, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Mar, 2002 C- 42
GameSpy Xbox Apr 05, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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