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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 ... who give you missions to accomplish.
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 There is only one controller configuration with limited customisation options
State of Emergency Windows Completing tasks unlocks more characters (there are a total of five).
State of Emergency Windows There are only four maps/levels available in the game.

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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 PlayStation 2 Lothian (13)
Console port to Windows...BAD Windows Twilightseer (252)

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation 2 Nov 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Xbox May, 2003 7.75 out of 10 78 PlayStation 2 Sep 13, 2002 72 out of 100 72
Game Informer Magazine Xbox May, 2003 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
IGN Windows Sep 08, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66 PlayStation 2 Feb 27, 2002 13 out of 20 65
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 May 23, 2002 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Xbox Apr 05, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Extreme Gamer Xbox Apr 28, 2003 4 out of 10 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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