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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 Windows "Chinatown" is second only to "crate filled warehouse" on the list of cliche game locations.
State of Emergency Windows Meet my knife
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 These are the different game modes in which level one can be played
State of Emergency Windows Completing tasks unlocks more characters (there are a total of five).

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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

IGN PlayStation 2 Feb 15, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot Xbox Mar 28, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
GamePro (US) Xbox Apr 16, 2003 3.5 out of 5 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Feb 27, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Gamesmania.de PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 May 23, 2002 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide Xbox 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Shooterplanet Windows May 31, 2004 48 out of 100 48
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 2003 43 out of 100 43

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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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