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State of Emergency

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
70
1.8
Windows
60
2.7
Xbox
65
3.0
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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 Windows Mission related characters have rings around their feet for easy identification.
State of Emergency Windows Completing tasks unlocks more characters (there are a total of five).
State of Emergency Windows A colored arrow floats over your head to direct you to your mission objective.
State of Emergency Windows You can't stop me

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)

The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation 2 Nov 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Feb 22, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Apr 06, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Apr, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Xbox Mar 28, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Feb 27, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamesmania PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2002 68 out of 100 68
All Game Guide Xbox 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PGNx Media PlayStation 2 May 23, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 4 out of 10 40

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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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