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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 "Chinatown" is second only to "crate filled warehouse" on the list of cliche game locations.
State of Emergency Windows Where are we running?
State of Emergency Windows ... who give you missions to accomplish.
State of Emergency Windows There are only four maps/levels available in the game.

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

GameSpot PlayStation 2 Feb 15, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Mar 01, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine Xbox May, 2003 7.75 out of 10 78
GameSpot Windows Aug 15, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
GamePro (US) Xbox Apr 16, 2003 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 70 out of 100 70
XBox Evolved Xbox Apr 10, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpy Xbox Apr 05, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2002 4 out of 10 40
Extreme Gamer Xbox Apr 28, 2003 4 out of 10 40

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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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