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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 PlayStation 2 The game starts with a series of company logos which are in turn followed by a short sequence of looters being beaten up by riot police, then comes this title screen
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 There is only one controller configuration with limited customisation options
State of Emergency PlayStation 2 Before a game can begin the player must name their save game and select a character

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
Netjak Xbox Apr 30, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Feb 27, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
XBox Evolved Xbox Apr 10, 2004 6.7 out of 10 67
IGN Xbox Mar 27, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Apr 11, 2003 13 out of 20 65
All Game Guide Xbox 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Shooterplanet Windows May 31, 2004 48 out of 100 48
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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