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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 Where are we running?
State of Emergency Windows A colored arrow floats over your head to direct you to your mission objective.
State of Emergency Windows ... who give you missions to accomplish.
State of Emergency Windows "Revolution" mode is the campaign where you find resistance members (fist icons)...

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Alternate Titles

  • "紧急状态" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SoE" -- Common name

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Aug 15, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
GameZone Oct 15, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
IGN Sep 08, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
PC Zone Jan 02, 2004 6.2 out of 10 62
Absolute Games ( Aug 14, 2003 50 out of 100 50
Shooterplanet May 31, 2004 48 out of 100 48
PC Gamer Dec, 2003 43 out of 100 43


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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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The Ring Hawk (841) added State of Emergency (Windows) on Jul 31, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Dapy (24) and JPaterson (9551)