State of Emergency Reviews (Xbox)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.7
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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XBox Solution (XBS) (Apr 06, 2003)
State of Emergency is a blast. I enjoyed the fast paced action that got me into the DO mode rather than the THINK mode. Let alone the fact that decapitation is commonplace, you gotta love that! On the other side of the game, Revolution forces to use your head to get through some of the missions, and the multiplayer games are great for when you have friends over, almost living up to a party style game. Being a port from the Playstation 2 version, I expected a good title that had some lingering technical issue, the issues are there but pale in comparison to the chaotic action you’re placed in the middle of. At a bargain price right out of the gates, it’s definitely worth a closer look.
GameZone (Mar 31, 2003)
With its added Xbox content, State of Emergency’s mayhem is just too fun to pass up even for those who have played it before. While it’s not an entirely brilliant game, the multiplayer feature and the sharper graphics make this the essential version to own.
GameSpot (Mar 28, 2003)
State of Emergency isn't the deepest game on the market, but with its timers and its high-score lists, the game is definitely shooting for shorter, arcadelike play sessions. While it might be a bit much to ask players to pay full price for a port of a year-old PS2 game, the Xbox version's new features and bargain-minded retail price make it a good deal for anyone looking for some mindless fun.
I would suggest that SoE's mindless violence is a little too mindless; but, for 20 bucks, it's a great title to have around for when you have friends over.
Netjak (Apr 30, 2003)
Disregard of the opinions of jaded gamers wanting another GTA3. SOE is a remarkable game that captures fast-paced, mindless action in a colorful package, and it’s fun. The multiplayer missions are the high point of this game, and the premise and controls are simple enough accommodate the novice player.
PGNx Media (Apr 18, 2003)
State of Emergency is a fun game, for the first hour. When you get buddies and play the multiplayer part, though, the game is a god-send. Multiplayer is non-stop action without the repetitiveness of single-player. Slightly enhanced graphics and custom soundtrack add to the list of improvements. Depending on how often you play games with others, State of Emergency could be one of those games you get at Blockbuster for a week or a non-stop party game.
So, if you're in the mood, snap this one up for the multiplayer component. If you tend to play alone, you can feel secure in the fact that you're not missing anything.
GamePro (US) (Apr 16, 2003)
You might dig the sounds, which draw plenty of pop from tunes with a fat, funky bass line. The effects rock, too, and even though you catch repeating vocals, the game sounds like a riot. State of Emergency may not be state of the art, but it?s a sure-fire way to let out your aggression.
XBox Evolved (Apr 10, 2004)
At $20, this simple, extremely violent game is perfect for new Xbox owners or those looking for a quick gaming fix that they can enjoy with three friends.
IGN (Mar 27, 2003)
Even with the addition of the multiplayer modes and custom soundtracks, State of Emergency doesn't hold up on Xbox. An additional year of development time after the PS2 version's hot-then-cold reception, really should've yield something more than a just a decent port.
65 (Apr 11, 2003)
Un jeu qu'il conviendra de ne pas laisser entre toutes les mains. C'est un gros défouloir dans lequel le joueur n'épargne personne, fun au début pour peu que l'on aime le style violent et provocant, il devient toutefois très vite lassant.
For some reason or another, the non-stop, cartoonish violence of State of Emergency is even more engaging when accompanied by the proper selection of the player's familiar, favorite music. Of course, even with these improvements, State of Emergency is still a relatively shallow game that focuses on in-the-moment action, offering no real depth or continuity. The game is still more about the chaotic crowd scenes, and much less about story or character development. Yet it's also still a lot of fun to jump in there and raise some hell, shooting up buildings and beating down punks, with no regard for rights or repercussions. It's more fun than ever, actually, in this fine port. For strict action fans who missed it the first time around, State of Emergency will make an excellent rental, and if the price is right, a worthwhile addition to their permanent Xbox libraries.
Extreme Gamer (Apr 28, 2003)
Why they bothered porting this to the Xbox is beyond the Downtowns comprehension. The game has a few good points, one being the low price, but besides that State of emergency has really nothing to offer. Mindless fun, multiplayer mayhem, bored after one hour.... Save Your Cash!
GameSpy (Apr 05, 2003)
As always, there's nothing wrong with a rental before you buy, but rent or buy you should! Then again, if you don't hang with fellow gamers and/or were badly burned by the PS2 version, you'll probably want to let this one go. Kick the score up a notch if you have plenty of friends to party with.
Factornews (Jun 11, 2003)
Racoleur, violent, laid et inintéressant, State Of Emergency est un ratage total qui montre qu’il ne suffit pas de surfer sur la tendance pour vendre, ou mieux faire un bon jeu. Aussi soporifique en solo qu’en multi, cette honte mérite tout à fait son interdiction aux moins de 16 ans : il serait dramatique que des jeunes se laissent tenter par son concept insipide aux relents nauséabonds de navet mal cuit. En deux mots comme en cent : une daube.