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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 Mission related characters have rings around their feet for easy identification.
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.<br>Only two characters are available at the start of the game, others are unlocked by gameplay

Promo Images

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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 (264)

Critic Reviews

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 PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2002 72 out of 100 72
Game Informer Magazine Xbox May, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Windows Oct 15, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68 Xbox Apr 11, 2003 13 out of 20 65
All Game Guide Xbox 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Shooterplanet Windows May 31, 2004 48 out of 100 48
Extreme Gamer Xbox Apr 28, 2003 4 out of 10 40


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On September 28, 2002, State of Emergency (PS2) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. The Xbox version followed June 30, 2005.

For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

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