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State of Emergency
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Product Description

Start a riot in your living room. Picture this: the Corporation, a sinister power-mad organization, takes control of your country and is attempting to liquidate opposition to authority. Suddenly, an underground rebel movement has formed, inciting the general public to protest in the name of freedom. A state of emergency has been declared. Now it is time to fight the good fight using hand-to-hand combat, over-the-top weapons and anything you can find on the street. You can choose from two completely different styles of gameplay-either try to topple the Corporation or simply cause complete chaos. You have an extensive (and we do mean extensive) collection of hand-to-hand fighting moves and tons of super-destructive weapons at your disposal. Choose from among 5 rebels, each with different strengths and psychological issues to work out. Why, you can even pick up stray bricks off the street to fight if you want to. Corporation death squads or ruthless gangs; fight them all to protect your rights!

The publishers of Grand Theft Auto III are back with another game geared towards a mature audience. But fans of GTA III should note that while State of Emergency contains adult themes and extremely violent gameplay, that's pretty much where the similarities end. Whereas GTA III was about creating a deep experience unlike any other video game, SOE is a throwback to arcade beat-'em-ups like Smash TV and Double Dragon. However, the game takes the genre to a new level with mind-blowing graphics.

In State of Emergency, you play as one of five selectable characters that's going up against the Corporation--a tyrannical group that has the city in an iron grip. The city is in a state of disarray and the citizens are rebelling. Amazingly, up to 250 characters can riot onscreen at once. It's shocking that the developers were able to render so many moving characters while keeping a smooth frame rate. Basic gameplay consists of picking up numerous weapons and objects to cause as much damage as humanly possible. Providing context to the mindless violence are the revolution and chaos modes. The former is the game's story mode and features more than 175 missions, while the latter is a single-session mode with a few variations.

For the most part, the game is an enjoyable cacophony of senseless violence, but there are some flaws. Although the revolution mode boasts an impressive number of missions, they do get repetitive. The game screams for a multiplayer mode, but it's strictly one player. In spite of these flaws, the game remains addictive and fun. It bears repeating that gamers looking for another GTA III will not find it here: this game provides an arcadelike experience that's excellent, but in a very different way. Parents should note that this game carries a Mature rating for its blood, violence, and gore. --Raymond M. Padilla

Pros:

  • Amazing number of characters onscreen simultaneously
  • Simple beat-'em-up gameplay
  • A vast arsenal with which to inflict damage
Cons:
  • Missions get repetitive
  • No multiplayer mode
  • Bland soundtrack
Features:
  • Mature
  • PlayStation 2

Customer Reviews:

  • Rockstar Does it Again!
    This is a cool game.The only bad part is,NO MULTIPLAYER.Still, ya need ta get dis game mon. Peace....more info
  • gets old fast
    While I love the idea of the game- taking part in a modern day revolution- the game gets old real fast. All you do is go around killing all of the police that you come by, and doing small tasks for those who tell you what to do. You can shoot the innocent bystanders if you really want to (but in a real revolution why would you want to do that anyway?).

    The point is that in shooter games like Doom, Red Faction, etc. at least other people are attacking you as well. In military strategy games such as SOCOM II and the type, you have to strategize. Killing EVERYBODY you feel like in an extremely overpacked mall (such as level 1) is just kind of childish. So if playing games that have absolutely no real point to them is your gig, have fun kiddies....more info
  • Bad
    No Plot, sense less no point violence. If some one can tell me wha the point of making this game is I may pay you. This game flat out [isn't good]...more info
  • Only fun if you like repitition
    Here are two reasons why you shouldn't buy this game:

    1. Mercenaries

    2. Any Grand Theft Auto Game after GTA2

    ...more info
  • AWEOMSE FOR ANARCHISTSSSSSSS!
    this game is my dream...the missions do get repeptitive...but it is aweosme overthrowing a government due to corru[tion and whta not...witch we have today...

    pros:

    1. aweosme violence, theme

    2. u learn great lessns such as "chaos is a virtue"..."treason is the future"...and "guns dont kill people minorities do"

    cons:

    1. no rad sound track...

    2. no back up...more info

  • repeative but ok
    Title basically said it all. This game was ok at first but it got old quick. Every level acts and looks the same. I found it more fun just running around shooting people, not going with any story line but that got old quick. This game is worth renting, playing two or three times but that's about it....more info
  • none stop GORE!!!!
    This game is great, but don't be expecting a GTA 3 out of it because you will be dissapointed if you buy it thinking that. You get a good supply of weapons (flame thrower, AK47, pistol, uzi, pepper spray, and others weapons including park benches and other hand held weapons.) It is definitly one of Rockstar's best. If you are old enough or your parents dont mind body parts flying all over the screen when you blow them up with a rocket launcher you should get it. You can also use heads,arms and other body parts after blowing them up....more info
  • come on
    people who didnt like this game were obviosly expecting it to be GTA4 and not a new and original title That is why rockstar games is so great they make a game that is totally different every time the people who didnt like this game obviosly dont like change so they should steer clear of rockstar and play boring repeats like final fantasy X...more info
  • A Big Disappointment
    Normally I like the ideas of a "smashmouth", in your face type of game but this really stunk. State of Emergency was not fun on the basis of getting beat down by 50 guys isn't fun. I could barely clear the second stage. The only thing that people keep telling me about how fun this game is, is because you're in a RIOT. O.k. what else? - Blank stares and immediate silence -

    Yeah I thought so.

    Really, everytime I'd complete a level and from what I thought was a high score, I'd lose twice as many points because of civilian casualities? Um, hello if you're in a RIOT and you're stealing and breaking stuff, wouldn't that make you a criminal too?

    My thoughts are my own but if you have your heart set on getting this game, rent it first and then see what you think.

    Happy Gaming!...more info

  • State of Emergency is cool for 2 minutes
    This game is cool when you see everyone running around. It's kind of funny. But this gets old real quick. You end up doing the same thing over and over. All the people running around are the same thing over and over. Rockstar is an excellent game producer with GTA under its belt and Vice City. But this is the WORST of all the games they ever made. I'm sure San Andres will be Awesome but SOE SUCKS! Sorry....more info
  • Pointless mayhem, and not the enjoyable kind
    We should have all known this would happen once GTA3 made it big - that Rockstar would try to follow it up with a similar themed game, without the things that made the first one great. Enter State of Emergency, a game that allows you to kill a lot of people, occasionally for the benefit of a local thug, and that's roughly it. Gone are the engaging risky plot elements of GTA, the high speed chases, the expansive worlds, the threatening personalities. What remains is a shallow, hollow attempt at a game which never acheives the same high caliber of the GTA series. In State of Emergency, you'll throw large objects at innocent bystanders' heads, bash in skulls with garbage cans, fire away into a crowded mall, or just punch strangers without care. Sounds fun, I'll admit. But after about twenty minutes of wanton destruction, you'll wonder, what else is there to do? Sadly, the game implicitly answers: not much. Zero replay value, and only short-lived initial shock-value intrigue. Pass this one up, and wait for Vice City....more info
  • Here is the goriest games ever
    Manhunt, State Of Emergency, GTA series, Resident Evil, Bloodrayne....more info
  • Fun for about ten minutes.
    When I first heard about this game in late 2001/early 2002, I was pretty stoked. I mean, it was from Rockstar Games (the people who brought us the almighty GTA series), and it was about RIOTING. I figured, it would be like GTA3 (Vice City wasn't out at the time, remember?), and I could riot and cause all kinds of damage to a town! SWEET!

    Well, I bought the game, and for the first ten minutes, I loved it. Then, it got a little boring. The next day, I started actually doing missions in Revolution Mode. Boy, talk about repetitive. No spoken dialogue, no real variety, etc. Hell, some of them weren't even that fun. And some were just plain flat-out IMPOSSIBLE. Take one mission (please note that this one happens pretty early in the game): it is your duty to protect some guy while he goes into a jewelry store (something about a bomb, I don't remember). Sounds easy, right? Heh heh. WRONG!!!!!!! About 30 different guys start swarming the entrance, and if even ONE gets in, MISSION FAILED. :-( My Dualshock 2 controller is now slightly dinged thanks to that mission.

    The Chaos Mode was a little better, though, and keeps me from giving this game the dreaded lone-star review. In this one, you could just go completely crazy and destroy stuff. But even this mode has its faults. For instance, 3/4 of the time, you get a significant amount of points taken off if you kill ANY civilian. HUH?!? And even without it, the game gets quite boring.

    I ended up selling this game to [a video game store] for a lousy $2 store credit card that got ruined because I left it in my pants pocket and it went through the wash and I had to throw it away. (No big loss.) I really wanted to like this game, but it's just not that good. Save your money and just stick with the GTA series if it's violence you're after.

    Or, of course, you could just give me a billion "Not Helpful" votes....more info

  • Should I? Or shouldn't I?
    I'm 12 and I got this game because it was recommended to me by a friend. ITS GREAT FUN! (for about 15 minutes). I complete it almost straight away. Come on! I seriously think rockstar games should have made it alittle better. Besides, it could have been a great game, but that just wasn't to be....more info
  • Not fun
    Mindless repetitive missions and lackluster gameplay. Just isn't fun, even for the couple bucks I paid for it....more info
  • Extremely Repetitive
    State of Emergency was released the spring after Grand Theft Auto III became a national obsession. Published by the same company (Rockstar - but developed by now out-of-business developer VIS) the game successfully cashed-in on Grand Theft Auto's success. Featuring similar ultra-violent, mission based gameplay, State of Emergency actually plays nothing like GTA.
    The game takes place during massive riots, (the game's claim to fame being the more than one hundred characters on screen at once), and you play as one of a number of characters rebelling against The Corporation. There are three levels each featuring about fifty missions to complete amidst the chaos. Trouble is, the missions are all mindless and repetitive, and are virtually all just a slight variation on a basic formula: you'll either be sent to kill a target, sent to protect a target and/or escort him or her somewhere else, or you'll be sent to destroy a building, car, or area. The missions are fun for a short while, but once you realize you're just performing the same task over and over again, it quickly grows tired.
    Some of the minigames are fun, however, and rather than being mission based, they are generally based on time and points - you'll kill people or destroy property while collecting extra time from downed enemies while racing against the clock, and you'll keep coming back for more trying to beat your best score.
    The gameplay, however, is still simple and boring; just a 3-D beat-em-up, with a few attack buttons and a handful of weapons to wield (though the ability to pick up some smaller objects floating around each level, like benches, is a welcome feature). And yes, it is an ultraviolent game, despite the cartoonish visuals. Blood sprays realistically as you fire in to crowds, taking down innocent civilians; pink blobs (guts) pop out when people are shot, limbs and heads come off (you can wield them as weapons, in fact)... it's all mindless and gimmicky.
    Sure, it's really cheap these days, and if you're really interetsed I'd say go for it, but it really isn't even worth a rental....more info
  • Is the low price making you think twice about owning this??
    Rockstar was the king of the moment with their huge success with Grand Theft Auto 3 for the Playstation 2. People were hoping for the same quality game when they heard about State of Emergency...

    Unfortunatly, the quality was alot less...

    Instead of a realistic cartoon world of violence, State of Emergency gave people a horrible anime cheap arcade game. To compare this game to Grand Theft Auto is to compare need for speed with crazy taxi.

    Sure a game like Crazy Taxi is fun, but after 5 minutes you realize how cheap the game is and how repetative it becomes. The same is true for State of Emergency.

    Graphics=2
    Sound and music=2
    Control=3.75
    Fun Factor=3.5
    Replay value=3

    Total=2.85

    You might not regret owning it for about 5 dollars. I feel bad for the people who paid full price.

    Don't they test and play games before they sell them??? geez!...more info

  • Dosen't live up to common "Rock Star" standards...
    I checked out this game, because (probably like the majority), the makers of the of the greatest games of all made it. "State of Emergency" STRONGELY dissappointed me. The levels, well... actully, I can't tell if they're all the same or not because I've only played the first for about a half an hour and got bored. But, the level itself was pretty dull. The only cool feature was the civilains (the many, many civilians) running around for you to chase or shoot at or whatever when you're bored (pretty much always). You find weapons on the ground, ranging from night-sticks to uzis to bazookas, to use on your enemies, who, as well, have a wide variety of weapons as well. This may sound fun, but it's not. You quickly grow weary of running around for people who want you to kill a certain security guard or steal diamons, ect., and the coolness of the civialians running around gets very annoying, especially when they get in your way when you're trying to shoot a bad guy, and end up wasting ammo on them. I don't recommend BUYING this game to (pretty musch) anyone, but, if you must, a quick 1-week rental would be enough. That's all....more info
  • ehhhhh
    ... I was expecting more. The worst part is, I probably would be rating this game higher had I not been INFECTED with the GTA III virus. When I hear that this was the next game rockstar was kicking out I was sitting in my seat expecting to be absolutly blown away, and I just wasn't.
    It's a really REALLY good game, but it kind of seemed to get repetive after finishing what seemed to a dozen repeats of the same level and not really being rewarded to any good cut scenes or anything....more info
  • Get's old fast
    this game is fun fo a while than it becomes crap.they should have some story to it but it is only killing which is fun but gets old very fast....more info
  • State of Enjoyment
    I think that Rockstar is the best and most honest game publisher out there. I'm sorry, but if you've had a long day and are angry at everyone, than playing a game like Grand Theft Auto (III, Vice City, and San Andreas), Manhunt, or State of Emergency will ease your pain. State of Emergency can have something like 250 people at the max on screen at one time, which helps create the extreme sence of dread caused by the intense riots taking place. Of course this many people on screen at once mean alot of carnage in Chaos mode. Sure you can kill thousands of people, but there's usually a civillian casualty penalty which drains points, making it more challenging. The Revolution missions are pretty challenging, they really push you to your limit. Close minded adults think it's right to outlaw these types of games and take away the free enterprise that Rockstar deserves and has earned. Another thing: people often think that if you kill someone in a Rockstar game like GTA or State of Emergency that you'll be praised and glorified, WRONG. The GTA atmosphere is realistic. If you ruthlessly kill someone in public you will be punished by law enforecment foreces. Likewise in State of Emergency if you do decide to gun down thousands of people than special enforcment SWAT type soldiers will come afteryou, surround you, and beat the living **** out of you. Enjoy! ...more info
  • anger release
    this is a great anger release. a fun game where you get to beat people up....more info
  • WOOOO another dude down, 503592905290520 more to go.
    No, it isn't woo at all. Boo, it's boo. The game is bad. It is repetitive. I took it back after 2 days. Bad game, easy to beat, and even easier to hate.

    You walk around and shoot stuff. You find stuff like guns, and shoot otehr things. There are no cool characters. There are like 4 environments that are small, repetitive, and bland. You honestly can't say anything good about this game.

    On the kaos mode, you can shoot everything for points. All the time you will be under civilian penalty. O THATS REAL FUN! If you shoot a civilian you lose tons of points. For about 2 seconds the penalty is off, but by that time you don't wanna break you boring streak of not killing anything and only shooting controlled burst to avoid killing any civilians.

    Seriously, there isn't any freedom in this game like gta. There are no extras, there is nothing to do except follow some guys, and do work for them. Don't buy it....more info

  • Great game
    State of Emergency is the ultimate in antisocial anarchy-similar to the way Loaded on the PlayStation gleefully broke all the rules with a coy smile. As one of five citizens under the oppressive heel of a sinister government controlled by big business, you must single-handedly make things right in four different locales and several missions. Playing from a behind-the-thug view, your tasks read like "Revolution for Dummies": escort and protect hackers, destroy buildings, and assassinate high-ranking officials. In addition to your fists, there's a nice and sometimes gruesome variety of weapons, including baseball bats, machine guns, and even severed heads.
    State's most noteworthy element is the visual presentation. Accompanied by a striking audio track, the screen is completely packed with riot-like activity-gang bangers, citizens, Corporation officers (the bad guys), and frenzied crowds that react to explosions and gunfire. Some of the details, though, have been skimped on, such as the featureless citizens.
    Yet the game's play engine wears thin too soon. Missions grow tiresome from their own repetition, and the four locales lack visual and structural diversity. The controls, though, remain firm throughout, although constantly having to manually change the camera angle can become wearisome. Despite its quickly worn welcome State of Emergency's worth a play if you're in the mood to inflict some serious virtual mass destruction. It's also the kind of game you'll truly enjoy if you've ever been wrongly awarded a speeding ticket, victimized by the IRS, or told to stop running by a mall cop....more info
  • Nothing like a good old fashioned riot
    I don't know what to make of this game. I think the idea is for it to be serious, but I wound up laughing at this game while playing it. You are going against the corporation and all h*ll breaks loose. For that matter, everything breaks loose. The crowd is all rioting by breaking into stores and stealling. You go around with your trusty baseball bat and club people to a nice pulp. But wait till the cops get a hold of you. You won't be a happy camper for long. Basically, the idea is interesting, if not a little warped. But the final verdict is that it is boring to play and has very little story line, if any, to keep you wanting more. I would say I got a few good laughs out of it. You haven't lived until you have seen a town go on a riot rampage. Speaks volumes about how RockStar sees society. Lots of people were looking forward to this game. It is luck that there wasn't a riot after they found out how poor the game was. Good thing I only borrowed the game....more info
  • I'm in a "State of Disappointment"
    I guess if your 13 years old and have no clue what is actually entertaining, You'll love this game....more info
  • Extremely Repetitive
    State of Emergency was released the spring after Grand Theft Auto III became a national obsession. Published by the same company (Rockstar - but developed by now out-of-business developer VIS) the game successfully cashed-in on Grand Theft Auto's success. Featuring similar ultra-violent, mission based gameplay, State of Emergency actually plays nothing like GTA.
    The game takes place during massive riots, (the game's claim to fame being the more than one hundred characters on screen at once), and you play as one of a number of characters rebelling against The Corporation. There are three levels each featuring about fifty missions to complete amidst the chaos. Trouble is, the missions are all mindless and repetitive, and are virtually all just a slight variation on a basic formula: you'll either be sent to kill a target, sent to protect a target and/or escort him or her somewhere else, or you'll be sent to destroy a building, car, or area. The missions are fun for a short while, but once you realize you're just performing the same task over and over again, it quickly grows tired.
    Some of the minigames are fun, however, and rather than being mission based, they are generally based on time and points - you'll kill people or destroy property while collecting extra time from downed enemies while racing against the clock, and you'll keep coming back for more trying to beat your best score.
    The gameplay, however, is still simple and boring; just a 3-D beat-em-up, with a few attack buttons and a handful of weapons to wield (though the ability to pick up some smaller objects floating around each level, like benches, is a welcome feature). And yes, it is an ultraviolent game, despite the cartoonish visuals. Blood sprays realistically as you fire in to crowds, taking down innocent civilians; pink blobs (guts) pop out when people are shot, limbs and heads come off (you can wield them as weapons, in fact)... it's all mindless and gimmicky.
    Sure, it's really cheap these days, and if you're really interetsed I'd say go for it, but it really isn't even worth a rental....more info