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State of Emergency - Xbox

by Rockstar Games
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews) 67 / 100

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  • ESRB Rating: Mature (17 and older)
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Mission: Defend your country with hand-to-hand combat& over-the-top weapons

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  • ASIN: B00007KE6D
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,516 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Lead an underground rebel movement and incite the general public to protest in the name of freedom.

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


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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Improvements April 3, 2003
By A Customer
This game was released at such a great price, this is the perfect game to vent your frustrations on. I used to play the game on PS2 when it first came out and I must say the Xbox is a HUGE imrpovement over the PS2 version. The multiplayer is fun and there's lots of different modes to play. Graphics don't lag when there's a lot of people on the screen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad way to spend 20 bucks. September 7, 2003
Let me start off by saying the whole over the top violence and gore thing is just a marketing technique to generate more attention and controversy toward State of Emergency. It's like one long insane Ichy and Scratchy cartoon. The blood and gore is also optional so a wider audience can play. Basicaly you just run around and create a tremendous amount of havoc. While it can get boring it is actualy pretty entertaining and addictive. I reccomend you stay clear of Revolution mode and dive right into the Chaos mode. Revolution mode is a bunch of boring missions that take place in the riots, while chaos is more of an arcade style beat em up that you take place in. All in all you can't go too wrong buying this game. It is only 20 bucks and if nothing more it will at least entertain you for a couple of days. I suggest you rent it first and see how interested you still are when you have to return it, then you can properly determine whether or not it's worth a purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many improvments April 26, 2003
By Nick
As others have said before DISREGARD everything that you have read or heard about the PS2 form of this game, Xbox fixed all of those problems!
This is def. one of my favorite games that I have played yet. Its just an awsome game to do if you want to shut off your brain for a few hours and just want to go around randomly killing people with a wide variety of guns and other fun gadgets.
The plot and basis for the game did not have that much depth to it, but thats expected. I did like all the missions even if they did start to get a little repetitive after the first 30.
The graphics were good, but I didnt like the movement of some of the characters, some of them seemed very stiff and hard to control.
So as I said if you just want to play a fun game for awhile, that doesent make you have to starin your brain then def. rent/buy State of Emergency!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only fun at first November 19, 2003
By A Customer
OK, when you first get this game it seems pretty fun because you haven't played very many missions, but after about 5 missions you realize that every mission is the same. The Chaos mode is pretty fun except that mode is so easy to beat. You can beat the four levels in 3 hours. The revoution mode takes a long time to beat, but every mission is the same and it gets really boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A MINDLESSLY BLOODY, EXPLOSIVE GAME 8.5 OUT OF 10 August 4, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I originally played State of Emergency three years ago on PS2, and it was quite fun. This game is bloody, explosive, and downright violent... just the way I like it. It's disappointing to see that this game didn't sell as many copies on Xbox as it did on PS2, especially considering the Xbox version comes with exclusive features that were not in the PS2 edition (Up to four players can play simultaneously, 14 new missions, a better Revolution mode, better graphics, and you can put your own tunes in the game).
WHAT THE GAME IS: A mysterious organization has taken over the country and gangs seem to rule it as well. So as part of a resistance group you go out, cause destructive mayhem, kill members of the organization, and complete missions.
GRAPHICS: The game came out on Xbox five years ago, so time has not been kind to it.
MUSIC: There really isn't any, unless you use your own tunes.
SOUND: Glorious explosions, people screaming, windows being broken, car alarms going off, etc.
GAMEPLAY: The gameplay functions well most of the time, but sometimes using a gun can be tricky because of the camera and no reticle onscreen. But throwing grenades, chucking molotov cocktails, shooting grenade launchers, and shooting rocket launchers is awesome and creates devastating destruction that can sometimes level buildings. But if you're going to play this game, play it for multiplayer and Kaos Mode, because Revolution Mode is lackluster and kinda dumb. Also, you're timed on Kaos Mode which doesn't feel right. These are fairly minor complaints when you're mowing down enemies with numerous weapons like guns, swords, axes, etc. or blowing up cars and buildings. You really get wrapped up in this rather fun game.
OVERALL: This game is definitely worth a look, especially if you're a pyromaniac.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun in short, violent plays. Madness otherwise. March 29, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
THE SHORT: Kill thousands of unarmed civilians (or just the boring "Corporation" to the beat of your own tunes. Fun in short plays, madness with lengthy exposure.

THE LONG: This is about as arcade as stuff gets. Pick one of several cliched but fun characters, go to one of several lively locations, grabe one of a multitude of weapons, and kill. And kill. And kill. You just run around and shoot or swing, and, uh, "try" not to hit any innocents (It's funny that you are penalized for killing them only some of the time, and I swear that the announcer sounds disappointed when he tells you that the penalty phase is beginning).

The game was huge news when it came out in late, if I recall, 2001. It was at first thought to be as good as Grand Theft Auto was, that is until people played it. In fact it's an extremely limited game, consisting of killing, blowing stuff up, or taking on the storyline which consists of those things as well as fetch and escort missions. The latter become tiresome after a while and are frustrating in that failure means repetition until success. So you'll probably spend most of your time playing the mindless "Chaos" or free mode. It all consists of basically trying to complete small objectives within each of the few levels, and there are lots of powerups and weapons to grab.

There are better action games of this nature (Smash TV for example) and better violent games (Manhunt). But if you just want to waste an hour or two seeing how much blood you can spill and how high a score you can rack up, this is a good choice. I don't think the game is really much more than a 2, but I give this version a 3 because of the outstanding ability to listen to your own tunes thanks to the Xbox's hard drive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I love it!!!
It got here ontime and it looks great. wife love's it its her favorite game. Happy wife happy home. Ty once again!
Published 2 months ago by roxannie aponte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mike Lioliadis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game in awesome condition!
The game arrived four days early and in perfect condition! The booklet is a black-and-white, photocopied version, but I never use that thing anyway. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zach Amory
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game, DONT BUY FROM "THE GAME KINGZ"
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Published 13 months ago by Silver Foxx
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKSTAR continues to blow-away the competition!
If you enjoy old school hack-n-slash stuff from yesteryear, then State of Emergency will be right up your alley! Read more
Published 18 months ago by storm
5.0 out of 5 stars its an old favorite.
i liked it back then and i like it now.
but like any old game its gets repetitive fast.
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Published 21 months ago by is
4.0 out of 5 stars this game is fun, wish there was more like it
very good game i would suggest you try it right now because it is so very fun and i love love love it
Published 22 months ago by Robert Craft
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it looked interesting - IT AIN'T!
Avoid this one...I wondered about this game because I saw it cheap in a lot of shops. It looks like it could be interesting & fun. It's just a bunch of chaos. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Looting
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