Metascore
44

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 36
  2. Negative: 19 out of 36
  1. 53
    A mediocre game. It doesn't really do anything entirely wrong, per se (aside from the terrible AI), but it doesn't do anything that a million other action games haven't already done much better.
  2. State of Emergency 2 replaces the first game's ultraviolent and fancy-free nature with a cavalcade of lame trial-and-error-based missions, a lousy plotline, and dated technology.
  3. There are just too many flaws within the good ideas they had. There isn’t enough lasting appeal, or any real excitement, to recommend this one to anybody.
  4. The animation is jerky and robotic. The dialog is juvenile but the voiceacting is some of the worst I've heard. The director must have been sick that day and let the non-English-speaking cleaning lady handle voiceover recordings.
  5. Playing through State of Emergency 2 is a lot like watching a decent actor try to produce a real performance in a straight-to-video horror movie. [Apr 2006, p.122]
  6. 40
    Even at $29.99 and with an arcade mode that might keep you amused for five or ten minutes, State of Emergency 2 feels simultaneously stale and awkward. It isn't complete trash, but it is too aggravating and unimaginative to be worth more than a Friday night rental.
  7. The most striking thing about SOE2 is its tragic pointlessness. As a sequel in a franchise that is almost entirely unloved, in a world where there are countless games which do any part of this game better, it's sad to think that a group of people developed it, because then we'd have to blame them for putting out such a diabolical piece of cack.
  8. The frustrating ease of death, an uninteresting story and characters, washed-out visuals and uninspired gameplay do not a successful sequel make.
  9. From instantly spawning enemies, to their mindless A.I., to control that misses its mark, State of Emergency 2 is a study in bad developmental decisions.
  10. 40
    The game's multiplayer and arcade modes are both valiant attempts at providing replayability, but neither are varied or deep enough to keep anyone but the most frantically bored or underexposed gamer entertained for longer than five minutes.
  11. Although there's an attempt to get everyone involved in the action - via a very basic command system - it really just feels like a third-person shooter full of headless chickens. [June 2006, p.80]
  12. State of Emergency 2 deserves a spot right next to 25 To Life, 187: Ride or Die, and Final Fight Streetwise as another title that's an urban nightmare for all the wrong reasons. Stop buying them, and hopefully they'll go away.
  13. A good way to kill some time and is worth giving it a run for its money.
  14. There's an arcade mode, which is identical to the main one but with a level select, as well as a multiplayer mode, but my friends would all get horribly offended if I asked them to play this.
  15. The control is good, but there is no jump or evasive maneuvers making SOE 2 an altogether innocuous, all too familier assault. [Apr 2006, p.62]
  16. Emergency 2's narcoleptic gameplay serves as the ultimate pacifier. [Apr 2006, p.101]
  17. State of Emergency is messier than the day after a riot. New gamers will be turned off by the trial and error game play while fans of the original won't recognize this mission-based sequel. Either way, just avoid this completely average PlayStation 2 game!
  18. State of Emergency 2 outright sucks. This is a game so weak in execution, bland, repetitively constructed and poorly balanced that one wonders how it made it out of testing alive.
  19. State of Emergency 2 isn’t a good game, but it does what it is billed to do and I can’t fault it too strongly because of that.
  20. 15
    State of Emergency 2 is worse than its predecessor and has almost no redeeming features. We're hoping this is the end of the franchise because the gameplay is seriously outdated.
  21. It's just a veil of mediocrity used to cover what amounts to a crazed-crowd simulator. No, wait, that actually sounds too fun for a game like this. [Jun 2006, p.92]
  22. Flaws like this keep State of Emergency 2 from being anything more than a straightforward third-person shooting gallery. [Jun 2006, p.92]
  23. Nothing in SoE2 is more than mediocre, except perhaps its profanity count. [May 2006, p.75]
  24. This game belongs back in the era when it was acceptable for a game's storyline to be summed up by "The president has been kidnapped by ninjas". The graphics are decent, but just about everything else is outdated, clichéd, or deeply flawed.
  25. This is one of those games when you're looking to blow off some steam or feel the need for some senseless violence, you can run to your local game rental shop and pick up for the weekend.
  26. DC Studios deserves a pat on the back for at least bringing the game up to the level that the original should have been. That doesn't mean they made a great game, but it's certainly good enough to be entertaining for the window of, say, a rental.
  27. At least it's not as purely unbearable as the first, packing a few neat ideas like the ability to use vehicles to mow down enemies and the balancing between different freedom fighters in your crew.
  28. But returning with an action shooting game that everyone's seen before dozens of times and better too doesn't work. It hasn't worked so well before when others have done it and it certainly doesn't work now when State of Emergency 2 does a half-assed job at thinking it can be better by renovating what made the first game so special: its rioting.
  29. The gameplay changes, ludicrous storyline, clunky controls and horrible presentation, however, may have polarized the game’s potential audience.
  30. A well done blast of intense action gaming that should keep genre fans occupied for a while. The plot isn’t going to win any awards, but its twists and turns are compelling enough to keep you playing throughout the tougher sections.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Chris!
    Aug 31, 2008
    8
    SOE2 is an interesting game with more of a storyline to the first! I'm only, however up to the 4th Chapter & so far, so good! Its a SOE2 is an interesting game with more of a storyline to the first! I'm only, however up to the 4th Chapter & so far, so good! Its a different sort of 3rd person shooter game. It does not deserve any criticism guys. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    i can not believe there is not a third. This game is underrated for no reason. I love it and its very entertaining. Worth the money, and greati can not believe there is not a third. This game is underrated for no reason. I love it and its very entertaining. Worth the money, and great for its time graphics and very nostalgic like. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 6, 2006
    2
    Gameplay variety and arcade modes can't overcome frustration with weak controls and annoying trial and error gameplay. This is the only Gameplay variety and arcade modes can't overcome frustration with weak controls and annoying trial and error gameplay. This is the only game I've ever traded in. Full Review »