State of Emergency PlayStation 2

Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. It's way too short, but the game does go over the top in both the action and the premise, and it is fun.
  2. The visuals are awesome, the sound is great, and the gameplay is good, though it could have been much better. You're likely to get frustrated a lot (and I mean a LOT), but the game is still great fun.
  3. It operates reliably, frantically, and smoothly enough to offer a kind of arcade zen experience once you've reached a certain level of proficiency. It's definitely a sick game.
  4. The best part about State of Emergency is the way every facet of the game comes together to form a perfect feeling of panic.
  5. This poorly designed camera cannot keep up in many situations.
  6. Chaotic, violent, and oh so naughty, State Of Emergency is a fun title marred by some truly annoying camera and control problems.
  7. 83
    A tried and true beat-'em-up, and it doesn't offer the stunning replay value or depth of some other Rockstar titles. It's very different...[yet] the addiction level in this game is extremely high.
  8. For the kind of game it is the hype was worth it: the most unique beat-em-up in years. For people expecting a GTA3 (like some were), it will disappoint, but for the people who went in knowing what they were gonna get I'm sure most will be pleasantly surprised.
  9. 80
    Manic, frenzied and violent gaming at it’s gripping best.
  10. The sheer amount of people and the speed of the action really pumps home a great sensation of hysteria.
  11. More of a throwback to classic arcade shoot-em-ups like "Berserk" and "Smash TV," than a cinematic epic like "Grand Theft Auto III." [Apr 2002, p.70]
  12. 80
    A very fun game whose premise wears thin a bit too fast. However, you’ll have a blast with it before you reach the saturation point.
  13. This new "bad boy" of the video game industry is extremely fun to play — for those old enough and mature enough to purchase it — as a campy stress releaser at the end of a bad day.
  14. More fun than a post-game Laker riot. [Apr 2002, p.57]
  15. I find it a real shame that the whole tactical side was dropped, as not only would controlling a mob add more depth it now seems that the use of hundreds of AI characters has been a complete waste of time.
  16. Simple, engaging and spot-on in terms of presenting controversial material in a humorous and tongue-in-cheek manner.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. DaMan
    Feb 7, 2002
    10
    This game kicks ass.
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    8
    my review for the PS2 game state of emergency

    SINGLE PLAYER (STORY)- 4/10. the story is strung together very poorly. in fact, there isn't
    my review for the PS2 game state of emergency

    SINGLE PLAYER (STORY)- 4/10. the story is strung together very poorly. in fact, there isn't much of a story at all. it is just about blowing things up.
    GRAPHICS- 9/10. great for the time, especially with the loads of NPC's and explosions.
    SOUND- 8/10. nothing special here. explosions and shooting.
    GAMEPLAY- 8/10. a mindless shooting fest that is a great stress reliever or a time killer. no control problems.
    FUN FACTOR- 8/10. very enjoyable yet simple game.
    OVERALL- 8/10.
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  3. JustinAsher
    Sep 4, 2008
    8
    This is a very fun game with humor and madness and for Kyle K. to say it is too short is outrageous, the game has at least 200 missions. ThisThis is a very fun game with humor and madness and for Kyle K. to say it is too short is outrageous, the game has at least 200 missions. This game was not mean't to be deep and serious. It is just a fun and humorous game. A game like none other. This is just another example of why Rockstar Games is the best gaming company out their. I am dissapointed they didn't make the sequel. Full Review »