Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  1. 66
    An additional year of development time after the PS2 version's hot-then-cold reception, really should've yield something more than a just a decent port.
  2. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Don't bother with the single-player mission-based mode, however, as the chunks it blows are considerably oversized. [June-July 2003, p.93]
  3. In "Revolution" mode-a series of nearly identical, frustrating mini-missions-the jackbooted thugs, now armed with pistols, make life much tougher. (Deeply flawed camera views don't help.)
  4. GMR Magazine
    It never really evolves beyond the point-to-point errand running through relatively small environments. [May 2003, p.69]
  5. While it's not an entirely brilliant game, the multiplayer feature and the sharper graphics make this the essential version to own.
  6. While State of Emergency's arcadelike objectives and somewhat simplistic fighting system can make it feel a little shallow, the game's technical strengths, satisfying displays of comically overblown violence, and budget price make it worth a look.
  7. netjak
    A remarkable game that captures fast-paced, mindless action in a colorful package, and it's fun. The multiplayer missions are the high point of this game, and the premise and controls are simple enough accommodate the novice player.
  8. Though the Chaos mode great fun, there really isn't much to enjoy beyond this. The wealth of game modes, secrets and graphical wizardry we saw in "Kung-fu Chaos" is simply lacking in State of Emergency.
  9. Game Informer
    As far as multiplayer enjoyment goes, there are definitely some fun modes and a lot of room for craziness. [May 2003, p.91]
  10. Some of the best multiplayer carnage available on the Xbox.
  11. At $20 and with its multiplayer mode, State of Emergency is worth picking up by anyone in of some incredibly mindless destructive fun.
  12. It's too one dimensional – violence being the answer to all the Revolution missions without a stealth objection or changing environments to consider.
  13. SOE's uninspired gameplay, which essentially boils down to "run here, beat up this person, return," repeated over and over and over again seem to be its greatest weakness.
  14. Official Xbox Magazine
    After 20 minutes of watching people run around crazily and aimlessly, you realize that they're mostly just window dressing for very basic, uninspired, beat-'em-up gameplay that we've all played before. [May 2003, p.74]
  15. 65
    Instead of going back to the drawing board, Xbox SoE coasts on cheapness -- but new multiplayer modes are what sweeten the deal.
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    There's not much of an actual game here. [May 2003, p.134]
  17. If you played SoE on the PS2, chances are you probably won't need to pick up the Xbox version unless you really want some bargain multiplayer action. If you've never played SoE, you'd be hard pressed to find more value for your gaming dollar.
  18. Play Magazine
    Add visibly better AI, crazy new multiplayer modes, new moves, the freedom to rip your own sounds, and a 20-dollar price tag, and you've got, guns down, the single best value available for the Xbox. [May 2003, p.61]
  19. 70
    If you just wanna run around and bust heads, this mindless, Mature-rated game is for you!
  20. Even with these improvements, State of Emergency is still a relatively shallow game that focuses on in-the-moment action, offering no real depth or continuity.
  21. The problem with State of Emergency is that it doesn't advance in any way. The things you're doing in the beginning are the same things you'll be doing at the end.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ArmandilloD.
    Sep 7, 2005
    This game is OK for the first couple of hours... after that, it really sucks. You have to do almost same thing, again,agian and again...
  2. AndrewM.
    Jul 24, 2003
    In a word...boring. In two words... relentlessly boring. Complete one mission in this game and you've completed them all...because In a word...boring. In two words... relentlessly boring. Complete one mission in this game and you've completed them all...because basically it doesn't change much! Ignoring the increadibly glitchy nature of gameplay (people walking through walls, game freezes) the graphics and gameplay don't really offer much. Too it's credit, the game does animate alot of characters on screen at anyone time, and the custom soundtrack feature is always a winner, but the game never really developes much beyond that. A disapointing perchase, but a good rental to have a crack at with a few mates on the multi-player, but other wise don't bother. Full Review »
  3. Matt
    Jul 6, 2003
    People say this game gets repetitive, and I'll give them that. But I still think it's fun to run around shooting people.