Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
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  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. TotalGames.net
    80
    The sheer amount of people and the speed of the action really pumps home a great sensation of hysteria.
  11. Game Informer
    80
    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. Play Magazine
    80
    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. 80
    Simple, engaging and spot-on in terms of presenting controversial material in a humorous and tongue-in-cheek manner.

Awards & Rankings

41
#41 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
93
#93 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. DaMan
    Feb 7, 2002
    10
    This game kicks ass.
  2. May 23, 2020
    7
    This is a guilty pleasure; a mindless party game. You could call it Rockstar's Smash TV. The levels play out like bigger versions of GTA'sThis is a guilty pleasure; a mindless party game. You could call it Rockstar's Smash TV. The levels play out like bigger versions of GTA's Rampage missions. It's a highly chaotic beat 'em up/shoot 'em up that can quickly wear out its welcome. The best way to play "State" is in small intervals due to its repetitive ature. It's great when you're in the need to just blow crap up. I would rate it with a 7.6 out of 10. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2017
    6
    A decent game that doesn't have much replay value, it also get's really repetitive. Might be worth a one time play through if you can find itA decent game that doesn't have much replay value, it also get's really repetitive. Might be worth a one time play through if you can find it on the cheap or for free. Full Review »