Emergency (series)

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Emergency is a German series of six computer games by Sixteen Tons Entertainment and Quadriga Games. All games revolve around micromanaging emergency services on a variety of accident and/or accident scenes.

The main unit types are firefighters, police and EMS, with various auxiliaries such as search and rescue and technical units (namely THW). According to German practices, emergency physicians are dispatched to accident scenes.

Emergency: Fighters for Life[edit]

Emergency: Fighters for Life
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Emergency box art
Developer(s) TopWare Interactive
Publisher(s) WizardWorks
Series Emergency
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) July 31, 1998
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution 1 CD-ROM

Emergency: Fighters for Life is the first game in the Emergency series. It was released on July 31, 1998. It contains 30 missions, some of which are based on true events such as the Ramstein airshow disaster.

The game is extremely cumbersome by modern standards, lacking such features as a minimap or an indicator of where units enter the scene. Some of this is intentional due to realistic but unwieldy elements, such as command units and long travel times that make fly-cars relatively useful, that were later streamlined away.

Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life[edit]

Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life
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Emergency 2 box art
Developer(s) Sixteen Tons Entertainment
Publisher(s) Arush Entertainment
Series Emergency
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) April 8, 2003
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution 1 CD-ROM

Emergency 2 was released on April 8, 2003 by Arush Entertainment. It contains 25 missions.

Emergency 3: Mission:Life[edit]

Emergency 3: Mission Life
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Emergency 3 box art
Developer(s) Sixteen Tons Entertainment
Publisher(s)
Series Emergency
Engine Trinigy's Vision Engine
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) January 21, 2005
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player

Known as Emergency 3 in North America, this installment is the first to use a 3D engine and a movable camera angle instead of a 2D engine. It contains 20 missions together with two free play modes, Endless and Challenge, for watching over a single city. The game is also the first to feature a mission editor and supports modding.

International versions of Emergency 3 are set in a generic Western location. Some Germanisms remain, in particular the fifth mission, the first multiple-vehicle collision: without instruction, traffic must be stopped by using traffic signs particular to the Autobahn, using a hand-held stop sign that worked in previous missions will get its wielder run over and cause mission failure.

Emergency 4: Global Fighters for Life[edit]

Emergency 4: Global Fighters for Life
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Emergency 4 box art
Developer(s) Sixteen Tons Entertainment
Publisher(s) UK Bluestone Interactive
Series Emergency
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s)
  • EU April 13, 2006
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Known as 911: First Responders in North America, Emergency 4 boasts several improvements in user-friendliness. For instance, it is possible to dispatch several vehicles at the same time, order them to arrive at a specific location, there's a simple counter for the number of casualties in the area of operations, and idle emergency physicians seek out nearby untended casualties.

The game contains 20 missions, with mandatory free play intermissions at every interim, and the Endless and Challenge free play modes. It is also the first in the series to support multiplayer gameplay and supports modding.

A deluxe release includes three extra missions, support for voice commands, etc.

Emergency 2012: The Quest for Peace[edit]

Emergency 2012: The Quest for Peace
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Developer(s) Quadriga Games
Publisher(s) Deep Silver
Series Emergency
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) October 29, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Emergency 2012 is the fifth installment of the Emergency series which was developed by Quadriga Games, published by Deep Silver, and uses Trinigy's Vision Engine.

Emergency 2013[edit]

Emergency 2013
Developer(s) Quadriga Games
Publisher(s) Deep Silver
Series Emergency
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) November 2, 2012[2]
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Emergency 2013 is the sixth installment of the Emergency series which was developed by Quadriga Games, published by Deep Silver. This is an expansion pack for Emergency 2012 and will provide a campaign with four new missions, a new freeplay map and new missions to owners of Emergency 2012.

Emergency 2014[edit]

Emergency 2014
Developer(s) Quadriga Games
Publisher(s) Deep Silver
Series Emergency
Platform(s) TBC
Release date(s) 15 November 2013[3]
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) TBC

On 2 October 2013 it was announced[4] by Deep Silver that Emergency 2014 is in development. This is an expansion pack for Emergency 2012 similar to Emergency 2013. It will feature 4 new missions, a new larger freeplay map, and 3 new units. Emergency 2014 was released 15 November 2013.[3]

Emergency 5[edit]

Emergency 5
Developer(s) Quadriga Games
Publisher(s) Deep Silver
Series Emergency
Platform(s) TBC
Release date(s) TBC[2]
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) TBC

On 11 September 2012 it was announced[5] by Sixteen Tons Entertainment and Deep Silver that Emergency 5 is in development. Emergency 5 has completely rewritten new game engine. The game will be released in 2014 Q4

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emergency 2012 Official Website". Deep Silver. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Emergency 2013". Deep Silver, Sixteen Tons Entertainment & Emergency-Planet. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ a b Deep Silver (11 October 2013). "Emergency 2014 announced" (in German). Deep Silver. Retrieved 23 October 2013. "Die Boxversion erscheint komplett mit allen Missionen der Hauptspiele Emergency 2012 Deluxe und Emergency 2013 am 15. November 2013 für PC." 
  4. ^ Deep Silver (2 October 2013). "Emergency 2014: meteor rescue" (in English). Deep Silver. Retrieved 23 October 2013. "Quadriga Games and Deep Silver are today announcing Emergency 2014" 
  5. ^ Sixteen Tons Entertainment; Deep Silver (11 September 2012). "Emergency 5 und Emergency 2013 sind in Entwicklung" [Emergency 5 and Emergency 2013 are in development] (.PHP) (in German). Germany: Frau S. Deep Silver — Community. Retrieved 14 January 2013. "Sixteen Tons Entertainment und Deep Silver arbeiten zur Zeit an doppelt heißen Einsätzen für Fans von Rettungsstrategiespielen: Aus der beliebten Emergency-Reihe sind mit Emergency 2013 und Emergency 5 gleich zwei neue Titel in Arbeit.
    Mit Emergency 5 ist nun die lange gewünschte Fortsetzung des Klassikers Emergency 4 in Entwicklung. „Modding wird in Emergency 5 wieder ein zentrales Element sein, weil ich weiß, wie gerne unsere Fans eigene Einheiten und Missionen gestalten“, so Ralph Stock, Erfinder der Serie und Geschäftsführer des Entwicklungsstudios Sixteen Tons Entertainment. Ein Erscheinungstermin für Emergency 5 steht derzeit noch nicht fest."
     

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