State of Emergency (video game)

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State of Emergency
Developer(s) VIS Entertainment
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Engine Custom
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • NA February 12, 2002
  • EU February 15, 2002
  • NA March 26, 2003
  • EU April 4, 2003
  • NA July 29, 2003
  • EU 2003
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM, DVD-ROM

State of Emergency is a 2002 action-adventure video game released by Rockstar Games. It was developed by Scottish firm VIS Entertainment for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows.



The American Trade Organization has declared a State of Emergency. You join an underground crew to put this organization out of business. You play one of a selection of five characters who each have their own unique backgrounds. State of Emergency is an urban riot action game.[1]


State of Emergency was released to mixed reviews. The game's strengths were considered to be the value for money as a budget title, the simplistic fun offered, the technical achievement of having hundreds of people running around on a modest system, and the satirical sense of humor. Weaknesses cited include gameplay that might be considered too simple, and a poor multiplayer mode on the PC.

  • Gamezone: 6.8 out of 10[2]
  • IGN: 6.6 out of 10[3]
  • GameSpot: 7.2 out of 10[4]
  • Game Informer: 8 out of 10 (PS2)[5]

The game was denounced by Washington state politicians for its similarity to the real-life 1999 World Trade Organization riots and protests in Seattle which caused $3 million in damages. The game features the fictional "American Trade Organization" as the antagonistic establishment.[6]


A sequel, State of Emergency 2 was released in 2006. This game was again developed by VIS Entertainment ltd although after they became insolvent and went into administration the game was completed by DC Studios and was released by SouthPeak Interactive.


  1. ^ "State of Emergency Review". State of Emergency Review. IGN. Retrieved 6/9/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Gamezone review[dead link]
  3. ^ Aaron Boulding. "State of Emergency - PC Review at IGN". Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  4. ^ "State of Emergency Review". 2003-07-29. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly". Game Informer XI (100): 17. August 2001. 

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