The American Trade Organization has declared a State of Emergency. You join an underground crew to put this organization out of business. You are allowed to play one character out of five different ones who have their own unique backgrounds. State of Emergency is an urban riot action game.
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.
The game was denounced by Washington state politicians for its similarity to the successful real-life 1999 World Trade Organization riots and protests in Seattle which caused $3 million in damages as well as at least 157 wrongful, unconstitutional arrests. The game features the fictional "American Trade Organization" as the antagonistic establishment.
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.