State of Emergency
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 4552
Date N/A
Publisher N/A
Date 2002-02-22
Publisher N/A
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtThe publishers of Grand Theft Auto 3 are back with another game geared towards a mature audience. But fans of GTA3 should note that while State of Emergency also contains adult themes and extremely violent gameplay, that's pretty much where the similarities end. Whereas GTA3 was about creating a deep experience unlike any other video game, State of Emergency is a throwback to arcade beat-'em-ups like Smash TV and Double Dragon. However, the game takes the genre to a new level with mind-blowing graphics. You play as one of five selectable characters that's going up against The Corporation--a tyrannical group that has the city in an iron grip. The city is in an utter state of disarray and the citizens are rebelling. Amazingly, up to 250 characters can be rioting on screen; it's very surprising that the developers were able to render so many moving characters while keeping a smooth frame rate. Basic gameplay consists of picking up numerous weapons and objects to cause as much damage as humanly possible. Providing context to the mindless violence are Revolution and Chaos modes: the former is the game's story mode, with over 175 missions, while the latter is a single-session mode with a few variations. For the most part, State of Emergency is an enjoyable cacophony of senseless violence, but there are some flaws: although Revolution boasts an impressive number of missions, they do get repetitive; the game screams for a multiplayer mode, but it's strictly one-player. In spite of these flaws, the game remains addictive and fun. It bears repeating that gamers looking for another GTA3 will not find it here: this game provides an arcade-like experience that's excellent, but in a very different way. Parents should note that this game carries an 18 rating for violence and gore. --Raymond M Padilla
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