|Blood and Gore, Violence
| The Good
| The Bad
Music is limited
Could get repetitive for some
Some missions can be pain
State of Emergency is the craziest and only riot game
brought to you by Rockstar. State of Emergency (S.O.E.
for short) is not, repeat is not anything like Grand
Theft Auto 3. Now that that is out of the way S.O.E. is
a frantic, crazy beat-em-up game. Does the game live up to
Gameplay: S.O.E. starts of with you either choosing
Revolution mode (mission and story) or Chaos (free for all).
Picking Revolution, you then decide one of the two characters
to select and join the freedom group. You are then thrown
into the mall level and the action begins. Throughout the
game, you take on various missions that range from escorting
important people to blowing up buildings (ranging from extremely
easy to insane difficulty). During your missions, they will
lend you various weapons like flamethrowers and rocket launchers
to AK-47's. There are lots of variety in the weapons. Also
signs and other things on the ground can be picked up (including
body parts) and used, but when worse comes to worse use your
fist. While creating all this mayhem, there are tons of people
onscreen running about. You really feel like your apart of
a huge crowd. An amazing feat indeed. As you get further into
the game you unlock three other levels and other characters.
Chaos mode on the other hand is just a free for all where
you just beat up and destroy anything you want in a time limit,
trying to beat the high score. This is the mode people will
be coming back to after beating Revolution, because who doesn't
love causing complete chaos?
Graphics: The graphics have a somewhat cartoony look
to them but other then that, they look pretty good. They tend
to look a little more blocky then most games nowadays but
considering all that's going on in the game (mass of people
running all around, explosions going off, and fights breaking
out) everything still stays at a smooth and steady framerate.
Sound: The sounds effects are top notch. From the
blows that your fist make to the sounds of guns shooting off.
Everything sounds like it should. The music on the other hand
is a mix of rock and techno and there is about four different
songs that play over and over so after awhile they get old
but you can turn it off thankfully.
Control: The action is fast in this game and if the
controls weren't so easy it might make the game harder, but
thankfully they're a piece of cake. With the ease of the controls,
pulling off combos is a cinch and mowing people down with
guns couldn't be easier.
Bad: First off there really isn't any story to be
found anywhere in this game. It's pretty much do the missions
and destroy the corporation. Now since this is a beat-em-up
game, it's exceptible but for some it wont be. The music in
this game is really repetitive and its nothing spectacular,
either. Well and for some the game will just be too repetitive.
Overall: This game had alot of hype and 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.
I was. So go into it with a open mind and enjoy one of the
craziest games ever to grace a console, period.
- Justin Celani