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7. State of Emergency
2002 | PS2, Xbox, PC
Copies sold in US: Close to 800,000
Average score: 68%

State of Emergency was actually kind of a cool game, albeit a balls-out stupid and repetitive one. Imagine Dynasty Warriors in a modern environment, with rioting crowds instead of Chinese armies and gore instead of strategy, and you'll have a rough idea of what it's like. It was notable mainly for letting you wade into fast-moving crowds to stomp the shit out of random people, and also for its striking similarity to Grand Theft Auto III (that is, assuming you stripped out everything that made GTA III interesting and just left in an endless series of beatings).

The company line: "Like Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto III, State of Emergency offers the player virtually unlimited scope for mayhem, and huge, sprawling urban environments to explore through missions or nonlinear action. … The environments are intricately interactive; almost any object (including body parts) can be picked up and used as a weapon."

What the critics said: Even though plenty of critics had harsh words for the game when it came out, most gave it relatively high scores anyway, largely because of how awesome the game is until you realize you're just doing the same thing over and over. Gamepro's Major Mike, for example, called State a "very fun game whose premise wears thin a bit too fast," while our sister mag PSM wrote that State "will leave most players saying, 'That's it?' all too quickly."

Not everyone tried to soft-pedal the game's weaknesses. Entertainment Weekly slammed State for its limited scope, calling it "too bloody repetitive." But it was Electronic Gaming Monthly that summed up the game - and the delayed reaction to it in the weeks and months following its release - the best, saying that "after the blood-soaked honeymoon is over, you'll see the game in the harsh morning light and wonder if it was worth it."



Why you bought it anyway: A lot of people apparently bought State of Emergency thinking it would be like Grand Theft Auto III. It wasn't an unreasonable assumption, given Rockstar Games' logo on the box and the similar look, feel and rebel attitude shared by the two games. Even if you knew better than that, though, the idea of going all insane-vigilante with fists, feet and high-end weaponry in the middle of a madhouse riot was damn near irresistible.

What went wrong? Being the first game of its kind, State of Emergency was able to coast by on novelty. But once that novelty wore off, we were left with a grindingly repetitive beat 'em-up that never changed much aside from its mission goals and its scenery. That shallow design collided violently with expectations that had been raised sky-high by Grand Theft Auto III, and the fact that State of Emergency played a lot like GTAIII with most of the cool stuff stripped out only made State look worse. By the time the Xbox version rolled out with a new multiplayer mode (and little else), even the first game's biggest fans had lost interest.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: "Think about it," says GameZone.com's Kevin Krause, "it's a game that encourages you to break stuff - what could be more fun?" We're not sure, Kevin. A good game that encourages you to break stuff, maybe?

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54 comments

  • Terrorrizor - September 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    To be honest, Bulletproof is a pretty good game to kill time. I liked being able to shoot a .38 in the left hand while letting a tech rip through enemies on the right. The design complimented the music they put in, and aside from the story which they didn't put much thought into, it was a pretty fun game.
  • darkpigraph - June 16, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Shiny made that Matrix game? And to think they used to be known for Earthworm Jim and MDK :(
  • PS3pwns - June 15, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Marvel Nemesis was awesome!!! And spidey 3 was alright.
  • luke1608 - December 13, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I bought Enter the Matrix, it didn't work and then the games shop refused to refund even though it wasn't scratched or anything, this made it double as shit
  • noporcru623 - October 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    driver 3 is funny to play and the movie making is cool, i loved enter the matrix tho i havent played in about 6 years
  • MyGameName - July 16, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    LOL I got Enter the Matrix as a gag gift for my cousin, and it's been floating between a select few of us who actually get it like a twisted game of Hot Potato. I installed it and cheated my way to the end. 5 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. reCAPTCHA: escrow battle
  • mrmorozov987 - July 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Ouch, GamesWave got served! Ah snap!
  • ventanger - February 26, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Christ... I was one of the poor deluded fools who was suckered into preordering Enter The Matrix due to the Matrix hype and Shiny at the helm. Collectively that game had about 1.85 seconds worth of enjoyment, everything else made me want to hammer a nail halfway into a wall, and then run into it.
  • wiitard07 - December 29, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I would buy a bargain bin copy of the 50 cent game just to see him get shot repeatedly.
  • pot - October 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    God, State of Emergency sucked so bad. My friend had it and acted like it was the best game ever. I was stoned off my ass and still found the game boring as hell. And we all know, pot can make some things better then what they really are. But no dice, didn't work that time.
  • BiscuitGangsta - October 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I bought @ least half of these games, and now I feel ashamed. Thanks a lot GR, lol.
  • micdog2009 - October 24, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Wii Play Tanks was awesome. totally worth the money.
  • dtzulu - October 23, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    marvel imperfects sucked... driv3r 3 sucked long and hard... marvel ultimate alliance 2 is a let down, predator bites... i can go on and on...
  • kibbles0515 - October 23, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    "Enter the Matrix" was only good if you overlooked the many flaws and embraced the universe/storyline. In retrospect, yes, my dearly beloved "Enter..." was crap, but I can go back now and play only the most fun levels, and that makes me happy. Also, the "hidden" Sparks levels and the hacking are fun, every once in a while. I'm not going to sit and play "Enter..." for 3 hours, but for an hour to 90 minutes, its some good fun while I wait for a newer game to hit store shelves.
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I have most of these games except for 50 cent and wii play they both can burn in hell 50 cent sould shoo the wii and then his music
  • Illinoissucks - October 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Hey I stole Enter the Matrix from a friend and Kind of liked it but I can't wait for 50 Cent to get gunned down.
  • kodesy - October 22, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I thought that Path of Neo was a pretty good game..didn't look any better than ETM and it was still kind of clunky but at least you were still playing the actually story. Also, one thing that WAS really sick about Rogue Agent...Bond actually died! Hahaa, eat that Pierce Brosnan, you were the crappiest Bond they ever had!
  • kor2disturbed - October 22, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Huh well I loved marvel nemesis I thought it was a great game and bought the nintendo ds version and the ps2 version I didnt know you guys at cheatplanet thought it sucked oh well
  • montyburns - October 22, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    "...and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists"!!! Hahahaha!
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    Hey i thought Wii Play was good...well i should say i thought the remote it came with was good. The game sucked, but hey cheap controller!

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