Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life (aka Служба 911) is a video game published in 2002 on Windows by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 1C Company, Sixteen Tons Entertainment, ARUSH Entertainment. It's a strategy game, set in a real-time, law enforcement and firefighting themes.
The game comes with 25 missions that cover a variety of emergency situations from your relative run-of-the-mill train wreck to a disaster aboard a nuclear submarine. Each mission opens with a short cutscene showing the disaster to which you'll be responding. From there you are taken to your command center from which you can jump to the scene of the accident or dispatch emergency vehicles. The command center sounds more impressive than it really is - it just serves to give you a way to jump between the disaster scene and your emergency services buildings and to give you access to the opening cutscene, the unit encyclopedia, and hints for completing the current mission.
The first step in each mission is to dispatch your emergency service vehicles. To prevent you from simply dispatching every vehicle that you have, the game assigns a charge to each vehicle and person dispatched. Each mission has its own budget to pay for the dispatches, but you won't be in much danger of running out of money unless you really do try to dispatch everything that is available. To dispatch units, you need to scroll around the map between your fire station, hospital, and police station. You then select the vehicle that you want from those available for the mission (available units are parked outside the buildings), man the vehicles with doctors, paramedics, police officers, etc., and then send them on their way. You then jump back to the control center, move to the crisis scene, and then wait for your units to appear. So far everything sounds OK, but things fall apart quickly from there.
Emergency 2 places you in control of several emergency service divisions such as firefighters, police officers, and paramedics. In the 25 missions, you'll have to do everything from handling hostage situations to rescuing the president. Events are scripted, so unless you can handle the unexpected, things will be over quick. Some of the scripted events that take place are pretty illogical and trying to find a progression in missions can be harder than it sounds. Needless to say, it's heavily reliant on trial and error gameplay. Missions are much harder than they need to be also, lending further into the game's frustration. There's a multitude of problems stemming from just about every aspect of the game. AI is faulty, micro-management is a necessity, glitches are littered throughout, there's misleading and confusing mission objectives, repetitive gameplay, little replay value' the works.
Unlike the rest of the game, the controls are decent. It's the standard point and click faire, but a special unit called the 'sitcom'? allows you to set up flags which act as hotspots on the map so you can quickly access important spots. It's not revolutionary, but it's a nice touch. Initially, however, there's no map until you get a satcom on the scene, so things can become very confusing early on. Navigating the map without the satcom to find the spot where the crime or emergency is taking place can be an utter pain.
Players in Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life are tasked with coordinating immediate response teams to situations involving fire, rescue, hostage recovery, and disasters (manmade and natural) by managing aspects such as crowd and road control, injuries, negotiations, and more. As in real life, efficiently controlling the scene is mandatory to success and, in the game, this requires completing every task assigned during the mission brief. As missions advance, an evolving system of hints and tips becomes available for players having difficulty in meeting the necessary goals.
In a time of constant global conflict, the people who work in emergency services are put to the test time and time again. These noble, valiant souls are trained to deal with the worst possible scenarios and keep the world turning as the rest of the planet sleeps. These heroes are role models for young children, as they want to grow up to be firefighters, police officers, and doctors. Sixteen Tons Entertainment had brought the world's emergency services to the PC with their 1998 worldwide hit, Emergency. The hardest job in the world is to create a successful sequel ... has Emergency 2 managed to maintain the original spark?
With a 25-mission campaign, a reworked graphics engine, and smooth gameplay, Emergency 2 has all the components that could make this a great sequel. At first glance, this game isn't really an eye catcher, but after a short installation and tutorial, you become quite immersed in the game. It was not very hard to pick up, taking no more than 30 minutes to become a competent emergency department head. The 25 levels in the campaign were a pleasant surprise, since the current gaming trend is to offer fewer missions. The objectives in each of these levels are quite diverse, ranging from a fire on a nuclear submarine to a volcanic eruption.
The game offers quite a variety of options, which is what makes the game so much fun, as the player actually feels like he is controlling and managing the unfolding events. The missions would be impossible without the many emergency vehicles available to you. The player is given access to the area's entire emergency department, with over 30 different units to choose from. The units are broken into four simple groups: fire, police, hospital, and miscellaneous (tow trucks, red unmarked cars, etc.). As far as the rest are concerned, there are helicopters, more fire trucks than you could possibly imagine, ambulances, and even armored police vehicles.
The audio in Emergency 2 was nice enough. Although I found the emergency vehicle sirens to be rather annoying, the game's environmental sounds were generally quite well done. In a game like this, the sounds aren't a key part of the game. In the long run, it appears that the developers put just the right amount of effort into their sounds to turn out quality the audio that the game sports in the public release.
Although it suffered from dated graphics, Emergency 2 was quite a pleasant surprise, sporting its numerous vehicles, and diverse collection of levels. Not at all a fault in the game itself, but the lack of publicity truly hurt this game, for it could have been a hit, given the advertisement that bigger budget titles receive (think Unreal II and IGI 2). Sixteen Tons Entertainment did a fine job of releasing a fun, long disaster simulation that is sure to please gamers that are looking for a strong disaster sim. Emergency 2 is stuck in an uphill battle, as it is competition with games like Sim City 4 and Command & Conquer: Generals. In a world were the little guy can come out the winner, Emergency 2 is David, and he has his work cut out for him fighting Goliath.
Emergency 3: Mission Life is an addictive RTS (Real-time Strategy) video game with the objective to save as many lives as possible, developed by Sixteen Tons Entertainment and published by Strategy First, Inc. for Microsoft Windows. The game is played from an isometric perspective, and it is set in the stunning environment where the game puts the player in charge of a commander who is head of an emergency team comprising police, firefighting, technical support, and more. There are over 120 missions available, and the player needs to select between thirty-five different units with an aim to save people from terrorist attacks, accidents, or natural disasters. Freeplay mode in the game is also available, and the player discovers the Scenario Editor. The main difference to the previous titles of the series is the use of 3D objects and environment. The game becomes difficult to play as the player advances through it and additional levels will be unlocked to play. With immersive gameplay, cool graphics, and superb mechanics, Emergency 3: Mission Life is the best game to play.
Emergency 2012: The Quest for Peace is a Real-time Strategy, Single-player and Multiplayer video game developed by Quadriga Games and published by Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows. The game serves as the 5th installment in the series of Emergency and it comes with new content, modes, improvement, and several modifications. In the game, the player as the commander needs to control his units of emergency to overcome a set of problems including fires, natural disasters, road accident, and more. The game is built around the concept of the player fighting against incidents invading locations around the globe. The main objective is to get synergy as the player mixes the skills and tools of four different types of emergency response units including Firemen, Police, Engineers, etc. to overcome troubles from a car collision, a pickpocketing thief, to massive blazing infernos. The game introduces new game types such as Campaign, Free Play, and more. Emergency 2012: The Quest for Peace includes core features such as Detailed Graphics, Superb Mechanics, Smooth Controls, and Engaging Gameplay. Check it out, and have fun.
Emergency 4: Deluxe Edition is a re-release of the original title developed and published by Sixteen Tons Entertainment. In this edition, the player will experience the original title again, and the game focuses on RTS genre and comes with Deluxe Content. The game puts the player in the role of the commander for Police and other rescue units. During the game, the player needs to call his units in different situations such as fires, traffic accidents, natural disasters, and crimes. The main job of the player is to save as many lives as possible. There are up to thirty different vehicles available, and their teams are awaiting the commands of the player, ranging from salvage helicopters to emergency doctors. In the game, the player will face ever-increasing challenges in several missions, and Free Play mode lets the player deal with always changing demands in the city. The Multiplayer mode enables the player to co-op with other players with a cool head and experiences the unique blend of RTS and Simulation. Emergency 4: Deluxe Edition includes core features such as Gripping Overseas Missions, 20 Giant Missions, and more. Check it out, and have fun. 2b1af7f3a8