“ Virtua Cop 2 casts you as a hardened and slightly unbalanced cop who has been given the task of cleaning up Virtua City - on his own. Presumably the local police precinct has a lot of confidence in his abilities - or rather your abilities, since the success or failure of his mission depends entirely upon how fast your reactions are. You view the game from a first-person perspective, but you don't have any real control over the movement of your character through each level - his path is predetermined, so it's up to you to make sure that he reaches the end of the level in one piece. „
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The original Virtua Cop caused quite a storm when it was first released in arcades, as it was one of the first rail-shooters to feature proper polygonal 3d graphics, as opposed to the 2d sprites and backgrounds of its forebears. A legion of imitators/innovators would follow, most notably the Time Crisis and House of the Dead games. Virtua Cop 2 offered up very much the same as its predecessor, albeit with marginally improved graphics and animation.
The gameplay will be instantly familiar to anyone who's ever played a rail-shooter, requiring the player to pick off bad guys as they appear from behind cover, at which point they fall to the ground and disappear, whilst remembering to reload your revolver from time to time by aiming the gun offscreen and pressing the trigger. The game takes place in the usual settings- a construction yard, offices, that kind of thing, and also includes Boss battles at the end of each stage, whilst making sure you dont shoot hostages by mistake as this will cost you a life. Unlike the Time Crisis games however VC2 is missing the ability to duck behind cover at will, and feels far more pedestrian as a result.
The game was ported to PC as at the time non-3d-accelerated polygonal graphics were the new bigh thing, and in fairness it is a very faithful port (although you required a top of the range pc and graphics card to play it at its time of release. You can pick it up for next to nothing nowadays, although the graphics are incredibly rudimentary and basic by todays standards, but along with Hosue of the Dead it is still good for a cheap blast now and then. You can play it with a mouse, but this is incredibly dull, and you will need to get a monitor-compatible lightgun to get any real fun out of it.
Arcades - what are they good for? A question you might well ask, given the fact that consoles are so popular. But arcades do indeed serve a useful purpose. Arcades let gamers get a quick gaming fix on games that are often at the cutting edge of technology. Take Ridge Racer - this one track wonder came out a good ten years or so back and blew away the opposition with its super smooth graphics, turbo-charged gameplay, and was one of the biggest arcade money spinners around, and if you could rope another person into racing against you, it was even better. The problem is that there are two types of arcade games - those that give the gamer something to get their teeth into, and those that just aim to give the gamer a quick fix - games such as Ridge Racer and Virtua Racing. These games often have some gimmick or other but aren't all that big on substance or scope. These are the games that come in huge cabinets, and cost about a quid a go, whereupon you play the game a few times and then go and do something else completely different. Another such game is Virtua Cop 2, which has made its way to the PC, courtesy of Sega Entertainment, though unfortunately you don't get the free light-guns that the arcade machine came with, or the six foot cabinet and huge monitor. I wonder why?
Virtua Cop 2, as the name suggests, casts you as a hardened and slightly unbalanced cop who has been given the task of cleaning up Virtua City - on his own. Presumably the local police precinct has a lot of confidence in his abilities - or rather your abilities, since the success or failure of his mission depends entirely upon how fast your reactions are. Virtua Cop 2 is a shoot-em-up, but it owes more to the likes of Operation Wolf and fairground duck-shooting games than it does to Doom or Duke Nukem 3D. You view the game from a first-person perspective, but you don't have any real control over the movement of your character through each level - his path is predetermined, so it's up to you to make sure that he reaches the end of the level in one piece.
As you move through each level, you're confronted by hordes of gun-toting baddies, all of which have to be disposed of. Using the mouse, the keyboard or a joypad, you have to move the targeting cursor around the screen and blow the baddies away. When a bad guy pops up, he'll be surrounded by a big targeting ring which not only helps you to spot the evil-doers but serves as a warning to let you know when the baddies are about to fire back. If you don't take out a bad guy before the targeting ring turns red, then the bad guy will shoot you, and you'll lose one of your four health points. If you lose all four, then your character bites the dust and you can only continue by using one of your five continues. Lose all of those, and the game's over.
There are three main levels in the game, each arranged in order of difficulty. You can play the levels in any order, but all must be completed in order to meet the final boss. Throughout each level you'll have to deal with baddies appearing from behind desks, out of windows, on fire escapes, subway cars and other locations, and as the levels progress, you'll have to be quicker and quicker on the draw in order to take them all out. Another problem that you'll run into is that your gun can only hold six bullets at a time, so once you've taken six shots, you have to click the right mouse button to reload which can take long enough for the baddies to get a quick shot in. You therefore have to decide when it's safe to reload your gun, and try and keep as many bullets in your gun as possible. And to make things more interesting, there are hostages and civilians in the game who mustn't be shot, or you'll lose one life point. It means that you can't get too trigger happy in case you take out an innocent passer-by.
If you do find the going a little hard, then you can draft in a second player who will hopefully give you a hand clearing the streets. The catch here is that the game then throws more baddies at the pair of you in order to compensate a little - thanks a lot. Still, the game is more fun in two player mode, especially when one player decides not to bother distinguishing between hostages and baddies and subsequently loses quite a lot of life points until you manage to explain things to them. There's also a two player one-on-one shoot-out mode, which requires two PCs, but the main problem here is that you can't move your character around or even duck behind boxes. You don't have the kind of freedom that you get in 3D shooters. On top of that, it's hard to play with the keyboard or a gamepad - it's only worth playing with the mouse. Games like Virtua Cop 2 are fine in the arcades, where you can spend a quid on a couple of games and then walk away. Here you're being asked to spend thirty pounds on a game that has only three levels and that isn't particularly replayable. Spend your money a full blooded shoot-em-up - Virtua Cop 2 just doesn't offer enough to make it worth a purchase.
(review by me, originally posted on GamesDomain)
I recently purchased Virtua Cop - Elite Edition for my son who is 7, for use with the G-Con 2 light gun. The age rating for this game is 16+ but after playing the game im sure you would agree that this was set far too high. The good thing about the elite edition is that you get Virtua cop 1 & 2 on the same disc.
just incase you have difficulty in the game mode, here you can get some shooting practise.
Here you can change various settings, there are a total of 13 options in which to play the game,
Difficulty/gun loosness/lives 1-9/continues free play 0-9/
audio/controller settings/calibrate gun/sights on-off/gun select/play mode VC1 or VC2.
The game is based on a policemen going single handedly out to take on all the bad guys(its a one man war).
Each stage can take a different direction depending on which way you decide to go when asked, unfortunatly these stages are not long enough to really get stuck in.In the stages you are moved automatically around on foot and in vehicles, you get to shoot men in trucks/helicopters/cars and bikes but beware, dont shoot the good guys(i did-oops),At the end of each level you get to face the gang bosses, ranging from machines to people on jet packs firing missile like bombs at you. The overall game is good but it left me wanting more, I paid £12.99 for mine and at that price its a good game and worth the money, but as i said before, it will suit kids more than adults.