Virtua Cop 2
In a time where not everybody owned a home console, the places called Arcades were all the rage. You could go there with your friends and enjoy all kinds of games for a reasonable price, and that-s where Virtua Cop 2 came from. Even though it was originally an arcade game, we'll be talking about the home port of the game.
Nowadays people don't go that much to the Arcades, but they still do exist, and new games are released there every day. But let's see what these games were capable of two and a half decades ago.
About the game
In Virtua Cop 2 we get to choose from three different offices and we'll go through their different missions on the field. This is a rail-shooting game, which means we'll be on rails and we'll only control where to aim and shoot our gun.
Proceed through the different levels shooting all kinds of criminals and going through extreme shootings. Since this game started up on arcade machines, there are some trade-offs when it comes to playing it at home. For instance the lack of a game cage or screen with gun-like controls. In an arcade, you could just aim with the special controllers at the screen and pull the triggers. Of course, the best thing about having it on your own PC would be having it at home to play whenever you want.
King of rail shooters?
Virtua Cop 2 is a great title, with extreme experiences and a nice difficulty curve. But it's definitely not the best shooter on rails available. When you compare it with more popular arcade titles like The House of the Dead, this game falls short on imagination. There are more explosions here, and in a way, you could say that there's more action here. But the visuals and the intensity of the experience is superior in The House of the Dead.
Still, we know that horror games are not for everybody, and The House of the Dead is certainly a spooky title. So, if you're not a fan of horror, this was an excellent game for you.
This is a worthy sequel to the original title, no matter how you look at it. There are new mechanics in the game that make the experience feel much more interactive, even though you never really control the action.
This game took everything that made the first game great to the next level. The animations and visuals are improved, and the overall map-design is much better. There are even bosses at the end of each level, and once you finish all the levels you'll have to face a final boss. The game is a nice experience on PC, but it certainly is much better if you get to play it on the original arcade machine.
Graphics and visuals: The game looks great, especially taking into account that it was released in 1995. The 3D models and levels come with greatly improved animations too. The explosions and shooting effects look great, and it adds up for a solid visual experience.
Gameplay: As we mentioned before, the game experience is far superior when you get to play it on an arcade machine. But it's not terrible playing it on PC, instead of aiming with a gun to the screen, you move your mouse and shoot. It can be more precise too. In each level, there are about two different paths to choose from so you can explore the levels more diversely. It adds a little replayability to the game,
Sound: The sound is just there. In arcades it wasn't really that important since you'd be in a loud place anyway. So it's no surprise that the soundtrack is just basic for an action game. So are the sound effects, they're not bad, they're just there.
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I'm so glad that I will soon have another game that uses the gun I bought with the first Virtua Cop! The gun itself is so cool it that seems like a shame to waste it on only one title. Actually, there are quite a few others coming from third parties, but none has the big name-recognition that this coin-op big boy packs. Virtua Cop 2 takes a quantum leap ahead of the first game, and it's coming to blow you away.
Last year, the original Virtua Cop helped the Saturn to enjoy a healthy Christmas season and drove parents nuts with kids shooting people on their TV sets.This year promises more of the same, except for the fact that Sega needs to make more of the VC guns available, hopefully at a lower price, Virtua Cop 1 puts you In all-new police situations, including an Insane car chase and bank hold-up,This sequel is much tougher than Vlnua Cop and will, we hope, feature more bonus options than its predecessor.The enemies are more varied now. and are detailed with extra texture maps which give the game an edge over the first edition. There is no rest for law enforcement's finest.
Before the Dreamcast was released, much speculation was made about whether Sega would release a "Sega Ages" collection chock-full of Model 2 classics. After all, Sega's 128-Bit monster had specs that surpassed even the Model 3 board. While we wait for VF2, both Gunblades, Daytona and Rally, Sega offers us an updated Virtua Cop 2. There's a little good news, and a lot of bad news. The good news is that we now have another game that uses our dusty DC light guns. Unfortunately, VC2 is a disappointing port of the PC port of the Saturn version. That's right, VC2 is a PC port. Sure, the graphics have been touched up a bit from the PC game (mainly texture quality and frame-rate), but not much else has been enhanced. If you've never played VC2 before, go check out this game--in an arcade. VC2 is out now in japan.