More Reviews
REVIEWS God of War Collection (Vita) Review
God of War brings its PS2 heritage to Vita, and the results are more than a bit baffling.

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14


LATEST FEATURES Water, Water Everywhere: 15 of the Best Water Worlds in Gaming
Lots of water worlds suck, but not these ones, and they're completely Kevin Costner-free.

An Updating List of PlayStation 4 Updates We Want
Sony and Microsoft have been updating their consoles regularly, but we wanted to share our own ideas for updating the PS4 firmware.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oneshotstop
Call of Duty will never be the same
By oneshotstop
Posted on 07/28/14
       We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...

Virtua Cop 2 Review

By:

06/06/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 2 
PUBLISHER Sega 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  

Whatever you do, don't repaint the stunner!

No, it is not a gun, it is stunner. A big orange stunner (sure it is). With it, you must save Virtua City from lots of gangsters . . . again.

Following the success of the original Virtua Cop, the programmers at Sega have followed it up with, you guessed it, Virtua Cop 2. Virtua Cop 2 follows the lives of three officers and their exploits in the field of crimefighting. Don't ask me to explain how a two player game can have three main characters, I just don't know. Actually, I don't think that the game knows either. Suffice to say that you can only play this game with two players.

The graphics in this game easily surpasses those of the original. No longer are all the enemies rejects from Reservoir Dogs or extra Blues Brothers who needed the cash. Now, there are many different enemies, some from Platoon, the cargo loader from Aliens, and even George Michael (well, it looks like him). These characters know their parts well and always get to their entrances on time. They even fall off buildings and crash through conveniently placed wooden crates . . .

All the joking aside, the graphics for Virtua Cop 2 are amazing. Depending on where you hit the enemy, their bodies react differently. Shoot them in the head and they get snapped over backwards, shoot them in the groin and they fall forward, clutching themselves. Also, there are many more interactive background items than in the previous version. You can blast bottles, windows, lighing fixtures, fruit, nearly anything. If there's a car in front of you, simply shoot out a tire and watch it jackknife across the road. Your bullets will even mark the walls behind your opponent. Though they may not be the best polygons you have ever seen, they certainly are some of the smoothest. Visually, this game just couldn't be much better.

Several of the voices in Virtua Cop 2 are still not CD quality. Every boss has a taunt that they mumble at you; it takes a couple of tries before you can understand it. Many people complained about this in the first Virtua Cop and it's surprising that they didn't fix it for the second time around.

The biggest complaint is usually about the glowing sights that surround an enemy when they appear. Some people like them and some people don't. But, just as in the original, you can turn off the sight in the options menu. The only problem is when there are multiple enemies on the screen, you don't know which one to shoot first. The game was designed to incorporate the glowing sight and is a lot harder without it.

A new addition to Virtua Cop 2 is the ability to choose between two different paths per level. Though most of each level is on a predetermined path, in each of the three levels there is a point at which you can choose which way to go. Only on the intermediate level do the paths end differently. Otherwise, the two paths reconnect at a later point so you can meet the final boss.

The best thing about Virtua Cop 2 is that it appeals to a wide audience. Although some parents may be concerned about the high level of violence, I'm not so concerned: Every day we have people walk into our office to play the latest and best games. So far, Virtua Cop 2 has been the one that they have wanted to play to most, especially among people who don't normally play video games at all. Not a single person was able to play only once. One visitor went so far as to describe it as a 'stress reliever.' Maybe if they had these things in Post Offices fewer people would feel the need to try the real thing.

All told, Virtua Cop 2 is the best shooter to come out for the home console systems (so far). The amazing realism combined with the beautiful graphics overwhelmingly compensate for the preposterous size of the gun (oops, I mean stunner). If you want a game that will appeal to all audiences, young and old, stop searching and pick up a copy of Virtua Cop 2.

A- Revolution report card
  • + Amazing graphics
  • + Bad guys react to wound locations
  • + Lots of background interaction
  • + Great fun!
  • - 'Stunner' is too big
More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Virtua Cop 2


More On GameRevolution