Stand in the line of fire with Sega's latest shooting game Virtua Cop. It is designed to be used with the keypad or the Stunner, allowing you to blast your way through the three levels with the speed and accuracy of a pro.
Virtua Cop has a constantly changing 3-D perspective that scrolls smoothly by the natural objects littering the levels. The enemies come from anywhere on the screen; sometimes they're right in your face or small and hard to hit in the background. Just when you get used to shooting at enemies in the mid-field, you suddenly get startled by having an enemy jump in, taking half of the screen up and chopping you into pieces with an axe. Interaction between you and your environment is also a great addition. It allows you to shoot glass, break computer monitors and blow up boxes and barrels to find weapons, not to mention blowing the bad guys into the air.
Acquiring different weapons is as simple as shooting them when they appear after becoming uncovered in an explosion or when an enemy relinquishes it. Most of them just increase the capacity of your weapon, but some are full auto, continuously firing while the button is held down. Others work in three-round bursts that conserve ammo greatly.
The graphics in VC are all outstanding. Everything is clear and bright, not letting you wonder where you are getting hit from. The whole game relies on your speed and accuracy more than your memorization of the levels and guessing where the enemies are while they are hidden in darkness or some other irritating influence. (Although memorization of the level does help.)
Although the stunner adds a touch of realism, many players will honestly find this game easier and more fun to play with the keypad, however. Overall, your best option is to try the game out for yourself and determine which one you prefer. This game is a must-have for violence-loving Saturn owners.
In Virtua Cop you can act like John Wayne and use your expert shooting ability not only to direct where your shots hit on the enemy's body, but also to score more points with hero shots.
These hero shots allow you to shoot the enemy in the hand, putting him out of commission and also saving his life. These shots are, of course, harder to hit but they are fun to try just to liven up the commando style. If being a hero is not on your agenda, you can be as evil as you want by taking as many kneecap and head shots as you like and sending the evil scum to their deaths. And for the sadists out there who crave causing as much pain as possible, you can take a crotch shot and watch the suit-wearing bad guys buckle from the hot lead ripping through their groins.
Random hostages are running about in every level for you to try to save. They are some of the dumbest characters ever to grace the screens of a TV. Wherever you are trying to shoot, a hostage will pop up and yell the all-too-familiar, "Help me" and stand right between you and the enemies you are trying to kill. Although you may not really care that you have to save these hostages instead of blasting them and letting them spill all over the ground, you do get penalized for each hit. You lose one health point when you kill one of these so-called innocent bystanders. In the first level, the hostages are all wearing white clothes and are easy to recognize as people who you are not to shoot. In later levels, however, they are wearing suits and are easy to mistake for enemies. Unless you memorize the levels, you are bound to eliminate at least one-third of all the civilians-or all of them depending what kind of mood you are in.
MANUFACTURER - Sega
THEME - Shooter
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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PC compatible, P-200
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode Multiplayer (Hotseat)
Virtua Cop is so far the closest a Saturn game has come to duplicating the arcade. However, the coin-op was really nothing special. Good players will blow through this one with no trouble. Virtua Cop is surprisingly short, with only three levels to it. There are a few neat elements like interactive backgrounds, but they do not keep the game from getting old after a few times through. I prefer using the controller over the Stunner. It has great graphics and cool gameplay, but it gets old.
I haven't been impressed with a lot of the earlier titles that have been released for the Saturn, but Virtual Cop may just have changed my mind. This is a very close translation to the arcade hit. Many games like this suffer because there is no gun peripheral, or it's not even worth the money. But I got to lock and load firsthand with Sega's new gun, the Stunner. Believe me, it's well worth it. The gun will be a pack-in with the game for the true arcade experience.
This is a surprisingly great translation from the arcade to a home system. I really liked the arcade and did not find any inconsistencies between the two. The main problem with Virtua Cop is the length of the game. With only three levels, any fairly good gamer will be able to play through Virtua Cop in a short amount of time. The practice screens are fun for two people to compete against one another in. Due to the difficulty, try this one before you buy it.
The first Sega game to make use of the new Stunner, Virtua Cop could be the best arcade-to-home-system conversion yet for the Saturn. The smooth-scrolling perspectives and virtually no load time make this the Saturn title that will grab players' attention and hook them on the CD realm. Different reactions for body wounds are bound to make all of the sadistic players laugh as they gun their way through the three stages pretending to rescue the hostages.
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