I love Virtua Cop, but Virtua Cop 2 is where it is really at. Funny story here, I grew up in the UK and we had this video game TV show called GamesMaster that aired in the 90s, it was awesome. Well, one episode had this dude he was the best Virtua Cop 2 player in the world, he was so good that he was able to play on two machines at once. So, once you have read this review, been inspired to play Virtua Cop 2 go and watch that dude play two machines at once!
The City Is Back Under Siege
Once again, two cops stand in between a peaceful city and a city full of bad guys, running guns, taking hostages, and getting up to all kinds of no good. It is your typical cop story and one that I feel is much more “fleshed” out here than it was in the first game. Fleshed out may be going a tad far, but it does have a bit more cinematic flair to it this time around.
The presentation has been given a shot in the arm, I am not 100 percent sure, but it does feel like Sega used a lot more polygons this time around as things do have a smoother look to them. The game still has that unmistakable mid to late 90s Sega 3D look about it though.
Clean Up The City
The core gameplay of Virtua Cop 2 has not really undergone any changes. That is not a bad thing as I felt that Sega really nailed it with the first game. You once again, need to shoot bad guys to progress through the stages. You can also once again, disarm them instead of killing them for a really cool bonus. You can select what mission/level you want to do from a choice of three. Once you have beaten these, you then have one final boss battle that you need to do in order to beat the game.
Are You Gonna Go My Way?
What I feel makes this a better game than the first is the fact that you now have choices to make as you play. During gameplay, you will be given the option of what way you want to go. This not only makes things much more exciting, but it also gives you an incentive to go back and play the game multiple times so that you can see all the different areas that the game has to offer.
You once again have a small number of lives and you can earn more by getting bonuses as you play. Bonuses can also be more powerful weapons that you can use to put those bad guys in their pace
I love the original game, but I have to be honest and say that Virtua Cop 2 is the better game. The overall presentation of the game is better, it feels a bit more fast-paced and I like how there is more to the game overall. It is a shallow experience, but it is always a fun time, no matter how many times you play through it. If you have a Sega Saturn, then 100 percent, this is a game that has to be in your collection.