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Virtua Cop
System(s): Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn, PC
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (18 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
Virtua Gun, Shuttle Mouse
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Model 2)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Model 2)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Model 2)
UK
£? ?
















Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9060
Sega Saturn
JP
(Virtua Gun)
¥7,800 GS-9059
Sega Saturn
US
$59.99More...[3][4] 81015
Sega Saturn
US
(Stunner)
$79.99More...[3][4] 81026
Sega Saturn
EU
(Virtua Gun)
€59.99No results[5] MK81026-50
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99No results[7] MK81015-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81015-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81015-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81015-50
Sega Saturn
PL
199PLN ?
Sega Saturn
PL
(Virtua Gun)
249PLN ?
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 193056
Sega Saturn
BR
(Virtua Gun)
R$? 191x31
Sega Saturn
KR
₩? GS-9505J
MK-81015-08



Windows PC
JP
¥8,800 HCJ-0105
Windows PC
US
Windows PC
US
(Expert Software)
$14.99
Windows PC
EU
MK-85043-50
Windows PC
UK
(Expert Software)
Windows PC
PL
Windows PC
BR
Windows PC
KR
Windows PC
TW

Virtua Cop (バーチャコップ) is an arcade shooter game created by Sega AM2 for Sega Model 2 hardware in 1994. It is the first in the Virtua Cop series. It was one of the first light-gun games to take place in a 3D world, as the first light-gun shooter to use 3D polygons. Sega advertised it as the "world's first texture mapped, polygon action game".Media:VirtuaCop Model2 Flyer.pdf[1]

Story

A detective in the player's department uncovered an illegal gun-running operation and was able to trace it back to E.V.L Inc., a powerful crime syndicate. He compiled a large amount of evidence and was ready to take them down, but was soon discovered and assassinated by the criminals. Some of his evidence managed to make its way back to headquarters, and a special task force was put on the case. The policemen Michael Hardy and James Cools must face that organization led by Joe Fang and his followers Kong, the King, and the Boss.

Gameplay

Players assume the role of a police officer - either Michael Hardy, or his partner, James Cools. Played from a first person perspective view, the players must use the light gun to take down the multitude of sharp shooters who come for them. At the start of the game, the player is armed with only a pistol, but more powerful weapons, such as machine guns and shotguns, can be obtained as they progress. These weapons are hidden in breakable objects such as crates, and can be extremely useful when trying to take on the customary end-of-level bosses. There are penalties for shooting civilians.

Virtua Cop was notable for its use of polygonal graphics, which were subsequently used in both House of the Dead and Time Crisis, instead of the two dimensional sprites that were popular for previous games in the same genre. It is also notable for being one of the first games to allow the player to shoot through glass. The game's realistic graphics earned it the "Virtua" title, along with other 3D Sega games such as Virtua Fighter, Virtua Striker and Virtua Racing.

Stages

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Arms Black Market (beginner)
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Underground Weapon Storage (medium)
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Gang Headquarters (expert)

History

Release

300,000 copies of Virtua Cop were sold in Japan during its first weekNo resultsMedia:VirtuaCop Model2 Flyer.pdf[11].

Legacy

Virtua Cop revolutionized the light-gun shooter genre with its new 3D first-person rail shooter format, including new mechanics like positional body targeting and headshots, revitalizing the genre in the arcades. It also broke new ground by popularizing the use of 3D graphics in shooter games.[12] It inspired 3D light gun shooters such as Time Crisis and The House of the Dead as well as 3D first-person shooters such as GoldenEye 007,[13] which in turn laid the foundations for console FPS games.

Virtua Cop was followed by two sequels, Virtua Cop 2 and Virtua Cop 3. It was bundled Virtua Cop 2 in Japan and Europe on the PlayStation 2 as Virtua Cop: Elite Edition (Virtua Cop Rebirth in Japan) on August 25, 2002 and November 29, 2002 respectively. The "Elite Edition" includes gallery extras and implementation of Namco's G-Con 2 lightgun support.

Versions

Virtua Cop's arcade success meant it was ported to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and later to PC in 1996. The Saturn version of the game was initially bundled with the Virtua Gun, a light-gun peripheral intended for use with this game. If the user lacks a CRT television, the Virtua Gun cannot be used, and the game must be played with the normal Saturn controller.

The Saturn Virtua Cop was of the first games to use the Sega Graphics Library, and a one-level demo was first demonstrated at '95 Tokyo Toy Show in June 1995No resultsMedia:VirtuaCop Model2 Flyer.pdf[14].

The PC version was known as Virtua City PD during development (at least, in North America, where it would eventually be known as Virtua Squad). The PC version uses a mouse instead of a light gun, and a variant optimised for the NV1 graphics chipset initially shipped on the same disc[15].

Tiger produced a handheld version as a part of their Laser Games series of minature lightgun games. The folding gun included with this version was relient on infra-red technology.

In 2004, a port was developed for the handheld Nokia N-Gage, but was cancelled by the quality control team before its release. There are very few beta units in existence.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Virtua Cop Virtua Cop
English (US) Virtua Cop Virtua Cop
Japanese Virtua Cop (バーチャコップ)
Korean 버쳐캅

Production credits

Arcade version

Source: In-game credits


Saturn version

Source: In-game creditsMedia:VirtuaC1 Saturn JP SSEnding.pdf[17]


Source: US manualMedia:Virtuacop sat us manual.pdf[18]


PC version


Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Cop/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Virtua Cop/Promotional material.

Artwork

Merchandise

Physical scans

Arcade version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 More...[19]
100 More...[20]
82 №7, p23
60 More...[21]
Arcade
82
Based on
4 reviews

Model 2, US (P-Type)
Model 2, US (upright)
Model 2, JP (P-Type)
Model 2, JP (upright)

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 More...[22]
87 More...[23]
96 More...[24]
91
70 More...[25]
75 More...[26]
80 №363, p33
90 More...[27]
92
98 More...[3]
91 №38, p46-47
91 №20, p46-47
90 02/96
90
90 More...[28]
100 More...[29]
79 More...[30]
94 More...[31]
80 №14, p162
90 More...[32]
92 №75
93 №54, p34-36
96 More...[33]
90 More...[34]
89 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[35]
83 More...[36]
90
94 More...[37]
Sega Saturn
89
Based on
28 reviews

Saturn, US
VirtuaCop Saturn US Box Back.jpgVirtuacop sat us frontcover.jpg
Cover
Virtuacop sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US (Stunner bundle)
VirtuaCop Saturn US Box Back Stunner.jpgNospine-small.pngSaturn 80313 box-2.jpg
Cover
Virtuacop sat us nfr disc.jpg
Disc
VirtuaCop Saturn US Box Back NFRS.jpgVirtuacop sat us nfr frontcover.jpg
Jewel Case
Saturn, EU
Virtuacop sat eu frontcover.jpg
Cover
Virtuacop sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, EU (Virtua Gun bundle)
VirtuaGun Saturn EU Box Back VirtuaCop.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtuaGun EU VC Box Front.jpg
Cover
Virtuacop sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
Virtuacop sat eu bundle backcover.jpgVirtuacop sat eu bundle frontcover.jpg
Jewel Case
Saturn, JP
Virtuacop sat jp backcover.jpgVirtuacop sat jp frontcover.jpg
Cover
VirtuaCopSaturnJPSpine.jpg
Spinecard
VirtuaCop Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
VirtuaCop SS jp manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, BR
VirtuaCop Sat BR cover.jpg
Cover
Saturn, BR (Virtua Gun bundle)
VirtuaCop Sat Gun BR cover.jpg
Cover
Saturn, KR
Virtua Cop Saturn KR Box Back.jpgVirtua Cop Saturn KR Box Side.jpgVirtua Cop Saturn KR Box Front.jpg
Cover
Virtua Cop Saturn KR Box Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
Saturn, KR (Virtua Gun bundle)
Virtua Cop Bundle Saturn KR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtua Cop Bundle Saturn KR Box Front.jpg
Cover

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 More...[38]
Windows PC
82
Based on
1 review

PC, US
VirtuaCop PC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
VirtuaSquad PC US Box Back JewelCase.jpgVirtuaSquad PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
VirtuaCop PC US Box Front Expert.jpg
Cover
VirtuaSquad PC US Box Front JewelCase Expert.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US (Fundever)

PC, EU
VirtuaCop PC EU Box Back.jpgVirtuaCop PC EU Box Spine.jpgVirtuaCop PC EU Box Front.jpgVirtuaCop PC EU Box Spine2.jpg
Cover
VirtuaCop PC EU Disc.jpg
Disc
PC, JP
VirtuaCop PC JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngVirtuaCop PC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, UK (Expert Software)
VirtuaCop PC UK Box Front Expert.jpg
Cover
PC, AU (Classic)
VirtuaCop PC AU Box Back Classic.jpgNospine.pngVirtuaCop PC AU Box Front Classic.jpg
Cover
PC, BR

PC, KR
VirtuaCop PC KR Box Front.jpg
Cover
PC, TW
VirtuaCop PC TW Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
492,334,752 CD-ROM (EU) MK81015-50, MK81026-50 V1.004
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
492,501,744 1995-10-12 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9059, GS-9060 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
492,334,752 CD-ROM (US) 81026 V1.001

Track list

Saturn version


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. AM2 Logo (00:09)


3. Advertise (02:19)


4. Virtua Cop (00:53)


5. Stage Select (01:08)


6. Arms Black Market (04:11)


7. Underground Weapons Storage (03:38)


8. Gang Headquarters (03:31)


9. Kong (01:40)


10. King (02:39)


11. President (02:21)


12. Fang (02:18)


13. F I N (02:44)


14. Stage Clear (00:07)


15. Game Over (00:09)


16. Name Entry (01:18)


17. Rage (03:52)


18. Smarty (04:08)


19. Time (Not Used) (04:36)
Running time: 41:41

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
OMAKE.DAT Compressed (LZH) 142,654 It contains extra image and text file.
THANKS.DOC TXT 1,443 Messages from the developers.


External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Special Pack / Japanese):Sega Saturn
  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese):Sega Saturn

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:VirtuaCop Model2 Flyer.pdf, page 2
  2. File:Sega Arcade History JP EnterBrain Book-1.pdf, page 133
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GamePro, "February 1996" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 58
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Press release: 1995-10-30: Sega unleashes exclusive lineup of arcade hits for Sega Saturn
  5. GamePro, "February 1996" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 11
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-10), page 30
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Computer & Video Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-10), page 11
  8. Computer & Video Games, "November 1996" (UK; 1996-10-09), page 49
  9. Press release: 1998-09-08: Experience The Ultimate In All-Out Action With New Titles From Expert Software's Sega PC Collection
  10. http://mamedb.com/game/vcop
  11. Computer & Video Games, "November 1996" (UK; 1996-10-09), page 7
  12. http://www.ign.com/articles/2004/07/08/virtua-cop
  13. http://www.zoonami.com/briefing/2004-09-02.php
  14. Computer & Video Games, "November 1996" (UK; 1996-10-09), page 44
  15. Press release: 1996-11-08: SEGA ENTERTAINMENT’S VIRTUA SQUAD DELIVERS GAMING JUSTICE ON THE PC
  16. http://www.gdcvault.com/play/1014723/Yu-Suzuki-s-Gameworks-A
  17. File:VirtuaC1 Saturn JP SSEnding.pdf
  18. File:Virtuacop sat us manual.pdf, page 14
  19. Computer & Video Games, "June 1995" (UK; 1995-05-xx), page 90
  20. EGM², "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 162-165 (162)
  21. Next Generation, "Premiere Issue 1995" (US; 1994-12-08), page 105 (111)
  22. CD Consoles, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 68-72 (68)
  23. Consoles +, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 148-149 (148)
  24. Computer & Video Games, "January 1996" (UK; 1995-12-10), page 30-33 (30)
  25. Edge, "February 1996" (UK; 1996-01-12), page 78-79 (78)
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1996" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
  27. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 1: xxxx 199x" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 18
  28. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 70-72 (70)
  29. MAXIMUM, "January 1996" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 143
  30. Mega Fun, "01/96" (DE; 199x-xx-xx), page 34
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1996" (UK; 1995-12-xx), page 58-60 (58)
  32. Player One, "Décembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 118-119 (118)
  33. Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1995" (UK; 1995-11-24), page 70-71 (70)
  34. Sega Saturn Magazine, "December 1995" (JP; 1995-11-08), page 187 (189)
  35. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 9 (11)
  36. Ultimate Future Games, "January 1996" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 64-65 (64)
  37. Última Generación, "Diciembre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 84-88 (88)
  38. PC Games, "12/96" (DE; 1996-11-06), page 98 (96)


Virtua Cop
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Books: Virtua Cop Official Guide Book (1995)

Virtua Cop series of games
Arcade
Virtua Cop (1994) | Virtua Cop 2 (1995) | Virtua Cop 3 (2003)
Sega Saturn
Virtua Cop (1995) | Virtua Cop 2 (1996) | Virtua Cop Special Pack (1998) | Virtua Cop 1-2 Pack (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Virtua Cop 2 (2000)
Windows PC
Virtua Cop (1996) | Virtua Cop 2 (1997)
LCD handheld game
Virtua Cop (199x)
Sony PlayStation 2
Virtua Cop: Elite Edition (2002)
Virtua Cop related media
Music
Virtua Cop Soundtracks (1996)
Book
Virtua Cop Official Guide Book (1995) | Virtua Cop Kyuukyoku Hon (1996) | Virtua Cop 2 Tai Terrorist Chinatsu Manual (1996) | Virtua Cop 2 Detective Manual (1997)