Virtua Cop Elite Edition Review

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Virtua Cop Elite Edition Review On PS2

Virtua Cop was the first light gun game to take place in fully rendered 3D environments while running along "rails". It also featured a good damage system which allowed enemies to fall and die in different ways depending on where you hit them. Virtua Cop then spawned a sequel which demanded accurate shooting with one shot kills. Now both of these games have made their way on to the PS2 under the name of Virtua Cop Elite Edition.

Virtua Cop is now in the region of seven years old, so instead of remaking and tidying up the old version for a release on the PS2 we will have to make up with a disc containing both games the original and the sequel. And as you can imagine Virtua Cop Elite Edition looks tired and rough around the edges.

AM2 have apparently improved the graphics slightly by smoothing over the rough edges and running the game at a higher resolution. This does in some ways make the game look even older than it should the characters look even more blocky and blurry. So if you have played or own the likes of Time Crisis 2 on the PS2 you are likely to take on look at Virtua Cop Elite Edition, frown and possibly dismiss it.

Virtua Cop Elite Edition has not been changed in the game play department either so just in case you have never played Virtua Cop, this is what it is all about. The game consists of several levels with each one set in a different area and as you progress the going gets more and more difficult. You are armed with a standard issue gun that can hold six bullets; then you have to shoot bad guys with it, smartly dressed terrorist types.

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When you start to play you will notice a huge green round cross hair that shrinks and targets a bad guy, when this cross hair turns red the terrorist will shoot and hit you, you need to shoot the enemy before this cross hair turns red. This system acts as a timer or fuse you are given a certain amount of time to hit each of the enemies. As you progress through the game the time will decrease and you will have to shoot enemies in quick succession. One good thing about Virtua Cop is that it only requires one hit to kill a bad guy any where on the body. So you can hit the enemies on the arms or legs and you will see no more of that person. This makes are a great fast shooting game, the quicker you hit your enemies the more points you score. If you do shoot enemies very quickly in concession you will earn a very good score.

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If you try to do this the first time you play you will undoubtedly fail. The enemies are positioned in some very awkward places so you will have to play the game a few times in order to learn the layout of the levels. Once you have done this you will be able to replay numerous times and unlock new guns and beat your high score. Unfortunately after parting with forty quid you will feel ripped off. This is a very old, ugly and outdated piece of software and it's not going to take you long to finish.

The only new addition to Virtua Cop Elite Edition is the gallery. If you hit difficult shots during the game you will get a gallery shot message, which means you have unlocked some picture stills in the gallery. This is a disappointing addition, who wants to see some out of date screen shots of Virtua Cop? Well I don't, some new guns or levels would have been nice and would have been much better than this almost pointless addition.

Virtua Cop Elite Edition is a great game, in it's day it was superb fun and definitely deserves the title "Retro classic" even if it is an old antique of gaming history. But the fact still remains it is old and Sega have not put any effort into updating the game play, visuals or sound. If you pay forty quid for this game you will definitely feel ripped off, this game should have been launched with a very low price tag in order to give the customer some sort of value for money. Let's hope Sega produce a real sequel in the future.

4.5 out of 10

 

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