(known as Virtua Squad
for the North American
PC version) is a shooter arcade game
created by Sega-AM2
, and headed by Yu Suzuki
. Its original incarnation was an arcade game
in 1994 and it was later ported to the Sega Saturn
in 1995, and the PC
in 1997. It was later bundled with 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. It included gallery extras and implementation of Namco
's G-Con 2
lightgun support, being the best port of the games yet. In 2004, a port was developed for the handheld Nokia N-Gage
, but this was cancelled by the quality control team before its release. Very few beta units were manufactured.
Virtua Cop was followed by two sequels, Virtua Cop 2 and Virtua Cop 3.
Players would assume the role of police officers and use a light gun
to shoot criminals and advance through the game, with 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. Its name derived from this graphical
style, which was previously used in Virtua Fighter
, Virtua Striker
and Virtua Racing
A detective in the player's department uncovered an illegal gun-running operation and was able to trace it back to a powerful crime syndicate. He compiled a large amount of evidence and was ready to take them down, but he was discovered and assassinated. Some of the evidence managed to make its way back to headquarters and a special task force was put on the case.
- The default gun, the Guardian, can be used in Ghost Squad; however, it can only be obtained by playing the IC Card or Evolution versions.