Virtua Cop 2

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Virtua Cop 2
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Model 2A CRX, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PC
ROM size: Arcade 33.75 MB,[1] Sega Saturn 343MB
Peripherals supported: Sega Saturn Virtua Gun, Sega Dreamcast Dreamcast Gun, Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Arcade Stick
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade World 1995  ?
Sega Saturn JP 1996-11-22 ¥5,800 GS-9097
Sega Saturn JP (Virtua Gun) 1997-07-25 ¥6,800 GS-9154
Sega Saturn US 1996-11-22 $? 81043
Sega Saturn US (Virtua Gun) 1996 $? 81052
Sega Saturn EU 1996-11-21 £? MK81043-50
Sega Saturn EU (Virtua Gun) 1996-11-21 £? MK81052-50
Sega Saturn BR 199x $? 193606
Sega Saturn KR 199x ₩? MK-81043-08
Sega Dreamcast JP 2000-03-02 ¥2,800 HDR-0061

PCs JP ¥? ?
PCs US $? ?
PCs EU £? €? MK-85061
PCs UK (Xplosiv) £? ?
PCs KR ₩? ?

Virtua Cop 2 (バーチャコップ2) is a light gun Sega Model 2A CRX game, released in 1995 and developed internally at Sega by their AM2 studio. It was ported to home systems on the Sega Saturn in 1996. It was released in PC in 1997 and Sega Dreamcast in 2000. It was later bundled with Virtua Cop in Virtua Cop: Elite Edition for PlayStation 2 in 2002.

This game was known as Virtua Squad 2 for the North American PC release. It was succeeded by Virtua Cop 3.


The game features three levels through which the player's movement is automated on a predetermined path. It is the player's job to shoot the criminals that appear before time runs out and they shoot back. Along the way there will be various objects in the background that can be broken if shot, some of which will reveal power-ups afterwards. At the end of each level there is a boss battle, as well as one extra final boss battle after all three levels have been finished.


Detective Janet Marshall is the new face on the force at the VCPD Special Investigations Unit. Her specialty is subject profiling - the analysis of every detail at a crime scene used to determine patterns of criminal behavior - and she has gained a considerable reputation by putting more than a few nasty criminals behind bars. But last year she lost her partner and mentor, Nick Anderson, while on a case.

During the events of the Virtua Cop, the original Virtua Cops, Michael "Rage" Hardy and James "Smarty" Cools, shut down the EVL Inc. criminal empire. Three of the head King and gang leader Boss Kong are all in the maximum security federal pen, and the final member of the EVL gang of four, international terrorist Joe Fang, is believed to have been killed in a helicopter crash, though his body was never found. After the downfall of EVL Inc. a comprehensive investigation of their black market and gun-running activities was launched in the Virtua City bank.

The GamesMaster Challenge

In 1997, former Games World Videator and future videogames journalist Martin Mathers appeared on the British videogames television show GamesMaster and participated in a challenge to complete a stage on two separate Virtua Cop 2 cabinets at the same time. Mathers performed admirably, but ultimately failed the challenge after shooting a bystander and losing a life. After the camera captured him venting his frustrations (although inaudible, he can clearly be seen to be mouthing expletives), he cut a post-challenge promo stating that he had, in fact, taken pity on the bystander and performed a mercy killing, due to the apparent likeness to British pop flop Peter Andre. This challenge can be seen on the GamesMaster DVD given away on the tenth anniversary issue of GamesMaster magazine in 2003

Game characters

Michael Hardy (Rage)

Two years later, this cop has grown up with his partner, James Cools, and a newcomer cop, Janet Marshall. He could do better than anyone else, including his part-time job and his duty training. He is known to be a quick draw when things get underfire. Rage is an all-around character in the game.

James Cools (Smarty)

Like his partner, Michael, who worked the same side for the good as well as he does, this doesn't stop him from beating by some bad guys. Although Rage is quicker on the draw in a gunfight, Smarty is known to be the top shot in the police force.

Janet Marshall (Janet)

A newly-installed special VCPD detective in the Virtua Cop special investigations squad (although the only female cop in the squad), Janet fights for her deceased partner.

Note: Sega Saturn Magazine (published in the UK) put up a friendly competition to give Janet Marshall a tag name. The name chosen was Janet "Hubcaps" Marshall.

VMU Features

The Dreamcast version of Virtua Cop 2 allows to save game data on the VMU.

Virtua Cop 2 Save Data
Name File Name Comment File Size Icon
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Production Credits

Arcade Version

Director: Wataru Kawashima
Main Programmer: Shunsuke Sekikawa
Main Designer: Akihito Hiroyoshi
Programmers: Goho Ogura, Tadanobu Numata, Tetsu Yoshimitsu
Designers: Akira Morimoto, Issei Tokuda, Yoshiyuki Iwai, Masataka Aochi, Jeffery B Buchanan
Music Composer: Hideaki Miyamoto
Supporting Programmers: Kazutoshi Tozawa, Masao Matsumoto
Supporting Designers: Shuichi Sahara, Takafumi Kagaya
Cabinet Design: Masahiro Yoshino
Electrical Design: Ken Adachi
Mechanical Design: Makoto Saito (AM R&D Dept. #4)
Special Thanks: Satoshi Mifune, Masaki Yamashita, Hiroyuki Nakagomi
Producer: Yu Suzuki
Created By: Sega AM2
Presented By: Sega

Saturn Version

Director / Main Programmer: Masayuki Sumi
Chief Designers: Hideki Miyake, Masakazu Takizawa
Programmers: Goho Ogura, Hiroki Okajima, Hiroyuki Tsuzuki, Junichiro Matsuura, Takayuki Muramatsu
Designers: Nobuhisa Tajiri, Yoshiyuki Iwai
Supporting Programmers: Takayuki Yamaguchi, Takeshi Iwasaki, Takeshi Matsuda
Supporting Designers: Ryoya Yui, Saori Nishikawa, Norimasa Yoshizawa
Music Composer: Hideaki Miyamoto
S.E. Support: Hidenori Syouji
Publicity: Jun Kasahara, AM#2 Publicity Section
Special Thanks: Five G music technology
Producer: Yu Suzuki

PC Version

Program Director: Ken-ichi Yokoo
Main-Programmer: Kazuhisa Hasuoka
Network-System Programmer: Yoshihiko Toyoshima
Sound-System Programmer: Takashi Atsu
Graphic Designers: Hisato Fukumoto, Yumi Morikawa
Sound Composer: Maki Morrow
Technical Advisors: Naohiro Warama, Osamu Ogata, Kei Takashima
Testers: Takahiko Kobayashi, Youichiro Inoue, Kazuyuki Hagiwara, Noriko Hori
Director: Jun-etsu Kakuta
Special Thanks To: AM R&D Dept. #2, Virtua Cop Arcade Team, Virtua Cop Saturn Team, AM#2 Sound Section, AM#2 Publicity Section, PC Division, Technical Division Design Team #2
Assistant Producer: Shun Arai
Producer: Toshinori Asai
Supervisor: Yu Suzuki


Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Model 2 Version

Arcade 75 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 2 reviews
Publication Score Source
90 AllGame
60 №169, p75
Model 2, US
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Model 2, JP
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Saturn Version

Sega Saturn 86 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 12 reviews
Publication Score Source
80 AllGame
80 №182, p64/65/66/67
80 №41, p86
81 EGM
90 GamePro
88 №51, p40/41
85 №102
94 №59, p98/99
94 №51, p32-36Media:MeanMachinesSega51UK.pdf
85 №70, p130
95 №14, p66/67
78 №93
Saturn, US
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Virtuacop2 sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
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Saturn, EU (Virtua Gun bundle)
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Jewel Case
Saturn, EU (Demo)

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Saturn, JP
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Virtua Cop 2 Sega Saturn Japan Manual.pdf
Saturn, BR
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Saturn, KR
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Saturn, KR (alt)
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Dreamcast Version

Sega Dreamcast 79 Sega Retro Average 
Based on 4 reviews
Publication Score Source
84 №99, p114
80 №2000-08, p21Media:DCM_JP_20000310_2000-08.pdf
81 №, p34Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf
70 №586, p29
Dreamcast, JP
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PC Version

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Jewel Case

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Jewel Case
PC, EU (Ntertainment)
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PC, JP (Ultra 2000)

PC, JP (DigiCube)
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PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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PC, UK (Xplosiv) (Alt)
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PC, FR/NL (Sega Classics)
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PC, ES (Xplosiv)

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External Links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast
Virtua Cop series of games
Arcade Virtua Cop (1994) | Virtua Cop 2 (1995) | Virtua Cop 3 (2003)
Saturn Virtua Cop (1995) | Virtua Cop 2 (1996) | Virtua Cop Special Pack (1998)
Dreamcast Virtua Cop 2 (2000)
PC Virtua Cop (1996) | Virtua Cop 2 (1997)
LCD Virtua Cop (199x)
Logo-ps2.png Virtua Cop: Elite Edition (2002)
Virtua Cop related media
Albums Virtua Cop Soundtracks (1996)
Books 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)