Virtua Cop 2

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Virtua Cop 2
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Model 2A CRX, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, PC
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (43 tracks)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Saturn
Virtua Gun, Shuttle Mouse, 3D Control Pad,
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast Gun, Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Arcade Stick
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
1995  ?

Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9097
Sega Saturn
JP (Virtua Gun)
¥6,800 GS-9154
Sega Saturn
$? 81043
Sega Saturn
US (Virtua Gun)
$? 81052
Sega Saturn
EU (Virtua Gun)
€? MK81052-50
Sega Saturn
£39.99[2] MK81043-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81043-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81043-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81043-50
Sega Saturn
R$? 193606
Sega Saturn
₩? MK-81043-08

Windows PC
¥8,800[3] ?
Windows PC
$? ?
Windows PC
€? ? MK-85061
Windows PC
UK (Xplosiv)
£? ?
Windows PC
₩? ?

Sega Dreamcast
¥2,800 HDR-0061

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.


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 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.


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.


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

Production credits

Arcade version

Saturn version

Source: In-game creditsMedia:VirtuaC2_Saturn_JP_SSOpening.pdf[4]

PC version

Track list

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

2. AM2 Logo (00:09)

3. Go Ahead (01:01)

4. Voice (Title) (00:06)

5. Stage Select (01:06)

6. Voice (Stage 1) (00:06)

7. Voice (Stage 2) (00:06)

8. Voice (Stage 3) (00:06)

9. Voice (Stage 4) (00:06)

10. Break Out (02:02)

11. Big Chase (01:58)

12. Escape (02:10)

13. High Pressure (01:49)

14. Look Out (01:51)

15. Save The Mayor (01:56)

16. The Dance Of Death (01:50)

17. Crisis (03:17)

18. Rail Line Shootout (01:47)

19. Trap (01:44)

20. Dead Angle (01:08)

21. Revenge Of Fang (01:38)

22. Game Over (00:07)

23. Ending - Intermission (01:07)

24. Name Entry (01:18)

25. Voice (Champion Of Virtua City) (00:06)

26. Voice (Champion Of Justice) (00:06)

27. Voice (Champion Of Law And Order) (00:06)

28. Voice (Crime Buster) (00:06)

29. Voice (Top Cop) (00:06)

30. Voice (Good Cop) (00:06)

31. Voice (Average Cop) (00:06)

32. Voice (Rookie Cop) (00:06)

33. Voice (Klutz Cop) (00:06)

34. Voice (Gangster) (00:06)

35. Voice (Guardian Of Virtua City) (00:06)

36. Voice (Voice 1) (00:06)

37. Voice (Voice 2) (00:06)

38. Voice (Voice 3) (00:06)

39. Voice (Voice 4) (00:06)

40. Voice (Voice 5) (00:06)

41. Voice (Voice 6) (00:06)

42. Voice (Voice 7) (00:06)

43. Voice (Voice 8) (00:06)

44. Voice (Voice 9) (00:04)
Running time: 30:26

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Cop 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 089.pdfEGM US 089.pdfEGM US 089.pdfEGM US 089.pdfEGM US 089.pdfEGM US 089.pdf

Saturn print advert in

Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

UltraGamePlayers US 093.pdf

Saturn print advert in

Ultra Game Players (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Intelligent Gamer (US) #8: "January 1997" (1996-xx-xx)[5]

CVG UK 182.pdf

Saturn print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #182: "January 1997" (1996-12-11)
also published in:

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #183: "February 1997" (1997-01-10)[6]

MegaForce FR 54.pdfMegaForce FR 54.pdf

Print advert in

Mega Force (FR) #54: "Novembre/Décembre 1996" (1996-xx-xx)

Hyper AU 039.pdf

Print advert in

Hyper (AU) #39: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Model 2 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №169, p75[7]
Based on
1 review

Model 2, US
VirtuaCop2 Model2 US Flyer1.jpgVirtuaCop2 Model2 US Flyer2.jpg
Model 2, JP
VirtuaCop2 Model2 JP Flyer1.jpgVirtuaCop2 Model2 JP Flyer2.jpg

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №182, p64-67[8]
80 №41, p86
81 EGM
80 №415, p31
90 GamePro
88 №51, p40/41
85 №102
91 №8, p53[9]
94 №59, p98/99[10]
94 №51, p32-36[11]
85 №70, p130
95 №14, p66/67[12]
87 №1996-21, p264[13]
87 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[14]
78 №93
Sega Saturn
Based on
15 reviews

Saturn, US
VC2 Saturn US Box Back.jpgVirtuacop2 sat us frontcover.jpg
VirtuaCop2 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Virtuacop2 sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
VirtuaCop2 saturn eu cover.jpg
Virtuacop2 sat eu disc.jpg
Saturn, EU (Virtua Gun bundle)
VirtuaGun EU VC2 Box Front.jpg
Virtuacop2 sat eu bundle backcover.jpgVirtuacop2 sat eu bundle frontcover.jpg
Jewel Case
Saturn, EU (Demo)

VirtuaCop2DemoCD saturn eu cd.jpg
Saturn, JP
VC2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgVC2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Virtua Cop 2 Sega Saturn Japan Spinecard.jpg
VirtuaCop2 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Virtua Cop 2 Sega Saturn Japan Manual.pdf
Saturn, BR
Saturn, KR
VC2 Saturn KR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngVC2 Saturn KR Box Front.jpg
Saturn, KR (alt)
VirtuaCop2 Saturn KR Box Back Alt.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtuaCop2 Saturn KR Box Front Alt.jpg

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №99, p114[15]
80 №2000-08, p21Media:DCM_JP_20000310_2000-08.pdf[16]
81 №, p34Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf[17]
70 №586, p29
Sega Dreamcast
Based on
4 reviews

Dreamcast, JP
Vcop2 dc jp back cover.jpgVcop2 dc jp front cover.jpg

PC version

VirtuaSquad2 PC US Box Front.jpg
VirtuaSquad2 PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case

VirtuaCop2 PC EU Disc.jpg
Virtua Cop 2 PC EU Box Back.jpgVirtua Cop 2 PC EU Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, EU (Ntertainment)
VirtuaCop2 PC EU Box Ntertainment.jpg
VirtuaCop2 PC JP Box Front.jpg
PC, JP (Ultra 2000)

PC, JP (DigiCube)
VirtuaCop2 PC JP Box DigiCube.jpg
PC, UK (Xplosiv)
VirtuaCop2 PC EU Box Xplosiv.jpg
VirtuaCop2 PC EU Disc Xplosiv.jpg
PC, UK (Xplosiv) (Alt)
VirtuaCop2 PC UK Box Xplosiv Alt.jpg
PC, FR/NL (Sega Classics)
VirtuaCop2 PC FR-NL Box Classics.jpg
VirtuaCop2 PC FR-NL Disc Classics.jpg
PC, ES (Xplosiv)

VirtuaCop2 PC CN Box Front.jpg

Technical information

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
VIRTUACOP2 VIRTUA_COP_2 VIRTUACOP2 2 blocks Virtuacop2 vmu.png

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 181.pdf, page 49
  2. File:CVG UK 193.pdf, page 57
  3. (archived 2000-04-11 22:43)
  4. File:VirtuaC2_Saturn_JP_SSOpening.pdf
  5. File:IntelligentGamer US 08.pdf, page 45
  6. File:CVG UK 183.pdf, page 41
  7. File:CVG UK 169.pdf, page 75
  8. File:CVG UK 182.pdf, page 64
  9. File:IntelligentGamer US 08.pdf, page 55
  10. File:Joypad FR 059.pdf, page 94
  11. File:MeanMachinesSega51UK.pdf, page 32
  12. File:SSM_UK_14.pdf, page 66
  13. File:SSM_JP_19961213_1996-21.pdf, page 266
  14. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11
  15. File:ConsolesPlus FR 099.pdf, page 114
  16. File:DCM_JP_20000310_2000-08.pdf, page 21
  17. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 34

Virtua Cop series of games
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
Virtua Cop Soundtracks (1996)
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)