Virtua Cop: Elite Edition

Published by Acclaim
Developed by SEGA-AM2
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99

Virtua Cop: Elite Edition is a combination of Virtua Cop 1 & 2, both classic titles in their own time. Of course there was always one key ingredient when it came to enjoying games such as Virtua Cop and that is a light gun. Using a gamepad, to be honest, is difficult and will seriously impair your judgement of a good game.

The games comes with Virtua Cop 1 & 2 and a training mode. Of course being new to the game I headed straight for the training mode. I don't have a light gun so I was condemned to using the Dualshock 2 pad. The training mode is kind of a target range and even here I found the aiming and firing rather hard work. Using the left analogue stick to aim, the square button to fire and the circle button to reload is nowhere near as accurate as using a light gun, which can be instantly aimed without even thinking about it.

There are 6 levels in all, 3 from each game and these levels have multiple stages. The levels are all fun and with the three difficulty levels on offer, along with the modifications you can make in the options setup such as the number of continues and auto reload and taking off the enemy indicator, you can make the game as difficult or as easy as you wish, which is always a good thing. There are multiple paths on some levels so there is some incentive to replay the levels a couple of times.

Assuming you have a light gun where the game really shines is the 2 player co-operative mode. Indeed the Virtua Cop series has never been known for it's depth and is at it's best when played for half an hour at a time. Playing the game with a friend though makes for one heck of a laugh, particularly on the highest difficulty setting. If you have a light gun and have friends round to play games then Virtua Cop: Elite Edition is recommended.

Visually the game is OK. Some improvements have been made over the original versions but don't go expecting the game to push the PS2 to it's limits. The enemies have little animation and more or less just pop up from nowhere to shoot, or swing an axe occasionally, and be shot at. The enemies all look very similar, in fact you'll find there are about 3 varieties per stage and these are repeated throughout. There isn't anything particularly brilliant with the graphics but then again there isn't anything particularly bad. Whilst the graphics are true to the arcade version on which they are based it must not be forgot that the arcade games are about 7-8 years old.

There is no problems with Virtua Cop: Elite Edition for deaf gamers. The game relies on quickness of sight and reactions above all else. Messages such as 'Reload' or 'Hold your fire' are given exclusively in text so there's no problem there. You'll sometimes get a few words of speech from the innocent bystanders, who you mustn't shoot, which are not subtitled but this is hardly a problem.

Overall Game Rating: 8.0/10 (With light gun)
Overall Game Rating: 5.0/10 (Without light gun)
With a light gun you're in for a good time, especially with a friend to play co-operatively with you. However if you're stuck with Dualshock 2 the experience is not so good hence the two marks.

Deaf Gamers comment:
No problems at all.