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Virtua Cop
Arcade flyer for Virtua Cop
Developer(s) Sega-AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yu Suzuki
Platform(s) Arcade game, Sega Saturn, PC
Release date(s) December 1994
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Input methods Light gun, gamepad, mouse & keyboard
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega Model 2

Virtua Cop (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. 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 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.

During the three levels of game, the cops have to face notorious crime syndicate, EVL Inc., and its four leaders: King, Kong, Boss, and Joe Fang.


  • 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.

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