A Quick Look At Virtua Cop 2
Released only in Japan, Virtua Cop 2 is actually a port of the PC version and as such it looks slightly better than the Saturn game, but nowhere near as good as the original arcade cab. I had heard that it was incompatible with the PAL Dreamcast light gun so held off from buying it previously, but I saw it advertised for the bargainous price of £4 in a Facebook group so decided to take the plunge. When the game arrived I first tried to play it on the VGA CRT monitor I recently acquired, and true to form the gun just would not play ball. On the calibration screen the shots would only register about 30% of the time, and when they did they were way off target. I assumed the rumours of incompatibility were indeed true so just set about playing with the joypad.
I did own the Saturn port a while ago and didn't own a light gun back then and so had always previously played with the Saturn controller. The lack of analogue made controlling the on-screen targeting reticule a bit of a nightmare and I remember it being not much fun. This is not the case when using the Dreamcast controller - the anologue control makes popping caps in bad guys super easy - almost to the point that there is very little challenge indeed. On the first try I finished the three missions available (easy, normal and expert) with the minimum of fuss and went back to Grandia 2 in about the same time as it takes to prepare and devour a Pot Noodle. The game is very threadbare when it comes to extras - all you get is the basic arcade mode and an options menu; there are no extra modes such as training or target practice like you get in The House of the Dead 2 for example.
On the subject of the light gun not working with the VGA monitor, I decided to hook the Dreamcast up to my CRT TV instead just to see if it worked (I wasn't expecting it to)...and it worked perfectly. So at least I managed to dispel the myth surrounding the game being incompatible with anything but Japanese peripherals. I played for 10 minutes or so and then decided to go back to Grandia 2 again.