I still love the first Virtua Cop more than its follow-up, but The House Of The Dead wins this poll for me... Sure, it's a rough (or should that be technically unfinished?) conversion, yet I go back to this more than both of AM2's visually superior light gun efforts. In a way, the "grittier" look actually works better with the whole b-movie aesthetic, plus I never get bored of literally shooting holes through enemies - at a time when zombies were experiencing something of a slump, it was games like HOTD and Resident Evil that rejuvenated my interest in the horror genre. To this day, these two games remain my absolute favourites of their kind, with Resident Evil 2, Zombie Revenge and The House Of The Dead 2 all close behind to round out my top five titles. Incredibly, all of these burst onto either the Saturn or Dreamcast within a few short months!
5 years ago I would've said Virtua Cop 2 as I still had a CRT and Lightguns. But nowadays I play VC2 with the Saturn Mouse as it's much better than a normal controller and I play House of The Dead with an Auto-Fire pad. Out of the two, House of The Dead is the better experience. But VC2 with the mouse is also great but I do prefer House of the Dead.
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I'm torn on this one. Virtua Cop 1 & 2 are great and a huge step forward for the light gun genre, but I find them a bit vanilla and uninteresting today. It's personality kind of starts and ends with "light gun game", in the same way Virtua Fighter's entire personality is basically just "fighting game" with stereotypical characters that represent their fighting style as opposed to being distinct unique characters.
So I like House of the Dead a lot more, because with the hilariously awful dialogue and voice acting, as well as the stupidly over the top gore that's more hilarious than disturbing due to how cartoonish it is (coming from someone who is usually pretty squeamish with graphic violence), I find it a lot more entertaining. The only thing holding me back from saying it's the better game is, as others have said, the port. Virtua Cop 2 is a much more polished and technically impressive game on the Saturn, runs smoother, looks better, all of that. Also this is arguably a nitpick, but I was really disappointed that House of the Dead doesn't support the Saturn mouse like Virtua Cop 2 does, since that was such a fun way to play that game and an excellent workaround for playing the game on an HDTV. I've tried several times to get the mouse to work with my NTSC-J copy of House of the Dead and no luck.
So, Virtua Cop 2 is the best light gun game on the Saturn for sure. But personally I like House of the Dead a lot more and if we were going off the arcade versions of these games I'd be saying that House of the Dead is easily the best.
My vote goes for The House of The Dead, since last year i've also finished this with my fiancee. Great co op mode I prefer it over Virtua Cop series, because of the horror theme and superb Currien Mansion
no doubt for me this is between virtua cop 1 and 2. 2 is way better, has more interaction. however the music in 1 is simply epic. I really don't understand why they got rid of the awesome arcade music they had in virtua cop 1. still 2 is the best imo despite the music.
house of the dead I never got into it. on dreamcast I also much prefer confidential mission to house of the dead 2. zombies in general are way overrated.