Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas review

  • Team-based anything in multiplayer
  • Executing a perfectly planned attack
  • A sparkling, saturated virtual Vegas
  • The generic non-Vegas levels
  • Save points are few and far, far between
  • Unmemorable characters and story

Be warned, though, that Vegas takes its tension-drenched atmosphere very seriously - perhaps too seriously for some gamers. Despite all your cautious self-preservation, a good portion of your conflicts will inevitably finish with a "game over" screen and, just like that, you've lost half an hour of your life. Vegas doesn't enable you to save anywhere and check points are spread extremely thin. Some will find this design choice incredibly irritating; others will enjoy how it ratchets up the feeling of mortal danger even further. Our opinion shifted with the quality of the mission we were stuck on and how much fun it was to try over and over.

Remarkably, we found ourselves reloading that last checkpoint without hesitation more times than not. The game gives you so many tools to work with (snake cameras, smoke grenades, heat vision, etc) that you're always eager and able to attempt new strategies.

The most obvious tool is your Rainbow Six team - really more of a Rainbow Two - and they are surprisingly helpful. Crucial, even. Completing a mission without having them breach and clear a door, or sending them to the opposite side of a room to draw fire, can be next to impossible. And while they do need an awful lot of medical attention, throwing yourself into the center of crossfire to deliver a life-saving Pulp Fiction-esque injection is one of the most heart-pumping aspects of this game, or any game.

More Info

Release date: Dec 12 2006 - PC
Nov 22 2006 - Xbox 360 (US)
Dec 15 2006 - PC
Dec 01 2006 - Xbox 360
Jun 29 2007 - PS3, PSP (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PS2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft, Ubisoft Quebec City, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Montreal
Franchise: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Intense Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:


  • calipber - April 13, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    Awesome kickass game. Graphics, gameplay, story line, multiplayer and more. This was the first game i played on a friends 360 and i fell in love with the game. I wish the 2nd one was as good. I've enjoyed myself with countless hours of multiplayer games long after the story mode was over. good job Ubisoft and Tom Clancy. i give it an overall 10/10
  • darkprinceofdesire - March 7, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    I finally went out and ot Rainbow six Vegas. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!! It is the worst Tom Clancy game I have ever played. The game play and graphics are good, but Michale is the most useless character I have ever seen. He can't hit a fish in a barrel, and when I did finally get done with the data hub, after oh, 50 tries, I tossed a grenade in the hallway at the end of the cat walk, and he ran rite in after it. Now I understand that there's only so much you can do and a game, but come on, at least gimme some descent back up. I expected alot more, and I am sorely disappointing. I'd give it a 9.5 on game play and graphics, but as far as the team members, -1000. I'll stick with Ghost Recon, at leat I don't have to worry about useless team mates in that game.

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