Rainbow Six Vegas review

Terrorists gamble with America's toughest taskforce


  • Balance of strategy and action
  • Intuitive team commands
  • Stunning graphics and level design


  • Beginning in Mexico
  • Underwhelming storyline
  • Waiting long to play it

Counter-terrorist teams don’t often arrive as late as Rainbow Six. Originally scheduled to appear as a launch title, if this had been a real hostage situation, then everyone would have already been shot or died of starvation. But despite forcing us to wait around for ages, Rainbow Six Vegas is definitely here to deliver. It’s a slick combination of strategy, focused aggression and all-out nerves of steel.

Focus is an important word, because this is anything but a run- and-gun FPS. Survival depends on two decisive factors - using cover effectively and making the best use of two AI-assisted companions. Forget about the game’s 50-plus weapons; Michael Walters and Jung Park are the most effective part of your arsenal. These men follow your every command, and rely on you not to put them in the firing line.

More Info

Description Clean the filth out of Vegas - one headshot at a time - in this deep, strategic and intense team-based shooter.
Franchise nameTom Clancy's Rainbow Six
UK franchise nameRainbow Six
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PS2, Xbox
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating16+
Release date12 December 2006 (US), 15 December 2006 (UK)