Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Xbox 360
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Released on 20/03/2008
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is the last chance for gamers to rescue America’s sexiest city from an escalating terrorist siege that will impose heart-pounding action from beginning to end. The best are back and this time winner takes all. The highly-anticipated sequel to the recipient of numerous awards, including 2006’s Best First Person Shooter and Best Online Game, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will push the top-selling franchise to new heights with new gameplay features and groundbreaking co-op and multiplayer modes.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Features:
- More Multiplayer: The highly acclaimed multiplayer mode in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas has been upgraded for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 to include 13 new maps with more intense face-offs, two new adversarial modes, more rewards, and easier access to matches using the improved and intuitive matchmaking system.
- Unprecedented Customisable Experience: Create your own Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 identity that persists through both the single player and multiplayer modes and progresses along with you. Reap the benefits of your Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 single player rewards in multiplayer and vice versa.
- Vastly Improved Co-op Mode: Turn single player mode into co-op mode at any time, just by jumping into the game. Now you and a friend can jump into a single player game of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and assist without any change to the story. The single player maps and storyline were created with co-op in mind, meaning every map has multiple entry points and the story is unaffected.
- Challenging AI: The AI in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is more challenging than ever. Now, the terrorists are equipped with thermal vision, night vision, and shields – not to mention a multitude of varying tactics – all of which are guaranteed to give you a new playing experience every time you go into battle. As you progress within Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, you’ll be able to outsmart your enemies by taking advantage of intelligence opportunities, such as thermal scanning.
- New Weapons and Armor: Take down the terrorists more effectively using 11 new weapons. New camouflage, clothing and gear allow for the ultimate customisations.
- More Vegas: Sin City is back and bigger than before. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 lets players explore all new Vegas hot spots and the gritty back streets creating a visual experience that is as challenging as it is breathtaking.
An immersive core single-player experience will see gamers fighting against a revolutionary organisation bent on overthrowing the US government, with first-person gameplay presented from multiple character perspectives.
Rainbow 6 Patriots will also offer a variety of cooperative multiplayer modes and options, which will challenge players to coordinate tactics and work as a team to accomplish their objectives.
David Sears, creative director at Ubisoft, said: 'Terrorism has evolved and so has Rainbow 6 ... All the team play, tactics, and realism that fans of the series love have been coupled with an exciting new narrative direction.'
Rainbow 6 Patriots will be the first new instalment in the series since the launch of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 back in 2008.
Playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2 with a friend who's not into this sort of game in the slightest, he was of the opinion that people who were into such titles would love the game – even going so far as to suggest I get the word 'epic' into my review as many times as possible.
Instead of doing that, I thought I'd get it all out of my system in one paragraph. So here goes...
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is epically epic stuff, boasting epic HD visuals, played to an epic musical accompaniment through an epic Tom Clancy antiterrorism story, against the epic backdrop of a sprawlingly epic digital Las Vegas, offering epic-scale firefights and epic levels of realism that Rainbow Six fans and Vegas 1 players will get epic amounts of epic enjoyment from.
Right. That's that out of the way. Now, to explain what all of that actually means...
Epically epic stuff that Rainbow Six fans and Vegas 1 players will get epic amounts of epic enjoyment from.
It is, quite frankly, the approach to gunplay in Rainbow Six Vegas 2 that makes it so impressive, and yet so different from its obvious console competition. Halo 3 is all about massive environments and sandbox unpredictability, Call of Duty 4 is this huge, scripted tour-de-force, but Rainbow Six Vegas 2 requires a far more methodical mindset.
There's no jump button in Rainbow Six Vegas 2. You plod around at slow pace the majority of the time, sprinting in short bursts only over very small distances. And going gung-go gets you very, very dead in rather a hurried fashion.
Pro-american antiterrorist machismo
Instead, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is very much about co-ordinating your team's movements, taking cover, selecting the right weapon for the job, and going from room to courtyard to rooftop, clearing areas in a slow-moving, ever-alert SWAT-style manner. All the time you're paying heed to your mission objectives (disarm bomb, save hostages, etc), and hearing a not-infrequent amount of radio chatter laced with the type of pro-American antiterrorist machismo typical to Tom Clancy's works.
If that's your bag, then my mate's right – you will absolutely love Rainbow Six Vegas 2. The intensity of the title is all-but overwhelming.
Heavier customisation elements, more cinematic storytelling, fully-fledged campaign co-op and enhanced multiplayer.
Of course, plenty will have played the original, and for them that description of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will be largely redundant. For returning players, the real question will be; is Rainbow Six Vegas 2 a worthy sequel to one of 2006's best shooters? … And following that; does it improve the Vegas formula?
To be blunt; it's a very good more-of-the-same; after just 18 months in development, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 can't avoid feeling familiar. That, however, should be no bad thing for the series' fans, who will enjoy the heavier customisation elements, more cinematic storytelling, fully-fledged campaign co-op and enhanced multiplayer suite of Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
In co-op, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is at once a step forward, and a step back, with the number of players actually reduced from four to two. However, that's allowed Ubisoft to optimise Rainbow Six Vegas 2's co-op play, making it a more story-driven, cinematic experience. With player two able to drop in and drop out at will and play as the team's second in command, it's basically the singelplayer mode with an extra person – though it is a shame player two can't give orders if player one gets killed.
Familiar but refined
Rainbow Six Vegas 2's other big evolution is to bring experience points to the campaign mode as well as online multiplayer, letting you buy new weapons and equipment across the various modes and customise your character how you wish. Add in 13 new multiplayer maps, and the ACES system giving you experience points for different actions a little like Halo's medals, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is sure to keep fans occupied for quite some time.
And in the end, this really is one for fans. Familiar to, but refined over its 2006 forebear, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is another solid tactical edition to Ubisoft's epic series. Oh, shoot – I said it again.
- More Rainbow Six Vegas action that fans of the first will find even more enjoyable.
- Run button ups the pace of the game considerably.
- New customisation and experience points systems make singleplayer even more fulfilling - while co-op and multiplayer are further refined.
- More of the same which won't necessarily feel as fresh to Vegas 1 fans, or convert non Rainbow Six players.
- Co-op play, while improved and more cinematic, is down from four players to two
- Running feels a bit odd at first and will be divisive amongst the hardcore Rainbow Six Vegas community.
Iain takes a look at Team Rainbow's upcoming multiplayer shenanigans.
It’s been over a year now since a trip to Sin City revitalised this previously flagging franchise and that time has seen it become one of the most popular choices for the ever-expanding online gaming massive. It’s no real surprise than that on their second excursion to Vegas, Ubisoft have kept a healthy focus on the multiplayer aspect, keeping and tweaking all the features that made the original such a hit, and also adding some new modes to broaden the experience.
The team at Ubi are quite happy to admit that they’re not looking to try and reinvent the wheel with this iteration, rather streamline it and make it more accessible to new players. As such the first major tweak is the to the matchmaking system and game browser making it much easier to find players and games suited to your skill level and preferences, lessening the demoralisation inherent in getting your butt handed to you over and over by people who have been playing compulsively for months. Nothing revolutionary, but a welcome evolution nonetheless.
it remains to be seen how the added emphasis on communication and teamwork will fare in the feral wilds of the public server
Similarly the new modes are evolution rather than revolution. Firstly, there’s Demolition, which will be familiar to anyone who has played Counter-Strike on the PC. The teams are split into attackers and defenders, with the attackers being tasked with carrying a bomb to one of several designated areas and detonating it while the defenders try to stop this from happening. It’s a tried and tested gameplay mechanic, and it’s definitely a good fit for the Rainbow Six scenario. Combine this with the exemplary map design that the Vegas team have showcased in the past and Demolition certainly promises to be a new favourite.
Follow the Leader
Team Leader, the second new variation is an expansion on the VIP gameplay seen in many online games. Each team has a leader who they must protect at all costs, while trying to eliminate the opposite number on the opposing team. However, in a new twist, the team leaders can see each other on their maps. This neat little twist places a particular emphasis on team communication, with the leader being required to communicate the enemy position to his squad at all times while trying to lead them into a deadly ambush. It’s an excellent idea in principle, and could certainly become the preferred mode for organised matches but it remains to be seen how the added emphasis on communication and teamwork will fare in the feral wilds of the public server.
Indeed, from our experience playing the multiplayer mode of Rainbow Six Vegas 2, where we lost two hours before we knew what was happening – always a good sign – we’ll happily predict it will be one of the year’s best online experiences. In fact, we’d put money on it.
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It’s been over a year now since a trip to Sin Cit…Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 User ReviewsTop review1 month agograte gameone of the best game i brought when it fist came out.so i had 2 go and get again.a1 year agoclassic gaming (better than CoD)TC's Rainbowsix vegas 2 is a classic game that seems more real than it is. I enjoy this game because it reminds me of the military and its terrorist hunt seems to be like survival on CoD 8. TC's Rainbowsix vegas 2 is a game anyone especially CoD fans.3 years agoTom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2played this game long time ago loved it! after then i couldnt get back to it because i started to try other multiplayer games, but now i fell like getting back to it, i love how the experience points works, many items to unlock and i love how you can change your players looks, the campain is very interesting, co-op is amazing, cool weapons and vegas is a great setting for the game, ive now got HD tv and found out it supports HD graphics so cant wait to see how that looks, since standard looked great, HD is just going to make me play the game longer.4 years agoTom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2This game is amazing but not one of the best.4 years agoTom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2i got this game with my elite i have not betten it yet but it is a great game GAMPLAY 5/5 GRAPHICS 4/5 and the stroyline is greatConfiguring your price alert
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