Rainbow Six 3 Review

Developer: Ubi Soft Publisher: Ubi Soft
Release Date: October 28.2003 Also On: GCN, PS2, and Xbox

Prettier than Splinter Cell and deadlier than Ghost Recon, that is true. Tom Clancy and Ubi Soft have once again delivered another great game to the next-gen world in the third installment of the Rainbow Six series. This version of the game is the best yet. Normally, games that make their first jump onto a next-gen console aren’t nearly as good as they were on the older consoles. Ubi Soft forgot all of that and put it all together to look like Splinter Cell and play even better than Ghost Recon does. Just how good is this new saga staring Team Rainbow? Read on and find out.

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Visually, the game is one of the greatest looking on the Xbox. Using the visual effects from Splinter Cell, Ubi Soft enhanced the greatness of it making it even more lifelike than ever. Real-time shadow effects, footprints, detailed rooms and objects, and dripping and rippling of water are just some of the things that make the game look great. People in Rainbow Six look more realistic than those in Splinter Cell. Hard to imagine anything could look nearly as good as SC, but it does. Thermal goggles have been vastly improved so that now you are actually able to see when you have them on.

Rainbow Six is strong in the sound department as well. Your party members yell at you when they see something, which alerts you to ready your gun. They speak to you while they are following you to keep you aware that they are right behind you. The guns sound really good and echo in stairwells, sewers, and other large areas, just like they would in real life. Enemies speak to one another so you know they are near your area. Footsteps of the enemy also alert you to their presence. Everything here is top notch.

Gameplay features an element that is new to the gaming world. You can take your XBL communicator and use it during regular gameplay. With this, you can give orders to your teammates such as move in and frag, cuff ‘em, and cover me. This adds a whole new light to this genre of game. Like most FPS’s now, controller setup is similar to Halo. A few things have changed around a bit to better fit the game, but it still would feel similar to a veteran in Halo. There are a few things wrong here though. The aiming is very sluggish for one. Sometimes, it is hard to precisely aim at the opposition. This causes more deaths in the game that is really acceptable for this kind of problem.

With the added feature of the XBL communicator to the game play, Rainbow Six 3 stands out from all the other tactical shooters a whole lot. Xbox Live play is also an added incentive for those who actually bought XBL. Since XBL needs all the help it can get when it comes to having “quality� games and this is one of them.

XBL and voice chat with your party will add hours of enjoyment in Rainbow Six 3. After all, who wouldn’t want to order around an A.I. teammate? There are 14 missions in all through many different environments. These include sewers, warehouses, buildings, snowy fields, and city streets. Take your team and play on Live for a chance at becoming the best Team Rainbow in the world. Don’t miss your chance to check out the next saga from Tom Clancy and Ubi Soft in Rainbow Six 3.

Graphics: 10
Sound: 9.5
Gameplay: 8.5
Creativity: 9.5
Replay Value/Game Length: 9.5
Final: 9.3
Written by Shawn Review Guide

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