Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Review
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System: X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 15, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-16 (Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

They can even throw regular grenades with a good deal of accuracy. You can even use the duo to act as a human shield. But they will eventually die since they can't take a steady diet of lead, even on the easy difficulty setting. They will take a bullet for you, but it's not a feature that you can exploit, and rightly so. In an effort to streamline commands and make the gameplay flow more naturally, many of the moves are context sensitive. For each location and situation you will be presented with a few obvious options. This saves valuable time having to search for the appropriate command in the interface. The only downside is that it limits the degree of depth that you could explore, or at least perceived depth, in any potential situation.

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There's a symbiotic relationship between weapons and performance. You will be awarded weapons based on your favored technique. There are three categories: Marksman, Assault, and Close-Quarter Battle. You will earn points for your kills that will be attributed to any one of these categories. For instance, making headshots will increase your Marksman ranking, while any successful melee combat will build up the Close-Quarter Battle category. You can expect to earn weapons such as sniper rifle if you have lots of points in the Marksman category, or an assault rifle should you show a propensity for the Assault category. You aren't forced into any particular category, like a "class" in a RPG game, so you'll get to try a lot of different weapons if you mix things up a little. There wasn't one weapon that I didn't find functional in one situation or another. The various unlockables, which include not only guns but armor and melee weapons as well, can also be used in the multiplayer modes.

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As in the original Vegas, the scenery is a little generic. The casinos are not "brand name" casinos, merely reasonable facsimiles. They all have a similar style to them, and while I can't say they lack detail, they do lack charm. Most of them have the ambience of a bowling alley. But unlike the original, there are few different locations to look forward to that take us out of the glitter gulch for a while. It's a refreshing change to have some wide- open spaces like the small town in the Nevada desert. The sound effects are excellent and the voiceovers display human qualities and not just "tough guy" vernacular. The character models are very well designed. They animate smoothly and realistically. The cutscenes are well produced but can't stretch the thin storyline much further.

Even though you can literally blast through the single-player mode in a day, the multiplayer modes will keep you coming back for weeks on end. The co-op mode is not an afterthought. Played with another person via LAN or online, it seems as though the game was built for more than one player. You even get the cutscenes with this mode. Up to four players can join in on the terrorist hunt, which is kind of like a frag fest version of an Easter egg hunt. Of course you can expect variations of Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, where you can customize the gameplay to your group's desire, including respawning time, weapon restrictions, and when new players can join in.

Vegas 2 may cover a lot of old ground, but like the city itself, it's something that you just can't stop paying a visit to every now and then.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Recycled from original Vegas games. Same engine. Generic Vegas look.
4.5
Control
Solid, precise, and intuitive. Commands are simplified but still have depth.
4.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Good human emotions. Many sounds have also been recycled from original game.
4.4
Play Value
A straightforward shooter with plenty of action and enough depth to keep your mind occupied.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Ubisoft Montreal Returns - Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is back in the hands of Ubisoft's Montreal studio, creators of the award-winning and highly acclaimed Rainbow Six Vegas, to ensure that ending to the Vegas story is one you'll never forget.
  • More Vegas - Sin City is back and bigger than before. Explore all new Vegas hot spots as the environment changes from dusk to bright daylight to dawn, creating a visual experience that is as challenging as it is breathtaking.
  • More Multiplayer - The highly acclaimed multiplayer mode in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas has been upgraded to include 11 new, smaller maps that force more intense face-offs, 2 new adversarial modes, more rewards, and easier access to matches using the improved and intuitive matchmaking system.
  • Unprecedented Customizable Experience - Create your own identity that stays the same in both single player and multiplayer modes and progresses as you do. Reap the benefits of your 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 your friend can jump into your single player game and help you without any change to the story. Single player maps and storyline were created with co-op in mind, which means every map has multiple entry points and the story is the same.
  • Improved A.I. - A.I. is more challenging than ever. Now the terrorists are equipped with thermal vision, night vision, and shields - not to mention a multitude of varying reactions - all of which are guaranteed to give you a new playing experience every time you go into battle. As you progress within the game, you'll only be able to outsmart your enemies by taking advantage of intel opportunities, such as thermal scanning, and tactical strategies, such as leapfrogging.
  • New Weapons and Armor - Take down the terrorists more effectively using 11 new weapons. New camouflage, clothing, and gear allow you to take customization to the next level.


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