|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: March 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-16||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game's control scheme is perfect, really. Players can easily shoot their way through the corridors, crash through plate glass windows, and pop out from behind cover to snipe distant enemies. Taking your team through all the mayhem is another story. Dragging your A.I. teammates around the levels can be cumbersome until you come up to some doors.
The actual mechanic for giving orders to your team couldn't be simpler, but in the heat of battle it is very easy to forget it's not just a one man show. Furthermore, sometimes the use of cover gets a bit janky during multiplayer battles. Often you'll find your character looking over the wrong shoulder, and you'll be unable to recover before bullets have already riddled your corpse. That's really all just nitpicky stuff though. The controls, on the whole, are fantastic.
The initiated are absolutely going to love this title. It literally has everything you love about the original Vegas with a few added features, gameplay modes, and content for you to romp your way through. If you are expecting a totally revamped system chocked full of innovative content, then you'll be disappointed. Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2 play like they are volumes in one complete set rather than completely distinct games. Newcomers to the series should definitely pick up the first edition on the cheap, hone their skills, and then grab the second part if they are still craving more. That being said, the new multiplayer modes and gameplay are phenomenal and the subtle refinements to the title do make Rainbow Six Vegas 2 superior to its predecessor. If you loved the first, don't hesitate to pick up the second. Conversely, if you weren't thrilled by Vegas know that Vegas 2 is better though it is basically the same game. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've still got a number of gadgets, side arms, shotguns, and assault rifles to unlock
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director