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May 1, 2007
Rainbow Six: Vegas - Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
28/6/2007UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Montreal
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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The game really is this stunning!
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Absailing down the building.

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Lining up the sight.
Ubisoft's Rainbow Six series has been a staple for the company in recent years with tremendous sales on both the PC and consoles. The last title in the series Rainbow Six: Lockdown was a game we enjoyed here at, however it was certainly the most 'arcadey' styled game in the series and it copped a lot of flak as a result. This new game, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (to give the title its full name) promises a return to a simulation styled game, and despite it's setting in Las Vegas promises to be one of the most serious games in the series to date.

Rainbow operatives take to the chaotic streets of Las Vegas as an escalating terrorist siege in "Sin City" threatens to take world terrorism to new, uncontrollable, heights. The future of global security hangs in the balance as you battle to defend classic Vegas locations like Fremont Street, the Strip, and perfectly detailed casinos.

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Want to play some pokies?

The majority of Rainbow Six: Vegas is played in a first person perspecive, however when you press up against walls or take cover the game switches to a third person mode. This new game includes a new team of Logan Keller, the squad leader and the character who you control through the game as well as Michael Walter, the heavy weapons and recon expert, and Jung Park, a specialist in long range weapons and electronics. Returning to more simulation styled gameplay is first taken with the return of the infiltrate rule of engagement which means you can't go in all guns blazing. That is, however, still available when the assault rules are being applied. Another new feature is the ability to use a snake camera under doors so you can see what's in the next room before breaching the door. Operatives, while in assault mode, can also use rappelling and fast roping.

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Got him...
One of the potential reasons for this game not being released with the launch of the system in November in America, and March in Europe is that Ubisoft had to spend extra time developing the online modes, and testing it with the Playstation Network. The developers are including both adversarial and cooperative game modes. In terms of online modes Ubisoft are incorporating support for 16-players in total. In offline gameplay the developers are including support for 2-players in split screen mode, and allow two players on a a single console to battle online together.

The amazing thing about Rainbow Six: Vegas is that these screens are actually in-game and not pre-renders or mock-ups. With the power of Unreal Engine 3 this game really does look fantastic and promises to set a high benchmark on next-generation systems.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas has been received very well on both the PC and XBox 360 (With scores of 85.5% and 88.9% respectively) and the PS3 version promises to be every bit as impressive. The game has been delayed by several months to ensure it meets expectations - and at this stage we can't disagree. America will see the game released on May 22, with Europe and Australia currently looking at a June 28th release.