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June 10 2007
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
28/6/2007UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Quebec City1-6$79.95
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Taking cover behind objects.
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Targeting from above.

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Hanging out in the subway.
Who ever would have thought this was going to happen. Only a couple of months after we heard that Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas would only be appearing on the PS3 and XBox 360 as the Playstation 2 wasn't powerful enough to run the game Ubisoft have stunned us by confirming that their upcoming action title will also be available on the PSP. Sure, we know it will be scaled back from the PS3 version (which is previewed here), but this game looks like holding it's own.

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Graphics are looking pretty good.
Las Vegas is burning while the world watches. International terrorist Irena Morales has amassed an army of mercenaries to besiege America's playground, but her true agenda remains a mystery. Hero Logan Keller and his team have one night to return order to the heart of chaos before Irena achieves her ultimate objective. What they discover will not only change Rainbow itself, but could also tip the balance of power firmly in favor of the terrorists.

This PSP version of Rainbow Six: Vegas doesn't try to copy the PS3 version, but rather offers a parallel storyline. This means we also get to play as new characters. Brian Armstrong is a field operative and assault expert taking down tangos from teh ground floor while Shawn Rivers is an expert sniper using long-range shooting skills to pick of terrorists from above, one at a time.

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Got him targeted!
Gameplay is still played from a third person perspective with your soldiers able to execute a wide range of moves including taking cover behind objects, rapeling down walls, firing on enemies, using a range of weapons (including the ever trusty MP5, PSG1, grenades and so on) and equipment and, well, pretty much anything else you can expect other professionals to do.

As well as artwork one of the key unlockable items is a game mode that Ubisoft are calling 'Terrorist Hunt Mode' which allows you to hone your skills by entering specific points of single-player maps to take out the enemies. Actually, we don't know how much interest this will hold - sounds like playing the missions from different entry points. Time will tell.

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Using the MP5.
Gamers will be thrilled to hear that Sony's handheld doesn't miss out on the multi-player action either. Ubisoft are including wireless (ad hoc) or online play for up to six players in either Survival or Team Survival mode across six classic Rainbow Six maps.

After some lengthy delays (much like the PS3 version) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas is due out in Australia this June, and it looks like being one of the most technically accomplished titles on the system to date. The graphics are quite spectacular and if the development team at Ubisoft Quebec City can combine solid gameplay with the visuals then we are certainly onto a winner. Action fans, it's time to lock and load.