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Well, recently I have been turning to games where I actually have to think (I can hear you gasp as you read this), plan and carefully execute my missions. I done with games where I could sit up all night and completion just meant running in with the biggest weapon possible shouting "it's hammer time baby, hammer time"..
Ok, so Halo etc are good fun for a while, but essentially they're just a formulae where by you grab a gun, pelt an enemy with ammo until it dies, find medi pack, find more ammo, repeat (with the occasional 'find hidden switch' thrown in for good luck). Good fun, but not lasting.
This is going to sound cliché but with Raven shield (and its add on, Athena Sword) its about the atmosphere. There's something you can relate to (relatively) when playing as a SWAT team that you can't when you using a plasma gun on an alien world. Its the idea that you're facing normal AI guys and you know that its a one shot kills environment. There's no health packs conveniently around the next corner and so you plan your moves VERY carefully.
You'll find yourself waiting, hidden, for quite a few minutes just to take an enemy down from a distance rather than having to approach him. Three teams lie in wait and all pounce on hearing the Go-Code. You creep round with a silenced gun, just hoping that no enemies spot you before you spot them.
As I mentioned, this requires brain power as well as force. An ill planned mission will see your agents 'legs up' in no time and you will likely get bored and discard the games as I did. GTA freaks, I'm afraid this is probably not what you're looking for. You need to take your time; plan and think about the best way to get 'that sniper'. Its a rewarding game to play as the rush you get when something goes to plan and you get everyone home safely is rarely found in a computer game.
Those who have played the older Rainbow Six games may be thinking that Raven Shield is just 'more of the same'. Quite simply, its not. The concept is (obviously) the same, but there's a whole new engine at work here. The graphics are superb and will play well on an average system (About 1GHz or higher for top performance). The missions are more detailed and niggly things from the other games have been removed. You can now adjust the plan slightly whilst in missions, and your team AI has been improved dramatically.
So when you're bored of Vice City, get yourselves a game that will last you. Get a game which will allow you to use your intelligence rather than just presenting you with a huge gun to 'cause some damage' for a while. I highly recommend any of the Tom Clancy games (splinter cell too) but to date, I have to say that I enjoyed this the most.
A worthy addition to any PC games collection. Superb
Command an elite, multinational squad of special operatives against hidden terrorist forces. In Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the team RAINBOW faces the hidden global forces of a new and secretive foe. To foil the attempt of these terrorist forces, pick your team members, assembled from the best counter-terrorism and military units from around the world. After equipping your team lead one squad or control all three through different radio commands and signals to stop terror and unravel a mystery. In locations around the world, from London to the Caribbean to Rio de Janeiro, lead team RAINBOW in a desperate effort to battle a madman and foil his doomsday plot.