“ Manufacturer: Ubi Soft / Genre: Shooter „
Rainbow Six 3 (RS3) for the PS2 is a stripped down version of the Xbox version. Ubisoft couldn't use the same graphical techniques for this platform but made up for it with added things such as multi-player splitscreen action.
The levels in RS3 are very linear and open and there are a variety of ways to go about completing them. You can go stealthy, do all the shooting yourself, or get your 3 team members to smoke out rooms, burst into rooms and shoot or flash grenade them as well as various other options throughout the game.
RS3 is a tactical squad-based first person shooter. You control a team of anti-terrorist fighters, known as Team Rainbow. The single player game has 15 levels. You are given three international team members, controlled by computer AI, but also designed to follow your commands. Commands include open and clear; open, flash (flash bang), and clear; and open, frag (grenade), and clear. The offline multi-player allows for split-screen action, with two players on one team going over the one-player levels together. There is also an online multiplayer option but i cannot comment on this as i have not played it online.
Your team members add an extra dimension to the game and the AI is very good i think. They follow your commands accurately and when they don't it can be hilarious. I remember me and my mate were playing this and we ordered our team to grenade a room. On the command, they all ran off down the corridor and roudn the corner which baffled us. And then, to our surprise and delight, they burst in through the door right next to us and through a grenade in, at us! It was a classic computer moment.
Everything about the game is very steady as it were. The shooting is accurate. By this i mean that where you aim you shoot unlike some other shooting games where you can't seem to hit anything as the aim is ridiculous. There are 15 levels as i have mentioned and pretty much all of them are comprehensive, original and entertaining. The added beauty of completing the game and then playing it all over again but 2 player with a friend, co-operatively, is a great addition to the game.
I think it took me several hours to complete all 15 levels of the game which isn't that long compared to other game but you can play it over again and still enjoy it and of course play it 2-player. It's a good game to have in your collection and is certainly better than the latest Rainbow Six game 'Lockdown' which i didn't enjoy at all. RS3 can be picked up for around a tenner in any good games shop these days due to it being over 2 years old now and i definetly recommend it.