When I recently read up on Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, I thought "This game is for me!". I have always been a fan of the Tom Clancy games, in particular Splinter Cell, due to the stealthy game play (which makes a nice change from most shooters these days).
Rainbow 6 however is slightly less stealthy than Splinter Cell, as it is a combination of a first-person shooter and a tactical shooter. This combination has the potential to be great, however Rainbow 6 just doesn't do it for me.
I think the graphics are the major let down on this game. They are far too rigid and boxy, which means that the already repetitive game play gets slightly boring and dull after just a few missions. There is potential when it comes to controlling the two team mates, however there aren't a great deal of commands which means that this too becomes repetitive. You'll carry out the same 'Breach and clear' command over and over.
Nonetheless, the game does have some positives. As already mentioned, the tactical/FPS shooter genre works quite well. There will be times when you'll have to decide between full-on combat or stealth combat, which gives the gamer some more control and variety. There are some fun features, such as abseiling and fast roping; and the wide selection of weapons and equipment means that there is variety in actual combat.
On the whole, the game is slightly disappointing. The concept is great, however I just wonder if it could've been done better. I don't feel as indulged as I used to with the Splinter Cell games. This is probably due to the issue with the graphics, which could be improved.
The first thing that can be said about this game is that it is totally unique. Although it can be compared to other shooters in it's category, it is not like them in my mind. The game is a lot more tactical and teamplay really matters in the missions. Instead of running through levels like a dog on heat it is more important to stay back and carefully pick off targets using silenced weapons or highlighting them for your team to suppress whilst you flank around the side. The environment also comes into play a lot in the game as you can use the greatly varied amount of walls, doors oreven objects for cover during intense fire fights. Another cool feature is the outfitting option, as you progress through the ranks you will unlock guns, accessories, clothing, armour and even hats, aswell as a few different colours in your camo selection. When the highest rank (elite) is achieved, players gain the option to create their own camo containing whatever colour they want via the three custom camo slots. This adds true effect in the way of making sure that your character is unique and distinctive in both online and terrorist hunt modes, not to mention the use of custom outfitting in single player campaign.
The main storyline of RSV2 consists of a team of spec ops from the US military, of which you will play as "Bishop" who is the leader of the team. Your team consists of 3 members including yourself who change from the start of the game, in other words, the three guys you end up with at the end are not the same as the guys at the start. Missions involve diffusing bombs, stopping criminals, negotiating in hostage situations and obviously A LOT of shooting. The main way of gaining XP to level up with is completing an A.C.E challenge. This method consists of 3 sub categories: Marksman, CQB and Assault. Headshots and hefty kills while opponents are on ropes will net you Marksman points, Exposive kills and shooting through objects net you assault points whilst killing at close range will earn you CQB points. There are various markers in the way of A.C.E levels amongst which you will unlock different guns or in the case of assault, a bulletproof shield.
Online multiplayer is basic, either play versus online in modes such as deathmatch & team deathmatch or challenge yourself to the mode "Team Leader" in which you must defend your team leader while eliminating the other team's leader, after which your teams leader must be escorted to a certain location in the map. Other than versus, the options of co-op or terrorist hunt are availbable. In terrorist hunt the player must eliminate every enemy (terrorist) on the map either alone or online using the techniques described in the first part of the review.
The game is genius, but can get annoying due to disappointing graphics, bad online servers or simple glitches. Overall I'd recommend the game if you're into tactical warfare rather than 'Run & Gun' scenarios. Other than that, the games doesn't get old and is always fun. Hope you've enjoyed my review as much as I've enjoyed writing it.
I never played the original Rainbox Six Vegas, but just picked this one up for £15 from the trade in section. At first I wasn't too impressed by this game, the graphics were good, but nothing like those seen in games like Farcry 2 and Killzone. The Gameplay was OK, but a little repeatitive and I got bored quite soon, and I didn't like the fact that some items in the environment couldn't be damaged - for example, if you unload your gun onto a car, nothing happens, it just sits there, and some windows etc are the same. In this day and age of gaming, I think the environent should respond to your actions and not just the enemies!
This said, I have now found myself completely addicted to this game. As you progress through the easier levels and things start to get tougher, this game really comes into it's own. Suddenly, you don't care that cars and windows don't smash, mainly because you are no longer shooting at them! As the game gets going, you learn to reserve your ammo and aim with care so as not to give your position away or run out of bullets. You go from completing a level with ease to having to really think about your tactics and how to attack a room, sometimes re-doing the same section several times until you choose the best path.
The realism is pretty impressive, especially seen as it only takes 2 shots to kill you. You can't go all Rambo and storm through a room guns a blazing! You need to go slow, ducking for cover behind every pillar and crate, easing your way through the level - if you rush, you die!
So after an initially disappointing start, I now really enjoy this game and find myself totally emerged in each level. It could have been fantastic if the afore mentioned negatives weren't there, but as it is, this is a great FPS game, which given time will grow and grow on you.
I have mixed feelings about Rainbow Six Vegas 2. I really enjoyed the first title but this one feels a bit dated.
The graphics have a murky look to them. Nothing looks sharp and crisp, it has a very dull look to it. Playing this on a HDTV I expected more. The graphics looked impressive on the first title but that was a while back now.
Despite this, the game is still very fun to play. Breeching into a room with flashbangs and silencers is still awesome to pull off. I felt the campaign wasn't as good as in the first game. The storyline was a lot darker in this one but it feels like it was done for the sake of it. There is one thing about the gameplay I cannot stand: the sound bug. Occasionally the sound of your gun firing will keep looping, even if your not pulling the trigger. I found this happened more frequently during multiplayer games. It's really annoying.
The multiplayer is good but the majority of the maps are remade versions of ones that featured in Rainbow Six 3 on the PC. Personally, if I'm paying full price for a game I would like to see some new content.
Overall, this is an enjoyable experience but I would never pay full price for this title.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is the sequel to the popular Rainbow Six Vegas by Ubisoft. Rainbow Six Vegas was a great success for Ubisoft being an early PS3 title and popular title on other formats. They received great credit for a fantastic online mode which lead to high expectations regarding Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
As with the prequel, the unique cover system of being able to see when you are behind cover in in effect for this game with the addition of sprinting. In my opinion the sprinting devalues the tactical and banter online but it makes story mode a lot more enjoyable and unlike the previous game I finished the story this time round. Most of the story I completed in co-op mode with friends online which I thought was a good little feature with the added incentive of improving your online character through this. One of the key features of RSV2 is that your personalised character develops their rank and skills online and offline which for me made offline more appealing. The story mode in this game is a big improvement on the previous game in my opinion with a gripping storyline in nice looking Vegas locations finishing up in an unusual, yet fantastic setting. I wouldn't have bothered with the story in single player because I'm that sort of guy with gaming but the co-op made it a lot more enjoyable.
Another nifty feature in RSV2 is the ability to tag enemies to help your AI team mates know who you want them to attack first. The characterisation in RSV2 is called Persistent Elite Creation. Win or lose, online or offline, the experience is saved and your character improves. Unlike the last game this is not just useful for gaining rank. Once you attain a certain amount of points you acquire Advances Combat Enhancement Specialisation, known as ACES. You gain marksman points for headshots and long range kills. You acquire Close Quarter points for short range kills and gadget usage and you gain Assault points by defeating your opponent's defences. This allows you to unlock, not more powerful weapons, but different and different looking weapons, armour and costumes. This adds another dimension to the online mode of the game which there wasn't in the previous game.
As for the online mode, in my opinion the maps are not quite as good as they were in the previous game which is reflected by the fact that Ubisoft decided to release a map pack which contained Calypso Casino, one of the classic maps on the previous game. Also, this time round Ubisoft faces huge competition online from the likes of Call of Duty 4 which had a lot of people playing it! The addition of the sprint button makes RSV2 slightly less tactical and more towards Call of Duty 4 but it is still a good game to play, and although not many I know play it. I still like to have a dab online from time to time.
After reading the other reviews on this game i was slightly offset seeing as i thought the game was rather impressive.
The story game consists of you leading a small team, where you play as yourself in a first person shooter whilst at the same time are able to control the way in which your other two team members act like. For example you can command them to nade certain areas, wander with open fire or only return fire, set enemy priorities or make a stealthy entry to a new room or level sector.
The weapons which are available are not in few. Like many other first person shooter games you are able to carry two weapons as well as a pistol. All of these weapons can be modified with different scopes, larger magazines etc.
There are also different types of enemies as you are able to come across some with shields, snipers or light machine guns.
Some of the actions which can be carried out i thought were pretty cool. Rappelling down buildings, fast roping and the snake-cam allow you to stealthily kill any opponent.
Alongside this story mode there are also other game plays such as terrorist hunts and an online game. These are all good fun and can take the focus off of one story-line.
Fully customising your character with clothing, armor and weapons made me think this game was rather advanced. The price of this game is constantly decreasing and i would definately recommend it to any action-game or first person shooter lovers.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was a little disappointing for me. I enjoyed the first one, both online and offline, but the problem with this sequel is that it is too similar. The graphics have barely been improved, the missions are the same but with less casinos, which was the best part of the first one and there were some inital problems with the multiplayer.
Don't get me wrong, it's still fun to play though, especially in co-op mode but it just seems that there wasn't much done to improve the series. The same routine of "set targets, clear room, move to next" can get tedious and it would have been nice to see some variety.
There is a good selection of weapons, like in the first, with many different way to customise what your character has. You also unlock things by gaining XP. This is gained in both offline and online, unlike in the first.
Overall, if you want a cheap FPS to play with a friend then you can't go wrong with this, but don't expect it to be ground breaking or a "keeper" for very long.
I brought this game after loving the first one, but after playing for awhile, I have to say this is more of the same and nothing has been improved. The game had lots of hype and was considered to be a COD 4 destroyer. However, this game doesn't bring the goods and is very boring.
The story mode isn't very good and doesn't keep you hooked. It gets boring after awhile but is ok in co-op mode if with a mate.
The graphics are very good but the soundtrack is poor. The game also suffers from a bad framerate and frezzes at times.
The online isn't ver good with logs of lag which makes it hard to play. Also, I got my scored deleted after I mistakenly deleted my game save as the info wasn't stored on the server. The maps aren't very good and quickly get boring to play.
The game is more of the same from the first game, there is nothing new and it is basically more missions.
I liked the way you could customise your character and also rank up on single player. The 2 player co-op is fun with a good terrorist hunt which is very fun but is very hard. The game doesn't have a good replay value with nothing new on the second time round.
Overall, I think this game isn't very good but has some good co-op features so it is worth it if available cheap.
After playing the original game Rainbow Six Vegas, i thought this game must be worth buying as the first one was fantastic. There was much hype leading up this game and it appeared to look as good as it's previous title. I bought it but i became dissapointed quickly. The story mode was okay, wasn't exciting enough to keep me playing till the end. The online was poor, with ridiculous lag which made it impossible to play as your bullets would take around 4 seconds to come out your gun so it was a huge game of luck to find the winner. The maps online were not great but neither were they on the first game, apart from a few exceptions including LVU campus and Calypso Casino. All in all i would stear away from this game, and play Rainbow Six Vegas 1 instead as that is much better with a better carear.
I was a real fan of the first Vegas game and therefore chose to purchase this on the day it was released. I was left feeling a little deflated. The game seems to have taken no steps forward, even the graphics are basically the same standard as the first game which was my major gripe. The story mode is good and i did enjoy completing it, wasn't the most in depth game of all time but gave a good amount of game time. However it seemed to suffer from serious lag, you would try and do an action like shooting for example and it would take far too long to actually do it which was really annoying. This problem basically left you trying to second guess what you needed to do next to get through. This was even more evident in online play, the reason many people buy the game and therefore put me off future rainbow six games.