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Viva Las Vegas 2
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (PS3)
Member Name: GeordieNick
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (PS3)
Advantages: Good Story, ACES
Disadvantages: Not a massive improvement on the first
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.
Summary: A good, if unspectacular sequel to RSV.
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