Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Review for Xbox 360

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Save Vegas from an escalating terrorist thread in this tactical FPS sequel.

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8Out of 10
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Cries of "It's just Rainbow Six Vegas 1.5" were heard across the gaming community when Ubisoft announced its follow-up to Rainbow Six Vegas, and in many ways the community was right. Vegas 2 is incredibly similar to the previous game, but with a completely new storyline, new locations and a few additions to the gameplay, anyone who enjoyed fragging and clearing in the original game will have a brilliant time doing the same this time around.

Vegas just can't get a break. Not content with being the centre of a huge terrorist attack in 2006's Rainbow Six Vegas, the location returns in the sequel. It's not quite as coincidental as it seems though, as the story of Vegas 2 covers a time before, during and after the events of the first game. Still, for many, returning to Vegas will feel a little too samey, even though there are far more daylight and outdoor missions this time around.

Being one of the new-wave of shooters to use a cover system, Vegas 2 is somewhat more strategic and slower-paced than your standard FPS. The gameplay pretty much relies on you moving from cover to cover, hugging it tightly as you peek out to take down enemies with headshots. Using a press and hold cover system, Vegas feels a little different to the other cover-based shooters on the market and being able to freely aim all around you while snug to a wall gives you the ability to handle distant and near enemies.

But you'll be doing much of what you did in the previous game

But you'll be doing much of what you did in the previous game

As in the original, you are lead in a three-man squad, able to issue numerous commands to your two team-mates while in battle. A simple point and click movement command means you can tell your guys to go to any visible location, and this becomes context sensitive when you're aiming at a useable item, such as a door that can be entered, a wall that can be climbed or a bomb that can be disarmed.

This is just the beginning of the squad control options at your disposal though. A key command is the toggle for how your team-mates engage with enemies. When cleared to fire at will they'll shoot at and take down any enemies they spot, but if told to hold-fire they'll wait until shot at or until you give them the order to storm a room and take down the enemies. A neat tool to help in these room storming situations is enemy tagging, essentially picking out up to two enemies that your team-mates should target first. By sending them to another entry point you can set up an attack from two angles and clear a room in seconds.

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i went out and rented it. and i <3 it probly gonna pick it uptoday. its got all the parts of the old rainbow games that i loved and a few things. o and Rory it looks nothing like Cod4 the game play is alot different and the way the game runs is alot different.
Posted 18:13 on 11 February 2009
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Triggerhappytel@ Roydizzle

Roy, I think if you enjoyed all the others so much you'll probably like Vegas 2 as well. Given that you can get it for £10 or less in places now (probably cheaper pre-owned?) you might as well just buy it, says I.
Posted 16:01 on 04 February 2009
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i have just a question or too, i have played every single Rainbow six game from eagle watch, Black Thorn and rogue spear(still play RS) i have also played rbs3, Rbs3 BA, and rbs4 lock down and critical hour. I have Played Vegas campain but not online. how does Vegas 2 shape up to all the original games?
Posted 15:55 on 04 February 2009
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right now i am sitting down at a small desk, writing about why everyone needs to purchase this find peice of gaming hardware, for starters, its got a sprint button, several new weapons or ''killing tools'', more beautiful scenery, and more... now do you know whats wrong with this sentence, well its the ''more'' in it, its way too much. now that im nearly done bashing the game for the same qualities, lets talk about the features that kick ass... if you played the first one, theres virtually nothing new here... literally. if you have not played the first one, screw it and get this one instead. the levels are crisp and fun enough to come back and play, the weapons select at the begining of the levels create nothing but replay, and since i have not yet played ''the best game of all time'' call of duty 4, then rainbow six vegas 2 is the most intense first person shooter i know of today. multiplayer... well i dont actually play online, but if i did, i would love it. the sounds make the game, hearing bullets buzz past your head, grenades go off, and soilders scream, this makes my day. now the game IS NOT a super fast paced shooter, you have to actually be smart, gasp! however its still intense, and is never off beat. lastly, the AI is actually smart, and so is the co-op. in conclusion, vegas 2 is the same thing, and normally any game that is a repeat is a direct stinker, but you can't hate tom clancy, no one can, he's a spy, he'll kick your ass. anyway i have not yet played the first rainbow game, but because the critics say its the same, i will too... what everyone is a follower now a days.

Posted 01:51 on 17 September 2008
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it looks sick. it looks a lot like call of duty 4 though.
Posted 22:22 on 19 April 2008
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Bought this yesterday and still enjoyable as ever and thank God for the inclusion of being able to sprint. The only problem is that the price of the game; it's pratically what Black Arrow was to Rainbow Six 3 and kind of disappointed I paid £40 for it, but it's fun and after playing CoD4, I didn't even play through Vegas as it was too 'slow', but Vegas 2 is 'slightly' better due to the sprint.
Posted 10:16 on 22 March 2008
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The Saint

Right on! I'm getting Viking Battle for Asgard also, for my 360. However, I'm VERY tempted to p/u R6V2 tonight to help me get through the weekend!
Posted 21:19 on 21 March 2008
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I think I might pass on RB: Vegas 2 for the time being. As next week Viking Battle for Asgard is coming out on the PS3 and 360, RB will most properly be the same as the first vegas. The new stuff in the game would be storyline and achievements for the 360, so nothing much is really making me eager to get the game.
Posted 19:45 on 18 March 2008

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Out of 10
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Great co-op gameplay
  • Some thrilling fire-fights
  • Multiplayer will last ages
  • Doesn't feel like a true sequel
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Release Date: 20/03/2008
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: PEGI 16+
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