Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

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Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by: Ubi Soft
Price Range: $51-60
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: Mature Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

     Reviewed By: David Crawford

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 2 of 5 (heavy)
Adult Content: 2 of 5 (heavy)

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is the follow up to Ubisoft acclaimed Rainbow Six: Vegas released back in 2007. This strategic thinking persons shooter allows players to continue and finish the story brought to players from the first game.

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is brought to gamers by Ubisoft’s Montreal office, the people responsible for all of Tom Clancy’s games including the popular Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon games. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is unlike most shooters in the way that it requires the player to use there brain more than their brawn. Instead of rushing in guns blazing, most situations in the game allow you to explore other options in which to pass a section, and always require the help of your 2 teammates who have special skills and abilities which include defusing bombs, computer use, and picking locks.


Vegas 2 as good as it may be, gets to be very repetitive, due to the fact that it is simply the first game with a few added features, including the customization of your character, unlock-able gear and weapons with earned experience in either single or multiplayer games, and a few new locations within the game. Simply put Ubisoft used the phrase “if its not broken don’t fix it” which is exactly what they have done with this game. The one thing that Ubisoft has really focused on with this game is the multiplayer which has been vastly improved over the last game. Multiplayer matches are easy and fun to play, depending on the people you play with, and you are now able to gain experience for unlock-able items for online play in the single player mode.

Spiritually the game has almost nothing to offer, as to be expected with most shooter games. However, it does have moral meaning in the way that if one of your teammates is hurt and down you must heal him before moving on, and when a hostage situation is presented you must save them if you are to successfully finish the mission. The ending of the game also offers a chance for redemption for the main bad guy in the game. The game is not without its objectionable material though. The game is an “M” rated game for a reason. Aside from the violence and blood in the game there is quite a bit of coarse language to be heard either from the enemy guards in the game including multiple “F—” and G– D—“. I understand the developers wanted the game feel gritty and make us think the bad guys are really bad, but there is no excuse for language like that. The language simply ruins what could be a really well put together game.

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Year of Release — 2008

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