With backwards compatibility coming soon to the xbox one, I have replayed some old games form the 360 that I would highly recommend you play if and when they become compatible on the xbox one.

Team communication, tactical commands, and modern warfare. These 3 core elements should be at the heart of any single player based modern combat game. While other factors do play a role in shooters including; customization, tactical gear and weapons, as well as challenging scenarios, none seem to be more important then the core 3 in a single player experience. Luckily, this game, as well as several other pieces by this great developer, stands as the model modern tactical shooter that all other game creators should strive towards. Hello gamers, my name is TricKz and today I will be discussing the masterpiece that is, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2.

“The sequel to the award-winning next-generation first-person shooter returns to Sin City. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is your last chance to rescue America’s sexiest city from an escalating terrorist siege that will force you into heart-pounding action from beginning to end. The best are back and this time winner takes all.” – IGN

“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas pushes the franchise to new heights by adding new gameplay features and even more visuals. Players encounter an intense solo campaign that uses new tactical possibilities in various locations around Sin City. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 also breaks new ground in both co-op and adversarial modes, while providing interaction between the solo and multiplayer modes.” – IGN

 

Single Player

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 takes the solid story, game mechanics, weapons and customization from its’ previous instalment in the series as well as brings in new and innovative ideas that would set the stage for future Tom Clancy games.

Throughout it’s story you are tasked with approaching, breaching, and clearing various rooms and building within its Vegas setting, taking out an unknown number of enemy’s. Before breaching, you must survey the area with your team, gathering Intel about the enemy with your customized gadgets and gear. Once you believe you are ready and have checked all angles, you can select your breaching point/points and even mark targets for you an your soldiers. If you desire, you can breach with your team all from one door, or perhaps send your squad to another entrance on a completely other level or section of the area.  You can then chose to enter the room with a stealth approach, using smokes, flash bangs, suppressors and thermal optics. Or if you prefer, you can enter with brute force; bursting through the door guns blazing with the assistance of incendiary and frag grenades. If equipped, you can even plant breaching charges before entry, which when time correct, can blast the enemy standing near it as well as creating a distraction to allow you and your teammates to enter through another door and take out the remaining enemies. This mechanic alone created hours of enjoyment and once you’ve used the charges, you’ll wonder why they aren’t in every other tactical shooter on the market.

– Examiner

Multiplayer

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 also included many multiplayer options. One of them being co-op campaign, which would allow offline split screen co-op, a feature I would like to see used more in recent games. You could also play through the campaign online with a friend. Another multiplayer option was the extremely popular Terrorist Hunt, where you and up to 3 friends (2 player offline) would silently take out a set number of enemies on the chosen map. This game mode was extremely entertaining and required extreme communication to successfully get through the level, especially on the harder difficulties. There were also a number of other modes including; Attack & Defend, Survivor, and Sharpshooter.

I thought I’d include some cool facts about the Rainbow Six Vegas series. Firstly, back in 2007, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (original) became the first Xbox 360 title to join the MLG circuit. The game also used a unique advertising technique, if you were connected to the Internet during campaign play, customized real world business advertisements would appear on billboards and signs in specific areas of the game. If you were offline, a default set of ads would be used including the popular Axe body spray. This feature was built in to add another level of realism to the game.

– GameSpot

Extras

I would also like to recommend some other games that use similar mechanics or just generally fit together with Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Feel free to click on the links to each game and check them out!

Breach & Clear // Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Original, Not required to play Rainbow Six Vegas 2) // Swat 4

 

The Verdict

While the graphics may not hold up to today’s standards, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is a thrilling, tactical, team based shooter with an amazing campaign containing hours of enjoyable gameplay with a replay value like no other game I’ve come across to date. With its minor glitches and some unfortunate multiplayer faults. Rainbow Six Vegas still incorporates an abundance of unique mechanics that I hope will be more incorporated in future Tom Clancy’s titles, including the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege. With all that in mind, I give it a fantastic, 9 out if 10, a true marvel in the shooter genre.

Thanks for reading and be sure to look out for more updates on this and all other gaming news at strictlybusinessgaming.com, see you online!

– TricKz sB (@TheTricKzFix)

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Whats up gamers? My name’s TricKz! Im a new Content Writer here at Strictly Business Gaming! Look out for my reviews and articles on the site and my random tweets too! If you see me playing online be sure to say hello!

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