Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow

Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow

Overview

The Rainbow Six 3 series has been blazing of late with some amazing titles coming out for the franchise. The online play for RS3 for the Xbox was by far my favorite Xbox Live title to date. Now Ubi Soft is back at it again with the sequel, it’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow and it’s better then ever!

Gameplay

You got to love the Tom Clancy game series. It has provided some of the biggest titles ever to hit the gaming market. Not only have we seen a very successful Rainbow Six series but also the Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon series have been very successful. Now we get another installment in the Rainbow Six series in the sequel to Rainbow Six 3; Black Arrow.

Tactical shooters have always been a big hit especially in this series. You play the role of Domingo Chavez with your compatriots being Eddie Price, Louis Loiselle, and Dieter Weber. With this group you will go through several linear missions taking out the bad guys and strategizing your way through some extremely tough situations. This is a game all about strategy, and is not intended to be a run and gun shooter.

The game is all about giving your team mates commands and with the Xbox controller it can be tougher to map these types of controls then many would think. When you take a game that primarily would be best on a PC, Ubi Soft did an amazing job creating a system in which would allow you to "easily" give commands to your teammates. For those who haven’t played the series before the game provides a nice three part tutorial that will get you better at your basic maneuvers, shooting, and team work. So once you go through the tutorial you will be on your way to the ten different maps given to you in Black Arrow.

Sure Ubi Soft did another great job with giving you the ability to command your teammates around the environments; they also give you the cunning ability to take out the enemies yourself. Sure you could have your team do all of the dirty work but where is the fun in that. Instead a lot of times you will find yourself wanting to get through some of it by taking out terrorists on your own.

One thing most games of this genre struggle with is the computer AI but surprisingly Ubi Soft did an amazing job creating some great AI. Not only do your teammates respond well to your commands but they also do a great job defending themselves and the team. So you won’t get tagged for your guys just sitting around asking to get taken out.

Sure the single player has its moments but this is a game that was created for the multiplayer. Not only can you play the game via split screen but the Xbox Live support is just amazing. Similar to Rainbow Six 3 you will have no problem finding games for this one. This is already shaping up to be a very popular game and is just a blast to play online. There are so many positive things to say about the multiplayer I just don’t know where to start. The competition online is very strong and many of us that are not strong in this genre will have a little bit more trouble online with Black Arrow then others. But after a few matches online you will start to become more and more comfortable and that is where the true fun in the game comes out.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow is solid in both single and multiplayer portions of the game. The split screen cooperative play was a real positive addition to the game and the Xbox Live support is impeccable. This is a game both solid in the single and multiplayer portions of the game. It takes an already wonderful game in Rainbow Six 3 and improves upon it.

Graphics

Rainbow Six 3 was a good looking game but it was left at that. There was nothing about it that really stood out about the game but it was a good looking game. The nice thing about it though was that it left plenty of room for improvement for Black Arrow.

Black Arrow takes that chance to improve upon Rainbow Six 3 and does a great job of that. Now these graphics are nothing to compare to Splinter Cell but the game does have a lot of positives. To start with the game has plenty of environments and they are very nicely created. Each environment in the game has plenty of detail and was created very nicely. All of the environments work really nicely and they were created with plenty of precision so they never wear down.

The character models still could use some work. They still lack in the detail department but with that being said they do enough to get the job done. The lighting in the game is remarkable and a step ahead of the last game. Overall the graphics are solid in every aspect.

Fun Factor

For any fan of the tactical shooter fan out there this is one of those games that is just plain fun. With the great single and multiplayer modes in the game you can expect investing a lot of time with this one. This is actually one of the best games for the Live service for the main reason that it is just a ton of fun to play with fellow gamers online. The single player isn’t overly long but the replay value is all there.

Overall

From top to bottom this is a solid title. It’s not perfect, but it is equipped with so much that it would be near impossible to pass this one up. Any Xbox Live subscriber that needs a new game should go run out and get Black Arrow, it’s definitely worth every penny.

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