Conclusion: However you choose to play Rainbow Six: Vegas, the fictional Vegas sprawl before you always looks incredible. It’s hard to fault the superb use of animations, effects and artistic details that permeate the dense environments. The only major area that disappoints is the rather boring liberties that were taken in recreating the Vegas theme. Sure you’ve got casinos and hotels and whatnot, but there’s not the grit and sizzle you might expect from a game set in Vegas.
Excerpt: After its release earlier this year on the 360, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas finally hits the PS3. Vegas is the series' second revamp. After an ill-fated effort to revitalize the game as an action shooter with Rainbow Six: Lockdown , Vegas brings the game back to its roots as a tactical shooter while retaining Lockdown 's accessibility.
Excerpt: Can an action game be released these days without using some kind of 'cover' system? Just as bullet-time appeared in every other action game for a while, it seems that your game is nothing these days without the ability to put your character's back to a wall. Rainbow Six Vegas is the latest game to use such a system, but how does this PS3 version compare to last year's superb Xbox 360 release. I'll get the boring stuff out of the way first.
Summary: Between the outstanding graphics,
stunning cinematic presentation and immersive attention to detail, Rainbow
Six Vegas truly stands out as a next-generation masterpiece. The game
itself is superb as well, mixing stealth action and combat with a
realistic plot that keeps you immersed in the game throughout. You
literally feel like you're in command of the action with an intuitive
interface and HUD that's transparent and allows you to focus on the task
Excerpt: Since the console debut of Rainbow Six on the Dreamcast some seven years ago, both gamers and Tom Clancy fans alike have been able to immerse themselves in the “realistic” world of tactical counterterrorism. Yes, with the likes of Ding Chavez and his merry band responding to your controller inputs with all the grace and speed of a professional luge team, the terrorists never stood a chance.
Conclusion: Once you get a game going, the online aspect of Vegas far and away shines as the biggest selling point, but there's no discounting the single-player game either -- even if the ending is a little blah. Better late than never, Vegas rocks.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: What I liked most about Rainbow Six: Vegas is how well the new cover system slots into the familiar gameplay series fans have come to love. It works better than in Gears of War and the game is challenging and beautiful to boot. There's simply no reason - other than a dislike of guns on your part - why you shouldn't get this one right now.