Excerpt: I feel like introducing a bit of context before launching into my review of the actual game. I arrived home from an extended vacation in Seattle, flying into Denver on September 11th the three year anniversary of one of our countries greatest tragedies in recent memory. I walked into my home, greeted my roommates whom I had not seen in some time and embarked on the great American tradition of drinking copious amounts of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Excerpt: There are few publishers that can claim to equal Ubisoft in terms of supporting their Xbox games on LIVE. Between downloadable content and semi-sequel game releases for the fans that can't get enough, Ubisoft has provided a string of extra content for pretty much every Clancy game they've released. Now, there's Black Arrow, basically the old Rainbow Six 3 with new maps, split screen, and some tweaked gameplay. But is it good? Not as good as you would hope.
Conclusion: cramped buildings. Many of the objective-based missions center around freeing hostages or defusing bombs. The enemies you’ll be facing are well-armed terrorists who will stop at nothing to take you and your team down. Once again you assume the role of ‘Ding’ Chavez who is part of a secret United Nations organization that fights terrorism abroad.
Excerpt: The 2003 release of Rainbow Six 3 on the Xbox marked this strategic shooterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first appearance on the next-gen consoles. At the time it was released, Rainbow Six 3 was the most popular Xbox Live game, played on a global scale. The single player offers some challenging, yet fun gameplay. Black Arrow is considered to be the expansion pack to the popular shooter. Does it top the charts or is it just a ploy for Ubi Soft to make more money?
Excerpt: Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com The phrase "mission pack" comes to mind. It's a very good mission pack, full of new maps and game types, but it's still a mission pack.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Realistic military games are reaching a point of ubiquity, and it's getting harder for developers to distinguish their games from one another. In Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow , Ubisoft Montreal has combined traditional first person shooter gameplay with squad-based tactics to make one of the better games of this year. Despite a couple of minor flaws, the gameplay is absorbing and fun, just what you need to keep you on your toes until the end.
Conclusion: I had a great time playing it -- in fact I've been playing it way too much recently, much to the vexation of the Editor [you'll keep Florido - Ed] -- and I have no trouble in giving it a double thumbs up. The Rainbow Six 3 series is alive and well on the consoles, and I'm now very much anticipating co-op madness in Rainbow Six: Lockdown.
Conclusion: In the graphics and audio departments, Black Arrow is of the same quality as RS3, with beautifully modelled guns and nicely detailed environments - and of course the absolutely fantastic Dolby Digital 5.1 sound which improves the experience immensely. The cinematic music you get when certain events are triggered in missions is a nice touch, and I must mention the front end music which I think is superb, and really gets you in the mood for the game.
Pros: Ten brand-new new missions., It’s only £20., Really good AI., It's more Rainbow.
Cons: Unfortunately the excellent AI has occasional hiccups., Some aiming/collision detection issues.