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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: If Rainbow Six: Lockdown was meant to bring a broader range of casual/arcade gamers to the series then it has probably succeeded. Even with its last minute changes, Rainbow Six: Lockdown is a far different game than Black Arrow with a lighter attitude and more emphasis on fun than modern combat realism. If Black Arrow was a bit too hardcore for you, then Rainbow Six: Lockdown should probably be the next FPS in your collection.
Excerpt: Rainbow Six 3 on the Xbox gave me some of the most fun I've had on Xbox Live. I got together with a few buddies and we played through the game in co-op and competitively against a few other small teams. It was a real laugh, helped by my inability to open doors properly and a tendency to get shot in the back of the head by my ever more immature growing team-mates.
Excerpt: No matter what you say about Tom Clancy, the books he’s written have created a good breeding ground for games, Be they online, tabletop or board-based. Rainbow 6 , Ghost Recon , Red Storm Rising , and The Hunt for Red October are all classic games. The Rainbow 6 series has been a firm favourite of mine since the first game appeared on PC in the mid-late 90’s and I was especially pleased to see that the franchise was tearing up the Xbox Live community.
Excerpt: The Rainbow Six series basically created the realistic, tactical shooter subgenre on its own. Hidden and intelligent enemies, one-hit kills, high-tech weapons, and realistic plotlines combined to make players feel the tension that comes with being a special operative on the frontlines of the war against terrorism. The latest game in the series is Rainbow Six Lockdown, but it strays from the path forged by its predecessors.
Excerpt: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six franchise has been well loved by its fans for many years now. When a developer is able to release multiple versions of a game over several years, they normally do not change the gameplay up significantly. This keeps the fan base happy and growing. The past several versions of the franchise have seen the action switch to more of an arcade friendly form of gameplay.
Conclusion: Lockdown is a competent shooter, which is disappointing simply because the previous Rainbow Six's were fantastic shooters. Slipping further into the realm of action and forsaking its origins, the single player suffers from inconsistent A.I of both teammates and enemies, and even though the environments are a little more interactive, they seem to lack the realism that was the hook of the first few games.
Pros: nice long campaign, PEC mode is a great online addition, environments more interactive, sniper action is lots of fun, visor effects and decals are cool
Cons: visor can obscure the action, inconsistent AI for both AI and teammates, online matches devolve into spawn rushing, PEC Abilities seldom used, doesn't look as good as past RSix games
Conclusion: Overall, Rainbow Six: Lockdown is a worthy addition to the Rainbow Six series, even despite its flaws online. It is certainly one of the better squad-based shooters out there. Rightfully, this should be a must-have for fans of the series, and I would say it is a worthy purchase for anybody who likes their first-person shooters.
Summary: ’Rainbow Six’-Anhänger aufgepasst! Mit dem PEC-Modus haben die Entwickler ein ganz heißes Eisen im Feuer, das die Online-Spieler noch mehr vor die Konsole bannen dürfte, als das ohnehin schon beim dritten Teil der Fall war. Wir können die fertige Version des Spiels auf jeden Fall kaum noch erwarten.