Rainbow Six Vegas Multiplayer Hands-On

Get an early glimpse at some of the multiplayer modes and levels that you'll play with when this acclaimed tactical shooter arrives on the PS3.

Judging by its critical and commercial success on the Xbox 360, Rainbow Six Vegas is a game that the PS3 sorely needs. So it's good that the PS3 is getting its own version of Vegas next week. An intense tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Vegas puts you in the boots of an elite, NATO counterterrorist commando out to save the world. And by world, we mean Las Vegas--but then again, if Vegas blew up, lots of people would be sad. We've already previewed the single-player portion of the game, and recently we had a chance to check out its multiplayer action. And as any Xbox 360 Vegas player will tell you, the multiplayer is where it's at. The PS3 version will actually feature more multiplayer content than the Xbox 360 game. Not only does it have all the original maps seen in the Xbox 360 version as well as the maps that were sold as part of the Player's Pack Red Edition, it also has five exclusive maps. So we battled Ubisoft to get an early taste of the action.

First, we checked out a team sharpshooter match on the new Red Lotus level, which is exclusive to the PS3. Red Lotus is a fictional restaurant in the single-player campaign (and from the size of the level, the largest restaurant in the world), so it only makes sense that the multiplayer level has the same theme and style. This is a very tight, indoor level, with narrow corridors that make direct assaults difficult. There are three floors in this level: The bottom floor is the restaurant, the second floor is composed mainly of hallways and dining rooms, and the third floor is the roof. You can use the roof to fast-rope to the bottom floor or snipe through the large skylight windows at targets below. Things are so close-quarters, though, that you're probably better off with a submachine gun or a shotgun, as well as plenty of grenades.

Rainbow Six Vegas' multiplayer suite should provide plenty of entertainment to PS3 players.

From Red Lotus, we moved on to Border Town Redux, a map that was included in the Xbox 360's Player's Pack Red Edition. The first Border Town map proved to be extremely popular for Xbox 360 players, thanks to its gritty setting and its mix of indoor and street combat. Border Town Redux changes the lighting conditions to dusk, so you have to use your night-vision goggles more, and makes the Spanish-style church in the map the center of the action. Due to the long sight lines, it's nice to have a decent medium- or long-range weapon with a scope, so you should pack an assault or sniper rifle.

Next up was an attack-or-defend battle on Research Labs, a map that shipped with the Player's Pack Red Edition. Research Labs is set inside a top-secret research facility in a hydroelectric dam, so it's got a cool, high-tech feel to it. Attack-or-defend is exactly what it sounds like. One team has to storm in and seize a briefcase and return it to its starting point, while the other team has to stop them.

If you're an old-school Rainbow Six fan, then the next level that we saw might warm the cockles of your heart. That's because Presidio, the classic level from Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, is back. Presidio is a "kill house"-style of level, in that it's designed for two teams to just go at each other in a relatively small and confined space. You can run around outside of the building in the level, where it's nice and bright, or you can charge into the ground floor, where it's dark and gloomy. A second floor makes things more challenging for attackers, as stairways make for excellent choke points for defenders. We played the conquest mode on this map. There are three satellite uplink stations scattered around the map. When you control an uplink station, you begin to accumulate points. If you control two or three uplink stations, you accumulate points that much faster. The first team to hit the designated victory total first wins.

Another interesting mode is assignation, which is essentially the VIP mode from earlier Rainbow Six games. One team serves as defenders, and one member of the defending team is randomly selected to play as the VIP. The defenders have to escort the VIP, clad in white shirt and dress pants and armed with a pistol, to an exit point, while the attacking team wins if it can kill the VIP. Needless to say, it really, really helps if the VIP and his escorts are talking to one another, because nothing will make you feel more helpless than seeing the VIP going off on his own or charging in front of the pack only to get capped by a bad guy. We played this on one of the exclusive new levels in the PS3 version, Casino Vaults. This is another cool map, as you get to battle in and around the high-security areas of a casino. There are server rooms, a security control room, and plenty of offices and hallways to duck into.

Welcome to the Neon Graveyard, one of the exclusive PS3 levels.

Then it was on to another remake level, in this case, Kill House Redux. The Kill House is basically a mock setup that Rainbow uses to practice its assaults, and Kill House Redux is a fluid level because there are so many ways to attack it. There are basically two structures facing one another, with narrow alleyways surrounding them. You can try to get on a rooftop and snipe, shoot from one of the windows, run around the outside of the structures, run inside a building, and more. Kill House is perfect for team sharpshooter matches, as the map is fairly symmetrical, so there's no terrain advantage for either team.

Finally, perhaps the coolest of the exclusive new PS3 levels is Neon Graveyard, which is basically a junkyard filled with all those oversized, gaudy things that Las Vegas is stuffed with. We're talking giant cowgirl statues and neon displays. Those alone make this level visually distinct and cool, but it's also tactically interesting. The junkyard portions of the level are outdoors, though the junk provides plenty of cover. Then there's a large warehouse structure in the middle of the level that provides close-quarters combat, as well as plenty of sniping possibilities. Get up to the top floor and you can shoot out a window, climb through the sill, and find yourself on the roof, overlooking the junk pile. Or you can find yourself in an office overlooking the warehouse interior.

As you can probably tell, there's a lot to see and do in Rainbow Six multiplayer, and we didn't even get to check out all the modes or maps that will ship with the game. There's plenty of incentive to play as well, as you gain rank and unlock new weapons and pieces of equipment that you can outfit your character with. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the PS3 version supports the face-mapping feature that was seen in the Xbox 360 game, the one that let you import your own face (or any face, for that matter) onto your character. Still, you can see why Rainbow Six Vegas has consistently been one of the most popular multiplayer games over Xbox Live over the past year, so it's a safe bet to say that the upcoming PS3 game will find a similarly warm reception when it launches next week.

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102 comments
Sony_FreaK
Sony_FreaK

Ummm.......I just don't like that realistic thing like when you get shot you automatically die. Played it for 360 is it anygood for the PS3

SaamZoo
SaamZoo

AMAZING, i love going online, you gotta work as a team ( if you're playing a team survival or sharpshooter ) !

Paintballer-
Paintballer-

MAJOR lag on this game! i got it and im from england and you play people from america as well, so thats probebly why its so laggy. but you will find out how bad some multiplayer things get on it. when you eventually get in a game with no lag and a good level its great :D

i-path123
i-path123

looks very nice... cant wait to check it out. i played on the 360 version alot and got addicted (stoped because i couldnt be bothered to pay xbox live subscription) and hopefully ill get addicted to this version because the online play is FREE :)

gkclassof2005
gkclassof2005

appreciate all the props...i prolly came off a little harsh but i gotta put people in check...its a game...yes you own a xbox 360 or ps3 or wii or w-e...i still have my atari..so wat the hell...you own but you didnt create the system or game...game developers did...they did all the work...they put the effort into it...they are the ones to brag about this and that...not you...all you did was walk into a store and purchase a video game console/game (some their parents still buy their entertainment)...doesnt make you better than anyone else cuz if there deems a way possible...they can do the same thing...so please people enough with the xbox 360 vs ps3 bs...enjoy your console and let others do also...ive played r6 on ps3 for about an hr b4 work last nite...single player seems fun...havent touch online yet cuz i wanted 2 get controller down pat 1st...cant wait to show up these people...ummot! ("im out" for those who dont know)

marco245
marco245

Why is it always the xbox fanbois that post a majority of the commants on the PS3 games. Why? can you not face the fact its better? Do you not have lives? Do u just want to brag? Listen, just like nevershort and gkclassof2005 mentioned, the PS3 has it's own pivotol features. Likewise with xbox. You xbox guys can comment positively on the "game" or negatively. But whatever you do, don't start another xbox vs. PS3 argument. I like the PS3, and I will not get an xbox, deal with it!

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

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hannagargour
hannagargour

uuuuh - I think I just read Yahoo Games' review of RB6 on the PS3 and they mentioned that it does have the facemap feature. hmmm.....

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

I wish the maps on the 360 were all free...stupid greedy microsoft we already pay $50 a year for gold live, $400 on the console, $60 dollar games, I don't like paying $20 more dollars for extra maps and gametypes.

SDanger4L
SDanger4L

My Vegas is in transit. im mad hype when everybody get theirs see me online.

landau492
landau492

this game is going to be sick

gkclassof2005
gkclassof2005

this raging system wars is sad...i mean goodness...who gives a care wat system i own??...seriously...just because you have a 360 and othesr have ps3s....does that bother you? do you feel neglected?...do you feel you lost something...WTF let me or anyone BESIDES YOU buy WTF we want to buy...damn...if yall want some1 to get a 360 so bad...pm me with information where you can send me the 399 (cough excuse me 479 for elite...i want the best to go with my hdtv)...and then AND ONLY THEN i will repurchase a 360...then id own both consoles to satisfy both crowds...if your not willing to send money...how about sending it to my address...ups seems best....if you not willing to do that...GROW SOME BALLS...BE A MAN (or lil 5yr old) AND SUCK THAT SHHH UP...rediculous people are still pissin in there pants and havin menstrual cycles cuz everyone doesnt want the system they bought...to bad..live with it...let me clue you in on sumthin....I OWN A PS3...YES A PLAYSTATION TO THE 3RD POWER...doesnt that just want to make you wana cry...oh but wait...theres more...I ENJOY PLAYIN IT...WTF...dont hang yourself just yet...IM NOT GETTIN A 360...damnit now you can castrate yourself now and join the million others that are confused...that felt good....by the way...im gettin rb6 for ps3...hope to see the ps3 guys on..happy gaming people

nevershort
nevershort

@JoeSmith34 "The facemap feature from the Xbox 360 version isn't included in the Playstation 3 version, and that really is a disappointment, because the facemap feature lets you literally put your face in the game! The PS3 version also plays in a way that is very lame and fake, because the controller doesn't shake." I for one do not care about face mapping features and rumbling controllers... They are just gimmicks and don't really add or take away from the gameplay which what is truly important... Don't be a fanboy, enjoy the game on your 360, and I will enjoy it on my PS3..

konradak
konradak

Sounds pretty cool, but I think the 360 is most, if not all, those new maps,,, But it's cool, I loved it on the 360 'n now the ps3 peeps can enjoy also :) Have fun!

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

I've found out that TODAY, June 26, Ubisoft released a NEW expansion pack, called Black Edition, for the Xbox 360! This new Expansion Pack for the Xbox 360 version of Rainbow Six: Vegas adds the new maps from the PS3 version, including Neon Graveyard, which is the one Gamespot seems most impressed with here. So, there is no doubt about it, if you want to play Rainbow Six: Vegas, the best one to get is the Xbox 360 version. You can buy it at most places for $39.99 just like lots of people mentioned, then download the Expansion Pack: Red Edition and Black Edition, and you will have all of the Maps and all of the Modes. Plus, only the Xbox 360 gets to have the Facemap feature and rumble in the controller.

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

The facemap feature from the Xbox 360 version isn't included in the Playstation 3 version, and that really is a disappointment, because the facemap feature lets you literally put your face in the game! The PS3 version also plays in a way that is very lame and fake, because the controller doesn't shake.

nevershort
nevershort

@Chaos_crying "uh...while the PS3, I admit, is starting to look like a decent system (not $600 worth of decent system, mind you)...the 360 still has a stronger library and apparently better GPU (F.E.A.R.'s port sucked.) c'mon guys. sell your movie players and buy a video game system." -Dude just change your screen name to Crying, we've heard it all before.. We like PS3 so get over it. By the way it is a sick movie player too

Chaos_crying
Chaos_crying

uh...while the PS3, I admit, is starting to look like a decent system (not $600 worth of decent system, mind you)...the 360 still has a stronger library and apparently better GPU (F.E.A.R.'s port sucked.) c'mon guys. sell your movie players and buy a video game system.

nevershort
nevershort

Another cool lookin game for PS3, yeah!! Keep 'em comin, we're ready and waitin!!

StrayMBlasTER
StrayMBlasTER

this game is gonaa suk!!/1/1 the treesisty is better, the frame rate rate is horrible, online sux, and no co-op! to bad its reverse day!!!!!

Nerkle01
Nerkle01

awesome. Buying this one

sascha23
sascha23

I have to admit, the videos seem to show the game running faster than on my 360. Glad to see my PS3 is going to see both ports and leading titles getting a good edge.

cHrIs_mExIcO
cHrIs_mExIcO

Hell yeah!!!!! For sure Ram it's better than xbox 360!!!! The graphics are way better !!! our cell procecer is better!!!! i can't wait more games to come out!!

jakinja
jakinja

Sweet we get all the maps and some exclusives for FREEEEEE!!!!!! :) I love my PS3! But as soon as Microsoft fixes their hot ass processors disconnecting from the motherboard, I gotta get one of those too. I hope they dont try to piece out bioshock and crysis. I want it all in one package for one price damn it!

jakinja
jakinja

@doysh121, um you push the buttons and sticks retard I mean come on, there's TONS of shooters on the PS3 that kick ass. Have you ever played MGO? This game reminds me alot of that, I can't wait to get my hands on it wednesday!

sebtko
sebtko

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doysh121
doysh121

how can u play shooters on a play station pad

toctoc11
toctoc11

cool it's out. it's a shame we had to wait long after x360.

GameMaistro
GameMaistro

"Yeah, getting pretty bored of Motorstorm and Resistance. Not an RPG fan, so I didn't like ESIV: Oblivion. Hopefully RSV will hold me over until I can afford a 360." That is possibly the strangest comment I have ever heard. So, you can buy a PS3 but can't afford a 360? Wierd.

landau492
landau492

good was getting tired of oblivion , i guess ill be busy with rainbow six and lair

kobebryantyanic
kobebryantyanic

it's about time!!! Finally games are starting to come out for my beautiful ps3. I have to admit that it was getting pretty boring playing 2k7 and resistance, but it was all good cause i knew that a lot of great games like rainbow six would come out starting from june. Let's enjoy owning each other online people, FOR FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Speedyfighter
Speedyfighter

To willz822, good point however i only had to pay $40 Canadian for the game you guys will have to pay between 60-70 dollars.

limitt45
limitt45

so i guess if u havent played this game yet. an u own a ps3 and 360. the ps3 version sounds like a better buy.

wildsnipe
wildsnipe

Although, Vegas is way late so *ahem* Ubi can make a bigger profit *ahem*, its good to see them compensating and making use of extra BD space, although maybe it could fit on a DVD. They're giving us extras so who cares anyway.

willz822
willz822

Speedyfighter Lol those maps are not exclusive to the PS3 Ubisoft is coming out with a new map pack for the xbox 360 containing all five of those maps. Looks like the PS3 rainbow six gets nothing new and still came out 8 months after the 360 version. And another thing i have had xbox live for 3 years and never had to pay to play online, because you can get a one year free card bundled with pretty much anything you buy. Maybe so, but you're going to have to pay for those maps. Enjoy!!!

Floms
Floms

Nice i cant wait to get it

Conjuredevil
Conjuredevil

To, "kalkhaja if gamespot were playing multiplayer before the game was released, who were they playing against " They must be playing with the ubisoft isnt that quite obvious?!

Ryuku
Ryuku

cannnnn't waiittttttt.... 2 more days or 3 ..

Speedyfighter
Speedyfighter

Lol those maps are not exclusive to the PS3 Ubisoft is coming out with a new map pack for the xbox 360 containing all five of those maps. Looks like the PS3 rainbow six gets nothing new and still came out 8 months after the 360 version. And another thing i have had xbox live for 3 years and never had to pay to play online, because you can get a one year free card bundled with pretty much anything you buy.

pacotaco1987
pacotaco1987

Yeah, getting pretty bored of Motorstorm and Resistance. Not an RPG fan, so I didn't like ESIV: Oblivion. Hopefully RSV will hold me over until I can afford a 360.

MoeSyslak
MoeSyslak

I've bought every ps3 game that appeals to me. There needs to be more than 1 good release a month. But this game should last a long time.