X06: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas Updated Hands-On

Vegas baby. Vegas! We roll the bones with this next-gen tactical shooter.

BARCELONA, Spain--Las Vegas is burning. Granted, some folks feel that burning Sin City to the ground would be a good first step toward civic reformation, but as a member of the antiterrorist outfit known as Rainbow Six, you aren't paid to have opinions. Instead, you are paid to be a member of one of the most highly trained and dedicated (fictional) military units in the Western world. And if your commanding officer says you're going to do something about some burning casinos, then, by God, you're going to do it quickly and efficiently. This is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, after all.

First things first. You need to get your briefing before you infiltrate the burning quagmire that is the game's version of Las Vegas. So you sit patiently in the deployment chopper as the pilot flies you around some of the hotter hot spots in a city that has seemingly been overrun with bad guys. Everywhere you look, there is smoke or burning flame. The casinos, once bastions of adult recreation, are aflame, and hostages are counting on you to save them. Briefing over, you're flown to an inspired locale known as Dante's, an under-construction casino with a churchlike façade where you and your squad mates zipline out of the chopper and into the hotzone.

More or less right away, you're met with the sounds of gunfire and the flash of muzzle fire. If you're quick, you greet your would-be assailants with some gunplay of your own--if you're slow on the draw, you can expect your squad mates to pick up the slack. That's one of the nice aspects of being a member of such an elite squad--everyone knows not just their own job, but your job as well, and everyone's prepared to cover everyone else's butt.

Once the entrance is clear, you command your squad to the ledge to clear out any tangos who might be looking to blast you when you come down the scaffolding to the lower level. It's one of the challenges of the environment that composes Dante's; with all of the construction, it's tough to get a good line of sight to any target. On the other hand, with all the junk laying about, there's plenty of opportunities for you to take cover and fire from a safe position. To find cover, you simply run up to any solid object and press the left trigger. The camera will automatically switch from the traditional Rainbow Six first-person view to a third-person view that will let you easily peek around corners and fire both with accuracy and from a safe position. If you like, you can even send in your teammates to go do your dirty work. You can even give them subcommands on whether or not you want them going in with guns blazing or to use some discretion when taking out foes.

After crossing a short walkway and climbing a ladder, then sending a third wave of baddies to meet their maker, the current floor is cleared. However, thanks to your mission briefing, you know there's an entirely new and exciting set of jackballs on the floor below you just waiting to be fed hot lead sandwiches. It's time to get rappelling, a feature that's new to the game and one that works exactly like you've seen in the movies. To engage the feature, you simply walk up to a rappelling hook and press the A button. You'll then automatically climb over the wall and onto the side of the building to be in position to rappel down the side of the building. You do this by pressing the A button to jump outward from the building and then pressing down on the analog stick. Once you've reached the right spot, you can breach the window by once again pressing the A button. You'll get the jump on whatever enemies are inside, but you'll want to be quick with the boom boom, because it won't take long for the bad guys to get their bearings and start looking to put holes in you.

With its strategic approach to the action genre, next-gen graphics that are at once starkly realistic (yes, that's blood you see coming out of that guy's head), gorgeously rendered (if you consider Vegas' neon cityscape attractive, that is), and wall-to-wall action, Rainbow Six Vegas is looking like another winner in the long-running series. With just about two months to go before this one hits store shelves, we look forward to bringing you more bloody reports from the casino floors in the coming weeks.

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33 comments
buzzguy
buzzguy

Slim_jim7007: oh, yes there will be online multiplayer.

JoetheMoe
JoetheMoe

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slim_jim7007
slim_jim7007

Will there b online? if not ill look past this 1 since the only rainbow6 game ive ever liked was the original for the N64.

Real720
Real720

[quote]DarkArgonanth *not lockdown* *not lockdown* *not lockdown* oh god... please... no lockdown gameplay. [/quote] Does it say it's going to have lockdown gameplay!? No it doesn't, so shut the hell up!

DarkArgonanth
DarkArgonanth

*not lockdown* *not lockdown* *not lockdown* oh god... please... no lockdown gameplay.

fkholmes
fkholmes

I never liked the Tom Clancy games [cept G.R.A.W] but this one could redeem the series.

Seanoriver
Seanoriver

this is goin to be awsome so what there third person it not real life its a fun game and i think it will addd a lo to the game if your goin to play this game online send me a friend request gamertag: adoniram

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

This games so money and it dosen't even know it.

MartyredShadow
MartyredShadow

*generic whining about third person viewpoint being unrealistic* Though if they give you a way to turn it off, I'm game. The grappling hook thing is a bit weird too, though.

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

i am really excited about this game. i think it will get rainbow six over the lockdown massacre

onthe_dl
onthe_dl

whoever is complaining about 3rd person view claiming they are r6 fanatics are stupid. look at rogue spear, a game i still play today. it has 3rd person view all the time, not just for up against walls. the game ran so well online, it was a big hit untill it got plagued with cheaters and the show enemies hack/ auto aim. rainbow six games have had 3rd person, i still complain about the presence of the gun on screen, since that was new to rainbow six when rainbow six 3 came out.

dukerav
dukerav

I have every bit of confidence this game will bring the series back to it's tactical roots, but we shall have to see I suppose. A demo would go along way in determining whether or not I pick this up when its released. Also to far-cry, l2grammar dude.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

livecowboy "Between Lockdown and critical hour, it will take a lot to bring me back. The person that changed the engine from BA to lockdown should be shot live on xbox marketplace. I'd drop about 12000 microsoft points to see it. I heard someone say they were going back to the old BA engine days where you could lean and things seemed more even...but then I read theyre splitting up the guys into diff groups like GRAW. I dont want GRAW. I want my Black Arrow back-lookin prettier." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That would be awesome to see the guy who did the engine for LD and CH shot live on marketplace. I would pay 2000 ms points to see it....lol.

far-cry
far-cry

and ass normal no pc info it just suck the game only look good but again ass lockdown it have no rights to yous the name rainbow six want to know why because it not even close to it, 3d person view wtf is up whit that I now just know this game will suck ass and will be linear a F##$ don’t let the nice graphic’s fool you this is not a tactical shooter its now nothing more thane a arcade game whit nice graphic’s rainbow six is dead and gamespot don’t even mind it the even like it ? one off the best tactical shooter is being f@#$up in frond off ore eye's and gamespot is liking it :( :( :( :( it just sucks :( what one’s was a great sim game is now nothing more than a arcade game for stupid people im just really pist off UBI F#$%t it up again :(

livecowboy
livecowboy

Between Lockdown and critical hour, it will take a lot to bring me back. The person that changed the engine from BA to lockdown should be shot live on xbox marketplace. I'd drop about 12000 microsoft points to see it. I heard someone say they were going back to the old BA engine days where you could lean and things seemed more even...but then I read theyre splitting up the guys into diff groups like GRAW. I dont want GRAW. I want my Black Arrow back-lookin prettier.

jd14
jd14

i cant wait this game

xXHackettXx
xXHackettXx

I cant wait to get my hands on this game, and see how my face would look like on one of the guys, I hope it looks real, and not just like a picuter for a face.

Slappnuttz
Slappnuttz

Don't even say the word Lockdown!

Icekxg
Icekxg

This looks like it's going to bring back the glory days of r3:ba! Thank god we can finally overlook the abomination that was lockdown.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

The series is returning to its roots (Rainbox Six 3 for PC), I luv it.

gozyaj
gozyaj

Whoo... Rainbow Six baby!!! This is great!!!! hehehe...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this one looks cooler than the last ones but i have a feeling that it might come up short

STEALTH5000
STEALTH5000

I'm so getting Vegas this Holyday Season!

adijan
adijan

Wow new features, this mighjt be the best Rainbow Six Game to date

PiNoYPrOjEcT
PiNoYPrOjEcT

Now this is one game that looks waaaaay better than Gears of War.