I have always been a PC First Person Shooter (FPS) player but had never played any of the Rainbow Six series, boy did I miss out! Vegas Baby!
My brother in law has every console under the gaming Sun and when I was first introduced to the Xbo360 in all it's glory I then experienced what a whole lot of others already knew, that the Rainbow Six games are awesome.
The Rainbow Six Vegas game scenarios are run of the mill, rescue someone, frag mobs of bad guys but the quality of the graphics presented by the 360 makes playing all the more enjoyable. It's like 'touring' in a foreign country only that you're armed.
The first thing that impressed me was the non playing character (NPC - sorry to pull out that old AD&D phase) management system. You point the cross hair to a location, press the action button and with vocal acknowledgement the team members move to that position. That's right both team members move to covering positions, there's no moving one NPC then the other business. This small feature adds a nice flow to the game.
Your team is also able to react to approaching or semi hidden bad guys as they move to your desired position. There are of course opportunities to set your team mates up as decoys but that novelty soon wears off as you grow to protect them more and more throughout the game.
Simple commands can also see you and your team get into entry breaching positions with the options of throwing in a flash bang, or just moving in a clearing whatever’s around. The snake cam feature is great at uncovering what’s behind door number 1.
Talking about entering a hostile environment another cool thing is that you can set your team up at one entrance while you enter at another; this allows you to have a two pronged attack, the enemy don’t know which way to turn. By the time they figure out they are on the ground looking at the ceiling.
Ducking behind cover is nothing new but the way the game allows you to duck in and out of cover either from the side or up and down is easy and a life saver. In specific moments when you don’t want to pop your melon out you can just point your gun in the general direction, while still in cover and fire without revealing yourself. Golden!
The array of weapons is up to date and they sound great. Mine you I always use the silencer as it attracts less attention.
Overall Rainbow Six Vegas is a great game, the 360 graphics are excellent, no more forking out heaps for those ever changing graphics cards for the PC, the game play is fresh and I will certainly be playing the next Rainbow Six game that comes out. All I can say is that the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” does not apply to this Rainbow Six instalment, this game should certain be out there and played by the masses.