You have been recruited by John Clark to be a member of Rainbow, the most elite counter-terror team in the world, with members from various countries of the world. You start out rescuing hostages from the terrorists, but as you go on, you discover there are bigger things at stake - such as the entire world.Rainbow Six
is a first-person shooter with an emphasis on realistic weapons and tactics. You must use existing intelligence like floor plan layouts to plan your assault. You can use up to four teams, with a variety of equipment from simple body armor to biosuits, breaching kit and more. There are many different weapons available, from pistols to machine guns to shotguns to grenades. You can switch between different teams as needed, or leave them under AI control. It is possible to coordinate different teams with go codes, engage a variety of terrorists or perform stealth missions. The game also features multiplayer with a variety of maps and mission types to choose from.
- "Rainbow 6" -- Informal name
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In the German version, all blood effects were removed and killed enemies disappear almost instantly.
There is a Rainbow Six
book by Tom Clancy that tells a much more detailed version of the game's story. The game has many more missions than the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. Red Storm decided they want to do a tactical shooter, while Tom Clancy said his next book will be about terrorism and counter-terrorist outfit. It's only natural to have them work on the same backgrounds.
The book only has about about half-dozen missions undertaken (the bank, the "schloss", Europark, military base, Australia, and Brazil) by Team Rainbow. The game has much more than that, along with some very different plots.
Rainbow Six is "Play as if 5.7 billion lives depended on it."
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- Computer Gaming World
- June 2001 (Issue #203) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 - #6 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
- October 2001 - #9 in the "Top 50 Games of All Time" list
- April 2005 - #22 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list