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Description

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.

Screenshots

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six PlayStation NOTE: It may look like he's walking, but he's running in a walking animation.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Disarming a bomb.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Climbing up a ladder.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Rainbow Six - In game

Alternate Titles

  • "彩虹六号" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "Rainbow 6" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

A poor PC-to-PlayStation conversion. PlayStation StickFigures (155)
A highly realistic, deadly shooter that may not be for every deathmatch player. Windows Ray Soderlund (3497)
Had to put it in my attic! Windows Paul Budd (334)

Critic Reviews

IGN Windows Sep 08, 1998 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Unlimited Windows Nov, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Game industry News (GiN) Windows Dec 02, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Action Windows Oct 21, 1998 85.5 out of 100 86
Power Unlimited Nintendo 64 Dec, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1998 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Windows Sep 09, 1998 8 out of 10 80
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Oct, 1999 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide Windows 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 1998 63 out of 100 63

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Trivia

German version

In the German version, all blood effects were removed and killed enemies disappear almost instantly.

Novel

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.

Slogan

Rainbow Six is "Play as if 5.7 billion lives depended on it."

Awards

  • 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
Information also contributed by casimps1, Entorphane, Kasey Chang and PCGamer77

Related Web Sites

  • Bill Brown - Music Composer (Listen to streaming and downloadable MP3 music tracks from this title at the composer's official site. )
  • Planet Rainbow Six (For all things Rainbow Six.)
  • Rainbow Six Orb (In the dwindling universe of Rainbow Six sites, this one stands out as a required stopping point.)
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