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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

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Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 5 3.9
Windows 31 3.9
Combined MobyScore 36 3.9


The Press Says

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100
WindowsGameplanet
If you like to think before you shoot or you are looking for the most compelling multiplayer experience available, this is it. If you want to play one of the most immersive and technically impressive games ever made, you've found it. The Rainbow Six games have always been good, ever since the first one, and this one is no different. It's the best looking, best playing game from a series of groundbreaking and benchmark setting titles. Make no bones about it, this is every tactical shooter's wet dream! It's solid gold. Get it now.
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Windowsgames xtreme
In the murky world of terrorists and counter terrorism on the PC, there is one name that pops up time and time again. Tom Clancy. He’s known for putting his name to a particular style and brand of game, and this time Mr. Clancy must be smiling a great deal because Ubi Soft’s new Tactical Action Shooter has hit the bullseye as far as I’m concerned and hit it hard. Developed by Ubi Soft with advice thanks to Red Storm, Tom Clancy’s: Rainbow Six 3 - Raven Shield is the game that leaves Counter Strike in the dust, and it’s about time, says I.
95
WindowsWorth Playing
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield is everything you could hope for and more. If you loved the first two games, you’re going to love this one, too. If you’ve never played a Rainbow Six game before, this is the time to start. This gem will keep you hooked to the screen for hours. There’s something for everyone here, whether you enjoy the mission planning, or love the action. Do not miss out on this excellent title.
90
Windows4Players.de
Auch die knifflige Gradwanderung zwischen Action, Realismus und Taktik ist einwandfrei gelungen - selbst Hardcore-Actionspieler haben nun bei Raven Shield eine Überlebenschance, während Taktik-Fans vorher gewohnt die Mission durchplanen können. Sogar die Künstliche Intelligenz wirkt absolut glaubwürdig und auch das neue Interface weiß zu überzeugen. Für viel Spaß sorgt schließlich der Mehrspieler-Modus, bei dem Ihr sogar die Einzelspieler-Missionen mit Euren Freunden zusammen durchspielen könnt. Alles in allem bleibt nur zu sagen, dass Raven Shield definitiv die neue Genre-Referenz der teambasierten Taktik-Shooter ist. Fans des Genres kommen an diesem Schwergewicht nicht vorbei!
90
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The sad cost of Raven Shield’s visual splendor is a framerate that often drops. Even when the game is running on the fastest PCs with the newest 3D cards, night-vision optics can bring your computer to its knees. And, as in its predecessors, there are game-crashing bugs, Add an “Invalid CD Key” bug and it seems that Red Storm will never overcome the sorry tradition of bugginess. Take away the bugs, though, and Raven Shield stands right beside SWAT3 as the ultimate tactical simulation, A host of revisions and improvements propel Raven Shield way past the original R6 games in design and playability, making Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield the new benchmark in tac sims.
90
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Overall, there just isn't much evidence to suggest Raven Shield is pushing the tactical action genre forward. We suppose the question is 'should we care?' Probably not. Frankly, Raven Shield is an absolutely tremendous game, and there is no denying it that. We haven't played a more atmospheric single or multiplayer tactical action game since SWAT3, and despite its shortcomings there is still nothing that comes close to rivalling it for sheer breathe-down-your neck tension. It may not drive the genre in a new direction, but it has almost everything you could expect from it, whether you're an anal-retentive gun nut or just an FPS fan up for a weighty challenge. See you in a few months for the first mission pack.
90
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Varför jag inte sätter spiken i kistan och ger spelet full pott beror på några bagatellartade brister hos kollegornas AI och det faktum att man inte kan hoppa. I övrigt är Ubi Softs tredje installation fulländad. Företagets Montrealstudio har inte bara tagit igen de år som gått, de har satt en ny standard och återigen sprungit ifrån all tänkbar konkurrens.
90
WindowsDigital Entertainment News (den)
So, when you get right down to the heart of the matter, this is a logical next step for fans of Rainbow Six. There's not much new here, just refinements of the old. If you liked either Rainbow Six or Rogue Spear, go for the third. It's earned your money.
90
MacintoshMac Gamer
R63 is a refreshing change from your standard FPS shoot 'em up. Missions are fast-moving, taut, exciting experiences that require extensive planning. Having a default plan included with the game for each level was appreciated. The emphasis is on realism so you won't experience the mayhem of Unreal Tournament 2003.
90
WindowsArmchair Empire, The
Rainbow 6 almost single-handedly brought the realism shooter to realization. Dubbed by many as the “thinking man’s shooter”, people quickly learned that old school Doom and Quake strategies need not apply in the stress-inducing one shot – one kill type of gameplay presented by Red Storm Entertainment. For the first time after countless rehashes, the franchise is finally taking a major new direction in adopting Unreal technology to power the game. This affects both gameplay, and obviously the audio/visual experience. But the main question presented has to be: Is Rainbow 6’s unique gameplay still intact?
89
WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
Kokonaisuutena uusin Rainbow 6 on hieman yllätyksetön ja sen kenttäsuunnittelukin on lipsahtanut tavanomaisen puolelle. Onneksi viimeistelty ulkoasu, edelleenkin mainiosti toimiva konsepti, lähes virheettömäksi hiottu pelattavuus, aiempia osia reippaasti inhimillisempi tekoäly sekä pelisarjalle tyypillisesti veitsellä leikattava tunnelma kohottavat Raven Shieldin kevyesti realististen räiskintöjen aateliin. Pidempi peli tietenkin olisi saanut olla, mutta niinhän se tuppaa melkein aina olemaan hyvien pelien kanssa, että ne loppuvat kesken.
88
WindowsComputerGames.ro
The final question sounds like this. Is Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield a worthy descendant of the first titles? Should you buy it? Well I'd go with yes in both cases. If you're a fan of the series you'll buy it anyway, if not, you'd better start now.
88
WindowsPC Zone Benelux
Gelukkig heeft Raven Shield zóveel te bieden dat de minpunten ruimschoots worden gecompenseerd. Over het geheel genomen is het een Rainbow Six titel die de 'Tom Clancy' aanduiding waardig is. De sfeer van R6 is behouden, terwijl de ontwikkelaar erin is geslaagd zowel de graphics als de gameplay op een niveau te brengen waarmee klachten over de oude (inmiddels antieke) R6 titels definitief naar de prullenbak mogen. We popelen hier op de redactie om online te gaan en de sfeer te proeven die de volledige titel multiplay biedt; tot die tijd vermaken we ons uitstekend. Na de parel die Splinter Cell heet brengen de Canadese ontwikkelaars van Ubi Soft opnieuw een game die kans maakt op een stipnotering in de jaarlijsten. Een tikkeltje minder briljant, maar nog altijd ruimschoots bovenmodaal. All teams hold, snipers free!
88
WindowsGameSpy
Our biggest criticism with Raven Shield is that after so many years, and with so many other first-person games out there, we wanted to see more development on problems like creating AI that doesn't blow itself up. But those points are more than outweighed by outstanding multiplayer and the promise of continued community development. Tactical fans will find many hours -- and probably many months -- of great gaming here.
87
WindowsPC Action
Ich liebe dieses Spiel. Ich gestehe zudem, dass ich schon den ersten Teil vergöttert habe. Raven Shield bietet dem Spieler jede Menge Freiheiten. Das beginnt schon mit der Planungs-Phase. Wer mag, kann die Karte mit Wegpunkten und Team-Routen zupflastern. So darf man dann bei der Action-Phase entspannen und der KI bei der Arbeit zuschauen. Echte Männer wie ich überspringen die Theorie jedoch und machen in der Praxis alles selbst. Ein echtes Spiel für Siegertypen!
87
WindowsGameSpot
Since its debut in 1998, the Rainbow Six series has been an outstanding example of how exciting sophisticated tactical shooters can be, thanks to its challenging "one-shot kill" gameplay and complex mission planning. And even though the tactical shooter subgenre has become even better thanks to great games like SWAT 3 and Operation Flashpoint, fans still eagerly look to each new Rainbow Six installment to see what the series has in store next. While Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield does little to push the tactical shooter genre forward, it's still an exciting entry in the series.
86
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Fansen kanske blir besvikna över att så lite förändrats i singleplayer-delen av spelet. Eller så kanske det snarare är just denna detalj som gör fansen glada. Att man inte har ändrat för mycket på ett vinnande koncept. Sanningen är dock den att efter tre huvudtitlar med tillhörande expansioner börjar konceptet kännas en aning tjatigt. Bara en aning. Eftersom det säkerligen lär komma ytterligare en del i framtiden hoppas vi att man då tar ett eller två steg mot mer djärva förändringar. Hur vet vi inte riktigt, men den där Tom är ju så finurlig, han kan säkert hitta på något.
86
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Von Anfang an merkt man: Hier hat sich jemand wirklich Gedanken über Bedienkomfort gemacht. Die Steuerung und besonders das Teammanagement sind dermaßen intuitiv gelöst, dass man gelegentlich seinen Kollegen völlig unsinnige Befehle erteilt, nur um zu sehen, wie gut das System funktioniert. Verhielten sich die KI-Rainbowler nicht oft dermaßen blöd (zwei Leute rennen in einen Raum, einer schaut rechts, einer geradeaus, der Terrorist von links erledigt beide), würde ich jetzt eine euphorische Lobesarie auf die enorme atmosphärische Dichte, die spannenden Szenarien und die gute Entwicklung der Story anstimmen. So dämpft der etwas bittere Beigeschmack aufgrund der Tatsache, dass man Missionen gelegentlich völlig ohne Schuld verliert, die anfängliche Freude leider etwas. Dessen ungeachtet lässt Raven Shield in Sachen Spannung, taktische Möglichkeiten, Bedienkomfort und Spielspaß die direkte Konkurrenz (SWAT-Serie, Ghost Recon, Vorgänger Rainbow Six-Titel) deutlich hinter sich.
86
WindowsIGN
Simply put, this a fine tactical shooter that belongs, not just on the shelf of fans of the genre, but actually on their hard drive. It's smart, unforgiving and genuinely exhilarating. My enjoyment of this series has always rested more on the concepts than the graphics. So it stands to reason that, now that the graphics are equivalent to most other titles in the action genre, I'd enjoy this one best of all. To some extent that's true. While I think the overall approach works here, I'm forced to admit that the changes made to the game are merely iterative rather than innovative. As such, and even with the welcome new features, this game didn't hold any surprises for me.
85
WindowsCanadianGamer
Red Storm has really created a hit series with their Rainbow Six franchise. Raven Shield is undoubtedly the most polished and fun of the bunch. However, the lack of new innovations is starting to show. For the next Rainbow Six game, hopefully Red Storm will include more variance in mission types along with the requisite graphical upgrade. As it is, Rainbow Six: Raven Shield is gorgeous, a blast to play, and well worth your gaming dollar.
85
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
On ne fera toutefois pas l'impasse sur quelques petits défauts qui concernent l'IA essentiellement. En règle générale, elle est tout à fait correcte mais il arrivera que se produisent 2 ou 3 étrangetés, des ennemis qui se jettent sur vos balles, vos équipiers qui s'explosent la tronche à la grenade ou qui semblent avoir un peu de mal à retrouver leur chemin. Rien de catastrophique mais c'est toujours rageant. Autre détails perturbant,le recyclage de certaines cartes que l'on devra rejouer sous différentes conditions.
84
WindowsGame Over Online
Raven Shield takes a step forward in some important areas, but elsewhere it also takes a step backward. The net result: This isn’t the Rainbow Six that made Rainbow Six a household name in 1998. But after such a long hiatus, any game with Ding Chavez and John Clark is a welcome relief for the genre.
83
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Das Rainbow-Six-Team ist zurück, und zwar wie! Raven Shield ist größer und besser als die Vorgänger. Zig Komfortfunktionen machen mir das harte Einsatzleiter-Leben so einfach wie möglich. Wenn dann aber trotz bestandener Mission der wichtigste Scharfschützen-Kollege stirbt, wünsche ich mir zumindest einen freien Speicherslot pro Level. So schwer kann das Quicksave-Programmieren doch nicht sein! Grafisch ist Raven Shield weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Zwar sehen die Charaktermodelle dank neuer Unreal-Engine richtig toll aus. Aber der Rest wirkt wie eins zu eins aus dem tristen Rogue Spear übernommen. Die Fahrzeuge sind sogar ein Ausbund an Hässlichkeit! Trotzdem hält mich das nicht vom Spielen ab. Denn das Herz von Raven Shield ist die überaus anspruchsvolle Taktik und nicht die Grafik.
83
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Geen Splinter Cell, maar toch een meer dan waardig vervolg voor de Rainbox Six reeks. Tom Glancy mag tevreden zijn.
83
WindowsFragland.net
In conclusion, if you are into these games, buy it, you won’t regret it. There is always the demo to check out first which I would recommend to players that never played this sort of game. I’m pretty sure everybody will love the single player, but the multi player is a bit too tactical for me to enjoy.
81
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Raven Shield is niet zo vernieuwend als Rainbow Six, en sommige van de echt belangrijke problemen (gebruikersvriendelijkheid en AI) zijn nog steeds niet naar behoren opgelost. Maar los daarvan is dit een buitengewoon sterke realistische shooter met goede grafieken, excellent geluid en - vooral online - solide gameplay.
80
WindowsRebell.at Games
Raven Shield macht nach einer annehmbaren Eingewöhnungsphase auch Anfängern Spaß, obwohl diese viele Missionen natürlich öfters starten werden müssen. Wer ein wenig Geduld aufbringen kann und sich für Taktik-Shooter interessiert darf den Titel eigentlich nicht verpassen. Für Profis scheint es ohnehin keinen Weg an dem Spiel vorbei zu geben. Nirgendwo findet man eine dermaßen schlaue Gegner-KI vereint mit einer netten Kampagne und sehr gut designten Levels. Hinzu kommt außerdem ein sehr motivierender Mehrspielerpart der noch über viele Monate hinaus aktuell sein wird.
80
WindowsUOL Jogos
"Raven Shield" é um dos mais competentes simuladores táticos do mercado. Se você acha, porém, que jogos de tiro só podem ter quatro palavras (Lives, Level, Score e Ammo), então esse não é o game para você.
80
WindowsPC Gamer
Given the brilliance of the previous games in this series, I'd be lying if I didn't say I was ultimately a little dissatisfied with Raven Shield. It's received some great tweaks and additions, but it definitely plays it safe in terms of gameplay and doesn't try to break new ground, which is disappointing. Still, for fans of the series, it'll provide a lot of entertainment, especially in multiplayer mode.
80
WindowsGamerDad
There are some oddities and disappointments in the game outside of the copy protection hassles. After three generations of Rainbow Six, players expecting new game modes will have to wait for the Athena Sword expansion pack. I also witnessed some 3D modeling sloppiness in a few places. I used to think the game modeled bullet penetration through doors and walls, but couldn't confirm that in playing. The only time I could shoot someone behind a door was if I could see his legs churning through it as if he was stuck trying to open it. I wasn't sure if this was because the bullets penetrated the door or because the collision detection failed and thought there wasn't a door there. But that's a pretty small nit to be harping on in an otherwise fine action game.
80
MacintoshJeuxMac.com
Avec un Gameplay réaliste, des graphismes sublimes, et de nombreux autres atouts, Raven Shield est un excellent jeu qui ne devrait pas s'effacer des mémoires de joueurs avant un long moment. Marquant ainsi l'univers de la série des Rainbow 6 sur Mac, cet opus ravira les amateurs du genre qui, une fois de plus, devraient être aux anges...
80
WindowsWithingames
Raven Shield hat meine Hoffnungen fast ganz erfüllt. Es macht einfach Spaß, an einem Einsatzplan zu arbeiten, bis dieser auch so klappt, wie man es sich vorstellt. Mich persönlich stört es nicht, dass es keine Speicherfunktion gibt. Trotzdem hätten die Entwickler zumindest im einfachsten Schwierigkeitsgrad ein paar Speicherpunkte einbauen sollen, um Anfängern das Leben ein wenig zu erleichtern. Letztendlich lebt Raven Shield aber vom Multiplayer und der großen Community. Rainbow Six 3 ist für mich mit Abstand das beste Online-Game. In Sachen Story-Präsentation sollten die Entwickler sich aber mal etwas von Operation Flashpoint oder Splinter Cell abschauen, denn dass ich eine Story ständig nur durch Texte vorgetragen bekomme, geht mir allmählich auf die Nerven. Ansonsten hat sich Raven Shield im Vergleich zu Rogue Spear in allen Punkten weiter entwickelt und Somit Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six wieder zum Referenztitel des Taktik-Shooter Genres gemacht.
80
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
This game is a logical evolution from previous Rainbow Six releases and that disappoints me slightly. While this is an outstanding release, there is no real innovation to it. Additionally, I am forced to wonder why some of the innovations that were developed for Ghost Recon weren’t incorporated; specifically the RPG elements of character development. However that isn’t much more than food for thought. The good news is that while this is a title not to be missed, there is a lot of room for future sequels to grow and become distinctive games in their own right.
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MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
I only wish the game had been a bit more innovative in terms of its story arc. Hey, I hate Nazis. But every time we need a "safe" villain, one we can hate in a game without worrying about offending anyone, it's time to unfreeze Hitler's brain. Red Storm: pick up a freakin' newspaper. There are actual terrorists out there. Our forces are fighting them right now. Take your head out of Sgt. Rock for five seconds and turn on CNN.
80
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Et oui, les rainbow sont de retour... Mieux armés, mieux entraînés, mieux organisés, bref, tout est mieux. Le jeu en lui-même est une révolution, dont on ne ressort pas sans ces fameuses séquelles psychologiques dues à une quinzaine de missions toutes mieux les unes que les autres !
79
WindowsActionTrip
Raven Shield multiplayer will most certainly appeal to the fans of the genre, and it might further increase the game's replay value, but I just get the feeling that Raven Shield isn't nearly as good as it could've been. Technically, and in terms of accurately capturing the feeling of anti-terrorist combat, Raven Shield comes second to none. It is a fact, however, that looking at it as a complete project Raven Shield has a number of inconsistencies and downsides that might lessen the otherwise fun and engaging gameplay experience.
75
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
This game requires some tough loving. Raven Shield's frontend creates a deep sense of realism, and the gameplay attempts to follow through on this promise - which any hardcore fan will certainly appreciate. However, the game's flaws turn this attempt at immersion into a tedious experience.
72
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
This game makes me yearn for Ghost Recon, with its on-the-fly command structure and passable NPC intelligence. Rainbow Six 3 not only lacks these two very important features, but it also penalizes gamers who play by its own rules. Let me explain. This is a close-quarters assault simulator with multiple teams. More often that not, your main objectives involve rescuing hostages, and if any of them die, your mission is over.
70
WindowsJoystick (French)
Raven Shield est sans nul doute une amélioration technique de la série tout à fait conséquente et, à ce titre, le fan hardcore ne sera pas déçu. quel dommage cependant que le nouveau gameplay qui a bien évolué ne soit pas enrobé par une campagne plus surprenante et que les niveaux ne bénéficient pas d'ombrages et de textures à la hauteur du moteur d'Unreal, à l'image de Splinter Cell par exemple.
60
MacintoshMac Addict
In the end, we had fun with Rainbow Six 3, and its realistic approach to battle made for some totally immersive moments. But its difficult learning curve will definitely be a stumbling block if you just want to open the box and have fun from the get-go.