Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

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A poor PC-to-PlayStation conversion. PlayStation StickFigures (153)
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)

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Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 4 3.9
Nintendo 64 14 3.8
PlayStation 14 3.5
PlayStation 3 2 4.0
PSP 2 4.2
PS Vita 2 4.2
Windows 42 3.5
Combined User Score 80 3.7

Critic Reviews

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WindowsDaily Radar
In a year in which heavily hyped first-person shooters flood the market, Rainbow Six quietly comes along and proves the market will support a cerebral shooter. Taking control of an anti-terrorist organization, players must put together tactical plans, use real-life weapons, and organize squads of realistic soldiers who can be crippled or killed by a single wayward bullet. With brilliant level design, stark realism, and some of the best multiplayer we've ever seen, Rainbow Six covers all the bases and has quickly become a true classic.
Finally, there's a reason why Rainbow Six is one of the best games I played. Despite the minor fact that Rainbow Six is very difficult. It is extremely addicting, I found myself playing hour after hour redoing missions. On top of that I put some major time into Multiplayer. Where you can experience Team survival, Two teams Blue Assault and Gold Defense. Play until one man standing or time expires. The Graphics are tight and fairly ever clip or warp. And the Sound FX rock. The game captures you with realistic addicting gameplay, which blows Spec Ops out of the water.

משחק שהעלה את רמת המשחק התלת-מימדי לרמה ריאליסטית. בין המשחקים הטובים ביותר ששיחקתי!!! מומלץ בחום למי שמחפש אתגרים חדשים!

GO OUT AND BUY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW. DO NOT HESITATE. BREAK OUT THE WALLET, RUN, DRIVE OR TAKE THE BUS TO THE NEAREST GAME DEALER. I'm not kidding when I say this -- Rainbow Six is the most realistic, challenging, and fun game to play that was ever made (in my opinion). I won't try to compare it to Quake, Doom, or Tomb Raider. Why try, when those games look and play like little kiddy games? This is the real deal: this is Hostage Rescue at its finest. So on that note, gentle reader, I have decided to give the game a score of 97/100. And the award for best video game of the year goes to Rainbow Six.
Red Storm comes out of nowhere and releases one of the finest action games ever made.
WindowsGame Revolution
This is simply one of the coolest games ever to grace a monitor screen. The action is intense, the feel is authentic, and the multiplayer is great. Hell, I've already told you this, so just get out there and strike a blow for god, country, and the love of shooting human beings with hollow-point ammo.
WindowsPower Unlimited
Zelden heb ik een spel gezien waarbij de gameplay zo realistisch en tegelijk zo fun is. Dit is een spel dat tijd en inspanning kost maar, eenmaal opgenomen in de wereld van Rainbow Six, word je echt één met het team. Dit spel is puur goud en gaat het helemaal maken. Let's kill some terrorists!
WindowsAttack Games
Men trots alla fel kan jag inte slita mig. Varje lyckat uppdrag får mig att dansa av glädje, varje besegrad terrorist ger mig en känsla av välmående och varje gång jag misslyckas bestämmer jag mig för att göra om uppdraget och klara det. Se upp terrorister, här kommer jag!
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
Overall, R6 is a welcome package. It's the closest you can get to the suspense of MGS, with the well-executed first person perspective of Goldeneye. Red Storm has really come into the spotlight with this wonderful title, and I hope to see more of what this relatively new company has to offer. R6 gets 4 1/2 stars, with a 1/2 star taken out for somewhat lag-ridden Internet play. R6 gets 4 1/2 stars, with a 1/2 star taken out for somewhat lag-ridden Internet play.
WindowsAbsolute Games (
Rainbow Six — это игра из разряда must have. Если вам надоели kill’em’all’ы, хочется вдохнуть запах настоящего пороха и почувствовать костлявую с косой за спиной — немедленно неситесь в магазин и затаривайтесь коробкой. Часы удовольствия и миллионы убитых нервных клеток вам обеспечены.
WindowsESC Magazine
With the release of Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy’s latest techno-thriller, comes Rainbow Six, a computer wargame that ostensibly follows the novel’s plot. The game follows a multinational antiterrorist organization called, of course, Rainbow Six. R6 is a secret known only to the highest officials in the member governments. Naturally, they’re the best of the best, though that’s small comfort to beginning players. Expect to press the replay buttons early and often.
WindowsGame Over Online
'Command, we have a hostage situation - send in Rainbow team.' Those are words that Command would hate to hear most - and which would definitely NOT make someone's day - on the other hand, those words are what brings you Rainbow 6, the all-new first-person 3D shooter for thinking people. What does that mean? For one, that means that you need to plan attacks before you storm in, as one shot takes you out, like in real life - not like those lame rockets in Quake of which you could eat one and still be alive to grab a medikit powerup, recover fully, and fight on. But in any case, this is a bit rushed - so read on for more info.
WindowsGame Vortex
As a whole, with the Gold Edition containing the strategy guide and the add-on pack, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Gold Pack Edition is a worthy investment, if you’re into this type of game. I highly suggest trying it before you buy it. You may pick it up immediately and love it, but you may find it too obfuscated to be playable. If you get into it, though, it’s truly an enjoyable experience. If only single-player was a little tighter, this would be near-perfect. As it stands, it is merely a good game.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Red Storm Entertainment's Rainbow Six puts you at the forefront of this new international conflict, in a game ripped as much from the headlines as it is from the Tom Clancy novel of the same name. You take the reigns of Rainbow, a multinational unit dedicated to stamping out terrorism around the globe. The name Rainbow Six is actually your personal moniker -- "Rainbow" meaning a coalition of several nations and races; and "Six," the military designation for leader. Though the game is certainly its own beast, and, for the sake of gameplay, liberties were taken with the plot and characters, the connections to the novel can't be denied. John Clark, the book's protagonist, is indeed present in the game, though his role has been reduced to that of commander and advisor; he issues your initial mission briefings and lets you know the "real deal" about the situations you face.
WindowsPC Zone
Like Spec Ops (PCZ #65, 88%), Rainbow Six is incredibly addictive. Unlike Spec Ops, however, Rainbow Six is a game that, thanks to its replayability, makes it something you'll keep going back to time and time again. For the dedicated Quake fan who's been longing to apply a bit of strategic thinking, Rainbow Six could well be the game you've been waiting for.
Nintendo 64Power Unlimited
Was Rainbow Six iets uitgebreider geweest, dan had het de absolute bom kunnen zijn. Desondanks kent deze game genoeg features om je urenlang aan de beeldbuis gekluisterd te houden.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Das hätte wohl niemand erwartet: Heimlich, still und leise veröffentlicht ein bisher quasi unbekanntes Label ohne Vorabpromotion einen absoluten Hit. Rainbow Six hat ein originelles, gut durchdachtes Spielkonzept, einen hohen Grad an Komplexität und ist vor allem extrem spannend. Die etwas antiquiert wirkende Grafik und die KI-Macken der eigenen Truppen stören nur am Anfang; danach nimmt einen die dichte Atmosphäre und die spannende, überraschungsreiche Storyline des Spiels völlig in Beschlag. Rainbow Six bietet für jeden etwas: Der Planungsteil wird Freunde anspruchsvoller Strategiespiele à la Commandos begeistern; der Praxisteil stellt hohe Ansprüche an die Action-Spezialisten. Schade, daß solche Überraschungstreffer nicht häufiger vorkommen.
WindowsPC Action
Freunde actiongeladener Shoot ‘em Ups sollten die Finger von Rainbow Six lassen. Für Strategen ohne Abneigungen gegen 3D-Action ist das Verhältnis der Planungsphase zur Action-Phase von ca. 2:1 oder gar 3:1 geradezu ideal. Rainbow Six bietet alles, was ich von einem anspruchsvollen 3D-Shooter erwarte. Der hohe Realitätsgrad und die wirklichkeitsnahen Missionsziele generieren eine packende Atmosphäre. Wirklich negativ machen sich nur KI und das Routefinding bemerkbar, aber hier soll es in absehbarer Zeit noch einige Updates geben. Im Mehrspieler-Modus fallen diese Mankos nicht mehr ins Gewicht, was den Spielspaß enorm erhöht.
Véritable jeu d’intervention, Rainbow Six met votre intelligence et votre sens tactique à l’épreuve. Red Storm Entertainment signe là un jeu merveilleusement complet. Malgré le fait qu’il soit difficile à prendre en main, ce premier opus de Rainbow Six est une vraie réussite pour l’époque et s’est inscrit dans le temps.
Nintendo 64Game Critics
Overall, the negatives Ive just mentioned do not outweigh the positives, but at the same time they are detrimental enough to keep it from being considered one of todays truly elite games. What I can say is that Rainbow Six is an outstanding port of the groundbreaking PC title and hasnt dumbed down for the console audience during the conversion. As far as console games goes, few can match its harsh and deadly portrayal of real-world, anti-terrorist team operations and tactics. For those who can withstand the rigorous amounts of strategizing and planning, I highly recommend Rainbow Six.
Nintendo 64IGN
It's streamlined to fit your N64, but this is still a great PC to N64 conversion.

הניסיון להפוך את המשחק למאד מציאותי קצת פוגע בהנאה. לדעתי האישית, הפריקים של הסגנון לא מחפשים רק את האלמנטים המציאותיים מאד אלא גם את הכיף. את האפשרות לירות לכל עבר ללא אבחנה, את האפשרות להנות מאפקטים גרפיים ואפקטים קוליים מוגזמים. זו הנאה, הדומה קצת לצפיה בסרטי פעולה. ולמרות הכל, זהו משחק טוב, שיספק לכם שעות של הנאה.

PlayStationMega Fun
Sowohl die N64- als auch die PS-Version wissen durch den sehr hohen strategischen Anteil des Ego-Shooters zu gefallen. Zwar hätte man gerade in Bezug auf die Grafik mehr erwarten können, doch den Spaß schmälert dieses Manko nur marginal. Auf alle Fälle bringt Rainbow Six frischen Wind in dieses doch leicht angestaubte Genre.
Nintendo 64Mega Fun
Sowohl die N64- als auch die PS-Version wissen durch den sehr hohen strategischen Anteil des Ego-Shooters zu gefallen. Zwar hätte man gerade in Bezug auf die Grafik mehr erwarten können, doch den Spaß schmälert dieses Manko nur marginal. Auf alle Fälle bringt Rainbow Six frischen Wind in dieses doch leicht angestaubte Genre.
MacintoshMac Addict
The Mac version is superior to the PC game in a couple of ways. It's easier to install and has a much better interface. The game also comes complete with an extra mission pack (Eagle Watch), expanding the longevity of the single-player game. It's not hard to recommend Rainbow Six. The sheer wealth of options and missions, combined with the timeless multiplayer action and sophisticated gameplay, make it an all-time classic.
MacintoshMac Game Gate
In the end R6 delivered. It gave me plenty of hours of gameplay (it also supports multiplayer), and with the free add on pack, it furthered the game even more. While my system didn't exactly meet the requirements, it was still playable,.. in a screen about the size of a CD case, even then... None the less, I thouroughly enjoyed Ranibow Six, and await the anouncement of it's sequle being ported to the mac, and hopefully by then I will have my new mac, so I can play it in full screen. But in the meantime, give it a try. It was hit a on the Windows side, and just the same, is sure to be a hit on the mac.
MacintoshMac Ledge
Rainbow Six is a good game with an unique and exciting premise. I recommend it to anyone who has the hardware to run it, revels in planning, and enjoys a healthy dose of strategy along with their action. The ability to re-plan and execute individual missions makes for high replay value, although there is no way to record those missions. Although I gave the game some low marks, I was able to overlook its shortcomings for the opportunity to kick some Tango behinds! Due to its complicated nature and violence, the game is not for young children.
Unique en son genre, "Rainbow six" n'en est pas moins excellent. Étant très différent des autres jeux, la sortie de son add-on Rogue Spear n'est pas encore assurée. Si vous êtes un peu lassés des jeux dont vous disposez et cherchez un compromise entre un Doom-like et un jeu de stratégie, "Rainbow six" est le jeu qu'il vous faut.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
This genre-blending title brings a lot to the gaming experience. It takes what is good from first-person shooters and turn-based strategy (that sounds like a stretch but it's true) games, mixes it up and spits out something never quite seen before. Clancy also brings mass appeal to Rainbow Six, lending his well-crafted fictional world of political intrigue, secret-ops missions and action.
So if you're the type who just loves to run around and kill everything that moves, you'd best stay away from Rainbow Six. Actually, you could take advantage of the multiplayer capabilities and still run around and kill everything that moves, but there are other games tailored specifically to that purpose. Rainbow Six is aimed at the strategist who likes a little action as well. If you've ever played Myth and wished you could join the fray from the point of view of an archer, then Rainbow Six will not disappoint. Well, except that there are no archers to be controlled. I'm afraid the bow and arrow just don't get much use from government operatives these days.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Bei kaum einen Spiel bin ich bislang vor Schreck so zusammengezuckt wie bei Rainbow Six. Wenn Schüsse fallen, man unerwartet in den Lauf einer Waffe blickt oder gar die Teamkameraden getroffen zusammenbrechen, steigert sich die Anspannung mitunter zu schierer Panik. Es ist anfangs gar nicht so einfach, die Ruhe zu bewahren und professionell zu reagieren. In der Tat dürfte Rainbow Six die derzeit beste Simulation taktischer Kampfeinsätze sein.
While generally better than Spec Ops, Rainbow Six carries its own baggage, especially where the conflict of realism versus gameplay rears its ugly head.
WindowsGame Captain
Rainbow Six bietet eine tolle Mischung aus Strategie und 3D-Action, mit einer hervorragenden Atmosphäre. Wer gern ballert und noch lieber taktiert, liegt hier goldrichtig.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux)
Los van de 'doodgewone' graphics en de 'doodgewone' geluiden, moet ik wel eerlijk toegeven dat Rainbow Six me na een paar uurtjes wel degelijk begon te boeien. De gameplay bevat vele niveaus en verrassingen. En dit maakt het spel juist zo boeiend. Toch heeft ook deze medaille een andere kant. De artificiële intelligentie van de andere teamleden laat soms te wensen over.
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany)
Die strategische Komponente dieses Spiels wurde wie auch die Anzahl der Waffen im Vergleich zum PC-Vorbild deutlich verringert. Bei den zwölf Missionen fehlt es trotz der großen Schauplätze inhaltlich etwas an Abwechslung. Wer nicht einen geradlinigen, actionreichen 3D-Shooter erwartet, sondern ein auf bedachtes Vorgehen ausgelegtes Strategiespiel mit First-Person-Perspektive sucht, dem wird Rainbow Six sicherlich gut gefallen.
WindowsG4 TV: The Electric Playground
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six casts a player in the role of commanding officer of an elite, multi-national Counter Revolutionary Warfare group named Rainbow Six. Tom Clancy's touch is seen in the detailed story line and background information about each of the people and groups involved in the plot of the game. All of this rich and detailed background and plot is overwhelmed by the game and most gamers will find themselves simply ignoring the plot in their hurry to get on with the next mission.
WindowsPower Play
Das Komische an „Rainbow Six“ ist, daß es noch mehr Spaß macht wenn man das ganze Planungsbrimborium in den Jordan kippt und einfach alleine oder allenfalls mit ein oder zwei Spezialisten loszieht, um planlos und in Shooter-Manier das Gelände zu säubern. Kein Wunder daher, daß die verschiedenen Multiplayer-Varianten ebenfalls viel launiger sind. Frühe (amerikanische) Versionen des Spiels erlangten durch exzessiven Bug-Fraß traurige Berühmtheit; das ist in der aktuellen deutschen Fassung 1.03a allerdings kein Thema mehr. Was es jetzt noch an Ärgernissen gibt, das ist wohl eher der „Künstlichen Dämlichkeit“ der eigenen Teammitglieder geschuldet. Trotz dieser Ungereimtheiten: Das Spiel hat schon was, ganz ohne Zweifel! Auch der Tüftelscreen vor einer Mission ist zwar etwas umständlich zu bedienen, aber davon abgesehen gar nicht übel. Wenn man dabei nur nicht immer das Gefühl hätte, daß man im Alleingang eh genauso gut durchkäme, wär‘s vielleicht sogar ein richtig tolles Programm...
Nintendo 64GameSpot
Everything has a striking tinge of realism.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
In spite of all this, I still find myself coming back again and again to play RAINBOW SIX. While the folks at Red Storm obviously did their homework on counterterrorist operations (and the technical realism shows), the faulty Al and game-killing bugs get in the way of what could have been a benchmark game— a game troubled by what it could have been.
Sim fans will be thrilled with the high level of detail surrounding every aspect of the planning stage. Casual players may find it a little daunting however, making Rainbow Six not a game for everyone. If you're just looking for a first person shooter with a good story line, steer clear of this one. But if an in-depth, tactical, anti-terrorist simulation is what your after, Rainbow Six is right on target. Included with Rainbow Six is the extra mission pack Eagle Watch which takes you to some exotic locales, like a Russian space shuttle, China's Forbidden City and the Taj Mahal, to continue the war against terrorism.
WindowsAll Game Guide
Overall, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is an excellent real-time action simulation. There isn't much of a plot, but that isn't what the game is about. The missions make the game an enthralling experience. This title certainly won't appeal to everyone, but for those who want a thinking shooter, give this one a try.
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Mann, was bin ich von Rainbow Six enttäuscht. Was bringt mir der schönste (wenn auch umständlich zu bedienende) Planungspart, wenn die Vorgaben doch überflüssig sind. Spätestens nach vier Einsätzen merken Sie, daß Sie auch ohne echten Plan ans Ziel kommen. Okay, der 3D-Teil macht schon Spaß. Als cooler Special-Forces-Soldat mit dem Gewehr im Anschlag auf Terroristenjagd zu gehen, motiviert mich mehr, als zottelige Monster in einem 08/15-Gewölbe zu erlegen. Außerdem sind die Einsätze ziemlich abwechslungsreich. Am ehesten werden Sie Rainbow Six mögen, wenn Sie die spannende Buchvorlage kennen. Ohne dieses motivierende Ambiente-Plus bleibt nur ein Standard-3D-Shooter übrig.
Nintendo 64All Game Guide
These negatives are pretty minor compared to the replayability issue which really sinks the Nintendo 64 version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six. The PC version is able to overcome the limited replayability of the missions by offering greater difficulty and the option for online deathmatch play against live opponents. While the Nintendo 64 version is a great technical achievement in light of the limitations of the system, it has lost too much in the translation. From this reviewer's perspective, the replayability issues do not outweigh the game's pluses. It is definitely worth a rental though, as you should get all the initial surprise and suspense the game has to offer before it is time to return it.
Most background elements are 2D sprites with plenty of ugly pixellation if you draw near-come on Rebellion, a bit more effort was required here. And in play, with the elements that made R6 so unique on other platforms gone or impossible-such as the planning phase, need for stealth and necessity for precise, controlled movement-it feels and plays more like Goldeneye on N64, but is less attractive. This is a shame, because the whole ethos of R6 is sure to appeal to PlayStation owners-Rebellion should note that there are more competent efforts out there vying for gamers' money.
It has it's et niche, but even they must be disappointed. It's close to being what it set out to be but it just isn't there yet. Tom Clancy is happy, but he's getting paid. My suggestion is to keep writing books and squeezing out movies like Patriot Games: that's where his talents lie. Play it if you must, but if you really need to, it's probably better to do it on the PC because the PlayStation version just isn't there.
WindowsComputer Games Magazine
Still, the game is enjoyable. The missions can be skin-crawly tense and the strategic planning is a joy. Nevertheless, poor AI, coupled with mundane and buggy graphics give the game a "late-beta" feel. The genre bending idea is good, but the all too typical entertainment industry execution is �well, less than good.
PlayStationPlayer One
En fait, Rainbow 6, c'est surtout la version PlayStation franchement plus laide d'un jeu N64 testé le mois dernier. Jeu qui avait essentiellement impressionné par une ambiance tétanisante et des effets sonores prodigieux de précision. Des qualités mises en sourdine ici.
Nintendo 64Just Games Retro
Rainbow Six isn’t a bad game, per se, but it is a game that needed a better platform than the N64. At the very least, it’s not a good sign that the manual talks about a half dozen options and actions that didn’t make it into the game. It still has its moments, and there’s still a feeling of success when you pull off the perfectly planned assault, but there are, and were even at the time, better games, even from this same franchise. I can attest that it’s best when you team up with a buddy to tackle missions, at least then you can change things as you go and don’t have to worry about boneheaded A.I. decision-making (or lack thereof), but that still won’t make it look any prettier. In the end, it’s worth a look if you’re a Clancy mark like me or you’re curious about the origins of the series, but even so, you could find a better version than this.
The popular Tom Clancy-inspired FPS makes its way to the PS. Sadly, it's too little too late.
What originally was intended for the PC has come to the PlayStation - with mixed results.
Du travail de sagouin pour cette adaptation qui insulte la version originale mais surtout les possesseurs de console. Sous tous ses aspects, Rainbow Six n'offre aucun élément positif et manque cruellement de tout. Une honte m'sieur Redstorm.