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Tom Clancy reveals the world of covert ops in his latest Rainbow Six creation: Covert Ops Essentials. This is an encyclopedia of Covert Ops, from weapons and tactics to previous incidents and interview with anti-terrorism experts. Also includes "Officer Candidate School" to test your knowledge, as well as three special Rogue Spear levels (Rogue Spear NOT required) to see how you implement what you learned.


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials Windows This is the first document on non-lethal weapons. There is a button at the bottom of the screen which launches a test
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials Windows This screen shows that after the briefing the player is given 'intel' or background information. This then leads to the planning phase where the player can manually plan or take the default
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials Windows The 'Ready Room'. From here the player accesses all the training material in the game. The shadows will show the player's progress through the game but there's nothing there yet.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials Windows Disc 2, the mission disc, installs separately and has it's own menu. This screen is displayed as the game loads. It is followed by some pictures of live situations before the main menu appears

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Alternate Titles

  • "彩虹六号之隐秘行动" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Redefines the word "Essential" Terrence Bosky (5463) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Cool, but... Bryan White (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
PC Joker Nov, 2000 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 2000 71 out of 100 71
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 6.2 out of 10 62
GameSpy Oct 10, 2000 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot Oct 24, 2000 5.2 out of 10 52
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 14, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Gamekult Nov 17, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Absolute Games ( Sep 30, 2000 40 out of 100 40
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 38 out of 100 38


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German version

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

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Kasey Chang (4617) added Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials (Windows) on Dec 08, 2000