Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (Windows)

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A Must for Every Armchair Counter-Terrorism Operative MadCat (55) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Rainbow Six 2.0 Terrence Bosky (5227) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Solid strategy FPS with a few minor problems vni VIC (20) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall User Score (49 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Daily Radar
After hours of intense gameplay, I'm happy to report that Rogue Spear, despite a couple annoying bugs, provides all the incredible gameplay fans of the original enjoyed. Featuring enhanced graphics, better AI, cool new weapons, and awesome level design, Rogue Spear will keep armchair counter-terrorists happy for a long time to come.
If games could be rated completely in a vacuum, Rogue Spear would have to be acclaimed as a masterpiece. It does just about everything possible to provide an enjoyable, unique diversion in front of our monitors. But so did Rainbow Six. While this game is certainly a good one, it deviates very little from the formula pioneered by Red Storm in 1998. And as winning as said formula undoubtedly is, I'm not sure that such a straightforward rehashing is what fans have been waiting for. Those of you with no compunctions about paying a little extra for a super expansion pack will have no regrets about buying Rogue Spear. It goes for those who've been replaying the original missions ad nausea to fill the time until the sequel shipped. But if you got your fill of Rainbow Six some time ago, think twice before digging out your dinars. All of this might look a little too familiar.
Computer Games Magazine
As if responding to your last go code of a mission, stow this web page in your holster and blitz for the nearest copy of Rogue Spear. I couldn't find anything not to like about this action/strategy hybrid that somehow manages to capture the excitement of both genres. With hyper-realism (you won't get a powerup in this game) and hyper-adrenaline shots smacking you like a 7.62mm round, you'll quickly lose yourself in this game. Keep your gun up and your eyes open, because the place this tour de force from Red Storm Entertainment takes you is anything but a kinder, gentler world.
The original Rainbow Six, developed by Red Storm Entertainment, was more than a Tom Clancy novel adaptation. In its own right, it was an amazing work, at the forefront of creating a new genre of games for the PC. Games where tactics were king; where stealth, planning, and teamwork were essential. The sequel aims even higher and adds a great deal to the original. The gameplay formula hasn't changed much, but it's enhanced with better multiplay, more diverse teams, and richer environments. Once again you're in charge of the Rainbow team, travelling to hot-spots around the world in order to thwart terrorist endeavors. You don't need to be a Rainbow Six fan to enjoy the sequel; this reviewer had hardly played the original, but was up to full speed with the sequel in no time and loving every minute of it.
G4 TV: The Electric Playground
As before, you get a mission briefing, select teams and equipment, plot a mission plan, and then go in and kick ass. Don't kick too much ass though. Hostages are often in the way and must be protected, and the terrorists will do more than fire back. Sometimes they will spot you and try to kill a hostage, or move to detonate a bomb or activate some other device that will make things unpleasant for the country the action is going down in.
Last year, Red Storm Entertainment came out of nowhere and released Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, one of the best shooters of 1998, and arguably one of the best shooters ever. This game redefined the genre, giving gamers the feel of real combat with real bullets and the real consequences of being blasted with a shotgun. The sequel, Rogue Spear, does a great job of furthering the series, adding several new features to an already exceptional game design.
Game Revolution
Rogue Spear is, when you get down to it, extremely similar to Rainbow Six. The engine and gameplay is almost the same. If you are looking for any sort of radical additions or revolutionary concepts, you wont find them here. Still, it is impossible to deny how much fun this game offers. It essentially takes the Rainbow Six formula, adds in everything that we all thought was missing from the first game, patches it up in a few key points, and raises the series' bar in every area. It's completely addictive, endlessly engaging, and tense enough to remind you of your heartbeat. Take things one kill at a time, and you'll sleep well when it's over.
PC Team
Le groupe d'assaut Rainbow Six fait un come-back remarqué. Les amateurs de sensations fortes seront ravis : cette suite concrétise en effet tous les espoirs que l'on avait placés en elle.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Whether it’s freeing hostages from the diabolical clutches of terrorists, dropping bad guys like flies, or blowing a nuclear facility off the face of the planet, ROGUE SPEAR will give you the same gut wrenching butterflies you’d feel performing an actual real world op, live. ROGUE SPEAR completely rebuilds its predecessor, RAINBOW SIX, from the ground up with a new graphics engine, streamlined interface, sharper Al, better ballistic models, improved stability, additional weapons; and features like sniper support, watch mode, and replay. It all adds up to a game that thrusts you into a secret world of gritty, heart pounding commando operations where every nuance of planning and execution affects your success. If only every sequel were as strong as this.
This is the sequel to the world renowned Rainbow Six. This adds a lot of new characteristics to the game. This is the most realistic game on the market right now. There is now health or power ups, you and the terrorists die with the same number of shots. Heads don’t fly off either, this is still on of the best games out there.
Glide Underground
If you've played original Rainbow Six before you know what to expect in this game. But if you are new to the world of Rainbow Six, here is what the game is all about. The player is in command of the elite force of SWAT force known as Rainbow. Because the player is in command of the force, all aspects of the game lie in the hands of the player. The game is best described as a first person shooter with the strategy and problem solving elements of an adventure/strategy game. The game is a very realistic and accurate picture of how real life SWAT action would go. All the elements of real life terrorists and weapon reaction kick back, and other elements really make Rogue Spear an excellent game. Aside from the apparent pretty graphics, slick sound, and controls, Rogue Spear is an excellent game in itself in terms of gameplay and multiplayer options.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Like the Red October, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six snuck out of its harbor in Morrisville, North Carolina last year and took the gaming world by storm. Fittingly, Red Storm, the company founded by the famous author, established itself as the ranking authority in the emerging genre of tactical combat with Rainbow Six. And in just a little over a year's time, Red Storm is at it again, bringing us the aptly named sequel, Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.
GamePro (US)
Special Operations Forces hit a target silent and hard, never allowing the target to regain its senses. And such was the effect when Rogue Spear, the sequel to the first-person strategy/shooter Rainbow Six, infiltrated our offices. We were overwhelmed. We played the multiplayer game far into the night. Oh, by the way: the single-player game isn't half-bad, either.
Game Vortex
Rogue Spear is an excellent sequel to Rainbow Six. The graphics are not noticeably different, but after roaming around Rainbow Six looking through a scope just to see the unbelievable detail, I suppose that 'just as good' is not the least bit disappointing. The missions are well designed and, quite frankly, pretty. The museum mission (the first one) is interesting, surrounding you with expensive exhibits which are impressively detailed. The next mission takes place on a ship and, while this is no Titanic, it has a beauty all its own. Several areas in the various missions will have low light, so you have to be very attentive as you sneak around - or you just might not see that door you need to find. The music is very epic and orchestral, instantly reminding me of Star Wars (maybe too much - in the first part of the intro music).
PC Gamer
When Rogue Spear was announced late last year, I was understandably skeptical; with a lightning-fast development time of around a year, there was a worry Red Storm was banging out a quickie follow-up to capitalize on the success of the original. Would Rogue Spear be a true sequel, or just a prettified expansion pack? After hours of intense gameplay, I'm happy to report that Rogue Spear, despite a couple of annoying bugs, provides - and expands upon - all the incredible gameplay fans of the original enjoyed. Featuring enhanced graphics, better AI, cool new weapons, and awesome level design, Rogue Spear will keep armchair counter-terrorists happy for a long time to come.
This is a simple and fast bottom line. If you have played Rainbow Six you will love the changes to the game and will love all the new weapons to play with. All the new people out there will love the gameplay and the graphics, but be warned this is not a mass carnage shooter. I prefer to call this a thinking man’s shooter, because if you are not careful either you or your teammates will end up dead and that doesn’t do any of us any good in the fight against terrorism. So on that note, gentle reader, I give Rogue Spear a score of 89/100. Go out and buy it, you’ll like it.
Svenska PC Gamer
Rogue Spear är i grund och botten ett otroligt stimulerande spel. Det finns nog inget som är mer tillfredställande än att sakta tassa runt i trånga korridorer, kika runt ett hörn och sedan höra det dova surrealistiska ljudet av en kollegas dämpade MP5:a, som med precision fäller en motståndare.
Power Play
Alle Achtung, da hat sich Red Storm Entertainment wirklich ins Zeug gelegt. Das ‚.Rainbow Six-Sequel weist gegenüber dem Vorganger zahlreiche und ebenso sinnvolle Verbesserungen auf, Im Action-Modus kann man jetzt im Stil von „Dark Project“ oder „System Shock 2“ um die Ecke spähen, ohne gleich zwangsläufig von einem Gegner entdeckt zu werden. Die Grafik sieht auch viel detaillierter und insgesamt um einiges schicker aus. Außerdem hat sich die künstliche Intelligenz der computergesteuerten Freunde und Feinde ebenfalls gesteigert. Obwohl man den Schwierigkeitsgrad der Kampagne einstellen kann, sind die „Stealth-Missionen“, in denen man im Alleingang eine Wanze und eine Kamera an verschiedenen Orten plazieren und wieder ungesehen verschwinden muß, selbst im leichtesten Difficulty-Level eine ziemliche Herausforderung. Der Multiplayer-Modus ist obendrein eine wahre Bereicherung und animiert durch seine unterschiedlichen Spielmodi zu langen Online-Sessions.
PC Joker
Viel Dramatik und Realismus für Action-Strategen also, aber auch viel Einarbeitungszeit sowie extrem lange Ladepausen, denen man selbst mit der 500 MB starken Komplettinstallation nicht entgehen kann. Doch die vielleicht beste Nahkampf-Sim des Jahres ist die Mühe wert: Wer Spiele wie „Hidden & Dangerous“ mag, wird Rogue Spear lieben!
Ein vollblütiger Nachfolger oder nur eine aufgeblähte Missions-CD? Die Grafikengine wurde praktisch unverändert vom Vorgänger übernommen, am Spielprinzip - Einsatz planen, Terroristen töten, Geiseln retten - hat sich nichts geändert. Und 18 neue Missionen sind nicht gerade üppig. Trotzdem ist Rogue Spear ein Nachfolger, wie ich ihn mir wünsche: Statt optischen Schnickschnack zu produzieren, haben sich die Entwickler ums Wesentliche gekümmert: das Gameplay. Viele neue Waffen, realistische Bewegungsabläufe, neue Taktiken, eine bessere Planungsphase, mehr Langzeitmotivation für Einzelspieler und ein exzellenter Netzwerkmodus lassen jeden Rainbow-Six-Spieler vor Freude aus den Nomex-Stiefeln springen. Rogue Spear ist für anspruchsvolle Action- und Taktikfreunde gleichermaßen ein absoluter Pflichttitel. Fast schon traurige Routine: die obligatorische Warnung vor der verstümmelten deutschen Version.
Svenska Hemdatornytt
Emellertid är Rainbow Six triumfer fler än dess brister, och utvecklarna på Red Storm ska gratuleras för att de med framgång har skapat den gnälligaste av bestar, det gruppbaserade actionspelet.
Un très bon jeu qui s'inscrit dans la droite lignée de Rainbow Six. Les améliorations apportées ne changent pas radicalement la face du jeu mais apporte assez de nouveauté pour valoir le coup. En plus, Rogue Spear enfonce le clou et continue d'être un des meilleurs jeux multijoueurs.
Power Unlimited
Rogue Spear heeft een beetje het karakter van een add-on maar dan wel een hele mooie, uitgebreide en rete-spannende die je bovendien niet snel zal hebben uitgespeeld. De moeilijkheidsgraad ligt nog steeds behoorlijk hoog, waardoor je je echt in het spel zult moeten vastbijten, wil je de gameplay kunnen waarderen. Die-hards, you be challenged!
PC Player (Germany)
Sofort werden alte Rainbow-Six-Erinnerungen bei mir wach - nur diesmal klappt alles besser, es sieht einen Tick schöner aus, die Leute tun (fast) immer alles, was ich ihnen befehle. Der ausgereifte Planungsmodus gibt Ihnen die Möglichkeit, alles im Vornhinein auszuprobieren und dann zu perfektionieren. Die hervorragende Stimmung wird durch die Musik noch unterstützt. Leider macht die KI nach wie vor gelegentlich Fehler. Dafür sieht man die Verbesserung der Animationen deutlich, alles wirkt wesentlich lebendiger. In seinem Subgrenre ist Rogue Spear klar das Elite-Team.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Ondergetekende is gewoon weg van Rogue Spear en z'n multiplayeropties. Als uitsmijter nog een weetje: Rogue Spear is de codeterm van de CIA voor het verliezen van een atoomwapen aan een bende slechteriken.
Gaming Age
It’s undeniable that one of the most popular genres on the PC right now, happens to be the first-person-shooter. They are perfect for showcasing the latest 3D accelerators and graphics engines, and their extremely addictive multiplayer modes have created a sensation across the Internet. However, as of late, most have been the simple blast-the-enemy-without-thinking type titles, where you don’t contemplate what you’re going to do before you do it. Stop moving and you won’t be alive much longer. Taking a different approach from this, is Red Storm Entertainment’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.
GameStar (Germany)
Richtig gut hat mir die Soldaten- und Gegner-KI gefallen. Da sich meine Jungs ohne Hirnaussetzer stets an meinen Plan gehalten haben, mußte ich vor allem in den simpleren ersten Missionen nur selten per Hand eingreifen. Rogue Spear bietet Action und Strategie in einer motivierenden Kombination. Und da die Entwickler auf den peinlichen Clancy-Patriotismus weitgehend verzichtet haben, werden Sie (wie ich) auch dann Spaß haben, wenn Sie die USA nicht für den Nabel des Universums halten.
PC Games (Germany)
Zugegeben, Rogue Spear unterscheidet sich von Rainbow Six wie ein Hamburger von einem Cheeseburger, aber was macht das schon? Die kleinen Detail-Verbesserungen in der KI und die neuen Bewegungsabläufe kommen dem Spielverlauf sehr zugute; zusätzlich sorgt die schönere Grafik für eine zeitgemäßere Optik als beim Vorgänger. Keine Frage - wie schon der Vorgänger eignet sich auch Rogue Spear hervorragend für anspruchsvolle Actionfans, die Wert darauf legen, beim Ballern den Intellekt nicht komplett abschalten zu müssen.
Spel för Alla
Den som redan är ägare av den förra versionen av Rainbow Six bör kanske tveka både en och två gånger inför uppföljaren Rogue Spear. Det är inga revolutionerande förändringar i spelupplägget, mest en polerad version med nya banor. Alla ni andra – spring och köp.
80 (UK)
Rogue Spear is a classic game let down by AI that is often either inhumanly quick or subhumanly stupid, a steep learning curve for newcomers to the series, and the lack of any ability to skip waypoints or alter a plan on the fly without restarting the entire mission. Luckily the sheer satisfaction of extracting a group of hostages from right under the enemy's nose or bugging a phone in a terrorist safehouse without being seen makes it all worthwhile in the end.
All Game Guide
All of the problems with the game are minor and the overall experience you will receive is certainly worth overlooking those problems for. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear provides you with a significantly challenging and engrossing single-player game as well as an incredibly addictive and enjoyable cooperative multi-player game. There is just not too much more that you could ask for!
incite PC Gaming
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear proves that a first-person shooter can be fun while forcing players to think. Get ready to sweat, fret, and swear!
Red Storm Entertainment has done a great job with Rogue Spear, certainly a worthy sequel to the great Rainbow Six. While there were definite issues with clipping, AI, and online play (dragging down the game from a possible Editor's Choice), there is no denying the fun behind the game. With its wide array of weaponry, and realistic gunplay model, Rogue Spear proves itself to be the premier combat simulation/strategy game out there. The 18 single player missions will provide hours of ultra challenging gameplay in a variety of beautifully rendered settings and believable scenarios. Multiplayer Rogue Spear is incredibly fun - if you ever get the opportunity to play co-op Rogue Spear on a LAN, then do so. Bottom line: Rogue Spear is a must buy for anyone fascinated with SWAT-type or special forces tactics and weapons.
Rogue Spear builds on the phenomenal success of Rainbow Six. It offers some nice improvements and some handy features, but don’t expect any revolutionary changes. Like the first game, Rogue Spear finds you leading your collection of commandos against various and sundry terrorist groups. The eighteen-mission campaign begins with a series of seemingly unrelated missions spread across the world. Soon enough, however, you begin to realize that there’s someone behind all these incidents, and that person is bent upon—cue the music—world domination. Your job—shut ‘em down.
Though Rogue Spear is in many ways a much better game than its similar predecessor, it too is not without a laundry list of problems.
Game Over Online
Rogue Spear is the second game based on Tom Clancy's book 'Rainbow 6'. The original game was met with mixed responses, being one of the first to attempt to simulate properly and realistically, a small commando group. One fault of the original though, was the fact that your highly intelligent commando like elite warriors of the world could be foiled by all the cunning and intelligence of a desk, unable to get around it due to some small but basic flaws in the AI. Now they have had a while to polish up their engine and AI, and Rogue Spear arrives on the scene to attempt to make it all better.
Une fois lâchés, vos hommes auront à affronter des adversaires déterminés, bien cachés et ayant l’avantage du terrain. Vous débarquez alors que les terroristes maîtrisent la situation, ont eu le temps de se cacher et de prendre position aux postes stratégiques. Et en plus, ces bandits ont des otages. Autant dire que se ruer tambour battant au milieu du théâtre des opérations risque fort de se solder par un échec cuisant et la mort d’innocents. L’infiltration connaît donc ses heures de gloire avec Rainbow Six. D’autant plus que l’intelligence artificielle des ennemis comme celle de vos équipiers a été revue et améliorée elle aussi, rendant le jeu encore plus vivant. Faites du bruit et vous risquez fort d’être réduit au silence.
Gamer's Pulse
Rogue Spear is a good, but not great, mildly flawed game. The graphics engine needs an overhaul as does the AI, but it is different from the standard deathmatch and has a strong potential still untapped. Will I replay it? Probably not. Did I have fun playing it? For the most part, yes. Is it worth a look? Most definitely yes. Will I buy the sequel? I’ll read the review first.
Absolute Games (
Я поиграл в Rogue Spear. И захотел написать крайне положительный обзор. Потом я поиграл подольше. Мнение ухудшилось. Я подумал: “Чёрт возьми, неужто дальше все будет еще хуже!”. Так оно и оказалось. Нет, это не Вторая Часть, и хотя здесь ходят мулаты в белых штанах, но блюдечка с голубой каемочкой, на котором имелся бы новый геймплей, нам не преподнесли. Так что пора переквалифицироваться в управдомы, господа присяжные заседатели. Отныне Rainbow Six не лидер в жанре squad-command. Viva la Hidden & Dangerous!