Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tech & U: Rainbox Six: Vegas 2


Ok, having not played Rainbow Six: Vegas at all or even seeing the game, I come into the Vegas 2 experience with fresh eyes. Tales of how totally awesome the original Vegas is left me with an anticipation of what should be a very well made tactical shooter.

So I started the game with a little back story, apparently a flashback of the lead hero/heroine in which is basically the tutorial mission for the player. I have to infiltrate, eliminate and rescue hostages. So I creep around with silenced MP5, crouching and popping guards from around the corner. Even using once in a while the Breach Room tactic.

After saving the hostages, without further ado I am thrust into present day timeline of Vegas 2. No explanations, none what-so-ever just that I am needed in the field instead of the academy because they detected chemical weapons on the ground of Las Vegas and needed a pro to handle the problem.

Basically, the story of the story mode of the game is like that. Almost, little to nothing. But let's talk about the other features of Vegas 2.

The first feature you will see is the customise menu for your character. You can choose you character's gender then facial appearance which for ladies apparently are all butch girls with the exact facial bone structure, eye, mouth and nose sizes with just different skin tones and hairstyles.

Then you can customise you character's outfit and equipment which there is a lot but has to be unlocked as you earn more Advanced Combat Enhancement and Specialisation (ACES) points. But after quick a look you will notice that your character is already outfit with the best weapons and armour at the beginning of the game.

After that the other notable features are co-op modes for both Terrorist Hunt and Story mode. In Terrorist Hunt you and three other players try to cap as many terrorists as you can in the given time. In Story mode you and another player plus 2 AI characters relive the single player Story mode. But take note the player that hosted the Co-Op Story mode will be the only player able to issue commands to the AI characters.

Next you have the standard Multiplayer Mode where you can play Item Extraction, Hostage Rescue, Demolition, Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, Total Conquest (take and hold locations for time period) and Team Leader (like Hostage Rescue but the hostage is armed).

Overall, I find Vegas 2 to be a repetitive game. You play basically set pieces to win the game. Go to cover A, peek around, snipe/shoot baddie, go to cover B repeat. The AI for the enemy is dumb. I mean really dumb. If they rush you, you do not in anyway feel threatened. Only time you should feel threaten is when your men who have the same dumb AI coding are not giving you cover fire when run in the open to the next cover (which is rarely). Another annoyance is when you Breach and Enter a closed room you can apparently take out almost all if not all the enemies in that room with the explosive used to breach the door.

In terms of being a tactical shooter I feel Vegas 2 really fails me. I know some people really love the Rainbow Six franchise and will tell me that is how you play all the Rainbox Six games. But give me Call Of Duty 4 any day at least I don't feel that I am a dog jumping through hoops of fire in the circus.

Title: Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Availability: New Era Interactive Software Sdn Bhd
Suite 27-02B, 27th Floor Menara Keck Seng
203 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: (603) 2143 1332 Fax: (603) 2143 1330

Package: 1 Manual, 1 Game DVD.


CPU: 3 GHz Pentium 4 Hyper Threading or AMD Athlon 3000
Operating System: Windows Vista/Windows XP SP2 (only)
Memory: 1024MB for Windows XP / 2048MB for Windows Vista
Drive Space: 7 GB
Graphics Card: 128 MB DirectX –compliant, Shader 3.0–enabled video card
Sound Card: DirectX–compliant sound card
DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c (included on disc)

Graphics Cards Supported:
ATI Radeon X1000 series - Radeon X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series - HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 2900, GT/XT
ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series - HD 3850, HD 3870, HD 3870 X2
NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series - GeForce 6800 Ultra, 6800 GT, 6800, and GeForce 6600 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series - GeForce 7950 Series, 7900 Series, 7800 Series, 7600 Series, GeForce 7300
NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series - GeForce 8800 Ultra , GeForce 8800 GTX , GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT , GeForce 8800 GS , GeForce 8600 GTS , GeForce 8600GT, GeForce 8500 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series - GeForce 9600 GT

Graphics Cards Not Supported: All AGP Cards

Our Verdict: 3
Documentation: 3
Graphics: 3 1/2
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 3

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