Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow
Genre Action -> Tactical
Today's Rank 2003
Homepage N/A
Date 2004-08-06
Publisher Ubisoft
Date 2004-08-20
Publisher Ubisoft
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtThe squad-based tactical shoot-'em-up has become one of the most popular genres of game in the last few years and the granddaddy of the genre is undoubtedly the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series. If such things existed on the Xbox Black Arrow would be a mission disc to the original Rainbow Six 3, but since they don't it's a stand-alone, budget priced title that uses the same graphics and adds additional missions, weapons and features. The most obvious new feature is the new single player campaign with ten new missions, many in new locations in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. These missions also include improved artificial intelligence for the bad guys (including the ability to call for back-up and use hostages as human shields) and there's a new split-screen co-operative mode that allows you to team up with a friend and two computer team mates. Perhaps the most important additions though are in the online multiplayer mode, where Black Arrow will be one of the first games to utilise new Xbox Live 3.0 features such as user-created tournaments, instant messaging and clan statistics. Add in two new objective-based game modes, in the form of "capture the point" and "capture the flag", as well as new private team lobbies that see a return of sorts for the original Rainbow Six pre-mission planning interface, and you've got more new features than you find in most full-blown sequels. Which is far more than can be said for most similarly priced PC mission discs. --David Jenkins

- Stop the terrorists from developing weapons of mass destruction, in 10 new single-player missions and 14 new multiplayer maps
- Objective-based game modes like Conquest and Capture the Flag, as players capture designated points or hold possession of the flag
- AI is smarter than ever - Watch the bad guys call for backup when outnumbered, or use hostages as human shields
- Take advantage of new Xbox Live 3.0 features - User-created tournaments, messenging and clan statistics
- Command AI squadmates in cooperative multiplayer mode and see how you compare with new statistics
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