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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

November 22, 2006
Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes

Video Game Cat Review

Date of Review:  November 18, 2012
Format Reviewed:   Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  Online multi-player exists for this game, both team-based and competitive play. There is also downloadable content (DLC) available for this title.
Prequels: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Lockdown.
Sequels: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Critical Hour, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:  None required.


Become a part of America’s secret military operatives in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas. As a soldier of Rainbow, a NATO anti-terrorist organization, players must save hostages and fight insurgents in a terrorist-occupied Las Vegas.  The story grows to reveal the sinister plans of an eco-terrorist group called Phoenix that plans to “save the Earth from humanity.”  Only Rainbow and its operatives can thwart the terrorist’s plans for total annihilation of civilization and the human species.

Cultural / Historical Value:
Rainbow Six: Vegas is one game in the long-running videogame series: Rainbow Six, developed by Tom Clancy.  The game was designed after author Tom Clancy’s best-selling novel, Rainbow Six. The videogame was actually finished before the book was released and carries a different plot than the book, but still embodies Tom Clancy’s vision to create a series about American forces combating terrorism.   This game has been nominated for and won numerous awards and is highly praised for its multi-player gameplay.  There are numerous other Tom Clancy-related videogame titles, such as those within the Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon series.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
This game does not offer much in terms of educational content.  However, players can learn about military tactics and combating terrorism.  This game requires tactical strategy in order to beat the terrorists.  Critical thinking skills related to strategizing about warfare are simulated in this title.  Finally, like most other shooters, this game requires effective eye-hand coordination for successful play.

Replay Value:  
There are various difficulty levels available for this game, which adds to the replayability of the title.  There are also online multiplayer options available, which add hours of life to the title.  Downloadable content, such as the Players Pack Red add schematics and maps for fans of this game.

Likely Audiences:
Fans of Tom Clancy or his various videogame series (such as Ghost Recon or Splinter Cell) will be attracted to the Rainbow Six series.  Others who enjoy shooters or military-based multiplayer games will appreciate this game.

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About the Author:
Ben Bigalke
is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.


Award Giver Category Verdict
Spike Video Game Awards 2006Critic's Choice Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2007Best Military Game Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2007All Nighter Award Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2007Online Game of the Year Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2007STRATEGY AND SIMULATION Nominee
Golden Joystick Awards 2007Xbox Game of the Year Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2007First Person Action Game of the Year Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2007Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nominee

Additional Info

ESRB Description:
Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes



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