Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Lockdown

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Lockdown
Game: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Lockdown
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Ubi Soft
Rating: 8/10

GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: Your team stalks terror for a living. Now terror is stalking you. You’ve got cutting-edge weaponry and peerless military training. They’ve got a man-made virus, capable of killing millions. You have the world’s best operatives. They have one of your men hostage. The chips are stacked. Ready to tango? In the near future, terror has escalated to a new level: bioterrorism. A global terrorist network threatens to strike with a terrifying nanotech virus – but the target is uncertain. Team Rainbow, an elite counter-terrorism unit, is spearheading a new war on terror. They are the only ones who can save millions of innocent lives threatened by radical terrorists. But when Team Rainbow is personally attacked, close-quarter battles reach unprecedented levels of tension and intensity. They will do whatever it takes to protect their people and bring then home. Team Rainbow does not negotiate with terror. They destroy it.

PLAY: The single-player campaign is a lot of fun. When you are the sniper Dieter Weber you are set up to pop a hell of a lot of terrorists. Other aspects include searching rooms. The issue is the computer AI is the way enemies sit and wait to be killed. They hear you but don’t do anything about it. Imagine someone wondering what the banging is outside the door and not going out to investigate.

A very cool addition is the ability to locate heartbeats. This allows you to find enemies so you don’t head into an ambush.

GRAPHICS: The Tom Clancy games usually push the boundaries of graphics. Lockdown doesn’t push any limits. There is a cool addition of the Metroid-Prime visor that cracks as you get hit. The characters have decent detail however there is some clipping issues. Also you find that you might run into a teammate and get stuck. The environments are nicely detailed. They tried to make tweak the design but it seems they’ve gone as far as they can go with the Xbox.

SOUND: Very strong sound effects that create a wonderful and chilling atmosphere.

FRANKLY: The online play, as usual for the Tom Clancy games, is the strength. There is a lot to love about Lockdown. There is a plethora of weapons and some decent AI that adds to the tension. There are a good number of missions that will add to Lockdown’s lasting appeal.

+ Richie Wright

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