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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown is the fourth installment in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Franchise. The initial design and PlayStation 2 version were developed by Red Storm Entertainment while the Xbox version was developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Both versions were published by Ubisoft Entertainment. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions were released on September 6, 2005. A GameCube version was released on September 27, 2005, and a version for Windows was released on February 10, 2006.

GameplayEdit

Lockdown's gameplay is more action-oriented then that of past installments which focused more on realism and tactics. Like past titles, the player issues orders to AI controlled teammates such as breaching rooms, tossing grenades, etc. Squadmate AI has been improved, allowing them to perform more independent actions. Both the player and enemies are now more durable and are able to take several hits before dying. Despite this, players are unable to restore their health during a mission. To emphasize the more arcade combat, enemy accuracy has been significantly reduced.

SingleplayerEdit

OverviewEdit

Lockdown takes place in 2009. The international terrorist organization Global Liberation Front has stolen a nanotech aerosol virus known as Legion. If exposed, the virus causes massive hemorrhaging and has a 100% mortality rate. Rainbow has been tasked to stop the looming threat of the virus.

The console and PC versions of the Lockdown are significantly different from one another. The PC version of the game features the same overall story and similar gameplay to the console versions. Unlike the console versions, however, the PC version features a planning section and character customzation similar to past installments. As such, levels have been redesigned and reordered to match the less linear gameplay. It also does not feature cutscenes and collectible suitcases as the console versions do. All missions can be played in singleplayer or co-op, with Terrorist Hunt also available for each mission.

CharactersEdit

The player takes control of Alpha Team leader Domingo Chavez on each mission and with either John Clark or Alistair Stanley serving as onsite coordinators. Each mission features different squadmates that provide support to player in each situation. Console versions of the game feature sniper segments where the player takes control of Dieter Weber.

PlotEdit

ConsoleEdit

On March 29th, 2009, a rebel army attacked the South African Capital of Pretoria. With the city under siege, President Yared Mbelu and his aid were kidnapped and held hostage. With NATO unable to restore order or rescue the President, Rainbow dispatches Alpha team. Led by Domingo Chavez, the team made their way into a bank vault where the President was being held and rescued him. During the attack in Pretoria, the Global Liberation Front and their leader Bastian Vanderwaal raided the South African tech company, LNR Anderson. The company had been developing an illegal bioweapon called Legion which they had intended to sell on the black market. With the deadly virus now in the hands of the GLF, they continued its development and started selling it to other terrorist organizations.

On June 10th the GLF launched an attack on Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. They took several hostages and threatened to execute a hostage every hour until their demands were met. Of these hostages was Fiona Cathcart, the niece of Rainbow's Alistair Stanley. To further deter law enforcement, the terrorists also planted a bomb inside the facility. Alpha Team was able to infiltrate the building and rescue the hostages. Despite this, a group of terrorists escaped with the British Prime Minter of Defense Adam Shields and the US Deputy Director of Homeland Security, George Burdell. Alpha Team proceeded to track and capture the terrorists at the nearby Scotland University without incident.

Interrogations of the terrorists revealed that the GLF had a secret training facility underneath a brandy distillery in Olivet, France. On June 27th, Clark tasked Alpha Team to enter the facility and capture its leader, Derek Mergen. Before Chavez could reach Mergen, however, Mergen was shot by his own men in an attempt to prevent him from giving Rainbow information. Critically injured, Mergen was immediately transferred to a local hospital in Paris for surgery. While his surgery was successful, the surgeon warned Clark that Mergen would be unable to be moved for the next 48 hours. Even worse, GLF forces had converged on the hospital in an attempt to either rescue Mergen or silence him. Alpha Team successfully able to repel the attack.

Clark interrogated Mergen after his recovery and discovered that the GLF had something big planned in the next few weeks, though Mergen had not been informed of the details. Seeking confirmation, Clark sent Alpha Team to secure and search a GLF hideout in Paris on July 10. Inside, Chavez found Intel that confirmed Mergen's statements but held no concrete details of the plan. Clark interrogated Mergen once again and was told that the GLF cell leader Herman Krieger would be conducting a major arms with Francos Rimbaud to supply this attack. He then stated that the deal would take place on July 11th at the docks in Calais, France. Clark coordinated with the GIGN and dispatched Alpha Team to interrupt the deal. Unfortunately, the GLF had known that Rainbow would intervene. With the element of surprise gone, Chavez was unable to stop Rimbaud, Krieger, and their forces from escaping on a channel ferry. Both men then took all the passengers hostage and threatened to detonate a bomb onboard should any rescue attempts be made. Despite this, Clark tasked Alpha Team with staging a rescue attempt. With Dieter Weber providing sniper support, Alpha team was able to clear the deck and made their way down lower levels of the ship. Krieger was killed in the ensuring firefight but Chavez successfully captured Rimbaud and disarmed the bomb.

On August 7th, Nicolai Yazhov contacted Clark, stating that he wanted to make a deal to sell him information about the GLF. He then told Clark to have Rainbow meet him in an old warehouse in Marseilles, France. Upon arriving, however, Yazhov betrayed Rainbow and escaped as Alpha Team was ambushed by GLF forces. After dispatching the GLF forces, Chavez proceeded to track Yazhov through the streets of Marseilles. During this time, Eddie Price was critically injured, angering Chavez. With his capture imminent, the GLF attempted to silence Yazhov and shot him. Before they could finish, Chavez was able dispatch the terrorists. Pleading, Yazhov informed Chavez of an arms dealer that he had met recently, Faisal Amidan.

After further interrogations, Yazhov eventually revealed to Clark that Amidan was working out of Malzir, Algeria. He also revealed that Amidan owned an apartment in the town would be out on business on August 19th. Clark sent Alpha Team to secure possible Intel at the compound but noted that the area would be heavily guarded with GLF forces, making extraction impossible. Against all odds, Alpha team was able to secure the information. It revealed that Bastian Vanderwaal was behind the ambush in Marseilles and the theft of the Legion virus. During Alpha Team's escape attempt from Amidan's compound, Weber's helicopter was shot down and he was captured. With NATO declaring Weber an acceptable loss, Clark was unable to order Alpha Team to rescue him and instead ordered them to return to Hereford Base. Defying Clark's order, Chavez led Alpha Team down a series of tunnels and found a tortured but alive Weber.

After gathering intelligence on Vanderwaal, Rainbow traced him to an estate in Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. On August 22nd, Alpha Team was sent to infiltrate the estate and recover any information about the GLF's next move. After making their way through the facility, Chavez was able to recover Intel from Vanderwaal's computer. It revealed that the GLF's big plan was to attack the NATO Summit in Barcelona, Spain, infect the world leaders with Legion, and broadcast it to the world. Later that day, the GLF launched their attack and took the world leaders hostage. Among the hostages was Bill Tawney who was able to send Clark an encrypted messaged, confirming that Legion was onsite. Due to the information they received from Vanderwaal's estate, Alpha Team successfully stopped the attack.

The next day, Rainbow tracks Vanderwaal's location to an old castle on Cala Brescana, Menorca. Alpha Team landed on the island and was able to disable the island security system. Roger McAllen and Ayana Yacoby were critically injured in the process and Vanderwaal had yet to be found. After interrogating several GLF terrorists, they discovered Vanderwaal's plan to escape the island and unleash Legion into the water supply of a major city somewhere in Europe. Fighting off the remaining GLF forces, Chavez corned Vanderwaal. After a fierce firefight between the two men, Chavez shot and killed Vanderwaal, ending the GLF's reign of terror.

MissionsEdit

The Xbox version of the game features 14 missions while the PlayStation 2 version features 16 missions.

PCEdit

On May 2nd, 2009, a rebel army attacked the South African Capital of Pretoria. With the city under siege, President Yared Mbelu and his aid were kidnapped and held hostage. With NATO unable to restore order or rescue the President, Rainbow dispatches Alpha Team. Led by Domingo Chavez, the team made their way into a bank vault where the President was being held and rescued him. During the attack in Pretoria, and unidentified terrorist group raided the South African tech company, LNR Anderson. The company had been developing an illegal bioweapon called Legion which they had intended to sell on the black market. Rainbow coordinates with the South African Government to discover who stole the virus.

Bill Tawney, head of Rainbow Intel, has found information regarding an Algerian gunrunner, Faisal Amidan. He runs the largest weapons smuggling ring in Africa and has a large clientele list of various terrorist organizations, governments, and wealthy individuals. His Intel also revealed that Amidan owned an apartment in the town of Malzir, Algeria and that he would be out on business on May 12th. Alpha Team is sent to secure possible Intel at the compound. During the operation, however, Weber's helicopter was shot down and he was captured by the local militia. With NATO declaring Weber an acceptable loss, Clark was unable to order Alpha Team to rescue him and instead ordered them to return to Hereford Base. Despite this, Clark suggests that Chavez defy his official order and rescue Weber. With Ayana Yacoby serving as onsite coordinator, Chavez leads Alpha Team down a series of tunnels where they find a tortured but alive Weber.

On June 27th, the Revolutionary Brotherhood attacked the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. They took several hostages and threatened to execute a hostage every hour until their demands were met. Of these hostages was Fiona Cathcart, the niece of Rainbow's Alistair Stanley. To further deter law enforcement, the terrorists also planted a bomb inside the facility. Alpha Team was able to infiltrate the building and rescue the hostages. Despite this, a group of terrorists escaped with two hostages. Alpha Team proceeded to track and capture the terrorists at the nearby Scotland University without incident.

On July 18th, Intel discovered that the United Fatherland Brigade, a terrorist organization responsible for numerous attacks across Europe, has a hidden base within the Paris catacombs. Alpha team was sent to secure the hideout and recover any available Intel. Inside, they find evidence of another UFB cell located under a local distillery in Olivet, France that is led by Derek Mergen. Clark tasks Alpha Team with securing the other hideout and capturing Mergen. Upon finding Mergen, however, it is revealed that Mergen was shot by his own men in an attempt to prevent him from giving Rainbow information. Critically injured, Mergen was immediately transferred to a local hospital in Paris for surgery. While his surgery was successful, the surgeon warned Clark that Mergen would be unable to be moved for the next 48 hours. Even worse, UFB forces had converged on the hospital in an attempt to either rescue Mergen or silence him. Alpha Team successfully able to repel the attack.

A few weeks later, Intel learned that the Marxist Radical Front was going to make a deal at the docks in Calais, France on August 7th. With the help of the GIGN, Alpha Team is sent to stop the deal and capture the dealer. While successful in stopping the deal, several MRF terrorists escaped and hijacked a channel ferry. Stanley tasked Alpha Team with stopping the terrorists and saving the hostages which ends in success.

On August 19th, Nicolai Yazhov, a member of the October Resistance, contacted Clark with information on who stole Legion and has been supplying it to other terrorist organizations. Yazhov stated that he wanted to make a deal with Clark and told him to have Rainbow meet him at an old warehouse in Marseilles, France. Upon arriving, however, Alpha Team is ambushed by the October Resistance, and Yazhov has been taken hostage. Alpha Team is able to dispatch the terrorist and extract Yazhov.

Yazhov reveals to Clark that the October Resistance plans to attack the NATO Summit in Barcelona, Spain and release a new deadlier strain of Legion on the World's leaders. Unfortunately, the Resistance made their move during the interrogation. Alpha Team is immediately sent to the Summit to disarm the Legion bombs and save the hostages. With the operation successful, Yazhov informs Clark that the terrorist group that stole and has been distributing Legion is Bastian Vanderwaal, the leader of the Global Liberation Front. He also told of an estate that Vanderwaal owns on Calaian Bay, Gibraltar. Further Intel revealed that Vanderwaal has not been at the estate in several weeks. Alpha Team is sent to raid it on August 25th to find information about Vanderwaal's whereabouts.

Vanderwaal's computer revealed that he is currently located at a mercenary base on Cala Brescana, Menorca. Alpha is sent to infiltrate the base and disable the security system so that Bravo Team can enter. While Alpha Team is able to disable the security system, Vanderwaal escaped to a nearby castle. Alpha Team arrives at the castle and dispatches the remaining GLF forces. Chavez corners Vanderwaal and engages him in a firefight. Eventually, Chavez kills Vanderwaal, ending the threat of Legion for good.

MissionsEdit

The PC verison of the game features 16 missions.

  • South Africa - Pretoria, South Africa - May 2 (Chavez, Loiselle, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Algeria - Malzir, Algeria - May 12 (Chavez, Loiselle, Price, Raymond)
  • Desert Village - Djaskra, Algeria - May 13 (Chavez, Loiselle, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands - June 10 (Chavez, Loiselle, Price, Raymond)
  • Parliament - Edinburgh, Scotland - June 27 (Chavez, McAllen, Murad, Pak)
  • University - Edinburgh, Scotland - June 27 (Chavez, Price, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Catacombs - Paris, France - July 10 (Chavez, Loiselle, Murad, Raymond)
  • Distillery - Olivet, France - July 18 (Chavez, Lofquist, Loiselle, Pak)
  • Hospital - Paris, France - July 19 (Chavez, Murad, Price, Yacoby)
  • Docks - Calais, France - August 7 (Chavez, Price, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Channel Ferry - Calais, France - August 8 (Chavez, McAllen, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Marseilles - Marseilles, France - August 19 (Chavez, Price)
  • NATO Summit - Barcelona, Spain - August 20 (Chavez, McAllen, Murad, Yacoby)
  • Estate - Catalan Bay, Gibraltar - August 25 (Chavez, Lofquist, Pak, Yacoby)
  • Mercenary Base - Cala Brescana, Minorca - August 26 (Chavez, Lofquist, Loiselle, Murad) (Price, McAllen, Raymond, Yacoby)
  • Castle - Cala Brescana, Minorca - August 26 (Chavez, Loiselle, Murad, Price)


MultiplayerEdit

Lockdown's multiplayer features different gamemodes depending on the version of the game. The console and PC versions of the game supports 16 player matches. The GameCube version of the game does not feature online support.

XboxEdit

The Xbox version of the game features the Presistent Elite Creation system (PEC). This mode allows players to earn experience from gameplay, level up their character, and unlock weapons and itmes. Players are also able to choose from four available classes, known as "Careers". Careers have their own different abilities and strengths. Leveling up will award stat points that can be distributed to improve these abilities.

  • Commando - Capable of using light machine guns and a Ballistic Shield. His heavy armor makes him more resistant to incoming damage from enemies. This makes him ideal to take point on assaults.
  • Combat Medic - Capable of using assault rifles and nerve gas grenades. He can administer first aid to teammates while in combat. He also has the ability to activate an adrenaline boost which increases sprint speed for a short amount of time.
  • Engineer - Capable of using submachine guns. He can install firewalls on maps to deter enemy movement. This includes deploying mines, locking doors remotely, and deploying machine gun turrets.
  • Spec-Op - Capable of using long-range rifles and knife combat. He can tap into CCTV cameras for surveillance and can also jam enemy communications and electronics. Additionally, he also comes equipped with a heat sensor to spot enemy players.

GamemodesEdit

  • Team Survival - The winner is determined by the first team to eliminate all enemy players.
  • Team Retrieval - The team that retrieves the most canisters within the time limit will be declared the winner.
  • Total Conquest - Both teams fight against one another to hold three satellite transmitters and obtain points.
  • Team Sharpshooter - Both teams fight to obtain the most amount of kills before the time limit has been reached.

PlayStation 2Edit

The PlayStation 2 version of the game does not have the PEC system. Instead all gamemodes are fought between Team Rainbow and a Mercenary Team.

  • Team Adversarial - The winner is determined by the first team to eliminate all enemy players.
  • Team Retrieval - The team that retrieves the most canisters within the time limit will be declared the winner.
  • Team Rivalry - There are three variations of the Rivalry gamemode:
  • Bomb - Rainbow must stop Mercenaries from placing a bomb on objectives. Should the bomb be placed, Rainbow must disable the bomb in time in order to win.
  • Hostage - Rainbow is tasked with protecting and extracting hostages. Mercenaries must try to stop them and capture the hostages.
  • Intelligence - Mercenaries must hack into a series of computers while Rainbow must stop them. Computers must be hacked in order.

PCEdit

  • Team Adversarial - The winner is determined by the first team to eliminate all enemy players.
  • Team Retrieval - The team that retrieves the most canisters within the time limit will be declared the winner.
  • Free For All - Players fight against one another to obtain the most kills within the time limit.
  • Rivalry - There are three variations of the Rivalry gamemode:
  • Bomb - Rainbow must stop Mercenaries from placing a bomb on objectives. Should the bomb be placed, Rainbow must disable the bomb in time in order to win.
  • Hostage - Rainbow is tasked with protecting and extracting hostages. Mercenaries must try to stop them and capture the hostages.
  • Intelligence - Mercenaries must hack into a series of computers while Rainbow must stop them. Computers must be hacked in order.

MapsEdit

Lockdown features nine multiplayer maps with the Xbox version featuring an exclusive tenth map. Three of Lockdown's maps are updated versions of classic maps: Mint from Rainbow Six, alongside 747 and Bunker from Rogue Spear.

Weapons and EquipmentEdit

The game features forty weapons (forty-two in the PC version) and eleven different gadgets for use. New features such as the ability for the player to hold their breath while aiming down a scope or disabling cameras.

In the console versions of the game, the player views gameplay through a simulated visor. As the player's health bar becomes low, cracks will appear in the visor, limiting the player's view. Other visor effects are used such as steam or dust, slightly reducing visibility. Enemies are marked out as targets by the visor.

New gadgets are available for use in the game. The original heartbeat sensor has been redesigned and can be used to locate enemies, and the PlayStation 2 version has an exclusive 10-meter motion sensor that can be used to spot enemies through walls. In multiplayer, other items can be used such as surveillance PDAs or, in the Xbox versions, collapsible turrets. A door-breaching hammer can be carried as an inventory item, which can open locked doors more rapidly. Grenades may now roll when thrown.

ReceptionEdit

The console versions of Lockdown received mixed to generally average reviews. This was in part due to the departure in gameplay from past installments. The PC version received significantly lower review scores compared to its console counterpart.

TriviaEdit

  • Lockdown is the first entry in the Rainbow Six series to feature graphics effects which includes normal mapping and specular lighting, as well as physics objects. Advanced graphics were available only on the PC version.
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