- "Only a true leader plunges into the dark woods of defeat and emerges into the light of victory."
— Game intro
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is a tactical shooter video game and the sequel to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas. It was announced by Ubisoft on November 20, 2007. The game was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows-based PCs on March 19, 2008 in North America and March 20 in Europe, except in Germany, where the game has been delayed.
A world-exclusive first-look of the game appeared in the January edition of the Official Xbox Magazine. One of the biggest announcements of the game is that Logan Keller, the lead character from the previous game, has been removed in favor of having the player create his or her own character to play through the campaign. The player will assume the role of Bishop, a member of the Rainbow squad with a great deal more experience who is more deeply involved in the story. The game is billed as "part sequel, part prequel", as the events of the campaign run both before and concurrently to the story of Logan Keller and continue after where the first game concluded.
New features include an enhanced version of the "Persistent Elite Creation" or "PEC" system. Players can now customize their character. Where in the first game, the player could only customize the multiplayer character, in this game there will be only 1 character for single player and multiplayer game modes. This further shows itself in the fact that experience points are now achieved through all the game modes, online as well as offline, whereas in the first game, XP was only obtained by playing the online multiplayer game modes. There is a new sprint button that allow players to weave in and out of cover at a quicker pace, the pace and stamina will be contingent upon the players armor level.
The campaign now focuses on the seedier side of Las Vegas, with more outdoor combat and daytime missions. Also, certain missions now see a real-time day/night cycle. Certain kinds of cover can now be penetrated by weapons-fire, and parts of the environment are now destructible. The player can now sprint for a short distance. Rather than two difficulty modes, the game now has three (Casual, Normal and Realistic).
An additional system implemented in the game is the "Advanced Combat Enhancement and Specialization" or ACES, where players will be rewarded with different weapons based on tactics used in the game. The ACES system is divided into three parts: Marksmanship, Assault, and Close-Quarter Battle. Most kills the player makes fall into one of these three categories and scored based upon how the kill was performed (a headshot would count towards Marksmanship, or shooting through a wall counts towards assault, or killing an enemy while blinded by a flashbang would count towards CQB). By getting a high enough score in a category, the player unlocks a specific item for that category; for example, the CQB category might reward the player with a new type of shotgun, while the Marksmanship category might reward the player with a new type of sniper rifle, and the Assault category might allow the player access to a new assault rifle.
The game begins five years ago in Píc des Pyreneés, France. Bishop and Knight are deployed by Rainbow to a science observatory, in which a group of European Union hostages must be rescued. As the local police and Rainbow squads surround the area and begin the negotiations, Bishop is cheered by Domingo 'Ding' Chavez and given command of Bravo Team, consisting of them, Knight, and his two newest trainees, Logan Keller and Gabriel Nowak.
Lt. Monroe, the negotiator, plans to talk to the terrorists in-person, effectively distracting their attention while Rainbow’s Alpha (Chavez-led) and Bravo teams on the operation get into place. Bishop takes his squadmates to their assigned position and waits for Alpha to get in place. However, before Alpha arrives, Nowak fires prematurely, believing one terrorist to be about to execute a hostage. Bravo is then forced to fire on the terrorists, but Monroe is killed by collateral gunfire from the terrorists who panicked when Nowak first opened fire.
Six then radios in, giving Bishop Alpha’s sit-rep, but Bishop responds by saying that the situation "is over, but Monroe is dead. We need to talk": Nowak attempts to apologize for what he has done, but Bishop retorts back, Six then tells Bishop that there are terrorists scrambling to escape and that they need to neutralize them. He also informs Bishop that there is a bomb that needs to be defused. When Bravo arrives, Nowak is assigned to defuse the bomb, and per Nowak’s request, Bishop, Knight, and Keller distance themselves to give Nowak “space” to work with. The bomb is successfully defused, but in a sudden attack, terrorists open fire on Nowak, who falls and starts to scream helplessly into the radio, shouting “I knew this would happen! Don’t leave me here! I knew this would happen, damn it!” as his teammates assure him that they are not leaving him behind. Alpha Team arrives and quells the situation, beginning to give first aid to Nowak just as the level ends.
The game then moves five years forward to July 2, 2010, at 1827 local time, in Las Vegas. Bishop and Knight are in a Eurocopter Panther helicopter with Jung Park (electronics specialist) and Michael Walter (demolitions expert) as his teammates, Sharon Judd as their intel officer/coordinator and Gary Kenyon as the pilot of the chopper. Six contacts Bishop via secure satellite video, effectively giving Bishop a sit-rep of what operation is to come: Miguel and Alvarez Cabrero, two human traffickers (“people smugglers” or coyotes) have suddenly come in interest of taking up small arms trafficking and even more recently, chemical weapons. Though Rainbow and the National Security Agency (NSA) seem certain that the Cabrero brothers are running the operation for the opposition, they both want Bishop’s new team to investigate the matter firsthand. Six informs Bishop that Logan Keller is running a separate operation down in Mexico.
Bravo finally sets foot on the ground and makes their way into the warehouse that the NSA believes the Cabrero brothers are running their operation from. Following a failed attempt to save Scott Neville, an undercover NSA agent whose cover is blown, Bravo fights through a plethora of terrorists into another warehouse, where they find Hispanic hostages held at gunpoint by more terrorists.
After a quick rescue, the team is picked up by Rainbow's helicopter, which goes to a recreational facility where the Cabrero's chemical weapons have showed up at. Upon reaching the facility and securing the area, Walter searches the stash where the chemical bombs are presumed to be located. Not finding them, Bishop decides as team leader that the team has the responsibility to save the people inside a Las Vegas sports stadium from a bio-terrorist attack.
However, the team gets to the bomb site too late. Walter blames himself for not saving the people trapped in the stadium, but Bishop accepts full responsibility, for "[they] made the call."
Sharon Judd then notifies Bishop that he and his team need to catch the younger Cabrero brother, Miguel, who's disguised himself as a HAZMAT operative and escaped the Arena. In a chase for Miguel, Bravo eliminates all of the terrorists protecting him, leaving Miguel vulnerable to an on-the-spot interrogation, specifically as to what happened to the second bioterrorist bomb. Miguel at first denies any knowledge of the bomb, but after Bishop threatens by allowing Michael to pull the trigger, Miguel confesses the location, and attempts to draw a sidearm to shoot Bishop, but is shot before he could have a chance to fire it.
A somewhat important hostage, chief of security Dennis Cohen, is then saved by the team at the Las Vegas International Convention Center. Here, Bishop learns from Sharon that the second bomb is located on a monorail headed towards a high-density populated area of Las Vegas. Bishop heads over to the monorail, though Walter is unable to defuse the bomb. Bishop cleverly orders Walter that the bomb to be detonated, just not in a civilian area, ultimately fulfilling both NSA Deputy Director Aaron Lawrence's order to "get rid of the bomb" as well as Six's order, that "Rainbow's priority is to save civilian lives". As the team is about to evacuate, an NSA agent makes contact with Bishop, informing them of a situation in a downtown penthouse where the terrorists are taking over.
The team then heads over to the aforementioned upscale Las Vegas penthouse, where the last bomb is located. As Sharon briefs the team that Echo Team has been dispatched to assist Bravo, she is shot by a sniper. The helicopter then nearly crashes as Gary is struggling to hold Sharon and keep the aircraft steady; Bravo Team ropes down, eliminates the sniper and proceed down to the building. Echo drops in too, only to be obliterated a few minutes later when a bomb explodes, vaporizing the level Echo was securing.
In an ensuing casino battle with terrorists, Bravo relieves a SWAT team and rescues many civilian hostages, leading to a revelation that there is a third bomb held in a Chinese theater, protected by heavily armed terrorists. Walter successfully defuses the bomb, and the team proceeds to clean the roof to get extracted. As every single terrorist is killed, Ding informs Bishop that Logan's Alpha Team has been ambushed, resulting in the capture of his teammates (Kan and Gabriel); Bishop is supposed to handles leadership of Bravo to Logan and return to base.
On the roof, the NSA agent joins Bishop in the helicopter at extraction saying that Alvarez has been spotted in the Clark County Airstrip in the Mojave Desert, and that because Alvarez is responsible for the bombing of several Las Vegas hotspots (e.g. casino, hotel, convention center, stadium, train station), Alvarez is too dangerous to let escape. Not letting Alvarez have the chance to escape, Bishop and Knight board the helicopter to confront Alvarez themselves.
The helicopter arrives at an oil-refinery close to the airstrip's position. But due to heavy resistance at the airstrip, the duo are forced to make their way down from the oil refinery. They are dropped on a roof of a gas station while the NSA agent is dropped in a different location to provide them with intel on the surrounding situation.They fight their way through the refinery and into an abandoned trainyard. When they finally reach the refinery's airstrip, the NSA agent is revealed to be Gabriel Nowak, who shoots and kills Alvarez. He is revealed to be a traitor and taunts the duo before terrorists attempt to kill them. With Gary's help, they both survive.
Six orders them to stand down. However, they, Jung, and Walter follow Nowak to a Costa Rican villa estate. The team begins to storm the house, killing terrorists as they go. Suddenly, a helicopter engine is heard and Rainbow operatives begin to drop in, with Logan as their leader. As Bishop says that Bravo won't retreat, Logan quotes Bishop's teachings about trusting and protecting each other. As the teams split up to find Gabriel, Bravo is ambushed in the same fashion that they were trapped in the Pic des Pyrénée, with Michael incapacitated by a bomb as was Gabriel by a terrorist attack, with the rest of the team ambushed and under heavy fire. However, Bishop, Knight, and Jung manage to get rid of the terrorists and set Mike back on his feet quickly. Shortly after that, Bishop and Knight confront Gabriel; however, an attack helicopter and more of Gabriel's terrorists attack. Bishop and Knight manage to trick the helicopter into radioing for assistance, which lets Joanna Torres, Keller's intelligence officer, target the helicopter and shoot it down with a surface-to-air missile. Finally, Gabriel and Bishop meet face to face, with Gabriel gloating that he outsmarted all of Rainbow, and arguing that he should have been punished for what happened in the Pyreneés, blaming Bishop for covering him in every mistake he made. Gabriel draws his gun but Bishop shoots first. Michael and Jung appear out of the bordering gardens, and Rainbow operatives arrive with prisoners at gunpoint. Ding radios in, berating Bishop for disobeying direct orders. As Mike begins to defend Bishop, Ding reassures them by placing Bishop as Deputy Director of Rainbow, working in Hereford with Six. Mike expresses his happiness and Jung states that it isn't too early to happen, and they depart from the villa.
The co-op experience has been reduced to a maximum of two players, down from four in Vegas. Unlike the co-op mode in the original Vegas, the AI teammates will remain in the game during co-op and can be given orders and go-codes by the primary player. The second player assumes the role of Knight, a silent and never mentioned character, yet stated to be Bishop's old friend and teammate. With them, however, the team is more powerful and dispatches terrorists faster. For example, Knight can assume the role of a sniper or a secondary machine gunner or even a pointman protected by a shield. They fill the usually empty 4th seat in the helicopter and backs the previously alone Bishop in the refinery level.
- Píc des Pyreneés - France
- Old Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - 18:27 Hours
- Hawkins Recreational Facility - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - 19:36 Hours
- Las Vegas International Convention Center - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - 20:42 Hours
- Elements Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - 21:37 Hours
- Nevada Desert - Nevada, USA - 01:22 Hours
- Estate - Costa Rica - 19:04 Hours
Weapons & Equipment
The multiplayer in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 has been expanded to include more than 10 new close-quarters maps, two new adversarial modes, a newer and different rewards system, and according to Ubisoft, improved online matchmaking. The experience point (XP) system is different than the old Vegas, for every kill achieved the player gains XP. Also, unlike its predecessor, the XP system is tied in with the campaign mode as well. The gained XP results in promotions which rewards the player with new equipment.
Players also receive bonuses from the A.C.E.S combat system based on achieving goals and the methods used to kill opponents, much like the single-player and co-op modes. A.C.E.S also result in the unlocking of new weapons. Another feature for multiplayer is that using an Xbox Live Vision camera or a PlayStation Eye, the player could take a picture of his/her face and make him/herself the playable character. A camera can also be used in the PC version as well to create a playable character.
There are several online game modes that can be played. Both the cooperative story mode and the cooperative terrorist hunts can be played online. In the cooperative story mode a maximum of two players are allowed, but in the terrorist hunt mode players can play in a maximum group size of four players. For more information on cooperative mode and terrorist hunts see the missions section of this article. All other online game modes can be seen below.
Terrorist hunt is a game mode where players can go to certain locations to take out a set amount of enemy.By picking Low, Medium, or High Enemy Density. The game can be played on casual, normal and realistic difficulties apposed to only having normal and realistic difficulties like the first video game. When playing in single player, players can take control Mike and Jung just like in the story mode, as well as control them in the exact same way as well. Terrorist hunt missions can be done in split-screen as well, however, when playing both the split-screen and online versions of the game players will not be granted the use of the two AI teammates. Split-screen can only be played with a maximum of two players. When it comes to the online game mode for terrorist hunts anywhere from two to four players can play in a single lobby.
The experience points that are earned in a terrorist hunt game count towards the overall progression of a players character. The locations that are featured in the terrorist hunt missions are the exact same maps that are playable for the online multiplayer game modes. When setting up a terrorist hunt game there are many options to choose from such as the amount of time allowed, difficulty and the amount of enemies.
The maps that are used in the terrorist hunt game mode are the exact same maps that are played when in the online multiplayer mode. The game comes with twelve maps ready to play and there are four maps that are available for download. Three of the maps can be downloaded normally and one has to be downloaded in-game. To download the fourth map Streets, players must go to the main menu, go to the extra's menu and enter the "Exclusive Content" menu. From there players will be able to download the map as long as they have an active Ubisoft account.
Attack & Defend
Attack & defend is a game mode that can be played with up to sixteen players spit into two teams, attack and defend. Each team has a starting location on the map that is decided by which team they are on. The attackers rightfully need to get to a bomb that needs to be deactivated for their unit to win the match. The bomb also is the starting location for the defending team, who's only goal is to stop any member from the other team from neutralizing bomb at any cost. When a character dies they will automatically spawn back to the original location. The amount of spawns a player has may be limited. After diffusing the bomb a player must then carry the bomb back to their original spawn point for extraction. If a player gets killed while carrying the bomb it will drop in that exact location. Other attackers can pick up the bomb and continue to the extraction however the defenders are unable to manipulate the bomb in any way and as such need to adapt to the bomb's new location when it comes to setting up their defense plans. The game is over when either the bomb is extracted by the attackers or the timer on the defender's bomb runs out and is allowed to explode.
Survivor can be played with up to sixteen players with no teams assigned. The goal is to stay alive the longest, killing or avoiding anyone that they come across. The ultimate goal is to be the last man standing. The amount of respawns each person gets may be limited. After being killed your spawn location is random.
The goal for Team Survivor is much like Survivor, only instead of being the last person alive, the goal is to be the last team still alive. Once a character dies they will automatically spawn in their original location. The amount of respawns may be limited.
Sharpshooter features up to sixteen players without teams who's only goal is to get the most amount of kills. The winners are placed in a list at the end of the match in the order of highest kills. After a character dies they will spawn randomly somewhere on the map.
Team Sharpshoot, like Team Survivor, is exactly like it's counterpart. Two teams of up to sixteen players battle for the highest amount of kills. At the end of the match each player will be listed in the order of highest amount of kills, the total of which will decide the winning team. When a character dies they will spawn at their teams original location.
Original Release Maps
- Kill House
- Three Kingdoms Casino
- Oil Refinery
- CQB Training
- Vegas Junkyard
- Convention Center
- Comcast Event
Armor and Clothing
Players are able to create a custom character that can be used throughout every game mode in Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. Below is a list of the different types of armor that can be equipped.
- Ballistic Combat vest
- Falcon Assault Vest
- Vulture Combat Vest
- Raven Recon Vest
- Raven Recon Vest
- Goliath Assault Vest
- Titan Combat Vest
- Colossus Recon Vest
- Anaconda Assault Vest
- Diamondback Combat Vest
- Viper Recon Vest
- Hurricane Assault Vest
- Falcon Assault Shoulders
- Vulture Combat Shoulders
- Goliath Assault Shoulders
- Colossus Recon Shoulders
- Anaconda Assault Shoulders
- Viper Recon Shoulders
- Cyclone Combat Shoulders
- Typhoon Recon Shoulders
- Vulture Combat Arms
- Goliath Assault Arms
- Titan Combat Arms
- Colossus Recon Arms
- Anaconda Assault Arms
- Diamondback Combat Arms
- Falcon Assault Legs
- Raven Recon Legs
- Titan Combat Legs
- Colossus Recon Legs
- Anaconda Assault Legs
- Diamondback Combat Legs
- Viper Recon Legs
- Cyclone Combat Legs
- Ballistic Assault Helmet
- Boone Hat
- Military Cap
- Reversed Cap
- Tactical Helmet
- Lightweight Helmet
- Flight Helmet
- Reinforced Helmet
- Curved Boone Hat
- Riot Helmet
- Tactical Sunglasses
- Retro Sunglasses
- Ballistic Goggles
- Tinted Goggles
- Tactical Goggles
- Night Vision Goggles
- Breathing Mask
- Half-Face Mask
- Ballistic Face Mask
- Tactical Vest
- BDU (Batttle Dress Uniform) Shirt
- High-Collar Shirt
- Raid BDU (Batttle Dress Uniform)
- Long Sleeve Shirt
- Assault Vest
- Tank Top
- Leather Vest
- Black Camo
- Pale Blue Camo
- ACU Camo
- Olive Drab Camo
- Woodland Camo
- Snow Camo
- Navy Camo
- Desert Camo
- Urban Camo
- DPM Desert Camo
- Cadpat Camo
- Russian Camo
- Guerrilla Camo
- Fall Camo
- Desert II Camo
- Flecktarn Camo
- Orange Camo
- Swedish Camo
- War2K5 Camo
- Alpen Camo
- White Camo
- Blue Camo
- Urban II Camo
- Marpat Camo
- Wasp Camo
- Sand Camo
- Crimson Camo
- Yellow Camo (Unlocked at Major)
- Red Camo (Unlocked at Major)
- Tiger Camo (Unlocked at Major)
- Rust Camo (Unlocked at Lieutenant Colonel)
- Pink Camo (Unlocked at Lieutenant Colonel)
- Grey Camo (Unlocked at Lieutenant Colonel)
- Custom Camo (1-3) (Unlocked at Elite)
In every single game mode in Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 players build experience points. Experience points are built up by getting any type of kill. Once a player has built up enough experience points they will rank up and unlock new features for their character such as weapons, camouflage colors or armor selections. A list of the ranks that can be obtained can be seen below.
- Private Second Class (0 XP)
- Private First Class (3,000 XP)
- Specialist (8,400 XP)
- Corporal (14,500 XP)
- Sergeant (23,500 XP)
- Staff Sergeant (38,500 XP)
- Sergeant First Class]] (56,500 XP)
- Master Sergeant (82,500 XP)
- First Sergeant (109,500 XP)
- Sergeant Major (139,000 XP)
- Second Lieutenant (172,000 XP)
- First Lieutenant (214,000 XP)
- Captain (264,000 XP)
- Major (333,000 XP)
- Lt. Colonel (415,000 XP)
- Colonel (535,000 XP)
- Elite (675,000 XP +) (Can rank up to a 99th Elite)
The limited edition for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was released on launch day. Differences between the regular and the limited edition include a collectible poker chip keychain, a bonus disc containing a strategy video, an interview with FinestX (a "pro gamer" according to the game box), an MLG insider video containing hints and tips about the online modes, along with a sneak peek at Tom Clancy's EndWar.
- ↑ http://www.schnittberichte.com/news.php?ID=743
- ↑ http://xbox360.ign.com/objects/142/14220053.html
- ↑ http://www.ubi.com/US/News/Info.aspx?nId=4978
- ↑ http://n4g.com/NewsCom-90633.aspx
- ↑ IGN: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Interview, Page 2.
- ↑ Computer and Video Games Website
- ↑ Philippe Therien (game designer), Official Ubisoft Forums