More Reviews
REVIEWS Firefall Review
Repetitive gameplay makes this fall a little boring.

The Walking Dead: Season Two Review
At this point, you’re not coming back for the zombies. Let’s get down to business.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Terra Battle Preview
Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi formed Mistwalker to create new role-playing games, but the studio's latest goes mobile with deep strategy mechanics.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Madden NFL 15
Release date: Out Now

Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14

FIFA 15
Release date: 09/23/14

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14


LATEST FEATURES A Comprehensive Guide to Dealing with Controversy in the Video Game Industry
Need help wading through the latest misogyny/homophobia/racism/corruption debate in the gaming industry? Paul Tamburro’s here to help!

inFamous: First Light Battle Arena Hints, Strategies, Tips [Stream Over]
Watch as I build out our feature of useful tactics for players in Sucker Punch's wave-based and arcade-awesome arena mode.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP samsmith614 Since game design is a business, I decided to see what's really selling well for the PS4. I did this search a week ago, and at the time, out of the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon 10 had not even been released yet. By now some have been released. But others still have not. And yet others...

Rainbow 6: Eagle Watch Review

Johnny_B By:
Johnny_B
02/01/99
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 00 
PUBLISHER  
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

"I Ain't Got Time To Bleed"

Rainbow Six was easily one of the best games that came out last year. Combining extreme realism with near picture perfect design, it became a complete obsession for many gamers. It was also the most intense first person shooter to come out last year due to the fact that there were no in-mission saves and that every bullet could be completely lethal. Rainbow Six had a good plot as well, written by superspy novelist Tom Clancy.

Now it's only about 5 months later and Red Storm Entertainment, the developers of the original Rainbow Six, have given us Mission Pack: Eagle Watch, the first expansion pack to Rainbow Six.

Eagle Watch features 6 new multiplayer modes, 2 new extremely difficult training scenarios, 5 new single player maps, 4 new agents, and 3 new weapons. The only real fault is that Eagle Watch is incredibly short.

The single player maps are extremely well done. Taking place at the Buran Space Shuttle launch site, the Taj Mahal, the British House of Parliament, the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the United States Senate. Each map is almost completely faithful to its real world equivalent. This includes a whole new set of textures for each map. These new surfaces are more detailed than the ones found in the original R6 and as such the graphics are somewhat better. Enemy placement is superb and the entire layout of each mission objective is extremely adept. Each one of these five missions are great fun to play. Unfortunately, there is no connecting, cohesive plot here like there was in Rainbow Six.

The two new training courses are 'Hunt Maps'. In these, the player is dropped into an area with a typical weapons loadout, and must single-handedly take out 30 opponents. This requires extreme skill, luck, and an act of god to win. The Hunt Maps are easily the most challenging R6 gameplay found in both the expansion pack and the original game.

The multiplayer modes add some extra interest to the already excellent R6 multiplayer. The new modes, Assassin, Scatter, Scatter Assassin, Team Terrorist Hunt, Scatter Team Terrorist Hunt, and Save the Base all force players into developing entirely new group strategies and add to the longevity of the multiplayer experience.

The three new weapons: the Desert Eagle .50 Pistol, the Heckler & Koch G36K Assault Rifle, and the Heckler & Koch G3A3 Assault Riffle are also welcome additions to the R6 purist who loves to tweak all the little things like weapons loadouts. The 4 new agents will also make a slight difference to those who really get into the meat and strategy of Rainbow Six.

There is also a new "Full Watch Mode" added to the game. In this, the gamer only defines the waypoint strategy and then sits back to see if his or her skill with strategy is enough to save the day without any direct intervention.

Overall, what is offered in the expansion pack is very good. It's just that there is very, very little of it. We at Game Revolution typically feel that an expansion pack should always have more bulk to it than the original game. In this way, Eagle Watch is somewhat reminiscent of the expansion packs to the Command & Conquer games, a few new interesting ideas, some great levels, but not enough here to recommend it highly to anyone but the die-hard fans. In fact, the entire expansion pack can be played through in under a day by a reasonably skilled gamer. That sort of brevity is nearly unforgivable.

"I aint got time to bleed," was funny as hell when Jesse Ventura (now Governor of Minnesota) said it in the movie Predator, but those just aren't words to make a game by.

C Revolution report card
  • Great New Maps
  • Good New Multiplayer Modes
  • Difficult As Hell Training Modes
  • Way Too Friggin' Short
  • An Expansion Pack Should Be Longer
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Rainbow 6: Eagle Watch


More On GameRevolution