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Publisher: MacSoft    Genre: Action
Min OS X: Not Supported    CPU: 604 @ 200 MHz    RAM: 64 MB    Hard Disk: 275 MB    2x CD-ROM

Rainbow Six
March 14, 2000 | Jeff Wescott

Rainbow Six is truly a game for our troubled times. In a world of globalization, economic and political dominance and the subsequent violent discontent also known as "terrorism," this ultra-real tactical simulation from Red Storm Entertainment captures these current events and installs them onto your Mac.

This title comes into the game industry theater with a lot of back-up as well. The storyline, and that of the bundled expansion pack "Eagle Watch," is the brainchild of acclaimed author Tom Clancy. If you want a deeper appreciation for this title (and haven't already) check out some of Clancy's film adaptations like "The Hunt For Red October," and "Patriot Games."

This title, like so many others, comes to the Mac platform from selling huge on the PC side. In addition to the main title and Eagle Watch, a sequel called "Rogue Spear," is currently living up to the reputation of its predecessor. There is no official word on whether it will make to the Mac anytime soon.

This genre-blending title brings a lot to the gaming experience. It takes what is good from first-person shooters and turn-based strategy (that sounds like a stretch but it's true) games, mixes it up and spits out something never quite seen before. Clancy also brings mass appeal to Rainbow Six, lending his well-crafted fictional world of political intrigue, secret-ops missions and action.

In all categories games are traditionally measured for, Rainbow Six can be placed on the cutting edge. The storyline, as mentioned, is solidly backed by the Clancy universe. Gameplay is smooth, easy to learn and comprehensive. The graphics and sound support each other and gives a healthy dose of eye candy. Once you are done with the single player mode in the game AND the expansion pack, the multiplayer option will keep you stuck on Game Ranger until you can't see straight.

You are Rainbow Six, a special team made up of military and counter-terrorism specialists from every major world power in the Free World. You can go anywhere at anytime and mete out swift justice to terrorist groups. You are trained (and will deal with) hostage situations, bomb threats and surveillance during the course of your tour with Rainbow Six.

The terrorists, code named "Tangos," will challenge you at every turn. Yes, you have the training and the resources. But they have the radical conviction to die trying, and some of them are even on a par with your elite team.

Every mission is prefaced by a very thorough briefing. Right from the start, this game gives you what it does best convey realism. Voice acting in R6 is superb and makes you feel like you are actually in the war room getting the low-down from your commander. Follow your preparation up with your reconnaissance data on the Tango group you will engage, maps, advice from special contacts (varies by mission) and even gather civilian data from the news wires. "Tactical simulation" is very much the thing here, as R6 lays out all the realistic details it can, short of slapping a weapon in your hands and sending you to the Third World.

Part of what got me into this game was its contemporary flavor. It is based in bulk on actual real-world incidents we see and hear about on the evening news. R6 is simply a simulation of how real-world terrorist situations are being handled (well, except negotiating) around the world today, probably even as your read this story.


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