Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Simply the best tactical shooter on the market. The high level of detail and the wealth of options offer a great amount of replay potential.
  2. 91
    Imagine that Rainbow Six is "Splinter Cell" injected full of get the same stealthy action, but it's pumped up on reality. [June 2003, p.57]
  3. We haven't played a more atmospheric single or multiplayer tactical action game since "SWAT3," and despite its shortcomings there is still nothing that comes close to rivalling it for sheer breathe-down-your neck tension.
  4. While retaining its gameplay and adding numerous improvements, R6: Raven Shield is definitely worth checking out for any realistic tactical shooter fan.
  5. An outstanding visual and audio presentation, marred only by cheesy music, support quality gameplay.
  6. Most of the changes and improvements in Raven Shield are more evolutionary than revolutionary, but Raven Shield is by far the best game in the Tom Clancy series and easily the best “thinking man’s” FPS game currently available.
  7. 90
    Everything’s been upgraded and/or redone to make tactical team gameplay as cohesive and fun as the series has always been. Just make sure you have a powerful machine to enjoy every aspect of the game.
  8. A host of revisions and improvements propel Raven Shield way past the original R6 games in design and playability, making Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield the new benchmark in tac sims. [June 2003, p.82]
  9. It’s by far the best-looking and most-realistic game in the series, and finally begins to deliver the team-based tactical gameplay its predecessors haven’t quite pulled off.
  10. 88
    A great game franchise gets an even tighter engine. Frustrating AI may turn off some players, but this is still the best tactical shooter available.
  11. A good story never hurts and this is what the Rainbow series lacks right now, storyline and emotional involvement of the player.
  12. The game suffers from a number of small flaws (and sometimes bigger ones, where the AI is concerned), yet it still does many things exceptionally well.
  13. easily the best instalment yet – it looks great, plays great, and has oodles of expansion potential. The only downer is that even on higher-end machines, things can really chug in crowded areas. Still, that’s the price you pay for freedom.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 22, 2013
    Absolutely brilliant. If you like this also check out SWAT 4. This game is pure tactics. Hundreds of hours of my life were in this game. 10/10 agree, this game is a must. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    I'm big fan of Rogue Spear and Raven Shield just updates RS to a new level. Raven Shield has not the same feeling than Rogue Spear had, but graphic and gameplay update does a lot good. Single player works fine. AI should be able to do some counter-attacs too, it would be nice. With Raven Shield, just make your own plans, equip your team and go kick those terrorist ass! Full Review »