Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    Sporting slightly more impressive graphics than either the 360 or PS3 versions (mostly due to the superior definition of higher-end LCD displays combined with flashy video cards), the PC version of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 could be the best version of the game.
  2. Nevertheless, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 remains a good game, recommended for military shooter fans and action games alike, because it represents the ideal combination between realism and action.
  3. Quotation forthcoming. [June 2008]
  4. A refinement and general improvement on Vegas, as it's better paced, more consistent and bigger. [June 2008, p.70]
  5. While Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 has departed from its hardcore roots and offers little beyond a second helping of the previous title, it is nevertheless a worthwhile, entertaining venture with just enough squad-based tactics to keep things interesting.
  6. It irks me that in many places the Ubisoft team didn't bother to polish the details, but this game has so many nice little features that it's hard to stay angry for long. The weapons have a heavenly look and a hellish bang, if much too weak recoil. [June 2008]
  7. Overall, Vegas 2 is a solid effort. Gameplay may not be particularly groundbreaking, but is of a high quality. [Jun 2008, p.57]
  8. Hopefully Ubi shakes things up for a third instalment however, because the current trend is going to result in something downright style and mediocre for Vegas 3.
  9. Vegas 2 may cover a lot of old ground, but like the city itself, it's something that you just can't stop paying a visit to every now and then.
  10. If you're expecting a good Rainbow Six game, you're just going to be disappointed.
  11. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 isn't terribly exciting when played alone, but it is solid when you go online.
  12. 77
    With Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Ubisoft delivers what's nearly a carbon copy of what we saw in its predecessor. Though little attention has been paid to alleviating issues with the single-player content, the online modes can be a lot of fun.
  13. A fine extension to the original story, but its lack of tactical depth gets tiresome. [July 2008, p.54]
  14. Nothing new here, but still a well-packaged good-looking game that happens to feature anti-terrorist forces preventing the destruction of Las Vegas.
  15. With or without others to play with it's a lot of fun. It's just not something to should about from the rooftops. [May 2008, p.82]
  16. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 disappoints due to the weak AI, the sterile level designs and its “only ok” graphics. Is it too much to ask for more missions in the dark, a better AI and more innovations in the sequels? [Issue#14]
  17. Fun with friends, but folds like a nervous poker player in single play. Genuine chances need to be taken for the threequel to succeed. [May 2008, p.102]
  18. It's not as sharp as its console counterparts, but this PC shooter still gets the job done.
  19. 70
    This is definitely the weakest iteration of Vegas 2; if you have a PS3 or 360, it’s easy to recommend those versions over this one, even if the controls aren’t quite as tight.
  20. The quality of the Rainbox Six-series has reached an all-time low. The AI opponents don't take cover properly and then don't even realize when they are hit. The story doesn't seem to be connected to Rainbow Six: Vegas and some scenes in the game are simply absurd. It feels like Vegas 2 was made out of bits and pieces that didn't make it through quality control when the predecessor was made. Great controls and game mechanics can't save the game from being mediocre.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 57
  2. Negative: 13 out of 57
  1. Dec 23, 2012
    I had great fun playing this game! It's a nice terrorist-elimination game. People complain about the ai... well sure they can kill you if you are not smart and put them in the wrong place. After all, you tell them where to go... And for a co-op, it's just fantastic :) Good work Ubisoft :) Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    One of the few First person shooter that's actually really hard and good at the same time the graphics is little bad (even on pc) but gameplay is enjoyable and i like the style of shooter and stealth Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2011
    Surely it's more of an updated Vegas 1 than real sequel. Yes, there's new story, few new ideas, bugfixes... In general it is better than its predecessor. The same situation happend with Left 4 Dead, the second game is better than first, but still - it feels just like a big update, not a new game. What to think about it? If you're a fan of Vegas, you will probably buy it anyway, just to enjoy new missions and new storyline. If you're a classical R6 fan, wishing the series would come back to it's hardcore tactical roots... It's not happening folks. For the newcomers - Rainbow Six: Vegas is a new take on R6 series. It's more approachable, less tactical. In general, it's an action game with a bit of teamwork and strategy. You control special ops team-leader and you squad consists of other two members. It's and FPS game with cover system and very basic giving orders mechanics. It's quick, enjoyable and very replayable game. After you finish campaign (not more than 6h of gameplay) you can fight in multiplayer, co-op or my favorite - terrorist hunt mode. There's plenty of weapons, armor and accessories to unlock if you want too. Overall - good game, iv played 30h and Im looking forward to play it more;) Full Review »