Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Vegas 2 is still is one hell of a game. It is definitely the best shooter on the PS3 this year, if not the best shooter on the console overall.
  2. A hell of a package. It's sort of a shame that so much of it is recycled from the last game, but nobody stops eating their favorite food because it's similar every time - and this is the Kobe beef of tactical FPS. [Apr 2008, p.80]
  3. 90
    Suffice it to say that if you enjoyed the first Rainbow Six: Vegas, then you will undoubtedly find considerable value in Vegas 2.
  4. Just like any good trip to Vegas, the sights and sounds will absolutely assault your senses. [May 2008, p.74]
  5. Whether a big fan, or just someone who is interested to see what all the fuss is about, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 delivers a stellar experience.
  6. Vegas 2 is easily the best in the long line of Rainbow Six games, and comes very highly recommended for any first person shooter fan looking for a challenge.
  7. For a trip back to the well, R6: Vegas 2 proves an unusually excellent cash-in. I'd be lying, though, if I said that my two favorite levels weren't the prologue and epilogue, which both forgo the Vegas setting for a trip to an exotic locale.
  8. That being said, the new multiplayer modes and gameplay are phenomenal and the subtle refinements to the title do make Rainbow Six Vegas 2 superior to its predecessor.
  9. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 isn’t the best sequel ever made, but it’s still a great tactical shooter in its own right.
  10. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 doesn’t feel much like a sequel. The limited development time has allowed for few improvements and a truncated, forgettable campaign. The good news is that the formula is so strong that it remains a compelling play.
  11. That being said, the story mode is just as long as the original and brings a satisfying conclusion to the plot, some of the new features like the sprint button and bullet penetration add a new dimension to gameplay, and the multiplayer suite is as robust as ever.
  12. Here we have a rock-solid action game, well balanced, particularly on the multiplayer and online options. However, Ubisoft will need more enthusiasm on the next chapter, mainly a change of scenery.
  13. By coming at the city from a different angle and giving an extra richness to be the gameplay, the return to Vegas has been justified. [Apr 2008, p.62]
  14. The game relies too heavily on the events and effects of the previous title, and although there are plenty of neat new features to whet your appetite, the game hardly feels like a sequel and more of a downloadable add-on.
  15. 82
    For those who haven’t taken a stroll down the streets of Sin City than you needn’t look any further than Rainbow Six Vegas 2, but those looking for a sequel that surpasses the original in everyway imaginable will be disappointed.
  16. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is more than an add-on, but doesn't feel like a sequel either. The scenarios are similar, and the gameplay mechanics are practically identical. Enough ranting, though: In this game you can control your Alter Ego perfectly, the team commands work well and the scripting is well written. The difficulty levels are designed to give starters and pros a real challenge and keeps you glued to the screen for hours. Extra praise has to be given to the camera feature that lets you include your face into the game. Those who can live without innovations should make their way to Vegas again. It's worth the way.
  17. If, like us, you found the first game a bit sticky and imprecise to play, you can rest easier with this sequel - this is a crisper experience. [Apr 2008, p.110]
  18. Even though there's very little change, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 maintains a steady balance of tactical command and shooting; the presentation lives up to Ubisoft Montreal's standard; and the single and multiplayer options will keep you busy.
  19. The gun-play is excellent, the production values are top notch and the multiplayer game modes will keep you coming back months down the line. As long as you're not expecting a complete overhaul of the gameplay seen in the original, Vegas 2 will provide plenty of terrorist hunting fun.
  20. 80
    While Vegas 2 shows definite improvements over it predecessor, one cannot help but feel as though the title could have used another couple of months to get that Caesar Palace showgirl shine instead of coming out like a Caesar Palace cocktail waitress.
  21. But the gameplay is still as hard as nails and importantly, uses the same excellent cover system.
  22. If you played the first game to death and are absolutely ready for more, Vegas 2 is right up your alley, but all those similarities mean that you’ll probably burn out on this one a bit faster.
  23. When it comes to tactical shooters, it’s hard to find anything better than this. While the previous title already offered brilliant gameplay, Vegas 2 still manages to introduce some minor touches that make it even better. But although it’s a great multiplayer experience it still doesn’t manage to deliver the definite co-op formula. [Apr 2008]
  24. The idea of having the custom-character system working across the entire gme is a solid one, and the improvement in team-mate behaviour makes the single-player mode easier to digest. But as a sequel, Vegas 2 fails to deliver. [Apr 2008, p.58]
  25. The game itself is quite good. Graphically it does look good, it sounds good, has a very good story line and the choice of weapons, the ACES system and online play are all top notch work from Ubisoft. But the game still feels unfinished and rushed out.
  26. 78
    It's simply not as good as the last version. [Issue#164, p.82]
  27. Team intelligence quirks, server issues in multiplayer, and a general sense that the game does little to improve upon the original leave it as a scant improvement.
  28. The whole package feels like it should have contained a bit more, but since the foundation it's based [on] is so solid, you can't really complain about the core gameplay.
  29. Fan service at best, nothing here warrants a full admission price.
  30. With "Denied Ops" dropping the Conflict ball and "Call Of Duty 4"’s snappy splendour drowning any tactical sense, it’s a likeable and distracting continuation, but one that won’t be difficult to usurp. [Apr 2008, p.90]
  31. The coop campaign mode is extremely challenging and fun to play, yet the best experience to be had with games like Rainbow Six Vegas 2 still resides online in the 16 player lobbies via multiplayer.
  32. It refuses to take any meaningful gambles. Fans may enjoy having more of their favorite game, but they might also find it drab and boring after so much of the same.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Dec 12, 2014
    8
    This is a pure sequel, everything is pretty much the same that R6 Vegas 1 (with slightly better graphics), the story is pretty bad and soundThis is a pure sequel, everything is pretty much the same that R6 Vegas 1 (with slightly better graphics), the story is pretty bad and sound quite unrealistic, it's a shame for a game that otherwise wants, and succeed, to make you feel like a true elite squad leader, with realistics gunfight, good team management and operational strategy. In fact the story is so bad i would say that you don't need to fulfill the first episode, if you want to experience a SWAT (well Rainbow in that case) look alike gameplay, you might as well do it with the nicest looking one, those R6 games definitely offer this nice feeling . Or even Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 if you're looking for good tactical shooters more than just SWAT look alike. Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2011
    4
    A bit better from the first game, online is playable now. But basically the same, tactical shooter which doesn't bring anything new orA bit better from the first game, online is playable now. But basically the same, tactical shooter which doesn't bring anything new or interesting. Only buy if fan of tactical shooters, and still this isn't the best of them. Full Review »
  3. tobybrown
    Mar 25, 2008
    10
    This game is so real that I'm turning into a republican. I
    love killing terrorists. It's the best part of my life, these
    days.
    This game is so real that I'm turning into a republican. I
    love killing terrorists. It's the best part of my life, these
    days. Wake up, play some Vegas 2. Think about sex. Play more Vegas 2. Play more Vegas 2. Eat. No. Play more. And more. I think I'm going mad. Thanks Ubisoft.
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