• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2004
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 100
    The new multiplayer modes are extremely good fun and highly addictive, the maps are much bigger and Xbox Live 3.0 is in full force with clan matches, voice and text messaging and even team lobbies with level maps to plan attacks.
  2. The Live aspect of Black Arrow is the finest you'll find on the Xbox, and the new 3.0 support adds a further, inevitable, depth to what was already a first-class shooter... You need this game because it is utterly and unashamedly brilliant.
  3. Simply put: Black Arrow is what you get when you take a stellar first-person shooter, add a perfect blend of tactical team management and an extremely addictive Xbox Live multiplayer game.
  4. Even at full retail, this is an awesome game, loaded with single and multiplayer content.
  5. 93
    The fun of playing online and the addictiveness of Lone Rush far outweigh any lingering problems. It's better than the original.
  6. 93
    The storyline is compelling, the graphics are good, and the action is exhilarating, so it has something for almost everyone.
  7. To sum it up, anybody who considers themselves a gamer should own a copy of Black Arrow; it's simply that good.
  8. Ubisoft just can't seem to miss. In early August, they find themselves once again delivering a sure fire hit with Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow.
  9. The two new multiplayer games alone are worth trading in the first Rainbow Six 3.
  10. For any fan of the tactical shooter fan out there this is one of those games that is just plain fun.
  11. Keep in mind the gameplay mechanics are virtually flawless, the controls are tight and the graphics are great, which means you'll be getting big value for your dollar if you decide to give this game a permanent home.
  12. 90
    The developers at Ubisoft have taken a great game and made it better, from the single player mode all the way through the multiplayer action.
  13. Add these two multiplayer modes to the ones from Rainbow Six 3 and you have a lot of multiplayer loving, at least until Halo 2 comes out.
  14. 90
    The new game mode Lone Rush is incredibly addictive to play. Black Arrow has become the best Xbox Live game to date.
  15. Black Arrow's biggest attraction is its many new maps, fourteen in all, most of which are absolutely huge.
  16. 90
    Once you tap into Xbox Live, you'd better get yourself an IV drip so you don't have to leave the couch…and a bedpan might be a good idea.
  17. Multiplayer fans of all types will not be disappointed as over 20 maps (including some classics from the original) are supported across several game types including the all new retrieval and conquest modes.
  18. Everything in Black Arrow comes together almost perfectly. The single player campaign, the weapons, music and the online modes are all top rate. Special mention must be made of the games audio as it's excellent as well.
  19. A very solid tactical action game, that won't break the bank.
  20. 89
    As glorified expansion packs go, however, it's certainly one of the best, and while the price does seem a bit high, it's still worth every penny.
  21. The multiplayer mode of Black Arrow is as strong as ever and this is exactly the reason why so many people are playing it on Xbox Live at any given time.
  22. Black Arrow is extremely hard to knock even if you own the previous RS3 version, and with the Xbox Live 3.00 clan functions it soon becomes a compulsory purchase.
  23. With a quality single player campaign, custom game modes, split-screen co-op and a very strong multiplayer component, Black Arrow is hard to fault even if it is very similar to Rainbow Six 3 – which is not in itself a bad thing.
  24. At its best moments, which it makes as easy as possible to find, Black Arrow is a great team-based shooter. I'd prefer a bit more variety in the weapons and a bit more leniency with the health bar, but that's my deal.

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