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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A very solid tactical action game, that won't break the bank.
  5. For any fan of the tactical shooter fan out there this is one of those games that is just plain fun.
  6. 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.
  7. 93
    The fun of playing online and the addictiveness of Lone Rush far outweigh any lingering problems. It's better than the original.
  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. To sum it up, anybody who considers themselves a gamer should own a copy of Black Arrow; it's simply that good.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Even at full retail, this is an awesome game, loaded with single and multiplayer content.
  13. 93
    The storyline is compelling, the graphics are good, and the action is exhilarating, so it has something for almost everyone.
  14. Black Arrow's biggest attraction is its many new maps, fourteen in all, most of which are absolutely huge.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The two new multiplayer games alone are worth trading in the first Rainbow Six 3.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 90
    The new game mode Lone Rush is incredibly addictive to play. Black Arrow has become the best Xbox Live game to date.
  23. 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.
  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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JackB.
    Aug 24, 2007
    Awsome game with great weapons, and a not so bad squad. Although one of the people on your team dies really quickly, the graphics are good, Awsome game with great weapons, and a not so bad squad. Although one of the people on your team dies really quickly, the graphics are good, and the missions are intense, overall, a steler game. Full Review »
  2. Joethecop
    Aug 26, 2005
    The best game ever invented by humans!
  3. StivenB.
    Jan 16, 2005
    OK, I should point out that if you have not played any of the earlier RS6 games then take this rating as a 8.5. If you played the first then OK, I should point out that if you have not played any of the earlier RS6 games then take this rating as a 8.5. If you played the first then you would have to be quite serious to go out and get this one. The game play, voices and about 85% of the game is nearly the same as the first version. In my opinion its really an extra 10 levels to play onto of the first version but nothing overly new. The AI is pretty much average. You can shoot a terrorist dead and the terrorist right next to him with still stand completely still so that you can pot him off as well given that he should have run or hid after his mate hit the floor. Don't get me wrong, still great game play and good graphics but this game should have moved above the benchmark set in the first version. As such, its kept it at the same level. Full Review »