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  • Summary: A series of attempts to kidnap telemetry and rocket scientists pulls Team Rainbow into a spider web of international intrigue. Team Rainbow must stop terrorists from developing weapons of mass destruction and prevent them from starting a devastating war. Guide Team Rainbow through a new campaign set in Mediterranean and Eastern European level environments, while gathering new weapons and other equipment. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow also features new multiplayer game modes for both online and offline play. Expand
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  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. To sum it up, anybody who considers themselves a gamer should own a copy of Black Arrow; it's simply that good.
  3. 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.
  4. Black Arrow is also the first game to fully implement the Xbox Live 3.0 features, including the ability to recruit squads, schedule tournaments and leave profanity-laced voice messages for Flat Eric. Cool beans.
  5. A glorified mission pack... [but i]ts flawed but compelling single-player and addictive, feature-packed multiplayer component (both online and now offline co-op) guide this Arrow directly to its mark. [Aug 2004, p.78]
  6. 80
    An expansion pack done right. It doesn't pretend to be a full sequel, and instead just offers new maps, modes, and tweaks that make the overall experience better.
  7. Like the last game, your team really isn't all that widely effective and functional, inevitably creating a feeling of going through the motions on autopilot; but more complex AI routines and better scripted scenarios do definitely help. [Aug 2004, p.57]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. UgoC.
    Aug 6, 2004
    Better singleplayer than the first -and great multiplayer.
  2. MikeM.
    Aug 9, 2004
    This games rocks. It is like getting an expansion pack for the classic R6 3 game. The terrorists even scream louder when you hit them with the gernade launcher :). Collapse
  3. Joethecop
    Aug 26, 2005
    The best game ever invented by humans!
  4. LuosN.
    Aug 5, 2004
    It feels like picking up an old friend. and to me thats not a bad thing. i could care less if they didnt change some things. The game stands up on its own. Expand
  5. 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 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. Expand
  6. DarrenM.
    Aug 29, 2004
    It's more of an itch than an addiction. The single player campaign mode is tedious and the AI is terrible, even if it is an upgrade from the even more terrible R63 AI. But no one buys this game on the Xbox for the offline stuff, right? The Live play is a bit more refined than the old standard-- some of the guns have been revised to fix problems with the worn old cow (sniper rifles have crosshairs when not zoomed in?) but a lack of new weapons in the base release (mostly) make liars out of the game's advertisers. The online play is still as glitchy as before, but get this-- it is an ALL NEW series of glitches! Within days of release, there was a tidal wave of complaints to RS/US to release a patch to fix spawn killing in Total Conquest, and a patch to fix falling through the floors, randomly spawning in the wrong spawn or halfway across the stage from your team, and leaning through walls. I play this game like a craven fiend, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why. It's stinktastic, really. Viva La Fable! Expand
  7. Buried-in-the-BOX
    Aug 4, 2004
    This game is nothing more than a quick cash in before games like Halo 2 and Close Combat come out. You can barely tell you're playing a new game because it looks exactly the same as the first one and your team mates are still as bone-headed as ever standing in the middle of a doorway, pulling the pin from a grenade, with his weapon holstered, throwing the grenade and getting killed. These Rainbow games were realistic until about a year ago. Now, people want something that is as realistic as FSW or the equivalent, one that shows your teammates have some intelligence and act as a real person would. Online is the same as always. Boring, glitch filled and stale. We need something different to play online now. Halo 2 will make this game be forgotten as quickly as it came upon us! Expand

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