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  • Summary: This latest chapter marks the return to the franchise's roots by reintroducing the deeply strategic and tactical gameplay synonymous with the Rainbow Six name, while incorporating classic in-game elements such as vintage maps and weapons, all rebuilt using today's technology. Rainbow Six Critical Hour's storyline bids on nostalgia as John Clark retires and passes the torch to Ding Chavez. Chosen by fans, eight single-player missions from the original Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear games return, revamped with today's technology. Return to tactical gameplay: Through slower pacing and an enhanced combat model, strategic planning is the central element of gameplay. Advanced combat model: Choose your steps wisely as your actions could mean the difference between life and death. Weapon accuracy is affected by in-game maneuvers and events such as running, crouching, standing still or firing while injured. Rainbow Six Critical Hour comes equipped with a superior multiplayer experience, including the revolutionary Persistent Elite Creation (P.E.C.) mode, as well as the new and innovative Assassin and Free-for-All modes. Close-quarter battles: Maps in narrow corridors with non-linear level design challenge even the most tactical of gamers, increasing the importance of the infamous one-shot kill. From Idaho to Venice, Mexico City to Siberia, team Rainbow travels the world to serve and protect the innocent from terrorist threats. Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Critical Hour just isn't going to get much playtime from me anymore. It's fine to rent for a weekend, but you're doing yourself better by getting an Xbox 360 and playing "Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter" in wait for "Rainbow Six: Vegas."
  2. The emphasis was put back on "one shot kills", but it is still too easy to run-and-gun with this level of enemy intelligence. Commanding squad mates is cool, but this just doesn't feel like the Rainbow Six we once knew.
  3. It's bound to happen sooner or later. Critical Hour serves up an uninspired gameplay and dull visuals, which had all the signs of a rushed title.
  4. If you really love Rainbow Six, then rent the game because you'll blow through the game pretty quickly.
  5. Critical Hour is unenjoyable by even the most hardcore fans of the franchise, and should be ignored completely.
  6. It's a rush job, a disservice to the franchise, and its just not a very good game.
  7. Team Rainbow's colors have never looked so bad. [Jun 2006, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. CharlesK.
    Mar 20, 2006
    Return to tactics is what you get with Critical Hour. More involving than Lockdown was, Rainbow is back with a vengeance. One shot one kill is something you'll want to keep at the forefront of your mind, just like the good 'ol days of R6. It works both ways, so you'll get thrills when YOU make the kill and you'll sweat bullets knowing that one shot will take you out as well. The graphics on my Xbox version are pretty damned sharp too. A worthy new R6 game! Expand
  2. DoofusM.
    Mar 22, 2006
    Lockdown was a great dissaopointment to many R6 fans, but this time Ubisoft gets it right and puts this stellar series back on track. I hear that the next R6 game will be closer to this one than to Lockdown and that's all I need to hear. I'll get it without hesitation. This one shreds! Expand
  3. Killdozer
    Mar 21, 2006
    Snarl! Oh yes, this game makes me feel MEAN! It's so awesome I just can't tell you! Very much a return to roots, this chapter kicks much ass. One of the very best of the series, this one brings back the use of tactics and has the feel of the old games with the look of the modern game. Rainbow Six, I salute you! Collapse
  4. GeroldR.
    Mar 21, 2006
    For lovers of the first R6 games, this latest is for YOU! I'm no good at this reviewing thing, but I CAN simply tell you that this game feels much more like Rogue Spear or Raven Shield than it does the newer Lockdown. I have enjoyed all of the games in the series so far, but this one is one of the best! Expand
  5. JohnN.
    Mar 22, 2006
    This game is worth a renta no morel, it's the same thing as lockdown, only this time your background has gone red..d'ah!. Graphics are simply bad, cheap. AI still dumb, always the same outfit, and what is going on with the clancy series? it's all a big let down...just a way to sucker in more cash. We need to stop encouraging bad games. Expand
  6. Eli
    Apr 10, 2006
    Ubisoft drops another turd. First GRAW for X-box and PS2 now Critical Hour. Ok Rainbow Six lockdown had a crappy single player with retarded a.i. and such. But it also had passable graphics and the multiplayer was decent. Critical Hour sucks all around. The graphics are ghastly and the old missions are ok but just not worth playing through because of the Rainbow six series usual problems. The a.i. is worse than usual, the graphics are worthless. Simply put the game is no fun but luckily the campaign is short. Ok so the online will be redeeming right? WRONG! The multiplayer is broken. There are numerous glitches and players can cheat to level up. The graphics obviously still suck. There are no redeeming factors for Critical Hour. Ubisoft is really leaving the current gen consoles with a band. At least they had the decency to charge less for this game but no amount of money is worth Critical hour. Keep playing Lockdown people. Expand

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