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  • Summary: As terrorist attacks against the United States and Venezuela escalate, you are in charge of leading the last line of defense: Rainbow. In Rainbow Six 3, you will lead this top-secret task force dedicated to combating terrorism in all its forms. Your team consists of the best fieldAs terrorist attacks against the United States and Venezuela escalate, you are in charge of leading the last line of defense: Rainbow. In Rainbow Six 3, you will lead this top-secret task force dedicated to combating terrorism in all its forms. Your team consists of the best field operatives--equipped with an arsenal of no fewer than 30 weapons--that the United Nations has to offer. Tackle all 14 worldwide missions in single-player or match wits and words against 15 other players online, with full headset support. You may be the last hope in the war against terror. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. TotalGames.net
    100
    If there was an award for best grenade launcher sound effect in a game, Rainbow Six 3 would win. The bass-filled 'thwooomp' as it launches (and the room-shaking explosion that follows) make up just one of many Guns-N-Ammo-erotic moments. [XBM]
  2. From the graphics to the online play, this game just oozes quality.
  3. 93
    The co-operative gameplay options are outstanding and set the bar quite high for every online shooter on the way to Xbox including the mighty "Halo 2."...The game just keeps drawing you in with one feature or another until you're completely under its spell.
  4. 90
    A very good single-player game, and a brilliant online game; Ubisoft's streak of Xbox greatness continues.
  5. It's a completely immersive game, and despite our few niggles with enemies that stay rooted to the spot and missions that don't vary hugely, we're still going back for more. [GamesMaster]
  6. Despite some issues with the game's online performance and artificial intelligence, Rainbow Six 3 delivers quite possibly the tensest, most serious first-person shooter experiences on the Xbox to date.
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    This is a stupefyingly linear experience. While the individual stand-offs and shoot-outs are exhilirating, the removal of any sense of choice or any requirement of tactical thought makes this more of a theme park ride than a military operation. [Christmas 2003, p.117]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Ryencoke
    Mar 10, 2006
    10
    Why can't they make another great game like this? I mean, Black Arrow was good too, but this one was just to perfect. I remember playing Why can't they make another great game like this? I mean, Black Arrow was good too, but this one was just to perfect. I remember playing Xbox Live and I couldn't get off, it was to intense to good, it was perfect everything about this game is just amazing. It was the best Xbox Live experience I have ever had, I hope they can someday make another like this. Since they horrendously screwed up on lockdown. Expand
  2. JustinD.
    Nov 21, 2003
    10
    Warning! this is not your average first person shooter. it is extremely tactical and requires great skill. dont expect unreal championship Warning! this is not your average first person shooter. it is extremely tactical and requires great skill. dont expect unreal championship when you buy this game. it is the best xbox live game. Way better then counter-strike. a must have. Expand
  3. Patrick
    Dec 7, 2003
    10
    GREAT GAME! once i put it in the xbox couldnt stop. i suggest highly to get it. One of the greatest parts are the co-op missions. it is so GREAT GAME! once i put it in the xbox couldnt stop. i suggest highly to get it. One of the greatest parts are the co-op missions. it is so tactical and percise that you feel like your right there holding the trigger! a must have! Expand
  4. OliverCat
    Nov 13, 2003
    9
    Great game. Me and my matelove it. Buy it or weep. Ian hits it on the head in a long winded kind'a way...
  5. Dec 18, 2012
    9
    The most addictive and challenging gameplay.
  6. ScottD.
    Jan 15, 2004
    8
    If you like "realistic" tactical shooters, then you will love this game. The graphics are very good, as the characters and weapons are very If you like "realistic" tactical shooters, then you will love this game. The graphics are very good, as the characters and weapons are very detailed. Sound is also great, hook your XBox up the surround sound and rattle the house. Each weapon has the sound characteristics of its real-life counterpart. Likewise, shooting different backgrounds creates different noise (like shooting concrete v. shooting a couch). The game features a fair amount of weaponry from different militaries around the world. Little touches like this add to the realism. Control on this game is good too. I like being able to quickly switch from your primary weapon to secondary (a la SOCOM). Commanding your squad is easy but somewhat limited. While your squad may save your hide every now and then, usually they are pretty worthless. The biggest drawback to this game is its predictability. Enemy AI is pretty poor, and they react pretty much the same way all the time. While there is a few silenced weapons, it doesn't seem like enemies react to sound very much; the enemies act the same whether you use the 50 cal sniper rifle or the silenced MP5. The game is pretty tough when you start on the easiest level, and you would think that subsequent difficulty levels would add more enemies or make them smarter, but instead, the greater difficulty levels just decreases the number of saves you have (big whoop). This really dimishes the replay value. All in all, this is a great game if you like the genre, though I'm still waiting for an XBox version of SOCOM (PLEASE!!) Expand
  7. Uter
    Dec 23, 2003
    4
    I would say that this is the worst 1st person shooter I've tried on Xbox. The graphics are inconsistently good. There'll be some I would say that this is the worst 1st person shooter I've tried on Xbox. The graphics are inconsistently good. There'll be some awesome shadows and textures, and yet terrible ones (n64 quality) elsewhere. The team gameplay is reasonably well done, but I don't find it exciting having to babysit a gaggle of squadmates. The gameplay is very deliberate and slow paced. Most of the environmental objects aren't interactive like other modern fps'. The biggest thing that bugged me about RS3 is that they didn't bother to include any type of offline multiplayer. So for the majority of people who don't have xbox live there's just the lame single player game. So to sum up, the gameplay is slow and unexciting, the graphics are below average, and there's not much replay value. Expand

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#20 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#68 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003