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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. AceGamez
    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. TotalGames.net
    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. Cheat Code Central
    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. netjak
    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.
  25. This game isn't for the unreal championship type of player because you will definitely need team work and the help of your buddies most of the time.
  26. One of the most complete online-enabled console shooters around.
  27. It proves to be slightly better than the last game, and gives us a sleek satisfying experience.
  28. 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.
  29. Still the daddy in the action-strategy stakes but getting a little long in the tooth. Won't win new converts but it gets the job done. [GamesMaster]
  30. 83
    Above average, but nothing really innovative that left me in awe.
  31. Black Arrow features enough improvements to keep you playing for a long time, albeit mostly online.
  32. 82
    No longer do terrorists stand out in the open waiting in line to be killed. Instead these terrorists move to cover, unleashing a hail of bullets as they go. They also seem fond of tear gas grenades and explosives, throwing them into the fray whenever your team gets near their position.
  33. At a measly £19.99 it becomes a must for any fan of the original.
  34. 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]
  35. For Rainbow Six 3 fans, Black Arrow may be a repeat prescription, but it's just what the doctor ordered.
  36. There's not a huge amount that's actually new in the singleplayer game but for those on Live it's an absolute must have. All your Friends will have it and be talking about the game and the new levels, so you'll simply be missing out if you don't get involved.
  37. games(TM)
    Don't be fooled – this is more than just an update. [Sept 2004, p.110]
  38. It's challenging and immersing (especially if you use the voice communicator) and at the exceptional price tag of £19.99, you really can't go wrong.
  39. Rainbow Six 3 fans should be aware that this isn't by any means a totally new experience. [Sept 2004, p.115]
  40. 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.
  41. I found the single player mode of this game to very exciting and enticing, and I enjoyed the realism, strategy and cinematic moments that occurred during actual game play.
  42. Unlike last year's game, Ubisoft seems more familiar with the intricacies of the game and some subtle - yet welcome - refinements have been made.
  43. Black Arrow feels like a mission pack for the original Rainbow Six 3, because that's what it is. If you loved Rainbow Six 3, though, you'll undoubtedly love this.
  44. Some quality level design, great new multiplayer options and an improved AI, all supplementing the same excellent Rainbow core.
  45. 80
    The campaign mode, however, does sport enemies with better A.I. that make the missions much tougher this time around. [Sept 2004, p.83]
  46. 80
    Those expecting a "Rainbow Six 4" might be disappointed that this title holds little else than more of the same. But when the same is this good, how can anyone complain?
  47. 80
    It's a perfect game for the times, and one that doesn't bother with Asimov-inspired tin cans running around spraying bullets.
  48. The best realistic shooter on the Xbox, at an outstanding price.
  49. Official Xbox Magazine
    Solid shooter fun; it's just not the mind-altering experience we've grown accustomed to seeing out of this studio. [Sept 2004, p.76]
  50. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Three out of three EGM reviewers agree: Black Arrow is almost indistinguishable from the original Rainbow Six 3...Besides new maps and a few new modes, there's nothing different about Black Arrow's gameplay. [Sept 2004, p.106]
  51. The single player experience is enjoyable, but not mind blowing. The real gem here is the online play which seems to offer something more complex then most console FPS's and definitely something I would recommend.
  52. Easily just as good as its progenitor, if not a bit more impressive with the better, stronger, faster online feature.
  53. Weekly Famitsu
    8 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 29 [Vol. 848]
  54. GMR Magazine
    Unfortunately, like its prequel, Black Arrow's single-player campaign is still a collection of trial-and-error missions that require you to memorize the location of every hostage and enemy while perfecting your run through linear levels. [Sept 2004, p.93]
  55. Play Magazine
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#35 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  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 »