Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Urban Operations
Rogue Spear has already proved to be one of the most popular multiplayer games around and the Urban Operations mission pack looks set to boost its life span with bags of new single and multiplayer features.
Urban Operations includes two new mini-campaigns, more weapons and eight new multiplayer maps, as well as a custom mission builder, which provides virtually limitless options for single players. You can adjust the number of terrorists and choose from six game types, including a new one, Defend, where the object is to play a single soldier guarding a switch from the terrorists (an important switch, mind).
The main campaign begins in a Turkish bazaar with lots of innocents, who you have to avoid killing. Then the action moves on to the London Underground where you have to advance along the rail tracks to find and rescue hostages from a tube station. Next stop is a library in Venice where you have to defuse a bomb, then you head for the slums of Mexico City and, finally, there's a showdown in a hotel in Hong Kong. A second campaign contains five missions from the original Rainbow Six, which you can now play using the better Rogue Spear engine. Locations include the infamous Hacienda, which has had a few subtle changes, and the Amazonian research facility.
Need more weapons? No problem - Urban Operations brings with it a new light machine-gun, the M249 SAW, plus a silenced sniper rifle and one or two others. Need more gun fodder? Try on the increased number of innocent civilians for size - they always get in the way and make the missions that much harder. The AI has improved too, and terrorists now throw grenades at the Rogue Spear operatives. The design team has even added an in-game management module that allows you to modify third-party weapons and skins.
The pack also provides ten new multiplayer maps taken from the campaigns and another eight specially designed for multiplayer games, including a Siberian base and a small but demanding graveyard map, where you can dodge behind individual headstones. There's even a submarine base full of pipes which release clouds of steam when hit by stray - or deliberate - shots. A big bonus for Rogue Spear addicts.
Download Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Urban Operations
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Here we are once again gentle reader, tasked with taking control of the Counter-Terrorist team that we all have come to know and love: Rainbow Six. Just when we Rainbow Six junkies started jonesing for some new maps, Red Storm bestows upon us the much-anticipated Mission pack to Rogue Spear, Urban Operations (UO). Not only have Gary Stelmack and the boys from Red Storm given us some new maps, they also jazzed up five maps from the original Rainbow Six. If that is not enough to pique your interest, consider the option of being able to play Defend in the custom missions section or how about the great looking new maps for Multiplayer? There is something here for even the most finicky of Rainbow Six players to enjoy.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
Okay, listen up ladies and gentleman, I want go through the SITREP once and only once. The new mission pack UO comes with two mini campaigns. One campaign revolves around five classic maps from Rainbow Six, so if you have played R6 you will probably be yawning by the time you get to Skyscraper. The other campaign revolves around five new maps which have you visiting Japan, Turkey and other hot spots -- but if I told you what they were I would then have to kill you. My main gripe about the new missions is the fact that the press release said to expect innocent civilians in the new missions, gee thanks Red Storm for throwing the civilians into just one of the new missions. The Japanese subway would have been totally awesome with civilians roaming around, but like the good soldier I am I’ll just suck it up. In the good news department, Red Storm set aside a section called Custom Missions where you can now find all your Lone Wolf, Recon, and Terrorist Hunt missions, along with the all new mode of play Defend, where the bad guys come after you. Last but not least. ladies and gentleman, is the multiplayer section which has some very nice new maps; my personal favorite has got to be Graveyard. What better place to bring down some tangos than in the very place they’ll be staying for eternity?
Red Storm did a very nice job on the five classic maps in the game and the other five for the UO campaign are a breath of fresh air. Why then am I not happy, gentle reader? I’ll tell you why: this will now be the fourth time that Red Storm has put a product under the R6 line, but after four attempts they still can’t get rid of the annoying problem of having tangos go through walls when they die or the ever-popular dead terrorist floating six inches above the stairs. I could go on, but why? The entire group of regular R6 players out there knows what needs to be fixed, it’s just a matter of when. For any new players I think you’ll get into the game, heck I do even with some bugs.
The audio in the mission pack is virtually unchanged except for the new weapons that were added to the game. I think Red Storm’s theory on this was that if it isn’t broke why fix it, which I very much agree with. I must forewarn players though, the sound of the new SAW automatic weapon can become very addicting, just don't plan on having much accuracy.
Win 95/98, Pentium 266MHz MMX (without hardware acceleration), or Pentium 233MHz MMX (with hardware acceleration), 64MB RAM (128 MB recommended), 300MB hard drive space, 4X CD-ROM, DirectX 6.0 or higher compatible sound card, Direct3D compatible video card required, 28.8KBPS modem for internet play.
Red Storm gets two thumbs up for putting a reference card with the game. Not that we seasoned war dogs need it, but it is nice to have when you’ve got a newbie around.
If you are like me and are a Rainbow Six junkie, you’ll wind up paying the $20 for the mission pack. You might grumble a bit when you play it, but at the end of the day you know that you’ve fed your R6 monkey and he should be okay until the next installment. All in all, Red Storm has put out a good companion to their Rogue Spear game, it’s just too bad it wasn’t a bit bigger in content for single player gaming. On that note we’ll give Urban Operations a score of 71/100.