Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Eagle Watch
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Given the current trends in the gaming world, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this Rainbow Six add-on pack was a birdhunting conversion of a strategic action game. In fact, there are five new missions for you to explore, eradicating terrorist threats in beautifully rendered real-life locations such as the Taj Mahal and the Forbidden City. Because of the recognisable environments and the fact that your actions affect world politics, whether it's the peace process in Northern Ireland or the human rights progress in China, the levels seem to take on a whole new dimension.
The AI has been improved, so the terrorists will surrender if wounded and your men appear to have a little more initiative. On the other hand, your team still has a tendency to get stuck and face the wrong direction, while the enemy remains oblivious to gunfire until they've spotted you or been hit There are also three new weapons and new multiplayer scenarios, where you finally get to fight against each other.
Five missions may not seem like much considering their linear nature, but they remain as replayable as those in the original. The graphics are noticeably better and the animation smoother. There are definitely some missed opportunities though, especially the lack of stealth missions, which provided the more demanding and involving aspects of the original game. The sense of danger and atmosphere really fades when compared to a game such as Thief: The Dark Project, which is a shame as it draws attention away from some of the innovations Rainbow Six introduced. And if our objective is safeguarding world peace and democracy, why are there no politicians for us to kill in the Houses of Parliament level?