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Review: Rainbow Six

by William Gordon,


Company: MacSoftrainbowbox


Web: Mac Rainbow Six Fan Club

Requirements: 200 MHz 604 or faster, 64 MB free RAM, 275 MB free hard disk space, OpenGL, and Rage Pro or better.

Price: $49.99


Most of you have probably heard about Rainbow Six. For those who haven’t, Rainbow Six is an anti-terrorist game by mastermind Tom Clancy. It is a mixture between action and strategy, with more emphasis on planning than blunt killing.

Immediately upon opening the box, Rainbow Six appeared to be an excellent game, especially considering that it had been postponed for so long. The manual seems very solid. There are three installation choices. For those of us with less room, there is a 65 MB version. For those who have gigs free, you can install the entire game at a decent 475 MB. Both installations run fine as long as your CD drive is 8x or higher, although the full install is smoother for online gaming than the small install.

Now for those of you who tried the demo and weren’t satisfied, I understand what you were feeling. Not only did it leave me feeling the game required some serious additions to make it good, but it totally neglected one of the most amazing facets of Rainbow Six: multiplayer capability. The full game is much better for the single player than the demo portrayed, and not only runs well, but has interesting storylines and levels with incredibly complex graphics, from the inner workings of Big Ben, to an amusement park area.

However, in my opinion, Rainbow Six’s true arena is the net. Whether on a LAN or the Internet, it is an intense and quick paced adventure. You can access any level of the game for a multiplayer scenario and even play against computerized terrorists. In both the multiplayer and single player versions, the weaponry and technical gadgetry one has to choose from are enough to satisfy any military aficionado, and they can be worked into any situation, whether it be in an assault or sniper job.

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Another great thing about the game is its quickness on my modem: unfortunately, at home I only run a 56K modem, but I have been able to host games with minimal lag and join games hosted by cable or ISDN machines with no lag at all.

By itself, Rainbow Six is a very solid game with good graphics and decent AI for the computerized opponents, but the Mac version also has come packaged with the expansion pack Eagle Watch. This not only continues the original game with new levels and weaponry, but adds them to the multiplayer as well, allowing for hours on end of varied and intense missions.

Overall, I give Rainbow Six a rating of Very Nice. The only thing I found troubling was the manual’s lack of instructions for setting up a two or three computer LAN. I had to make up my own TCP settings with help from a friend in order to get it to run over my Ethernet. If you enjoy fast paced single player action with a large amount of control, or an intense multiplayer experience, Rainbow Six is the game for you.

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Reader Comments (14)

Kalon Reeves · March 9, 2000 - 01:01 EST #1
Beware of Software from Red Storm Entertainment! Yes, I purchased Rainbow Six myself. I bought the package with the Eagle Watch Expansion disk. For a while the game worked fine. I was really enjoying the game. I played about 5 missions in single player mode. Reached a level where the mission is centered around a Hydro-electric Dam. Then I decided to install the Eagle Watch Expansion pack just to check that out. It worked fine as well. I thought it was all great. But! When I went to resume my missions from the regular rainbow six campaigns (instead of the Eagle watch campaigns). As soon as I would click single mission to resume my campaign, I would get dumped to the desktop. Theme music still playing. Now, I know you may be saying to yourself. Well this guy didn't read the "Readme Docs", telling about adjusting the Refresh rate of the Video card. Or perhaps, forcing the game into software mode. Well, I did all that, trying many different combonations of settings and No Dice! I've tried everything from uninstalling eagle watch, to reinstalling rainbow six alone, to reinstalling rainbow six and eagle watch together, reinstalling up-to-date video drivers, changing monitor refresh rates, video acceleration rates, and different DirectX versions. Tried using the stand alone update patch offered on the Red Storm Website. Still nothing corrected the problem. I mean I was really suprised that completely uninstalling the entire game and reinstalling Rainbow Six alone didn't work. The only thing I had done was install "Eagle Watch". It worked fine, what was wrong with Rainbow Six? I of course, contacted Red Storm Support for help. After fending off the initial automated response, which by the way was not related to the problem I had reported in any way, I finally got some human response to try to help me with the problem. Mostly what I got was requests for software files as would be expected and suggestions to try the things I had told them I had already tried. I was also told to make sure I did those things. I did. The overall exchange mostly left me with the impression of people who just were not really listening to my explanation of the problem, and didn't really want to be bothered with it. Not to mention an appearant lack of ability for logical deduction. Their final response to me was to upgrade my video card. That was absurd since it was working for quite some time with the same exact equipment and eagle watch was still working fine. Didn't matter to them, they dropped me and my problem like a bad habbit. Overall, my assesment is,"Good game, to bad you can't count on it to work, nor support to support." By the way, if you check out the website, you can see that I am, obviously, not the only one who has experienced this problem, let alone countless others that have been reported to their Support F.A.Q. section. Won't be trying Rogue Spear anytime soon.
Chad Morrell (Reedy) · May 19, 2001 - 20:54 EST #2
This game changed my life forever, and many peoples'. We all thank and discourage Tom Clancy who, while making Rouge Spears, forgot about Rainbow 6, his first and greatest. With great praise I thank him. -Chad Michael Morrell- ReeDy_RwR
Lt. Natoli · June 17, 2001 - 11:17 EST #3
This game sucks
gabriel silva · July 16, 2001 - 10:07 EST #4
I love Rainbow Six. It is the best game I have played, but I only have the demo version because it is too expensive. I wish I could have the full version.
anonymous · February 24, 2002 - 22:42 EST #5
This game rocks. The online multiplayer is cool. It is so much fun to meet people and then get fragged by them! Anyway, keep up the good work, Tom Clancy!
-=KKS=- · February 26, 2002 - 22:40 EST #6
Great game, but I mostly play Delta Force 2 now. :-(
Darren · May 23, 2002 - 16:40 EST #7
How do you use the HeartBeat Detector? Please reply or e-mail me the answer. Thanks.
C-Force · November 18, 2002 - 13:44 EST #8
It is a great game and it looks so real, but you also have to try Unreal Tournament!!
Nubia Galvan · January 4, 2003 - 17:07 EST #9
I like the game, but how do I open the doors and get up the ladder? I looked in the Acrobat manual, but I didn't find it.
Nelson · December 8, 2003 - 08:08 EST #10
Do you know a site where I can download a demo?
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · December 8, 2003 - 09:57 EST #11
Nelson - if you perform a Google search for keywords "rainbow six macintosh demo," you'll find several sources. Here's one you can try first.
Gimmick · July 27, 2005 - 00:30 EST #12
Ive played this game for years, and i can safely say this game is dead now. But was fun while it lasted.
Wink Jr. · February 19, 2008 - 22:38 EST #13
Here I am, commenting years later, and the original Rainbow Six is still amazing. All the following Rainbow Six games sucked - too much "planning" and just letting things go - I found myself playing the game by letting 2-3 teams go ahead, people get killed off while I sit, then switch to a team that was at the end point and give the remaining teams the all-go, until finish. Some times I'd have to switch back-n-forth a dozen times but I completed all of Urban Ops and Covert Ops without ever firing a shot. The original and hopefully Eagle Watch are the best of this series - if you the idea of really having a team of players, the Ghost Recon series is the way to go! R.I.P. Rainbow Six - you started out so well, and then something (Ubisoft, maybe?) sent you to hell.
Elizabeth Webber · May 22, 2008 - 07:37 EST #14
Does anyone know how to open doors. Dunno why I can't figure this out! I did not get a manual btw but I can't find one on the internet.

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