RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on April 21, 2018
Yes, yes, I know how it works! I built the damn thing myself, remember?
What do you mean "don't get your panties in a twist, old man"?! I'm not that old! And who told you about the panties?! It happened once, okay. I just had a bit too much to drink when... you know what, it doesn't matter! And do you know why it doesn't matter? Well, that's because you, mister, are FIRED! Yes, fired! Let go, no longer needed, in search of a new challenge... FIRED!!! Now get out of here, before I break my promise to Dennis, get my shotgun from my office and give you your two week's notice in lead!
What now? What do you want?! ...They are? ... we're live... but how... ahem...
Welcome dear readers, to a brand spanking new episode of the Big Red Timemachine. First of all, I'm sorry you had to hear that just now, but it is so hard to get decent help these days. We are... would you excuse me for just one second, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls? ...OF COURSE THAT MEANS YOU JASON! AND NOW GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, OR THERE'S GOING TO BE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT INVOLVING YOU AND MY RIGHT FOOT!!! ...and I'm back! As I was saying... what was I saying? Oh well, never mind! You may have noticed that I'm a bit flustered at the moment, the reason for which is the absence of my partner-in-crime, Dennis.
After my trip to 1989 two weeks ago, I went searching for the guy, but I simply couldn't find him! I checked all the usual places where he might reside; the bar, the workshop, the toilet, but to no avail. I did hear a loud banging coming from the basement but, and this is the strange part, I don't remember even building a basement during the construction of our new Big Red HQ! But still, I swear there's a strange sound coming from under the floor. It sounds sort of like someone is trying to use the centrifuge setting of a washing machine that has a square drum...
Well, let us put that mystery aside for the time being and focus on important things! It is time to travel back in time and rediscover a golden oldie in the history of gaming! Because of the unexpected nature of my being here today, I did not have a lot of time to prepare a long journey, so we'll stick somewhat closer to home. We'll travel to the year 2008 and take another look at a game that I have played many times over. Let's pack up our gear and play Rainbow Six: Vegas 2!
Released during March and April of 2008 by Ubisoft for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is a tactical shooter game and served as both a prequel and sequel to Rainbow Six: Vegas. Players take control of Bishop, a member of the Rainbow Squad, instead of continuing the story of the protagonist of the first Vegas game, Logan Keller. You are able to decide the look of Bishop, tailoring the character to your preferences. When playing through the campaign, you're able to upgrade the character to match your preferred playing style. For instance: Is heavy armor your thing? Then go right ahead, add even more heavy armor. Keep in mind, though, that heavier armor means decreased mobility.
In the cooperative game mode, Bishop is accompanied by Knight, a second member of the Rainbow Squad. Although Knight is not critical to any of the single player campaign story points, you can actually unlock co-op achievements by taking control of the Knight character. I must say that I really prefer playing Vegas 2 in co-op mode, as opposed to the single player mode. The two player story mode is just a lot more fun to play and allows you an even more tactical approach to any given situation.
I remember playing it a lot of times with a good friend of mine and having an absolute blast! The only thing you have to take into account when playing the co-op mode, is where your teammate is at when throwing a grenade. On multiple occasions, I would be happily filling enemies with lead, when all of a sudden, my friend would simply say: "I'm sorry". Now, the usual reply to such a unwarranted apology would be: "why?", but I didn't actually have enough time to ask that question, because a large explosion would, at that moment, end my trigger-happy fun, accompanied by: "I just threw a grenade." To be fair, this wasn't always my friend's fault, because I tend to run across the battlefield like a certain blue hedgehog on speed, making it hard for him to know where I would be at any given time! So Bart, if you're reading this; know that it was never your fault! Well, I say never... let's just settle for most of the time, shall we?
The single most fantastic feature of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 would still have to be the Terrorist Hunt! For the people who haven't played these games before, Terrorist Hunt would give you the opportunity to clear a level of a number of bad guys before they managed to clear the level of you, so to speak. I still, to this day, have fond memories of my friend and me, trying to hunt down that last remaining bad guy before he could surprise us and take us both out.
The fun thing about Terrorist hunt was that you could tailor the entire experience to your gaming needs. You were able to set the environment in which you played, the number of Terrorists in that environment and, of course, the difficulty setting. On lower difficulty, you had more respawns, meaning more opportunities to kick some bad guys' asses. The fun thing about this mode was that, any time you managed to clear a level successfully, it really felt like a job well done!
All in all, I had a lot of fun playing Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. It is a game that I have regularly picked up and played throughout the years. And although I don't spend nearly as much time behind a computer with my friend as I used to, I'm sure he too has fond memories of this game! And, I'm sure we're not the only two people who think so. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is an awesome game that offers you a single player, as well as a co-op mode in both the story campaign and the Terrorist Hunt and is guaranteed to keep you having fun for hours on end!
And on that slightly nostalgic note, we'll conclude our time together for today. I had a blast taking you, dear readers, on another journey into the past and hope that you'll join us again in two weeks when, hopefully, Dennis has resurfaced and once again takes his rightful place at the helm of our Big Red Timemachine!
RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS 2