Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword - PC

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword (PC)
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Combat Game
Shoot 'Em Up
Add-on pack
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 19 Mar 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
No Accessories: No Accessories


The concept of the expansion pack has always generated mixed opinions. To onlookers, it can appear merely as an attempt to milk an existing franchise, but to serious fans of a given game, it can be £20 well spent on adding a new lease of life to it. Athena Sword follows the traditional expansion pack formula to the very last ingredient, adding a wealth of new campaigns, game modes, locations, and weapons to 2003's Tom Clancy title Rainbow Six: Raven Shield.

The game's story picks up where the original's left off, following the elite multinational squad of counter-terrorist operatives' successful defeat of a diabolical terrorist mastermind. Unfortunately the defeat wasn't all encompassing, and a few remnants of the organisation remain. And so you once again must join Team Rainbow, this time as they track the terrorists into exotic regions of the Mediterranean in order to prevent their agenda of international anarchy and devastation.

This new adventure results in a total of eight brand new mission campaigns, which take you to such locations as Italy, Croatia and Greece. Helping you in each case throughout the intense combat is the addition of seven new real-world weapons - featuring sound effects from the team that worked on The Matrix - to make for a whopping 64 in total.

Obviously the multiplayer aspect is of equal importance in such games - Athena Sword doesn't disappoint, delivering plenty of new features for the LAN/Internet frag crew. There are three new multiplayer game modes - in the form of Adversarial Terrorist Hunt, Adversarial Scattered Hunt and Capture the Enemy - as well as five further locales that play host to the action, including Chemical Factory, Ferry Boat and Jungle.

And that's about it - a simple concept but an oh so essential one for fans of the Rainbow Six franchise.


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