Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield



Raven Shield's story spans a good sixty years, as the prologue centers around World War II and the holocaust, beginning in Croatia. Two people have fled the country with a hefty sum of cash, and escape the Allied forces right in the nick of time. Fast forward to the year 2005, where the Rainbow team takes to task a Neo-Fascist terrorist group.

The terrorist organization has apparently been attacking various South American oil interests and European financial institutions. The story leads you to Argentina, in search for Nikola Gospic (Argentinian billionaire) and Alvero Guitierrez (presidential candidate). Rainbow team discovers that Gospic is one of the surviving members of the Ustashe regime, the group that got away with the Holocaust loot. As Gospic is on his death bed, he plans to use his large wealth to resurrect global Fascism -- with the use of chemical weapons.

John Clark, member of the Rainbow team, interrogates a captive Guitierrez and learns of Gospic's scheme. He plans to kill masses of people in South America, and create an economic crisis as the price of oil plummets. He would then throw around some cash to obtain the oilfields, and use them to finance an international Fascist movement.

You find that Guitierrez's presidential campaign was financed by Gospic, in exchange for political protection.
Gospic is described as a "raven picking the bones of an old war," and that Guitierrez would be his shield. It's just too bad that all had to be put to a stop, as Gospic is now dead, and Guitierrez behind bars, thanks to the Rainbow team.


As with the titles in the franchise before this, Raven Shield for the PC takes place entirely from a first-person perspective. Your gun is shown by default, but can be turned off in the options, just in case your a hardcore Rainbow fan. There is no jumping to be heard of, and the movement speed is what players of today may consider to be slow, but all is done to convey a sense of realism, as your weighted down by all the gear that a special-operative would be carrying.

He's in my sights!
He's in my sights!
The single-player game focuses around a strict mission-structure, for a total of 15. Each mission begins with a briefing, at which point you can change your teams load-out, skim through blueprints of the location, and even plan your course of action. After you wrap your head around all that, you'll be dropped into your location, and will receive instructions through radio transmission of your objectives. The game centers heavily around the combined effort of up to three teams of people, in which you will be put into situations that call you to rescue hostages, disarm bombs, retrieve intel, and take down terrorists.

The multi-player game uses the same basic functions of the single-player game, but put into the context of an online environment. All the standard gameplay types of most FPS games are here, with the usual Rainbow twist to them, which people clamor for. Most Rainbow Six game types for the PC version are on a one-life basis, which means that there is no re-spawning system, and at the start of each round teams spawn from either the preset Red or Green position for that map.

Primary Weapons:

Sub-Machine Guns
MP5A4 9mm
MP5SD5 9mm
UMP .45
TMP 9mm
Mac 11/9 9mm
SR-2 9mm
P90 5.7mm
Uzi 9mm
M12 9mm
Micro-Uzi 9mm
MP5K PDW 9mm
MTAR-21 9mm
CZ-61 9mm

Assault Rifles
M4 5.56mm
M16A2 5.56mm
AUG 5.56
Galil ARM 5.56mm
Tar-21 5.56mm
AK-47 7.62mm
L85A1 5.56mm
FAMAS G2 5.56mm
G36 5.56mm
G3A3 5.56mm
M14 7.62mm
M82 5.56mm
FAL 7.62mm
AK-74 5.56mm
FNC 5.56mm
Type 97 5.56mm


Sniper Rifles
M82A1 .50
PSG-1 7.62mm
Draganuv 7.62mm
AW Covert 7.62mm
SSG-3000 7.62mm
VSS Vintorez 7.62mm
WA-2000 7.62mm

Light Machine Guns
M249 SAW 5.56mm
M60E4 7.62mm
21E 7.62mm
23E 5.56mm
RPD 7.62mm

Secondary Weapons:

92FS 9mm
USP .40
Mark 23 .45
Desert Eagle .357
Desert Eagle .50
P-228 9mm
SPP 9mm
AP Army 5.7mm

Machine Pistols
Mac 11/9 9mm
Micro-Uzi 9mm
SR-2 9mm
CZ-61 9mm

Single-player Missions:

Stolen Flame

  • Amuay, Venezuela
  • Oil Refinery

Gold Dagger

  • Jura Canton, Switzerland
  • Alpine Village

Mountain Watch

  • Jura Canton, Switzerland
  • Mountain Highway

Sentinel Wolf

  • Bergen, Norway
  • Shipyard

Falcon hour

  • Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
  • Private Airport

Pearl Castle

  • Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
  • Island Estate

Crimson Hook

  • Pilar, Argentina
  • Meat Packing Plant

Stone Cannon

  • Porto de Alegre, Brazil
  • Import/Export

Shattered Glass

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Penthouse

Lion Shadow

  • London, England
  • Banking House

Broken Stone

  • Pilar, Argentina
  • Meat Packing Plant 2

Briar Gate

  • Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
  • Island Estate 2

Talon Steel

  • Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
  • Private Airport 2

Whisper Blade

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Garage

Steel Rose

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Parade Lineup

Multiplayer Gametypes:

  • Mission:

Experience a single-player like experience as you and a group of your friends work together to complete missions.

  • Terrorist Hunt:

This is fairly straight-forward, you and a group of players work on a map of your choosing to take out a user-defined number of terrorists.

  • Survival:

Survival is a free-for-all gametype, which supports up to 16 players, and continues until there is one person living, or time expires.

  • Team Survival:

This is Raven Shield's version of Team Deathmatch, for up to 16 players, with a user-set time-limit and that special Rainbow flavor.


Athena Sword
Athena Sword
Raven Shield received two expansions over the course of its lifecycle, the first of which being Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword. Developed in Ubisoft-Milan, the add-on featured eight new missions (along with a new story arc), five multiplayer missions, seven new weapons and three new multiplayer gametypes. It was released on the 9th of March, 2004 to moderate success. The expansion ultimately wasn't a huge part of the online community, and was eventually filtered out of server listings.

The second and final expansion for Raven Shield appeared June 9th, 2005, and was available exclusively on FilePlanet. Iron Wrath was developed by Ubisoft-Casablanca, and featured seven new missions, two classic missions, eight multiplayer maps, and six weapons.


Airport 2
Alpine Village
Island Estate
Island Estate 2
Meat Packing Plant
Meat Packing Plant 2
Mountain Highway
Oil Refinery


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