Terrorists have taken over Las Vegas and Logan Keller is back to stop them...again....sort of, in this part-prequel, part-sequel to Ubisoft's original. Yep, we're back in Vegas, baby, and Tom Clancy's excellent two-part series strikes gold again with its second instalment, building upon everything that made the first game such a mesmerising little shooter and topping it. Big time.
You can pick up a copy of Vegas 2 from Play at the moment for just £7.99, which will save you a couple of quid on nearest competitor Asda.
Playing the part of the high ranking Bishop this time around, Vegas 2 plays out around the story of the first game, featuring both prequel and sequel chapters that flesh out the story around Logan and his team and picking up where the original game left off, providing welcome closure following the cheeky cliffhanger of the first game. I won't lie, you'll get much more out of the story if you've played the first one; newbies are welcome, but to make the most of it you should probably try and play the previous title first.
The Vegas games share a fair bit in common with the Modern Warfare series, although it's worth pointing out that you really need to be aware of your surroundings in Tom Clancy's games. On the harder difficulty settings one false move really does mean 'Game Over' and you will probably die in Vegas 2 a lot as there's simply no way you're going to be able to charge in, guns blazing and screaming 'Shake it, baby!'
There've been some changes: you can now run, which might seem a little odd for a Rainbow Six game but, trust me, you'll need it to sprint from cover point to cover point, thankfully the frankly peerless cover system has returned, and there's an all new experience system that gets carried across all of the game modes including single-player. The rewards aren't quite as nifty as those in Infinity Ward's shooter, but the cross-mode XP system is a wonderful idea. The multiplayer and co-op gameplay is exceptionally good with 10 new close-quarters maps, two new adversarial modes and slightly improved matchmaking.
Mind you, most of these points can also be said about the first game and, to be honest, Vegas 2 isn't quite the leap forward fans might have been expecting. It feels like more of an expansion pack than a fully-fledged sequel but, that said, it's still a damn fine game and a worthy addition to any FPS fan's library.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD