Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Intense tactical shooter with a mature story.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 24 reviews

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Positive Messages

You play a counterterrorism operative attempting to thwart terrorism, although it's done through violence. Killing a civilian or squadmate is punished by forcing you to replay the level.


You'll kill terrorists using an array of guns and explosives, including sniper rifles, assault weapons, and grenades. You will see blood smeared and splattered on floors and walls in generous amounts. There's also a reward system related to how terrorists are killed. For example, bonuses are assessed when you execute a headshot, or kill a terrorist through cover.


The phrase "shoot the f--ker" was used quite a bit, as well as "s--t" and "f--k". Depending on who you play online, odds of profanities could increase.


Most of the advertisers were fake, but there was heavy promotion for Comcast as well as Far Cry 2, a game from the publisher of this title.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an intensely violent tactical shooter. While you play the role of a counterterrorism operative who rescues hostages and thwarts a terror threat, it's done in a violent fashion. There's a reward system related to how terrorists are killed where you earn bonuses for executing a headshot or killing a terrorist through cover. Players use the standard assortment of firearms and grenades to do this. There is some strong language as well, and more will likely be heard while playing online.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 16-year-old Written byOhioGrown February 14, 2011

Good fore teens and mature tweens

My kids are 12 and 16 I got the game for my 16-year old and after watching him play for a while I jumped in. We had a blast! The violence can be intense at time... Continue reading
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 24, 2010

Its a very violent game.

Rainbow vegas is a great game. Its very violent with no proper dismemberment and etc. There is a spray of blood, a lot of blood. I don't see why its got so... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byChar10975 July 31, 2018

Intense, tactical shooter

Brief review:
Very tactically-based, too much swearing, dark themes such as terrorism, too mature for kids and lots of blood.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrm7137 December 14, 2012

best shooter for kids

this isone of the best shooter out there for young kids because they will have to think this game is no call of duty this is a tactical shooter for the ps3 and... Continue reading

What's it about?

Tom Clancy returns to Sin City in TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX VEGAS 2, a gripping sequel with intense commando-style action. You lead Rainbow's Bravo team squad as Bishop. Your goal is to thwart a terrorist threat in Las Vegas from mastermind Alvarez Cabrero. Joining you on this quest are two teammates, paving the way for impressive tactical possibilities.

The familiar tactical controls remain, cultivating an environment where strategy is crucial. You can command squadmates to perform basic tasks like regroup, hold position, or clear a room. A fresh wrinkle allows computer-controlled peers to suppress enemies with grenade tosses. Players can also adjust rules of engagement between assault and infiltrate. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 adds the RPG staple of leveling up with experience points, frequently earned by specific kills. As you earn points, you're rewarded with a higher rank and unlockable gear. You can also earn ACES, or specialization points, depending on how skilled you are in markmanship, close-quarters combat, and assault techniques.

Is it any good?

This second chapter of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas series looks more polished than the original, from sharper visuals to a sleeker interface. Levels are cleverly designed to force you to retain focus, and plenty of obstacles litter the landscapes, allowing foes to hide easily. The cover system makes for easy transitions behind obstacles. The campaign is playable with a friend, but the computer-controller squadmates still prove useful. They clear rooms quickly and efficiently. Your team's skills are balanced enough that you'll never feel like you're carrying the team. If the campaign isn't enough, there's also an intriguing Terrorist Hunt mode. Going solo or with a team, you invade a map and must kill all the terrorists within. There's also an assortment of multiplayer and co-op modes to choose from.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this series of Tom Clancy titles compares to his books? Are they more or less exciting? This game may also spur some discussion on current events, particularly those related to terrorism.

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