The game is Rainbow Six: 3. From it's single player and multi-player via system link to the profound enjoyment on XBox Live, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer this holiday season. If you don't have it yet, I pity you. If you plan on getting it, I envy you. Bar none, this is Ubisoft's best game on XBox to date.
It is noteworthy to mention that R6:3 is very innovative in that you can speak commands to your AI teammates through your XBox Live or special edition Rainbow Six: 3 headset. This includes having your fellow operatives disarm bombs, securing hostages, and opening doors along with a plethora of other commands. When you didn't think it could be cooler, your command list even includes zulu where you can give a command to your AI teammates but they won't respond until you give the final word. It's a beautiful thing...truly. Don't have a headset? Don't worry, by holding down the A button on your controller, there is a list of appropriate commands that are listed, which will differ in the given situation, that you can choose from. At first, I felt a little strange chillin' in my room having a conversation with my television...shortly later to find out that I was overcome by the shear fun of what was going on. The biggest highlites of R6:3 is it's innovation and gameplay.
The lighting in this game is very well done...especially how it drapes over the landscape, structures, and all the characters. The use of shadows are a huge plus since they are detailed right down to what type of weapon or object you are carrying. Ubisoft really out did themselves with the lighting and the great use of shadows.
The environments, however, are a little lackluster, however, play a sensical role in the erie feel of the game's setting. The game encourages you to explore every nook and cranny while the environment stays consistent throughout each map. Do the environments detract from this game? Absolutely not...in fact, with the in your face style of tactical terrorist elimation, who needs a bright fuzzy member of Pokemon racing across your screen?
The reactions of your fellow Rainbow Six operatives perform tastefully done reactions including covering their faces after a flashbang has been thrown. Also, when you see the ragdoll effects in this game when you plant a bullet between the eyes of a terrorist enemy, watch and see how the corpse fall naturally to the surface, up against a wall, or draped over a box. Ubisoft spared nothing when including great character reactions and ragdoll effects.
The use of voice is great, too. Your AI teammates even boast of British, German, and French accents from the applicable comrade.
On XBox Live, you'll enjoy the option for players to come from your TV speakers or your XBox Live headset's headphone instead. Good thing the XBox Live headset only has one headphone...you'll definately want to hear the sounds from the game since they play an extremely important role in this game....probably moreso than than many games preceding it.