Back in January Gameloft revealed that they were working on a new entry in the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series titled Shadow Vanguard. We’ve previously posted the official trailer, a hands-on gameplay video, and an interesting interactive trailer that Gameloft created that takes you through part of the first level. After all of that anticipation, at long last Rainbow Six Shadow Vanguard [$6.99] has finally gone live in the App Store.

The game features 11 single player missions where you lead a special elite group of soldiers in taking out a terrorist organization. Unlike your typical first-person shooter, Rainbow Six games rely on tactical gameplay choices rather than an all out run-n-gun approach. Taking your time to investigate each situation closely and determine the best plan of attack will get much better results than just bursting in and blasting anything that moves.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect to Rainbow Six Shadow Vanguard is the multiplayer options. It features a traditional deathmatch mode with up to 10 players in a game, but there is also the option to team up with up to 2 buddies and have a go at the campaign cooperatively.

Gameloft has proven they can create competent FPS experiences with games like N.O.V.A. 2 [$6.99/HD] and Modern Combat 2 [$6.99/Lite/HD], both of which feature great single-player campaigns and robust online multiplayer options. In the case of Rainbow Six Shadow Vanguard, we’ll be holding off our full review for a bit so that the servers can populate with other players first and we can get a good feel for all the online functionality in the game.

Until then, there is a forum thread filling up with early impressions of Rainbow Six Shadow Vanguard if you’re interested in hearing what your fellow gamers have to say about the game. We’ll put it through its paces as well and report back with a review soon.

  • Theorioles33

    Looks pretty good. Love the Rainbow Six series.

  • Minimill

    Is it iPad ready or is it a 2x scale up?

    • Fredrik Jackson

      As far as I know, it's only for iPod Touch and iPhone.

  • ltcommander.data

    Based on the screenshots and video, it looks like they are using an updated Splinter Cell engine here rather than an updated Modern Combat 2 engine, which is why the characters look kind of glossy as in Splinter Cell. The environments don't really look graphically better than Modern Combat 2 and is better lighting or shadow effects, just that there is more geometry complexity/objects probably due to them requiring 3rd gen devices and up.

    Does the Co-op mode scale difficulty or otherwise change the missions from single player? That would be more interesting.

  • Babypug

    A buddy? Why do men ALWAYS assume other male buy these games???! Are you serious?!??!

    • Salsamd

      Yes. "Buddy" does not invariably connote a male friend, although it may more commonly be used as such. I have many female buddies.

  • Borgqueenx

    Lol looks like they have given up their in-app purchase system to prevent piracy.

  • Borgqueenx

    Lol looks like they have given up their in-app purchase system to prevent piracy.

  • Truth

    Are my comments being deleted? Or are they just not showing up?? Weird!

    • Truth

      What the hell? My game comments aren't being posted, yet this comment above is ok??

  • http://twitter.com/The_Unflattered Gee Lampa

    To quote myself:

    "All I know is that the enemy AI seems dumber than a sack of hammers. In that clip, the player fires of a spray of SMG fire, and then the squad encounters the first group of enemies, 60 feet away, and they're standing by a planter, looking at the wall?!? Huh?"

  • Awesome

    laggy on my jailbroken ipod 3 on 4.1

    • Fredrik Jackson

      Stay to original OS.

    • FPS Dug

      Same here (32GB jailbroken iPod Touch with iOS 4.1). Maybe updating to 4.2 or 4.3 will help.

    • Mikeadamstattoo

      Sucks for you. Runs fantastic on my iPad 2, too bad it's an iPhone 2x app, hopefully an hd version will be released soon

  • Jensen

    A bit of feedback: I read the stories from the rss feed, and there was no way to tell from there whether this was a release for iPhone, iPad, or both. In browser it's a little easier because of the tags but it would be so nice if it were in parentheses after the title.

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