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Fanswag Weekly: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 [update]

Update: This giveaway is now closed and we will be notifying our winner shortly. Don't forget to check your spam filters, kids!

The fanswag just keeps on coming. This week we have none other than Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Yes, it's a game that every FPS fan should love (in some cases a little too much) and we're giving it away for absolutely nothing. If you want to win it though, you'll have to do something for us. What is that, you ask? It's quite simple really. Just follow the directions below. See? Easy.
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is set in Las Vegas, home of depravity and gambling. Leave a comment on this post telling us about the biggest gamble you've ever taken. You can leave one comment per calendar day (Eastern Time).
  • Be sure you only leave one comment per day. Posters of multiple comments during the same day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Friday, April 18, 12:00pm noon, Eastern Time. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • On Friday, we'll pick one winner via a random drawing
  • One winner will each receive a copy of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 for Xbox 360, worth $60.
  • The complete rules can be found here

Ubisoft gives us a new countdown [Update 3]

Update 3: It seems that as every hour progresses the timer (above the five decoded files) adds another hour to the countdown. Stay tuned until we get a confirmation on what exactly is happening.

Update 2: The timer now states the countdown will end at 5:50PM EST.

Update: Apparently the decrypter on the Ghost Recon site went on a lunch break. The new countdown, set to expire at 1:50PM, has just added an additional 2 hours. The new countdown now ends at 3:50PM EST.

Last week we reported an interesting development occurring across all of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy branded websites. First, a flash overlay of a smoking dossier (or black box) appeared over the official Ghost Recon website that provided users with no functions or information. The next morning a menu appeared allowing site visitors to click into an alternate reality game called MACSAT7 Recovery which expanded the flash window and revealed five audio and video files in the early stages of decoding. Soon reports flew in that other overlays, with what appeared to be wreckage from a downed helicopter, began appearing on the official sites for Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six and the upcoming End War that all pointed to the original Ghost Recon site.

After carefully conducting mathematics we realized that each of the five files were counting down to the date and time they would be decrypted, and thus available to analyze for information, but we also noticed an overall timer that was counting down to around noon on April 2. Moments ago the ARG came to an end and we were surprised to see a new countdown has emerged for 1:50PM 3:50PM EST.

Could this be the rumored Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 3, which is said to end the trilogy's stay in Mexico, or the highly expected Firehawk? Only time will tell.

Video: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 thermal scanning

We admit it. Our Rainbow Six Vegas 2 coverage has been lacking a bit, so when we came across a brand new Thermal Scanning video today we felt obligated to share. So, embedded above is the latest video, showcasing some hot RSV2 thermal scanning, shooting, covering, dodging and dancing (all minus the dancing). In all honesty though, team Ubisoft looks to have polished and built upon Rainbow Six Vegas adding a few new bells and whistles that makes Vegas 2 shine. But if a few additions and tweaks doesn't constitute a full fledged sequel in your mind, well then good sir, RSV2 may not be your bag. To us, it's a solid enough looking shooter and we may just have to jump in next Friday to pew, pew, pew some baddies.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 shoots up MLG inspired map

Today Major League Gaming (MLG), the professional videogame league, announced that it would be collaborating with Ubisoft on the development of the upcoming Rainbow Six Vegas 2. R6V2, which marks the 10th Anniversary of the Rainbow Six franchise, features an "MLG Map" which depicts an MLG event at the Las Vegas Convention Center. MLG and Ubi Soft worked closely on the development of the map which was designed with competitive gaming in mind, wonder why that is.

With news of the new map comes word that MLG will include Rainbow Six Vegas 2 in its 2008 Pro Circuit, including a special release event for the game in April. The MLG Pro Circuit 2008 kicks off on April 11 and will be covered by Hopefully that means we'll be able to catch reruns of the event on ESPN 8: The Ocho.

Gallery: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - MLG Map

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Developer Diary

The second Developer Diary for the last entry in the Rainbow Six Vegas sub-series released today. This one addresses the topics of Multi-Player and Co-op, dropping nuggets such as drop-in-drop-out co-op and a story explanation for the Co-op players a la Halo 3 (1P is the Master Chief/Bishop, 2P is the Arbiter/Knight). The main of the interview is a voiceover from the Lead Multi-Player Designer, Jason Cambiotti, and he goes over the bullet points for us. He mentions the PEC system of character creation, which was talked about in a previous Dev Diary, and will be similar class-wise to the COD4 system. This video also shows off Vegas' new competitive multilayer modes: Demolition, which is similar to Assault and Team Leader which is similar to VIP. The rest is about revisions to the Territories-like Total Conquest mode, and the Matchmaking system which will (supposedly) be improved, with games easier to create, find, and join. The first game was well received, so hopefully Ubisoft will be able to build on the success of the first game and shoot for the top of the Xbox Live most-played charts.

Rainbow Six won't see Vegas again

It looks like what happens in Vegas really will stay in Vegas, as Ubisoft designer Philippe Therien recently told Eurogamer that Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will mark the last entry in the series to be set in the city. "We really feel that the story of Vegas is done. We've explored as much of Vegas as we wanted. For now, we're pretty much covered with Vegas," said Therien. Therien added that having Rainbow Six focus on a single city worked well, but that the team is unsure if future installments will be based on a similar concept. So, if you want more Vegas, your last shot hits shelves on March 21. Next stop, Rainbow Six Stringtown.

[Via Joystiq]

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