Raven Shield: Command an elite multinational squad of special operatives against hidden terrorist forces. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, Team Rainbow faces the hidden global forces of a new and secretive foe.
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 71% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (557 reviews) - 93% of the 557 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 18, 2003

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Raven Shield:
Command an elite multinational squad of special operatives against hidden terrorist forces. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, Team Rainbow faces the hidden global forces of a new and secretive foe. Command Rainbow in a race against time - in locations including England, Norway, the Caribbean islands, and Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval - to stop a madman and his doomsday plot.
Athena Sword:
Command the world's most elite force of multinational counter-terrorist operatives in their latest mission. Track the desperate remnants of the international terror network from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® 3: Raven Shield™ into the exotic regions of the Mediterranean and prevent their mad agenda of international anarchy and devastation.
Rainbow Six 3 Gold Download Features
  • Pick your team members, assembled from the best counter-terrorism and military units from around the world. Then outfit them with the right armor, weapons, and high-technology equipment for the mission at hand.
  • After equipping your team, plot out the assault of the target area on the map interface. Lay out a plan for each squad to maximize surprise, stealth, and safety.
  • After all the planning - execute! In first-person mode, lead one squad or control all three through different radio commands and signals. Enter and clear a room of terrorists, rescue hostages, defuse bombs, and recover vital intelligence to help you in later missions.
  • All-new eight-mission campaign in locations from Italy and Croatia to Greece.
  • Five new multiplayer levels (Chemical Factory, Ferry Boat, University, Italian Alleys, and Jungle).
  • Three new multiplayer game modes (Adversarial Terrorist Hunt, Adversarial Scattered Hunt, and Capture the Enemy).
  • Seven additional real-world weapons (for a total of 64) with sound effects from the team that worked on the blockbuster movie The Matrix.
  • Three bonus classic missions from the original Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® and Tom Clancy's Rogue Spear®, updated with the latest graphics and technology.

Please note that as of August 2016, the online features for this game are no longer supported. The Multiplayer mode / Co-op mode will no longer be accessible.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows® /2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: 800 MHz Pentium® III, AMD Athlon™, or equivalent (1.3 GHz Pentium 4, AMD Athlon, or equivalent recommended)
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM (XP users: 256 MB RAM required)
    • Graphics: 32 MB DirectX® 8-compliant 3D video card with hardware T&L
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 8.1 or higher (DX9 included)
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1-compliant sound card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB minimum hard drive space
    • Multiplayer: You must create an Ubi.com account prior to attempting multiplayer, the in-game link to account creation no longer works, please use this URL.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
Its Just Not Fun.
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117.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
Let me say this first: This is a great game and I have enjoyed it tremendously.
The only real problem with this game is Ubisoft. They shut down the key servers and now playing in multiplayer is impossible, yes also with a LAN service. You need to open an internet game to connect via search for IP and when you try to connect using that, the games tries to verify your key and since the servers are down you get an error message. They did this some years ago for the add on Athena Sword and now with the main game Raven Shield.
This is now a purely single player game and thus dead for me.
It is a great tactic shooter and I haven't found anything like it since then.
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O N I K A G E (Yuno/Valkyr)
271.5 hrs
Posted: September 6
All i will say is this. SCREW SEIGE YOU PIECE OF ♥♥♥♥ WANNABE! Rainbow six 3 Ravenshield will always be the true tactical shooter. no micro transactions, no halfass game, no bs.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
Best Tactical Shooter out there.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
SWAT 4 is better
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Terrorist Hunt for days... They just don't make tactical games like they used to.

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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
72.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The Last decent Tom Clancy Title. This game was the absolute apex of brilliance when it came out. I remember taking the journey to GAME in Wimbledon with my mate to buy it the day it came out. My PC simply wouldn't run it at the time, so we took turns in having a life each. on his PC. We both digested the manual on the train back to his house and both watched the progress bar patiently as it installed from DVD.

Little did we know at the time that this game would form such a grip on our gaming lives and produce so many amazing nights of pure strategic fun and frustration. One fond memory was on Airport we hunted down the last Tango. Me and a mate we both stacked up on separate doors, in the upstairs above the hangar. He flashed and I ran in with pistol, we both dropped the tango on entry with syncronised double taps. Was perfect and still comes up in conversation when we meet for a beer to this day.

The beauty of this game for me was the amount of firearms available, the MP5 A4 was amongst, and still is my favourite. You can run with it and fire in burst or full auto and still hit your target. Weapons ranging from SMG through to sniper rifles can be deployed on any mission. Flash bangs, smoke greanades, tear gas (don’t forget your mask), Breaching charges etc. A plethora of pistols and with differing calibers and even the ability to switch the ammunition type, FMJ or HP. Such a nice level of detail even down to armour loadouts heavy for protection light for speed low drag set ups.

It is a little dated by todays standards both graphically and in terms of movement but the core game mechanics and play is still great with a bunch of your mates on comms. Still some really nice touches in there for such an ageing title. The ability to open doors bit by bit so you can drop a flash in the close it then open it when the bang detonates is amazing.

You can still play the game via the in game browser, limited severs but still some hardcore players still linger, after all these years. I can’t even remember how many times I have come back to this game despite it’s glory days behind me. I tried to play vegas 2, it is a little dumbed down but has some nice features and it was a great game but the sound loop bug was never fixed an persisted to haunt me playing MP. So I couldn’t play it online with mates.

So I bough the gold edition so I had a copy on steam (hence the hours recorded are few compared to the actual blood sweat and tears that have gone into it on the DVD version), I still have Raveshield and Athena sword on disk, though this gold ediiton doesn't have Ironwraith that came out. Not sure if you can get htis now. Which is a shame, no doubt you can find a Website somewhere for a forum of die hard players will have it or modded it.

A truly epic game worth owning even just for posterity.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
AI is a bit rough around the edges, but compared to modern shooters this is a "must play." Ubisoft shut down the servers, but you can play multiplayer using other methods. My advice is do everything you can to not give Ubisoft your money.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
147.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Until about a year ago this was a no-brainer. Great multiplayer and a variety of maps and equipment.

Then Ubisoft shut down the key activation server for the addon (but not the main game) so suddenly half the maps and some of the guns became singleplayer-only. That was annoying.

Now they shut down the key activation server for the main game and tagged it as singleplayer only in Steam. It's not nearly as fun in singleplayer. So go buy Arma instead. (Heck, at this point Takedown: Red Saber has better multiplayer, which is like saying that your home country is now poorer than Burundi.)

Thank you, Ubisoft, for protecting me from great multiplayer gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
One of the best games ever made.

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125 of 138 people (91%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Dear potential player or veteran R6:3 player:

Here is a new way to play Terrorist Hunt mode, in case you get bored.

Step 1: Take your team to your favorite room or area of the map, and take cover.
Step 2: Are you ready? Good. Now press ~ to open the console, and type 'callterro'.
Step 3: Smile. Every terrorist on the map is now rushing to your location :D
Step 4: Don't die.

Note: Not all terrorists come out of the woodwork. You might have to go out and hunt down the last couple. This doesn't work so well (at all) on the shipyard map for some reason. All in all, some maps work better than others with this little experiment.
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81 of 83 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest multiplayer tactical FPS titles on PC. I use this game as my point of reference when comparing with newer tactical FPS titles.


- Huge arsenal of weapons and gadgets
- Large selection of maps containing varied environments
- Great gameplay with tight gun control, multiple stances (including a unique "fluid" leaning system) and good damage modeling
- The graphics still hold up to this day, and you can run it on just about any rig configuration
- Immersive sound effects (authentic gun sounds, enemy chatter, ambient noises, player character movement sounds, etc.)
- Complete multiplayer suite featuring customizable game settings
- Unpredictable AI that will flank, patrol and call for backup
- You can still find several populated servers online, and the modding scene is still active


- Requires a ubi.com account to access multiplayer functionality
- Can be brutally difficult at times due to the aforementioned unpredictable AI
- Lacks in-game VOIP
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83 of 88 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
why nobody makes games like this anymore? :(
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60 of 61 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
If you love this game, but have windows 10... Just follow these steps:

Fixed created by: ♥♥♥♥_A

Stutter Fix

1)Disable Raven Shield VSYNC
2)Run the game with one core

I know that those solutions have already been posted, but I realized that you have to do BOTH of them for the game to actually always work.

So here is detailed info on how to do those 2 things:


Go to your RavenShield/System/ folder and open ravenshield.ini

Search for the vsync in the text file, and you will find an entry "UseVSync=True". Change it to "UseVSync=False". (Use ctrl+F to found UseVSync(...). Save and close the file.

Go to your ATI/NVIDIA Control Panel and make sure that the vertical synchronization or vertical refresh is to the option OFF or Application Specific.

That's the first part of fixing it.

You can do it with 2 ways:

Either disable one core by Alt-Tabbing out when the game is open, going to the Task Manager, going to the Processes, right-clicking to the ravenshield.exe from the list and selecting "set affinty", and deselecting CPU 0.

or the recommended way so you don't have to do this each time you start the game:

Go to your raven shield folder (not the system), and create a text file there. Open with notepad and paste this:

cd system
start /affinity 01 ravenshield.exe

and save the file as "fixedstart.bat" or whatever .bat

Now by double clicking on this file will start the game single-core. You can create a shortcut for this to your desktop for easy launching.

OBS: Sometimes the game will bug your mouse, just restart the game or your computer.

OBS 2: If you are a little boring to found all enemies, press ' (the buttom bellow the ESC) and write "route"

god - makes you invencible
ghost - you can fly
walk - disable flight mode
godhostage 1 - invencibility for hostages
godteam - you team never dies
neutralizeterro - neutralize all terrorists
rescuehostage - rescue all hostages (obviously)
disarmbombs - disarme all bombs
tsurrender - all terrorists surrender on sight
fullammo - gaves you full ammo (obviously again)

Have fun!
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199 of 266 people (75%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Alright let me be real clear and real honest right here right now for you potential buyers, you don't deserve to buy this game. That's right, you don't DESERVE to buy it. You are laying your eyes upon history, one of the greatest creations of mankind. A testament to the fire that once burned in the hearts of developers that has since long been extinguished. What is Rainbow Six 3? Who is Rainbow Six 3? I ask you today, who are you?

What is the purpose of this game? What is the purpose of life? Food? Water? What does it all mean. It means nothing, absolutely nothing when compared to this virtual battlefield called Rainbow Six 3 Gold Edition. This game, is life. It is the judge, the teacher, the principle, the homeless man, the DMV, the doctor, it is all in one, ever so beautiful.

But yea this is a badass game, one of the best man. I’m telling you boy, you best pick it up right now it’s so good. MAN I’m going to go play now!
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