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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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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4 of 4 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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125 of 138 people (91%) found this review helpful
68 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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84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 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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59 of 60 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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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
Don't be fooled by my steam playtime, I have much longer logged on my boxed copy and still play to this day. It's a game I enjoy so much I bough a steam copy just for backup purposes.

The end of an era, it marks the last great tactical shooter on the market before this series descended into mediocrity. Nothing else since this has come close to equalling its quality of brutal, unforgiving tactics. This is a game that wears its realism on its sleeve and isn't afraid to let you drop dead from one bullet fired from a guy you couldn't even have seen coming. You move slowly and even walking throws your aim way off. Repeated autofire might as well be fired with your eyes closed. Guns feel weighty and impactful, dropping enemies in one or two torso shots. It's harsh and doesn't feel remotely fair at times, but having smooth, flawless success in this game is more satisfying than any other shooter I've played.

Unlocking all the maps requires playing through the campaign mode, where the iffy team AI and permanent injuries/death to the squad members can make things frustrating, but if you take the time to plan things out they usually go well. The game has no tolerance for the slightest mistake, for even a single corner left unchecked, and requires awareness and caution you rarely need in other games.

The real fun comes with friends. Competitive modes are fine, but nothing's better than the sheer teamwork it takes to clear out a whole map in co-op. And the sheer disaster that can strike if any one of you slips up for a moment. Multiplayer no longer functions out of the box, so you'll have to take alternate methods to get it work, such as Hamachi or Tunngle, but it's well worth the effort. Still one of my favourite coop games of all time.
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
One of the last and best tactical FPS games available. Multiplayer is still active to this day. Get it while it's on sale.
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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
One of the best games i have played. Rainbow Six died after this game.

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39 of 40 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
91.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Rainbow Six: Raven Shield is still one of Tom Clancy's best first-person shooters to date. The game was released over a decade ago and it still has one of the highest replay values of any Rainbow Six game. The highly customizable mission planning makes your approach to a mission entirely up to you. Go stealth, assualt or a little bit of both. A must buy for any Tom Clancy Rainbow Six fan!
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31.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
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Crazy paradox
0.1 hrs
Posted: October 16
The game would load to the main menu but not let me start any missions. 0/10 cuz broken game
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30.9 hrs
Posted: October 13
one of the best games signed with the name Tom Clancy 10/10
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63.6 hrs
Posted: October 9
Still great
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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
If tactical shooters are a thing your are interested in and somehow you havn't played this game, YOU MUST OWN IT.
It's a slow paced usually 1 shot 1 kill type of cops vs robbers game.

Mistakes will cost you the lives of your operatives and you will have to learn how to use the different weapons, attachments, mission planner and utilities the game gives you.

Its a great game that comes with a bunch of maps for you to take over with your highly trained anti terrorist special forces.

Its the greatest Rainbow Six there is!
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Hybrid V
14.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
Terrorist Hunt for days... They just don't make tactical games like they used to.

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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
Its Just Not Fun.
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157.7 hrs
Posted: September 9
UPDATE: Someone supplied a patch that restored online functionality for the base game. The game is now one of the best FPSes in existence once more and an easy buy recommendation. I'll leave my original review for posterity.


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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124.6 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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