Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield cover
Developers
Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Montreal
macOS (OS X) i5works[1]
Publishers
Ubisoft
OS X Aspyr Media
Engines
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows March 18, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 19, 2003
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Key points

The official multiplayer service is no longer available,[2] see this thread or RVSGaming for a solution.

General information

ALLR6 All Rainbow Six Community
HOW TO PLAY ONLINE 2017+
Ubisoft game page
Official Forum
Rainbow Six Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Gold Edition
Windows
Uplay
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Gold Edition
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Gold Edition comes with the base game and the Athena Sword expansion

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath US version
UK version
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Install Iron Wrath on a non-US/UK version[edit]

Edit RavenShield.ini
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system\RavenShield.ini\
  2. Find the following line, and set it to this value.
[Engine.Engine]
Language=int
  1. Install Iron Wrath.
  2. You can now restore the previous state of your file.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Raven Shield[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Move, delete or rename the following files.
Videos\Logos.bik
Videos\int\RS_Intro.bik

Notes

The Logos.bik file is also used for the Athena Sword expansion.
Athena Sword[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\AthenaSword\Videos\int\
  2. Move, delete or rename the following file.
Videos\int\RS_Intro.bik

Patches[edit]

Latest version for the vanilla game is 1.60. Patch for different regions can be found here. If your region isn't in the previous folder (like Czech, Polish and Japanese editions) check here.
If you have the Athena Sword DLC, then look here and choose the right version for your game. For other languages check here again.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\*.ini[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menus render in 640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Image is Vert-. FOV can be increased to compensate but this requires an external program.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 90. Can be further adjusted via Racer_S FoV hack
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Screen flickering.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
If Control panel hack doesn't work Use dgvoodoo2 Instead.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open RavenShield.ini.
  3. Find the following line, and set it to this value.
StartupFullscreen=False

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Edit User.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Save\Profiles
  2. Edit User.ini (make sure you have run the game at least once)
[Engine.PlayerInput]
MouseSmoothingMode=0

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

Edit User.ini[citation needed]
  1. Calculate your sensitivity for UT2004 on mouse-sensitivity.com
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Save\Profiles
  3. Edit User.ini (make sure you have run the game at least once)
[Engine.Input]
W=MoveForward | setsensitivity 0.123456

In game console command: setsensitivity 0.43

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French

Network[edit]

In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
16
Online play
16 Official server browser has been shut down;[2] see this thread or RVSGaming.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 80, 6667, 7777-7787, 8777-8787, 40000-42000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen flickering[edit]

Custom DLL[citation needed]
  1. Download the following archive.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\system\ and extract the files.
Windowed Mode[citation needed]
  1. See Windowed.
  2. Run the game, then deploy a squad in any in-game mission.
  3. See Borderless Gaming.

Notes

Avoid setting the game into a borderless mode while in any menus or they'll otherwise break.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OpenGL
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.4
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Karma
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Ubi.com
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (Windows 98, ME and 2000)
256 MB (Windows XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/19830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (19830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References