Sniping, eh? We've all done it. Well, virtually none us have done it, but if we had then we would have wanted night vision goggles, because then we could have done it after work in the dark rather than having to try and fit it in at lunchtime. Night vision is back in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and you can see why it's so influential in our exclusive Night Vision Eurogamer TV trailer - one of the key reasons being that you can combine it with a rifle scope.
Lead multiplayer game designer JP Cambiotti tells us that night vision goggles, returning from Vegas 1, "remain a really important gadget in many areas". "You will have plenty of opportunities to use night vision," Cambiotti explains, "specifically in the Nevada desert where night time means everything is pitch black and there are many long lines of sight to cover.
"You can keep your night vision on throughout most of the map, or use it when you get to certain spots that require you to see more details or enemies that you could not see without them. The ability to see well at night also allows you to play through the map in a more stealth manner." And save money on lightbulbs.
But Cambiotti explains that it's important to make use of other tools too; night vision allows you to see further into the dark than thermal imaging alone, but the latter can be used to accurately identify enemies in close proximity, so it's worth keeping both handy to hunt down all the tangos. "Your night vision goggles are specially adapted to work with your snake cam, giving you a great tactical tool," says Cambiotti. "If you're using the snake cam and having trouble seeing, turning on your night vision goggles will allow you to observe properly, then plan and act according to the best strategy."
Check out the trailer to see whether you agree. The full game's due out on PS3 and 360 from 20th March, with the PC version arriving on 17th April. Watch out for more trailers and other Vegas 2 excitement later in the week, and our review in the middle of next.