Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and released on December 1, 2015. The game was announced as a successor to a canceled installment of the series – Tom Clancy’s Patriots. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The games focuses on close-quarters team-based fights and challenges with emphasis on strategy, team play and fast-paced, tense action. The game allows detailed preparation for the short rounds and very short matches which definitely appeal to both veteran and new players in the franchise.
Gameplay Modes for Varied Experience
Siege holds eleven maps and five gameplay modes, with more added free downloadable content, and operators from FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Russian Spetsnaz, French GIGN, British SAS, German GSG-9, Brazilian BOPE and Canadian Joint Task Force 2. The five different gameplay modes include:
- Situations: 11 different situations in offer represent a single-player mode where the player can enjoy the action with AI controlled teammates and enemies, to practice different situations, strategies and best understand the physics of the game.
- Terrorist Hunt: The coop multiplayer mode that provides attack or defense scenarios where a team of up to five players fights waves of AI-controlled enemies.
- Hostage: This is one of the competitive multiplayer modes, where the defenders secure the hostage and have to prevent the rescue, which is obviously the attackers’ objective.
- Bomb: Bomb mode is also a competitive multiplayer mode where the defenders have to protect the placed bomb by either killing the attackers who have the objective to defuse the bomb or destroying the defuser.
- Secure Area: The Secure Area mode is a competitive multiplayer mode where the defenders protect the biohazard container in a room, while attackers have the objective to secure it in a room with no defenders or kill all defenders.
- Tactical Realism: This is a DLC added competitive multiplayer mode, added in an effort to add more emphasis on realism and actual teamwork with little or no help in the sense of HUD.
The competitive gameplay is short, intense and tactically enhanced with security cameras, fortifications, and reinforcements, as well as wheeled drones, sledgehammers and shields for the attackers, which all encourage close quarter combats. There are lots of player choices and class differences where player communication can be essential for winning the short rounds. The health doesn’t regenerate and there are no respawns during the round which largely increases the importance of every move you make in a thrilling multiplayer game. This is exactly how Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege makes up for the lack of proper single player campaign action.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is definitely not the best-looking shooter out there, but the game features elements that will make any FPS fan happy. The game emphasizes the procedural destruction and features great tactical opportunities with different objects and materials reacting differently to melee attacks, bullets, explosives and more. For example, you can penetrate most of the walls and the use the holes as strategic points, which largely enhances the overall user experience in a realistic gameplay. While you cannot destroy every surface everything does explode the way you’d expect it to and this provides freedom, making Siege very physics heavy.
Of course, the PC game will provide the best visual quality where you can adjust different aspects including texture, shadow, and reflection quality as well as the depth of field, filtering, anti-aliasing (AA) and multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA). Ubisoft takes pride in the frame rates but adjusting different settings can certainly affect it! The PC game thus offers enhanced graphics, resolutions, and graphical fidelity with Ambient Occlusion and Post-Process Temporal Anti-Aliasing (PPTAA).
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Focus on Multiplayer
Rainbow Six Siege is somewhat revolution in the franchise with the new style of assault where you are adept to actively change the surrounding with fortifications, systems, and tools. The game opened a wide range of possibilities to plan and execute strategies, providing a multiplayer experience refreshingly different than FPS industry standard.
The lack of customization can be ascribed and appreciated in the classification of operators as it makes the multiplayer more cooperative and strategically open. This means that different operators have to work together with each member of the team making the best use of his capabilities and weapons. This makes the multiplayer even more competitive and genuinely valuable.
Ubisoft has also announced that they will be developing and publishing the DLC for a longer period into the future, expecting the game to continuously sell good and actively keeping the community and online multiplayer alive.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best strategy first-person shooters we’ve seen in a while. The revolution to the Rainbow Six franchise in terms of the Siege game modes proved a great success when it comes to the multiplayer and the community loved it. With more than decent graphics and physics to accompany the amazing gameplay Rainbow Six Siege offers, the game is definitely one of the year’s top FPS titles and we’re happy to see that Ubisoft recognized the possibilities to develop a long-standing online multiplayer with it.
Siege is not able to cope with the storylines of games such as Call of Duty and the single-player mode is very limited, being more of a tutorial in the comparison. We would indeed love to have seen a more story-driven single-player campaign, but many gamers argue that we’re missing no more than ten hours of gameplay there while the multiplayer is bound to bring in hundreds of hours of intense matches.
The reception was very positive and the game is widely praised for the tension it creates in the short multiplayer matches. Rainbow Six Siege won the Best PC Game category in Game Critics Awards, also receiving three more nominations, including Best Action Game, Best Online Multiplayer Game, and Best of Show.