This year has been a pretty good year for gamers all over the world with releases like Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and Call of Duty Black Ops III. With the current release of Rainbow Six Siege, it makes the gaming hemisphere 1000% better as this game ups the ante on what you should expect from a first-person shooter from here on out. After showcasing their reel at E3 this year featuring Angela Bassett as the commander giving orders, I knew right off the bat this would be one of the most stellar games to be released this year. Thanks to the developers at Ubisoft Montreal we have an awesome game that’ll keep you warm throughout this cold winter as you’ll become one of the most badass Rainbow tactical force officers out there while blazing your guns to bring justice throughout the twisted world.
To make things even more amazing, the Ubisoft publishers made sure to highlight the best features of the game early on by showcasing the multiplayer capability and the astonishing visuals. The release was perfectly timed for the holidays. Now that’s impressive considering that some publishers don’t nearly put in as much time or effort in doing just that in a creative way.
Although there is no story mode for Rainbow Six Siege, all of the modes will keep you more than busy. To kick things off the first thing I check out when playing any game is the game modes. You can expect three modes including ‘Situations’, ‘Multiplayer’, and ‘Terrorist Hunt’. Situations, are definitely one of the three playing modes that’ll help you get your skills up. It’ll put you in several situations including killing off a terrorist before they take over a plane, saving a hostage from a suburban mansion, and detonating a bomb before it explodes in a grade school. This mode is a lot of fun and helps train you to play the game in the most optimal way possible.
Multiplayer is the meat and potatoes of this game, where you can see just how versatile your tactical chops really are when going up against random opponents. This is where you prove to your newly found colleagues that you have not only the brawn to go looney tunes while blazing your guns but also the intellectual ability to think two steps ahead of your current adversaries. I like this element of the game the most as you even have the ability to create parties with your friends to build out your team with your homies if you’d like. Not to mention the Ubisoft team was extremely thoughtful to add in the matchmaking feature, that adequately matches you up with other gamers with the same skill set that you possess at the time. This is an underrated addition to the game as it makes the gaming experience fun vs. how in Call of Duty if you’re just not up to par with your gaming you’ll be killed every 3 seconds. The matchmaking is well appreciated and I’m highly thankful for it because its allowing me to learn what’s going on so I can better my gaming.
The final and third mode that seems pretty interesting is the Terrorist Hunt. I still haven’t played this part of the game but I definitely expect it to be as epic as the rest of the game has already shown thus far. I believe it’ll involve having a solid team come together to take down a terrorist attack or situation. I’m definitely looking forward to taking these missions on once I find a solid group to roll with on these missions.
Just to give you a heads up, having a headset is essential when playing online as it’ll help you communicate with your squad and gives you the best all around experience. This comes in handy when you’re the last of your crew still standing and you’re going up against the last three guys on the other team. If your squad is nice, your teammates will bark out orders to you, describe where your enemies are and tell you how to mark them, which ultimately leads you to victory. If you’re new to gaming and don’t know which headset to invest in I’d say definitely make sure you invest in a nice set of Turtle Beaches. I specifically have the XO Seven model and they work wonderfully.
The graphics throughout this game are simply sensational. You’ll find that every element is up for fair game whether you attempt to shoot out a light, stop a drone in its tracks, or break through drywall to get to your opponents. You will be able to interact with every aspect of the environment around you. This is definitely a nice touch when considering how to creatively accomplish your situations throughout the game. To give you fair warning, don’t ever believe that you’re safe when you’re hiding behind a wall, pool table, or car. If you do decide to hide, just know there will be tons of debris filled with drywall, wood, and glass flying everywhere with accents of your blood.
As for the character designs, they are all on point. There’s a story behind each character that you add to your ‘Operators’ which comes in handy when you’re playing online. There are two categories Operators fall under, Attackers and Defenders. This allows you to choose the role you’d like when playing online. I’ve acquired a few already including Glaz (Attacker) who’s capable of toggling a magnification scope on his main weapon, increasing the accuracy of his long range targeting; Mute (Defender) who can jam communications for remotely detonated gadgets or drones in its range; Castle (Defender) who’s specialty is setting up bulletproof barricades to protect your squad; and Doc (Defender) who’s capable of injecting hypodermic shots to revive himself and his teammates. This comes into play heavily when running through the various scenarios throughout your online gameplay so definitely be sure to choose wisely.
One of my favorite parts of this game’s graphics is the artwork of the squads. Every detail is accounted for, whether it’s a patch on a coat, the intricate lines in a ski-mask, scratches on a helmet visor, or the versatility in how the character’s guns are stored away on their armor pockets. Shout out to Ubisoft for also making sure the lovely Angela Bassett looked amazingly intimidating as well. She clearly takes no shit when it comes to adversaries trying to wreak havoc on innocent people. Not to mention she played a similar role in Waiting To Exhale [sips tea but that’s none of my business]. This adds an awesome level to the game as she narrates the situations you’ll encounter in Rainbow Six Siege.
This game also holds no punches when it comes to the overall sound design. Every weapon you decided to pop off sounds damn near realistic as the acoustics are what you’d imagine them to be if you were actually in the streets taking on criminals. There are a range of several different weapons (M870, OTs-03, G35C, etc.) you can choose to equip yourself with and they all have their own unique sound and feel as you play throughout the game. The last time I heard sounds that were this epic in a game was in Battlefield Hardline.
Another thing you can definitely look forward to is the dramatic music as it’ll put you right where you need to be to get your adrenaline pumping in the right direction. Every breath, step, and creak echoes throughout gameplay, giving you an advantage on spotting who’s slipping at any moment for a quick takedown. If you’re like me and love to play with your headset on this will definitely get to you when you’re under the heat of your enemies guns, while trying to out-smart them as to how you can put them out of their misery.
Overall, Rainbow Six Siege is an outstanding game and definitely worth the money you’d drop on it for the amount of fun and excitement it’ll bring you. It’s also a great game to pop in that will allow you to really fine tune your sharp shooter skills along with how to tactfully go about accomplishing situations that could end pretty badly. With that said I’d definitely say add this one to your Christmas list, Birthday gift request list, and for some of you, your Valentines Day list. This game will keep you busy well until we reach the spring before new releases hit the scene. Once again I take my hat off to Ubisoft for creating an astounding game that gamers all over the world will enjoy.
This is a game that you'll want to play over and over again9
Gameplay score 9
Graphics score 9
Music & SFX score 8