The Rainbow Six series has been the hallmark of tactical shooters, planting players in the shoes of counter-terrorist operatives using weapons and tactics inspired from Tom Clancy’s titular novel. The series could be considered the anti-Call Of Duty due to its focus on teamwork and utilizing the games advanced weaponry and gadgetry. Siege mixes in the teamwork mechanics of Counter-Strike along with the familiar gameplay formulas of today’s shooters into a unique package not found in any other shooter available this generation.
Rainbow Six Siege is definitely not a run-n-gun title, often times punishing those for going lone wolf or not utilizing their operatives strengths and gear effectively. Rewarding slow, careful progression with tactical decision involves with breaching your opponents defenses while maintaining your own, Siege is definitely a thinking man’s FPS. Do you secure the walls to the side of the hostage room, or the trap doors beneath? Should your team enter the complex through the windows, or try an assault from the ground floor? Given the size of the maps and the plethora of entry points on multiple levels, there are countless ways to approach any situation the game throws at you, and coming up with strategies with your teammates is an absolute blast.
The standout feature of Siege is the robust Operator system. The game tosses out the typical ladder system of unlocking weapons and equipment for customized loadouts, and instead incorporates a system with several offensive and defensive character classes with their own unique loadouts. For example, the defensive Rook can deploy a portable shield for digging in, as well as provide armor upgrades to his teammates. The offensive Thermite class has the ability to breach through stronger walls using special charges that other operatives do not have access to. Given the games 5-player limit on teams, this make composing an ideal team based around a set strategy key to competitive play, and makes the game very engaging when online with a good group of friends using headsets.
As expected from high-budget games this generation, Siege absolutely shines in the visual department and is on par with its PC counterpart. The amount of detail that has been put into the environment is quite dramatic, and even the most minute details will often times earn a “woah” from the player. If you strike an enemy with a bullet, blood will spray against the wall realistically in the direction of the bullet, and destructible objects often fragment properly when struck with bullets. The ambiance of the approaching enemy gets you really into the game, leaving you to listen closely as your adversaries approach your location as you hunker down in defense. This is definitely a game that demands to be played with surround sound, or high-quality earphones.
If you are looking for an alternative to Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege should be on your list. While it does heavily deviate from the traditional FPS tenets we have grown used to today, the games tactical gameplay and new spin on team building really makes the game stand out and shine. For the premier FPS experience this year, look no further.