RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE
By Thomas "StrictlyBacon" Turlings on October 9, 2018
Many of you might know the Rainbow Six series thanks to Rainbow Six: Vegas and Rainbow Six: Vegas 2; two very popular games that stood the test of time. A bit later, back in 2015, the tactical shooter series finally got a new addition to the line-up, Rainbow Six: Siege. This game had a rough start, mainly due to bad server support, but luckily these problems were all fixed pretty quickly. The main focus of this game is multiplayer, but there are a few (challenging) single player/co-op missions for you to try. I have had many friends that have played this game over the years since it has been released and I was eager to try it out for myself. I did wait until it was on sale though, where I eventually still spent 60 euros just so I could get the complete edition, containing all of the DLC.
In Rainbow Six: Siege you'll be playing as one of the 43(!) operators that are incorporated in the game. But you will probably only play one and spend 100 hours learning all there is to know about this specific operator, just so a new player can pick it and you'll have to play one you haven't touched before.
Every operator has a different "Ability". Thermite can go full on Kool-Aid Man on you and blast through reinforced walls, Alibi can put down holograms that show your position if you shoot them; Dokkaebi can make your phone vibrate (Because highly trained stealth operatives don't have these turned off for some reason.); Fuze can blow up the hostage and make you lose the game on the most crucial moment. And besides bombs, holograms, gigantic turrets and Kool-Aid, all of these operators are also equipped with a primary and a secondary weapon to shoot the opposition with. But despite all this heavy machinery, the game is still very slow paced and tactical, until someone blows up a wall of course.
The game features a very useful DBNO (Down But Not Out) system, giving you a chance to survive after losing a confrontation. This system is comparable with the one in Call of Duty zombie modes, but then without a pistol. There are 2 operators from the GROM department, Ela and Zofia, who can pick themselves up and fight another day without the help of a teammate. Other operators need to wait for a teammate to pick them back up and will be brought back to 50% of their hp. You are not invincible when you're down and enemies can easily finish you off.
Rainbow Six Siege is a game that is different every single time you play a match, whether you're playing ranked or casual. But before I start rambling on about the online aspect of the game, I'd like to tell you guys about the single player "campaign", also referred to as Situations. The campaign is made up out of 10 of these situations with no real main storyline between them and is mostly there to learn you the basics of the game, so you'll be a better operator in multiplayer games. Don't mistake them for an easy run though, except when you're playing the game on normal difficulty. When playing on the realistic setting the enemies will find you, and will kill you before you even know they're there. You can always "drone" (Using a drivable camera to scan the building for enemies) the whole building before you knock down the door.
The fun thing about this game is the fact that it does not hold your hand, and neither do your teammates for that matter. When learning the game and making mistakes, there is a big chance you will be kicked out of the match because you're "holding back" your teammates (Even though they themselves haven't actually killed a single enemy yet)
Overall, the controls of this game are just like any other shooter, with 2-3 extra buttons to press thanks to the operators' special abilities, the game ran smoothly on my Mid-Range PC and my Xbox One Slim. The only problem that (sometimes) occurs is that the game decides to disconnect you due to server problems. But this has only happened twice in the time I've played the game.
This game does rely on you being able to communicate and listen though, if you do not own a surround sound headset you might run into trouble as this game relies on you listening to footsteps around you or, when you're playing as Jackal, scanning them and knowing exactly where a person is, even though they're at the other side of the house! How? Well, that's just how amazing Jackal (Who looks an awful lot like "The Rock" in his picture) actually is. Communication with your teammates has been made very accessible in this game. And even after death, this feature is still very useful thanks to you entering a Support Mode in which you can scan enemies visible on camera's to help your teammates out.
Rainbow Six: Siege has really proven itself to be more than worthy to join the rank of awesome Rainbow Six games. It's a game that certainly deserves to be checked out and played for yourself. Do look into what version of the game you're buying though, because some versions just give you more value for your money.
RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE
December 1, 2015