Realistic: representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or true to life.
Tom Clancy’s: Rainbow Six Siege is about as close as one can get to being “realistic” for console gaming. The thought of being able to play with your friends and try to strategically infiltrate a house using explosives, sledgehammers, and grappling hooks definitely gets me a little fuzzy inside. The Tom Clancy saga (in my opinion) has never made a game that I was not happy with or that I didn’t enjoy playing. But, if you’re looking for a game with a great storyline and a good campaign, let me save you the time and tell you THIS GAME IS STRICTLY ONLINE. There is no Story/Campaign mode for you to enjoy on a cold snowy day when your internet goes down. Now, lets get down to the nitty gritty and see what this game is about.
When I started the game, I was shocked by the big WARNING message that came up. Apparently, “a very small percentage of individuals may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patters or flashing lights,” while playing this game. Sounds like this game is going to be badass? Right? It started connecting me online shortly after. It took me exactly 45 seconds to attempt to connect online (and yes, it happens everytime you get on the game.) Just to follow up with this really annoying connection message:
Granted, server issues are usually fixed. I have yet to see/hear anything about anyone from Ubisoft attempting this task. What is the point of playing a game that is strictly online when you can’t even connect? Don’t worry, there’s hope! Just tap the multiplayer tab on the next screen and you will eventually connect. Now, after 1 minute and 30 seconds of connecting to to servers. You’re ready to play!
The game has 3 gamemodes:
- Situations: A way to learn the basics of the game, and also, a great way to unlock currency to buy classes and gun attachments right off the bat!
- Multiplayer: Matches consist of a series of rounds where two teams (attackers vs defenders) of 5 players are pitted against one another in various maps in a search and destroy or search and rescue type tactical warfare
- Terrorist Hunt: Invite your friends or play solo in multiple Terrorist Hunt missions against AI enemies. Which is basically multiplayer but versus AI.
There are 5 different types of Operators you will be able to chose from:
- SAS – Special Air Service was a unit of the British Army during ww2.
- FBI SWAT – Enhanced special weapons and tactics.
- GIGN – The National Gendarmerie Intervention Group.
- SPETSNAZ – Russian units dedicated to counter terrorism.
- GSG9 – German group formed to combat the growing threat of terrorism.
Each Operator has 4 unlockable classes (2 attackers, 2 defenders) with unique abilities that may benefit you in certain strategic gameplay. Example: Barricading doors & walls with heavy steal opposed to wood. Not only that, but you get to watch AMAZING 15-20 second videos of what the class is about when you unlock them. You may not pick the same class during the game as someone else. So I would advise you to save the money, and unlock a few before you upgrade your weapons. The game also has a pre-built “recruit class” with basic guns and utilities to help you get started. But, its also allowing people to know you’re new to the game, and you’ll probably get picked on. “Oh great, here’s Bob4935 playing recruit, we probably lost this one.”
Now that you’ve got past the basics, lets start playing. You’ll probably spend anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes trying to find a lobby with players to get started. Watching TV seems to be the way to go when searching for a match. When you finally get into a game. You start out with an RC car equip with a camera, allows you 30 seconds to infiltrate the base and search for the objective and plan an attack on how to get the job done. It is a very slow paced game and I strongly advise you not to take the “Run And Gun” approach. It will end with you getting vote kicked out of a lobby, and dying more times than bullets you’ve shot. Crouching to reduce noise of footsteps, leaning around corners before you walk around them, and trying not to run over trip mines placed in door ways. But when the walls start getting breached with explosives, people start rappelling up the outside walls, ripping the boards off of windows and doors, and flashbangs are flying around like birds, get ready to be amazed! But be careful, Friendly Fire is always on, so watch poking your head around a door when your teammates shooting through it, The game runs extremely smooth and the graphics look phenomenal! Battling back and forth, switching rounds from attackers to defenders in a game first to 3 wins.
During your matches, you will find people are constantly getting disconnected, including yourself. Now you’re back to square one with connecting to a match. I’ve made it 5 games in a row with a party of 5 without anyone getting disconnected. You’ll spend half of your time trying to connect, dashboarding, and restarting your game trying to get a party together. If connection issues and constant errors do not bother you, this is a “hands down” must have game. The only thing i am worried about, is the longevity of the game. Being only online with two game modes, how long will this game be fun? They have a season pass (details here) you could purchase for a whopping $30! I’m not a fan of season passes until a month of playing the game, I’ve learned that buying a season pass before the first month usually results in a loss of money out of your pocket. I posted a small clip below to give you a little footage I made of exactly what the game looks like. ENJOY!