Rainbow Six Siege Preview
It has been over six years since the last Rainbow Six entry released. And while we’ve still got some time before Rainbow Six Siege launches, franchise fans have reason to be hopeful. This will be a bit of a departure from previous iterations and in fact, the astute, long-time gamer might spot more similarities to SWAT. Hence, some purists may be annoyed at the slight shift in gameplay direction and despite the current fascination with open world structures, Siege is anything but. Even so, this game has a lot going for it.
It’s a simple premise, really: Elite military squads are trying to stop terrorists, who have taken hostages. You can either take out all the enemies, thereby winning the match, or you can save the hostage with excellent planning and timely, critical execution. There are two rounds in each match: The first is Planning and the second is Action. In the Planning phase, the defenders (i.e., the terrorists) must set up their defenses, while the attackers have to devise a strategy; this includes the entry point to the extraction point and everything in between. The terrorists can barricade themselves inside a building, which means the squad will have to deal with all manner of obstacles.
The cool part is that your team has access to a few very nifty gadgets, and they can also spy on the terrorists from afar. Once everything is set, the action begins. First and foremost, veteran gamers need to understand that Siege will offer a reportedly ridiculous amount of environmental destruction. It seems like just about anything can come down, given the right tools and/or the requisite firepower. I mean, I hear that entire houses can come down! And with the tight, cramped quarters and nonstop 5-on-5 action, you’re going to be blown away. Well…not literally, we hope.
This environmental upgrade leads to a myriad of advancements. You’re not stopped by locked doors and windows, and walls are just begging for destructive charges. Of course, you have to remember that when the sh** hits the fan, the hostages are in immediate danger. It’s a frantic race to the finish to see which side comes out on top, and you had best be prepared, regardless of your chosen side. There will be an immense amount of strategy and tactics, which is great for management types, and the action aficionados will love the pitched battles. The key will be to take advantage of your equipment and your surroundings in ways you never thought imaginable. A perfect example of “next-gen” tech…?
Okay, so it’s not really story-driven and the focus will be on multiplayer entertainment. This may turn some people off but in an increasingly multiplayer-oriented industry, in which playing with friends has taken on a new dimension, Rainbow Six Siege could be a top-tier title. The “No Spawn Rule” is definitely intriguing, and will force you to consider every move carefully, and don’t forget that all platform owners will appreciate 60 frames per second. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of an elite military rescue unit but quite frankly never had the gumption, this might be as close as you’re gonna get to the real thing.
11/10/2014 Ben Dutka