Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Game Cover

What is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is another videogame produced by Ubisoft Montréal in partnership with Tom Clancy. It was supposed to be a sequel to the Patriots expansion, but that videogame got canceled. Players are invited to take the hands-on approach and destroy environmental obstacles to complete their missions. Cooperation between teammates is essential, with players resorting to complex tactics when defending or storming a fortified position.

Key facts about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is fast-paced and the length of each game is rather short.
  • This is the first-person tactical shooter with an asymmetrical structure developed by Ubisoft.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege players choose between factions from the Counter Terrorism Units for can play the bad guys.
  • The games uses virtual currency that players spend to unlock new characters and superior gear.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has 11 maps and five distinct game modes

Gameplay of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege gameplay bears many similarities to classic first-person shooters. The fact that the teams don’t have balanced abilities makes each round more difficult to predict and unique. The Counter Terrorism Units include factions from several countries and players can choose between dozens of distinct operators. Furthermore, players have the option of choosing the "Recruit" operator which is blessed with more flexibility when picking gadgets and gear.

The decision of picking one operator or the other needs to be made before the rounds start. There is also an in game shop, where players can use the currency called “renown” to unlock weapons and equipment. When players choose to unlock new operators, they should expect to pay more of such currency for each addition. The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege gameplay doesn’t differ too much when you play a regular or ranked match. The difference is that the stakes are higher in the latter.

Players have the option of choosing between close quarters combat or pick up enemies from a distance. It is not possible to respond before the round concludes and gameplay is extremely important. The use of tactics and special strategies can make the difference between success and failure in ranked matches. The main goal is to complete the objectives, but players can also win by eliminating all members of the opposite team. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege emphasizes the importance of communication.

Environmental destruction is at the cornerstone of the gameplay, as it features a procedural destruction system. Players who master this art will gain a tactical advantage over their peers. At the same time, you can get the upper hand by building fortifications and defending them after the siege starts.

Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Assault
Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Assault

Plot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege doesn’t exactly have a fully fledged single player campaign. Its plot is relatively short and only a couple of characters are brought in the spotlight. Six is the leader of the team trying to bring down The White Masks. This is a terrorist organization that operates worldwide and is ruthless in its attacks. Among the targets is the Bartlett University and the bad guys try to destroy this institution, during a highly anticipated match.

With each mission, players learn more about game mechanics and the arsenal at their disposal. Vertical space is important when playing this videogame and one can destroy both floors and ceilings. Everything from sledgehammers to grenades and breach charges can be used, but the latter come in short supply. Killing opponents is just as critical as protecting teammates, with the role of each player being particularly important.

There are a total of 11 maps and players can choose one of the six gameplay modes. Hostage is the most competitive one, with players being supposed to extract the victims, while defenders try to prevent them. Bomb is another game based on a plot well known by those who have played other first-person shooters. It’s similar to Counter Strike, Counter Strike Global Offensive and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

Secure Area has the defenders protect a room and the biohazard container held inside. Situations is a game mode that is supposed to make the absence of a single player campaign go unnoticed. There are a total of 11 situations and they mostly serve the roles of introductions and tutorials for beginners. Tactical Realism is actually a twist of the standard game modes, released with the DLC Operation Skull Rain.

Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Showdown
Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Showdown

Development of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege development didn’t hit a brick wall, despite the fact that the prequel was canceled. Ubisoft decided not to work any longer on Patriots, as it had other games to focus on. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, the latest installment in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise was one of them. Furthermore, the company tried to make the most of the Assassins Creed Unity, another milestone in their flagship series.

However, the team started to work on this new videogame in January 2013. As they tried to make the most of the new game mechanics, developers ran into various challenges. Realism and teamplay were regarded as some of the most important elements in the recipe for success. To generate more high, they came up with fascinating trailers, re-creating hostage rescuing missions. Players had the chance to experience the thrills of the new videogame in alpha mode in 2015. The beta of the game started in September the same year and the game was released on time in the first quarter of 2016.

Where can I download Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege can be downloaded alongside all the other games produced by Ubisoft from their website. It is also available on Steam and players will benefit from a better deal if they acquire more games in a bundle. Those who are convinced by the other video games produced by this company, should definitely check out Tom Clancy’s The Division. Assassin's Creed Unity could also be a good choice for those who want to experience something different. There are dozens of games produced by Ubisoft that can still be purchased individually or in a pack.

Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Blast
Screenshot of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Blast

What are others saying about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege?

The pre-release reception was positive and game developers had high expectations for the official date. Players were thrilled with the gameplay and the critics proved to be just as enthusiastic. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege was nominated for times for the Game Critics Awards in important categories. It only emerged victorious in the Best PC game section, outshining some equally respectable franchises.

Players were very happy with the manner in which developers managed to build a highly competent multiplayer. The intensity of these short games and the importance of critical thinking was highlighted in most Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege reviews. Some people were discontent with the fact that the game doesn’t have a proper single player. The absence of a campaign was only partially offset by the fact that the game features several game modes and a dozen unique maps.

My rating of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

I was among the first to purchase Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege when it was released. I strongly believe that the developers were right when they expected to sell millions of copies the game’s lifetime. This is one intense game to play alone or with a bunch of friends. I recommend players to find a couple of buddies and go online as a team instead of finding random teammates. It’s much more exciting to play in a predetermined setup, than to pick random people and hope that they will meet your expectations.

The amount of environment destruction can feel a bit excessive, but I understand the reasoning behind this approach. I’ve played many hours online with like-minded teammates and it was a pleasure supporting them. This is perhaps the biggest merit of this game, which rewards those who have cool heads and work together. If you are like me and you prefer to rely more on tactic and teammates than reflexes, then you will love Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. For its achievements, I rate it 8.5/10.

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