After waiting for any news on the series, gamers were starting to get anxious over the fate of the Rainbow Six franchise. While Rainbow Six Patriots was eventually scrapped during the jump to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Ubisoft delighted fans during E3 2014 by unveiling that the series is still on route to return in the form of Rainbow Six Siege. The game presented itself as a five-on-five tactical multiplayer shooter that pits attackers versus defenders in a tug of war over a hostage, but there’s much more laying under the surface of this title than may initially appear.
I was fortunate enough to go hands-on with Rainbow Six Siege during a recent trip to Ubisoft in Montreal and quickly found five reasons why I’m excited to get my hands on the final game later this year. With that said, let’s jump into my list of the top five reasons to be excited for the next entry in the Rainbow Six series and its closed alpha.
Scouting With Drones
While the meat of Siege‘s appeal comes in the form of tactical gunplay, having a solid strategy before breaching a plane or domicile is always the best bet – that’s where drones come into play. Before the attackers are sent in to rescue the helpless civilian, users will gain control of drones in a bid to mark out their point of entry and determine where the hostage is being held. So while the opposition prepares for the inevitable breach, players can establish where the enemy is setting up shop.
Strategically placing drones is also crucial in order for gamers to help out their team post-mortem, as they can be viewed by deceased teammates and information pertaining to the locations of baddies can be relayed to surviving members of the team. Essentially, taking control of these drones allows users to prepare for entry rather than go in guns blazing, but this is very important because there’s…
Death is never finite in gaming. Other blockbuster shooters encourage a very reckless approach to online multiplayer by allowing users to die countless times, and it has become a standard in the industry as a result. While major titles like Call of Duty usually feature a mode that only allows one life, the entire premise of Rainbow Six Siege is that death is permanent. Just like in real life, if players get taken down by gunfire then they’re immediately taken out of the equation, and this is where the multiplayer really shines.
Staying alive and taking out members of the enemy faction are the keys to victory, and any small misstep can spell game over for even the most experienced of gamers. This is far from a standard shooter as a result, and it’ll take a lot more cunning and strategy to ensure that the user’s team walks away with a win. Of course, given the enhanced value of staying alive, there’s now a lot more emphasis on working together.
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