Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – the name conjures up all you need to know, aside from the fact that Six is the name of the character played by Angela Bassett, who bosses you about. Fans of the series will be well aware it’s another entry in the first-person tactical shooter genre. I thought I’d played one of these before, but clearly not as I didn’t realise it’s largely a multiplayer-only experience.
Still, before you delve into that side of it, while there’s no campaign to the game, there are a number of situations to work through – practice zones, if you will. Learn the ropes – or rather rappel – in order to climb buildings, or simply go in through the front door. I did this a few times and shoot or hand-grenaded everyone before heading to the hostage, since if I just went through the appropriate window, they all stormed in anyway after I difused the bomb… BUT, I soon realised that even if I cleared out everyone on the way to that room, they just sent MORE in to deal with me, so the window route was the ideal choice, if only to save bullets.
When it comes to the multiplayer, there’s a ranked multiplayer option as well as a co-op 5×5 mode. Since I’m not much of a ranker… I just went for the regular 5×5 game. If you’re the attackers, send the floor-based drone camera off to find the hostage, and while it can’t fly, it *can* climb stairs. If you’re defending the hostage, you can fortify the room with barricades, barbed wire, personal shields (although one enemy still managed to shoot me from the side – D’oh!)
Normally, the only thing which gets through the barricades is Spandau Ballet’s warbling, but here, it’s heated gunfire and grenades.
Graphics and sound are simply… okay. It’s not the most stellar visuals that you’ll encounter, and the audio is just generally loud, or one louder. As for gameplay, it’s fine in the main, but it’s another of those games where there’s a lot of buttons to get your fingers around, and if you’re also all fingers and thumbs then, like me, during a 5×5 match I joined, I inadvertently shot and killed one of my teammates. And before I could bow out on a crest of stupidity, one of the others shot me.
So, it’s basically: find a way to storm the building and then storm it. And that’s about it. Bit of fun. There’s a lot of replayability as you go through the levels, but once you’ve cracked it, I can’t see you replaying them. It’ll be all about the multiplayer, and since I’m not a huge one for that…
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- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Players: single player; online multiplayer
- HDTV options: 1080p
- Sound: DTS 5.1
Writer: Lauren Stone
Sound Department: Kyle Switzer and Thibaut Pira Van Overeem
Six: Angela Bassett
HQ: Julian Bailey
Rebel: Tristan D Lalla
Thermite: Carlo Mestroni
Thatcher: Jamie Muffett
Ash: Patricia Summersett
Sledge: Ryan Nicolls
Additional voices: Solomon Aron, Martial Audilon, Victor Bevine, Carl Bishop, Andre Blake, Brigitte Bourdeau, Wyatt Bowen, Marc-André Brunet, Brian Cade, Louis-Philippe Dandenault, Eric Davis, Stan Demidoff, Bruce Dinsmore, Christopher J Domig, Luke Forbes, Gabriel Furman, Ben Horner, Mike Houston, Alex Ivanovici, Sandra Kawloski, Michael S King, James Manzello, Eric T Miller, Gary Milner, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Jonathan Silver Scott, Martin Sims, Michael Sinterniklaas, Benjamin Thys, Stuart Williams and Anatoly Zinoviev
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