After being rebooted from the troubled development of Rainbow Six Patriots, Rainbow Six Siege was a tough one to gauge. It definitely had its focus on competitive multiplayer but it’s unique selling point, completely destructible maps, was something that was difficult to figure out if it actually enhanced the game or just a fun novelty that would eventually be a feature you wish you could turn off. Having played a fair bit of it now I can definitely say that Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best online shooters to come out this year and is the most intense experiences I’ve ever had with a game online.
As a package, Rainbow Six Siege doesn’t seem to be showing off a lot apart. The game does feature a single player and cooperative mode but the star of the show is definitely the competitive multiplayer. This is a shame though because the single-player content is delivered like it’s a series of training missions but these missions feature some fun and enjoyable scenarios. It’s certainly something that could have been expanded upon and then could have been promoted and a proper campaign but as it stands it doesn’t feel significant enough even if the gameplay within is really fun.
The only other major downside that I have to say about Rainbow Six Siege is that the cooperative mode, Terrorist Hunt, runs at 30 frames per second rather than 60 in the competitive multiplayer. This only applies to the console versions of the game as 60 and beyond is achievable on PC if you have the right hardware. This isn’t the worst thing in the world as 30 is totally fine for the most part. The problem lies in that having two different frame rates for two different modes is quite jarring. Normally 30 frames per second would be fine for playing a game like this one, Terrorist Hunt now feels sluggish in comparison to the competitive multiplayer and one of the fan’s favourite modes is now less appealing on consoles.
The competitive multiplayer though is one of the best shooters online in many years. It’s tense, it’s tough, it’s tactical but it’s all together unforgettable. Every match is a game to three rounds and every round is relatively short. Whether you’re attacking or defending, you have just one life in order to either complete the objective or eliminate the enemy team. Every round begins with a planning phase where he defending team creates barricades, block doors, reinforce walls, and set up traps to take out the attackers. At the same time, the attackers are scouting out the area, looking for traps, and ultimately looking for the objective. This is really important as it can completely change how to approach and plan your attack. If there is a hostage in the room, you have to be careful with your explosives. You can quite easily not find the objective and will have to plan as you go.
But natural planning with teammates is what makes Rainbow Six Siege so special. The most satisfying scenario to Rainbow Six Siege is when all of your team are communicating on headsets and players take point, falling into roles and executing with timed perfection. In my experience though, almost every player knew this without any other player saying s single world. Players kept an eye on their team, watched the positions and fell into their roles naturally. This is incredibly promising for the future of Rainbow Six Siege. Every multiplayer map that will be released for Rainbow Six Siege will be free also meaning the longevity of this title may be much longer than the Vegas series.
The game feels like it could be played as a twitch shooter but doing so and becoming a lone wolf will usually result in quick deaths with getting a single kill yourself. The controls feel good enough and while hit detection isn’t always perfect, it’s good enough that it never really frustrates at any point.
I was looking forward to Rainbow Six Siege being a fan of previous titles but I was thoroughly surprised by just how good the multiplayer is. It’s very easy to keep telling yourself “one more match” as each round is done and dusted fairly quickly. Having 20 operators also means there’s plenty of things to experiment with to find the right ability and role for you.
Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best multiplayer shooters in years and when everything falls into place, you really won’t find a more satisfying and tense experience anywhere else.