In the world of first person competitive multiplayer gaming, there have been a lot’s out in the recent years. Today I am going to talk about one which is also on the path to dominate the genre. Although the game has issues, it’s still a very fun game to play, especially with friends. The game has been out for a few years now. It’s from Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy series, Rainbow 6: Siege. First and foremost thing to say is if you are looking for a deep story mode, this is not your game. There is no story mode except a mode called situations where you play a mini version of things that you will find in the multiplayer portion of the game on different maps. The game is painfully hard at first, but in time getting the hang of it comes easily. The game’s best feature hast to be the fully destructible environment which comes pretty handy to get a kill. This review will focus on 4 main aspects of the game,

  1. The characters
  2. The maps, game modes
  3. The functionality of the game
  4. System requirements

First, let’s jump into the character system. There are 30 of them and each year they are adding new ones to keep the game feel new. There are two different types of operators, attackers and defenders. You play as an attacker while on a rescue mission or bomb diffusing mission and you play as a defender when you are guarding the hostage, bomb or bio-hazard container. Each of these operators come with their own personal attribute. So they are pretty varied. Although some of the operators can feel like they are not that very good to play with, not many of these type actually exist in the game. The weapons they use are robust and not clunky at all and they are customizable in every aspect. The operators and their weapon customization system has been done justice. Another thing to say, you have to unlock operators using the in game money called renown. So, finally about the character system I can say is, it’s varied, fun and interesting way to reinvent new things in the competitive shooting genre.

Now, let’s talk about the maps and game modes in the game. There are 16 of them, one more different than the other. There are small and big maps here. There are multiple ways to traverse the maps which brings new ways to play them every time. The game types are pretty standard ones, bomb defusing, hostage rescue and object securing. In ranked matches, you have the option to choose your spawn location. There are 4 modes to go through in the game. Situations mode, casual play, ranked play and terrorist hunt. Except situations, all of them are co-op playable. Casual and ranked mode are 5 vs 5. One thing that seemed odd to me is that there was no option to choose the map or the type of game in that map you want to play, it’s completely random. Depending on player’s skill level, after 10 ranked wins, the player will get a rank. The ranked games are pretty fierce in comparison with the casual matches. The last game mode is the terrorist hunt mode. Same way you can play with friends or like the situation mode, you can also play alone. Here you fight AI enemies in the same maps with different objectives types mentioned before. That’s about all there is to know about maps and game modes.

Next, let’s jump into the functionality of the game. The game functions quite well although there are some issues here and there. Ubisoft went with the dedicated server connection for the multiplayer. It’s quite good, recently it’s been better than before. Good thing is that the game is pretty well optimized though the end product had downgraded graphics than the ones shown in the trailers, but it’s still very good. Like all the other games nowadays, this also has micro-transactions which is just dreadful. As we all know, cheating in online multiplayer is pretty rampant these days. But in Siege, there’s no place for it. Ubisoft has implemented a very strong anti-cheat system in the form of BattlEye which finds out cheaters and bans them automatically. This is a very good system to keep the game from contamination and I love it.

 

In the next bit, I’ll talk about the system specs and price of the game. Being a next gen game, you need a fairly decent computer to play this game smoothly. I myself used a pc with 16GB of ram, a fourth gen i5 4590 processor and a geforce 1070 Ti graphics card. So, I had no performance issue with the game. I played with more than 60 frames per second. Although I had the option to get a PS4 version, I went with the PC one because no other platform has the same type of comfort as a PC when it comes to first person shooter games. The minimum and recommended specs for a PC to run Rainbow 6 Siege is given below,

Minimum:

CPU:Intel Core i3 560 @ 3.3GHz or better, AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0Ghz or better

 

CPU Speed:Info

 

RAM:6 GB

 

OS:Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit

 

Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 5770, And DX11 cards with 1GB VRAM

 

Sound Card:Yes

 

Free Disk Space:30 GB

 

Recommended:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz or better, AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core @ 2.6Ghz or better

 

CPU Speed:Info

 

RAM:8 GB

 

OS:Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8 64 bit, Windows 10 64 bit

 

Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 / R9 280x (2GB VRAM)

 

Sound Card:Yes

 

Free Disk Space:47 GB

 

So, final verdict is that Rainbow 6 Siege is a very well optimized, fun and addictive title to play, especially with friends. The game falls short for the issues in the multiplayer connectivity but I am sure, over time it’ll be fixed. I give the game a 7.5 out of 10. If you are looking to get into competitive shooting games, I would highly recommend you to get this.

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