I enter the house by the front door.
Probably not the best point of entry, but maybe it was the least expected to the terrorists. My new-found comrades choose to go in via the roof and the windows.
I walk cautiously up the stairs. Having checked the entirety of the ground floor, the hostage must be up here. I hear commotion on the other side of a makeshift barricade. This is it. Setting up a breach charge I prepare myself. Full clip in my G36C ready. Then BOOM! The barricade is blown to bits, gunfire ensues, but I haven’t shown my face yet. An enemy pops out to see where I am. I fire first. One down.
I storm into the room. Three of them are dead already; one is hiding behind a desk. He injures me, but a swift headshot puts an end to the match.
It’s situations like this that makes Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege a multiplayer game like no other. It adopts an attack and defend style of gameplay, with teams of five taking turns to either secure or defend an objective in a diverse mixture of maps. The game solely focuses on teamwork and planning, however, each team having a set amount of time to prepare or strategise before the match actually starts. Attackers utilise a wheeled drone to seek out their enemy and objectives, while defenders can fortify their position.
Defending is way more fun. Having such options as barricading open doorways and windows, or reinforcing weaker walls with steel, you must be prepared for anything as the fully-destructible environments mean that enemy could come in from any direction. The coolest thing here though is the ability to rappel up and down walls. You actually have the option to change your stance so that you are hanging upside down – which opens up some exciting new opportunities.
Before the match, you are required to select a class. Each ‘character’ has their own special trait which distinguishes them from one other. Attackers have Thatcher, who is able to use EMP grenades to disable electronic equipment, or Thermite, who is able to breach reinforced walls. Defenders have Kapkan, who can booby trap entry points, or Pulse, who can detect enemy heart beats using his Heartbeat sensor. It’s these diversities that make your choice an important one, and tailored to your style of play.
Do you storm in guns blazing or take your time with a bit of finesse?
The gunplay is brilliant. While no story or campaign is present, single players can hone their skills before taking on the world in Situations mode, which plop you in different types of scenarios. From securing a terrorist infested plane at an airport to rescuing a high value target in a huge mansion. They are great fun to play but leave an empty feeling when they’re all done.
You can make things tougher in Realistic mode. This ups the tension to the max. One shot and your dead, and terrorists have deadly accuracy. Completing these Situations helps you boost your progress before you get underway with multiplayer by leveling up one or two levels.
Make no mistake too, this is all about multiplayer. Leveling up grants you Reknown, which is ingame currency used to unlock different Operators and kit-out alreadyy owned operators with new weapons and attachments, or even boosters to help gain levels faster for a short time. Terrorist Hunt returns from Rainbow Six Vegas too, which allows you solely or with a team to take on a group of computer controlled terrorists, which is a nice break from the norm.
Rainbow Six Siege is a true winner in the multiplayer market. The attack and defend gameplay is mixed beautifully with some tight knit gunplay and an impressive amount of variety with Operator types.
Teamwork is key here. Playing with a group of mates is a cracking time, but even if you’re with a set of strangers, Rainbow Six Siege is a fun and intense time.
Where will they come from? The windows? Roof? That door over there?! Best get ready. It’s going to be explosive.