Gaming Illustrated Plays Rainbow Six Siege
Ben Sheene / Jan 1st, 2016 No Comments
Rainbow Six Siege released on Dec. 1, 2015 at the tail end of one of the biggest years in gaming yet.
Gaming Illustrated will be livestreaming Siege from our YouTube channel today. Ubisoft’s competitive multiplayer game is one of many multiplayer-centric releases of the year. Much like Evolve from early 2015, Siege has sparse single player content. And, much like Evolve, Siege will flounder if it doesn’t keep the community engaged with support and fun (and hopefully free) content.
Siege isn’t that far of a departure from past Rainbow Six releases, despite its lack of a strict campaign mode. The game centers around two teams of five operators trying to defend or complete an objective. Defending players have a few moments at the start of a match to fortify rooms against attack. Defenders will put barricades around walls, set up traps, and try to prevent attackers from discovering their location and the location of the objective. Attacking operators are given the opening moments of the match to send piloted drones into the building, searching for defenders and tagging hazards.
Players can choose between different operators, each with a different strategic tool or ability. To avoid confusion, operators are appropriately named around their abilities. Thermite can breach fortified walls with his thermite charges, Sledge has a breaching hammer to take down obstacles, and Doc is able to revive himself or teammates with a stim pistol. Communication is key in Siege as players must coordinate how to engage opponents. Unlocking more operators requires renown, which is awarded for performing well during matches and doing specific activities.
Ubisoft plans to support Siege throughout 2016 with more modes, maps, and operators. Players can buy a season pass for the game to have early access to some of these features. Thankfully, most features behind the season pass don’t appear to be exclusive which is a good move by Ubisoft.
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