Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Review
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Box Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: December 1, 2015
Players: Single-player, multiplayer
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Violence

I did have one other big complaint when I first started playing, and that was that the controls felt stiff and dated. Gunplay isn’t the major focus of this game, but it is obviously a vital component and you want it to feel great. If you’re playing on a PC this won’t be an issue but when using the analogue sticks, aiming while looking down the sights feels sluggish. It took me about half an hour of experimenting with the controller options to get everything tightened up, and now I feel competent with most weapons. As I spent more time with the game I realized that the controls are meant to add to the realism. Like I said, this isn’t Call of Duty, and you won’t be whipping around at a moment’s notice and zeroing in on heads with a flick of the thumb. Siege forces you to rely on your tools and your team for success, and when shots are fired, you’ll find more success when you’re dedicated to a line of sight, covering an angle or a section of the room.

The visuals and soundtrack are forgettable in the best possible way; environments are realistically rendered and everything looks incredible once you start blowing it to pieces. There’s a beautiful Russian manor, lighted from top to bottom on the outside and filled with Christmas decorations, wherein I found myself piloting my little robotic camera for several minutes just to admire all of the little details. The graphics won’t blow you away, but - like the ambient, eerie soundtrack - they’re there to help you get lost in the moment.

When things fall into place, and you do find yourself lost in the moment, Siege will frighten you and challenge you. Stakes and tensions run high whether playing solo or in a group, but the game truly shines when you’re working with a coherent team, so pick this game up and find one. When you’re on a squad with tactical, patient teammates, Rainbow Six Siege offers a multiplayer experience unlike anything you’ve played - the kind of experience that you think and dream about long after you’ve put the controller down.

Matthew Hayes
Contributing Writer
Date: December 1, 2015

Most settings are simple (a house, a plane, etc.), but when the action heats up the destructive environments look great and there are some really beautiful moments.
Things can feel slow and unresponsive at times, but with practice you’ll be rappelling from the roof and shooting upside-down through windows with the best of ‘em.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is wonderful; ambient and eerie. Shots ring out and reverberate in closed rooms and quiet spaces realistically, which is terrifying.
Play Value
Get a reliable squad together and give the community some time to weed out the noobs; this is one we’ll be coming back to for a long time, especially with more content on the way.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • THE RULES OF SIEGE: Five versus Five. Infiltrate versus Fortify. Team-based strategy meets intense, tactical combat.
  • WORLD'S ELITE COUNTER-TERRORIST OPERATORS: Choose your Operator. Wield their power. Unique abilities allow you to Attack or Defend your way.
  • SINGLEPLAYER, MULTIPLAYER, OR CO-OP: Terrohunt is back! Stop the White Masks terrorist treat alone or with friends.
  • UPGRADE TO GOLD EDITION for Game and Season Pass, which gives all fans and newcomers an extended Rainbow Six Siege experience.

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