A more thoughtful experience for FPS fans

By Chris Hayes - Game Review

Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00

Although heavy-hitting shooter series such as Call of Duty and Battlefield certainly fall into the 'go-to' category for your average FPS fan, I always feel - and I don't think I'm alone here - that there's a certain degree of tedium associated with the endless cycle of respawning and knee-jerk gunplay. Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six Siege seeks to remedy this situation with a refreshing variation of the tried-and-tested formula.

What is immediately appealing about Rainbox Six Siege is the immense strategic depth and the constant thread of heart pounding exhileration. The game's PvP modes are some of the most unforgiving I've ever encountered, yet it is a brilliant counterpoint to the merciful nature of most modern shooters. There are no respawns, no regenerating health and only five players per team. Every life now feels meaningful and precious which greatly lessens the temptation to go in all guns blazing - a tactic which will likely get you killed, to the detriment of your teammates.

Not only does the intense one-life setup encourage players to approach every encounter thoughtfully and meticulously, it also fills a long awaited gap in the FPS genre. While shooters that emphasize running and gunning over tactics can grow tiresome, Siege's seemingly endless array of viable strategies makes every round memorable.

Rainboy Six Siege lacks a single campaign but I can't help feeling that the incredibly varied multiplayer mechanics wouldn't transfer very well in an offline setting. Big franchises such as the Halo series have been lauded for cramming every single ounce of content they can into titles, but I think there is something to be said for the raw, undiluted multiplayer experience.

Rainbow Sig Siege's Terrorist Hunt mode is another feature that only adds to the already adrenaline-packed experience. As with the main competitive multiplayer mode, Terrorist Hunt allows you only one life and a finite amount of health. Here, you must hunt down a preset number of AI-controlled terrorists or disarm bombs while an infinite number of enemies attempt to foil your plans. Making it to the end of a 20-minute round with the barest amount of remaining health and picking off the final terrorist elicits a feeling of accomplishment that few other titles can claim to match.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is probably the best Tom Clancy's multiplayer experience I have played. Any gamer who fancies a more thoughtful shooter experience should add this one to their collection.

8/10

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