|System: PS4, Xbox One, PC|
|Dev: Ubisoft Montreal|
|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.
Date: December 1, 2015