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Rainbow Six: Siege breaches, clears and smashes through the ceiling

Jonathan Lester
PC games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Ubisoft E3 2014 Press COnference, Xbox One Games

Or more accurately right through the floor. Rainbow Six: Patriots has been announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year, bringing small-squad tactics and tense shooting to the new console generation with "procedurally destructible" environments. Every wall and floor is a potential breaching point.

Based on previous games in the legendary Tom Clancy franchise as well as real-life counterterrorism operations, "Siege invites players to master the art of destruction." Players can expect intense close quarters confrontations with "high lethality, tactics, team play, and explosive action."

Multiplayer allows teams to alternate between assault and defense, as Team Rainbow are tasked with saving a hostage from an entrenched position. The defenders have the upper hand, but breaching charges and bullets will make a mess of internal walls and floors, allowing breaching from any angle. Naturally snake cams and drones make a return, alongside some seriously heavy weaponry.

Here's the feature list:

Assume the roles of global counter terrorist operatives, specializing in close-quarters combat, demolition and brutally precise coordinated assaults.

Breach enemy strongholds with new tactical measures or fortify your territory with defensive resources during sieges, a brand-new mode of assault combat for the Rainbow Six series.

Change the landscape of your assault with an unprecedented level of environmental destruction. Walls can be shattered, and floors and ceilings can be breached. Mastering the element of destruction is the key to victory.

Seeing as we've been bereft of a Rainbow Six game for the best part of a decade, we're rather excited about Siege. Especially since the focus appears to be on intense tactical action rather than emotional storytelling -- not what we come to the franchise for. Thoughts?

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smk123  Jun. 10, 2014 at 00:28

Never played a R6 title but this looks damn fun!

JonLester  Jun. 10, 2014 at 00:57

It does indeed - if you're curious about the franchise, R6 Vegas is often on sale for a couple of quid (<£5) and is utterly brilliant. Though I'm a sucker for Rainbow Six 3 myself.

Always tight shooters, but with actual squad tactics and gadgets even in multiplayer. Walking down walls, breaching through doors, thermal vision and snake cams trump clever fish every day of the week, as far as I'm concerned, especially when you've got the freedom to plan your own approach.

However, we haven't seen much of Siege and I worry about Ubisoft's past form with the Ghost Recon series. Advanced Warfighter was fun, but each successive game stripped features and dumbed down until it turned into one big setpiece fest in Future Soldier.

Wow, I really ramble when it's getting late. Definitely not playing the drinking game though. Noooo.

Last edited by JonLester, Jun. 10, 2014 at 01:02
davidpanik  Jun. 10, 2014 at 09:26

A very nice surprise - looks like the sequel to SWAT4 we always wanted.

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