Rainbow Six Siege is far from the rapid pace online shooter we’ve become so familiar with. Instead, Siege sacrifices a continuously high tempo for a focus on tension. This is an online shooter about strategy, planning, and the adrenalin filled payoff when everything comes together. Siege is the evolution of the tactical shooter series Rainbow Six and perfectly translates the essence of the genre into an online game.
Previous games from the Rainbow Six series focused on forcing the player to create a strategy for each challenge they were confronted with, Siege is no different. If you don’t create a strategy, you’re going to fail. You’re given one life per match, which creates additional pressure to crafting your plan and executing it, since you only have one opportunity. Siege‘s focus on only having one opportunity to execute a tactic is an almost essential gameplay mechanic, as it combines with the unpredictability of online matches to make each scenario unique and forcing you to create more effective strategies for any given situation.
Only having one attempt at executing your strategies creates tension for each match. If you lose focus momentarily you could die, ruining both you and your team’s chances of winning the match. Most online shooters lack this tension with their default multiplayer modes, often giving you an infinite amount of respawns and focusing on keeping a high amount of momentum to keep matches exciting. Siege differentiates itself by creating tension using a slow pace while conflict isn’t occurring, making you constantly focus on everything happening in anticipation of an enemy attack. This is the future of the genre; it makes every match unique which, in turn, will make returning to the title more engaging.