Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Blood Orchid

I remember buying Rainbow Six Siege. It was one of those games that you follow and love for years and years. Originally Patriots was the game that was supposed to be released, but for some reason or another they completely canned the game altogether, and instead decided to release Rainbow Six Siege.

I will admittedly say that it was not as good as the other Rainbow games, but if you are new to the series, you might like the changes.

First a little background behind the game itself for those of you that have not played it:

Summary: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide on December 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game puts heavy emphasis on environmental destruction and cooperation between players. Players assume control of an attacker or a defender in different game play modes such as hostage rescuing and bomb defusing. The title has no campaign, but features a series of short missions that can be played solo. These missions have a loose narrative, focusing on recruits going through training to prepare them for future encounters with the White Masks, a terrorist group that threatens the safety of the world.

When the game first launched it had 11 maps, and 5 different games modes. The DLC allowed for 4 additional maps from the first season and 1 more from season 2. Altogether, without the new pack, there are 16 maps. Game Modes include:

Hostage: a competitive multiplayer mode, in which the attackers must extract the hostage from the defenders, while the defenders must prevent the hostage from being rescued. A secondary manner of winning can occur if the attacking or defending team accidentally damages the hostage, causing the hostage to “down”; if the opposing team can prevent revival of the hostage, and the hostage bleeds-out and dies, they will win the round.

Bomb: a competitive multiplayer mode, in which the attackers are tasked with locating and defusing one of two bombs. The defenders must stop the attackers by killing all of them or destroying the defuser. If all attackers are killed after the defuser is planted, the defuser must still be destroyed for a defending victory.

Secure Area: a competitive multiplayer mode, in which the defenders must protect a room with biohazard containers, while the attackers must fight their way in. The match ends when all players from one team are killed or the biohazard container is secured by the attackers when there are no defenders in the room.

Terrorist Hunt: a solo or cooperative multiplayer mode for up to five players. Players take on the role of either attackers or defenders, and must fight against waves of enemies controlled by artificial intelligence.

Situations: the game’s most significant single-player component, with 11 scenarios that serve as introductions and tutorials to the game’s mechanics.

Tactical Realism: a variation of the standard competitive multiplayer modes, added with the release of the Operation Skull Rain DLC. The game mode features a heavier emphasis on realism and teamwork, removing most of the heads-up display (HUD) elements, the ability to mark opponents, and the ability to see teammates’ contours through walls, while also featuring the addition of a realistic ammo management system.

With the new DLC slated to be released on August 29th 2017, this DLC will bring people to a new map that is set in Hong Kong. To top it off this Rainbow Six Siege DLC will also include 2 Hong Kong Operators and 1 Polish Operator.

The game, all in all, is really fun. There are a few instances where I have rage quit at the very start of the release because Team Mates were killing their own team mates and in turn taking their share of kills. This can become really annoying when you are trying to level up or gain skills because you can’t play, you just continually get killed by jerks on your team. Ubi HAS tries to implement a few ways so that the people doing this do get into trouble, but I cannot actually say if its working or not because I haven’t played it in a few months. I do, however, still see people complaining about team kills so it must still be happening.

Rainbow Six Siege got mixed reviews. I guess a lot of people were expecting the same thing I was – a very familiar game with new features and good graphics. But, I didn’t really feel like this was like any of the other R6 games. It was sort of just… on its own. Polygon gave it a 6/10, IGN gave it a 7.9/10, Game Informer gave it a 7/10, etc.

If you like FPS this could be a game that you really enjoy. They do constantly have events in the game – and DLC as you can see with Operation Blood Orchid. It is a really fun game, but truth be told if you are expecting another Vegas or Black Arrow – don’t because you will be sorely disappointed like I was. Just go into it like its a new era of Rainbow Six games and you will most likely love it.

Because of the fact that I was so pumped about hearing of a NEW Rainbow Six game after the last one being released in 2008 (Rainbow Six: Vegas 2) ((2008!!!)) and I got the GOLD edition of RSS, I will most likely be going back to the game as soon as Operation Blood Orchid is released.  May as well!  I am not one of those people that buys anything above a standard edition and just finishes the game and trades it back in.  I tend to keep those games through thick and thin.

ALL Editions of Rainbow Six Siege are now super cheap so check it out.

Standard Edition

Xbox One
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 [Download Code]
[Online Game Code]

Gold Edition

Gold Edition (Includes Extra Content + Year 2 Pass Subscription) – PlayStation 4
Gold Edition (Includes Extra Content + Year 2 Pass Subscription) – Xbox One
Year 2 Gold Edition [Online Game Code]
Year 2 Gold Edition – Xbox One Digital Code

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