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While I haven't played much Rainbow Six I do know that it was a popular tactical shooter during the late 1990s and 2000s and I can appreciate why. I've probably only really had experience with one urban tactical shooter and that would be SWAT4 but man, despite the game being really challenging, it was also lots of fun, especially when played with mates.
It's been a few years now since we've seen a Rainbow Six game, the last one, Vegas 2, being released in 2008, so we're probably well overdue for another entry into the series. Ubisoft are currently working on Rainbow Six Siege and while not much has been revealed about the game, there is a pretty awesome trailer that demonstrates the gameplay. While the events that unravel during the trailer and the comms chatter are most likely staged, it still shows that there are tactical elements to this game, such as the use of bots to gather intelligence, the ability to choose your starting position and the ability to use explosives in order to open up new entrances. Ubisoft Montreal also posted recently that they're adopting a very much, what I like to call, "anti-Battlefield" philosophy with respect to how combat in the game works. While in Battlefield 4 you have various effects like blurring of vision while suppressed, vaulting animations when jumping over obstacles or the shaking of your screen when getting a bit too close to an explosion - Ubisoft Montreal are actually doing it oldschool where there's no "contextual-based" cover (you can free lean wherever you want), you can cancel actions whenever you feel like (without having to wait for the animation to complete), no obstacles on the floor that will block your path and the camera stays steady at all times (meaning you can still aim straight) . This definitely isn't as good when it comes to immersion but it probably works better as a multiplayer game since there are less situations where you'll feel hard done by factors outside of your control.
It's definitely shaping up to be one game to look out for in the new year - the only worry I have is if the game turns out too similar to a Hostage Rescue map in Counter-Strike. I'm hoping it's going to be a lot more tactical than that.
[ LINK: Official Rainbow Six Siege Website ]