A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a sci-fi shooter, with no messages for players.
Positive Role Models
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction uses the same characters as 2015's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, starring an elite group of counter-terrorism agents. These are mostly positive role models as they're helping to protect innocent people from terrorists and aliens, but they use all kinds of deadly weapons to kill enemies, which might not be considered so positive.
The game features a somewhat diverse group of playable characters, including men and women, as well as varying races, skin colors, and nationalities.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Ease of Play
As a first-person shooter, the controls and mechanics should be familiar to players of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, including the weapons and abilities. There is a practice mode, called VR Training, which has you fight in a café, warehouse and museum, against the game's AI.
Violence & Scariness
This first-person shooter is violent and bloody, as you shoot to kill (or blow up) all kinds of alien creatures. Blood will splatter when monsters explode, and there are blood-stained walls and floors, too. There's also creepy/gross imagery of living pods that emit pus, covering oneself in a yellowish goop, giant spider-like enemies, and other potentially frightful imagery.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
The game has strong profanity in the dialogue, including frequent use of "f--k," and "s--t."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
There's some downloadable content (DLC) with this game, available in three forms: purchased as an add-on at the time of reserving/buying the game, bought afterwards through the game, and there's free DLC for all, as well. It also features and connects to the characters of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's some imagery of drugs in the game, with one map showing a drug lab, including the depiction of white powder and marijuana plants.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction is a first person shooter that's playable on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC and Google Stadia. It challenges teams of elite agents, taken from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, to fight back against an alien invasion. It's more of a slower-paced and tactical shooter than a "run and gun" game, but it's still quite violent. Players will use all kinds of weapons, including high-tech automatic guns, to kill aliens. There's blood splatter and some gore. The game also has some strong profanity, including words like "f--k" and "s--t," heard in dialogue sequences. Players will also see a number of drug labs scattered throughout the game, including some white powder and marijuana plants.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun game that will especially appeal to fans of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege as it fuses familiar game mechanics with a new enemy. (Instead of Rainbow Six operatives, the soldiers in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction are members of REACT, to ward off aliens, but you get the idea.) Unlike other Rainbow Six games which are grounded in realism, this sci-fi spin on the formula has a "fear factor," too with maps set in relatively tight quarters against a variety of aliens and hazards. For instance, a "screaming" Archaean will alert nearby nests to explode into additional threats you need to take care of. And the necessity to go back to rescue a downed teammate is exhilarating, to say the least. These hapless operatives are protected in a yellowish cocoon and set in part of an Archaean tree, which you need to rip them out of while it tries to suck him or her back in at the same time. This is one of the highlights of the game, because you'll need to keep an eye on incoming attacks from both the tree and other aliens while one of your teammates pulls out your MIA colleague.
The biggest issue, though, is the alien enemies aren't too smart, and there's no option for humans to control the aliens, which is a huge oversight. The objectives are also limited, and repetitive, which also hurts its replay factor. Still, it's a fun and frenetic co-op team shooter -- that delivers thrills, spills, and chills. Plus you can play on your own, if you like, but it's not as much fun. While it feels more like an expansion pack than a brand new game, the reasonable price point justifies the purchase for the several hours you'll no doubt be playing this with others online -- especially for fans of Rainbow Six Siege universe. It adds a fun supernatural twist to the tried-and-true shooter mechanics you might have been playing for years. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction is a very good but not exceptional shooter, but expect it to get better over time as new modes, events, and weekly events will be added.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.