Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Violent team-based shooter has realistic, intense gunfights.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 156 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 310 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Emphasizes, rewards teamwork but glamorizes bloody, close-quarters counterterrorism combat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take roles of well-trained counterterrorism operatives who work to save hostages, defuse bombs, eliminate terrorist threats but rely on violence to accomplish objectives. 

Ease of Play

Level of challenge depends not only on which of three difficulties are chosen but also on skill of players on your team. Can be very hard or surprisingly easy.


Players use machine guns, shotguns, pistols, explosives to kill human enemies. Blood sprays with each hit, characters make grunts, sounds of pain when wounded. Noninteractive story sequences show scenes of terrorism, including students at a university being gassed, shot.


Infrequent but strong, including "f--k."


Latest installment in popular Rainbow Six game franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege is a team-based, counterterrorism-themed online shooter. Taking the role of skilled operatives, players use a mix of firearms, explosives, and traps to kill aggressive enemies. Blood and screams accompany the violence. Noninteractive story sequences -- including one that depicts a terrorist strike on an American campus -- have the potential to be particularly disturbing. Voice chat is supported, so players may encounter others using inappropriate language or making offensive comments. Teamwork is key, making this a game best played with groups of friends. This is also the latest installment in the very popular Rainbow Six franchise, although no previous knowledge of the older games is required to play.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous February 4, 2016

Great Tactical Game of 2016

I got this game once it came out and thought I would NEVER let my youngest son play it since it was an M game. My other son was 17 and was constantly addicted... Continue reading
Adult Written byMark21 December 13, 2015

Actually requires skill.

No respawning, lots of recoil, no killstreaks, destructible environments, and required strategy with your team. Some body sends in a drone to scout while somebo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMalik Piyaratna November 27, 2016

These reviews are wrong

This game is great fun. Working with people all over the globe to people across the street. It requires communication, cooperation, and skill. This game is grea... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMiller Hamilton December 14, 2015

Great Game!

Rainbow six siege is a M rated game, but as long as your child can handle Violence I think that this game is good for kids ages 10 and up that can handle the i... Continue reading

What's it about?

TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE puts players in the shoes of skilled counterterrorism agents who engage in operations that involve diffusing bombs, rescuing hostages, protecting valuable targets, and eliminating terrorists. Teamwork, communication, and strategy are vital to success in all multiplayer mission types. A short series of 10 single-player "situation" missions introduce the game's unique breaching tactics and destructible environments. These also serve to train players with some of the operatives' special equipment, including EMP grenades, bomb scanners, and long-range rifles. Then players can jump online in teams of five, going up against computer-controlled opponents on terrorist hunts or facing off with a team of five other players. Operatives -- divided into attackers and defenders and picked on a first-come basis in the pregame lobby -- are unlocked with "renown," a resource earned through play that's also used to purchase weapon modifications. 

Is it any good?

This action-packed experience is a small and very focused game designed for a niche audience of online shooter fans interested in team-based play and authentic counterterrorism tactics. Maps are small but meticulously designed to afford players an opportunity to make the most of the game's breach-and-defense tactics. Materials act the same way they do in the real world, which means drywall and wooden floors can be blown apart with breaching charges to create new access to rooms and lethal lines of sight within them. Defenders, on the other hand, can barricade doors and reinforce walls to enhance their integrity. Regardless, players -- especially when defending -- will rarely feel completely safe in any room, knowing that attacks could come from almost anywhere if the opposing team makes a concerted effort. It makes for some wonderfully intense play.

Unfortunately, there isn't much content to start beyond a handful of maps and modes. New maps will be made available for free as they're released as part of post-launch additions, but players will need to pay for new operators if they want them. Note, too, that there are a few technical problems during play, such as a user sometimes getting stuck on architecture or losing connection to matches. Hopefully these problems will be ironed out with patches over time. In the meantime, Rainbow Six: Siege still earns a recommendation for shooter fans more interested in strategy and teamwork than twitchy reflex action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Rainbow Six: Siege. Given that there aren't really nonviolent ways to eliminate hostile threats, should parents be alarmed by the conflict in this game? Would nonviolent options be unrealistic given the terrorist threats and hostage situations posed in the game? Why?

  • Talk about privacy and Internet safety. What action do you take if you encounter players online who bully others or engage in offensive conversations? When should you mute them? When should you block them from playing with you? When should you tell your parents?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
  • Price: $59.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: December 1, 2015
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Violence
  • Last updated: November 1, 2019

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