A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Strategic play emphasizes and rewards communication and teamwork, but the action glamorizes bloody, close-quarters counterterrorism combat.
Positive Role Models
Players take roles of well-trained counterterrorism operatives who work to save hostages, defuse bombs, and eliminate terrorist threats. However, they rely almost solely on violence to accomplish objectives.
Players choose from dozens of predesigned male and female soldier characters representing more than 25 different countries, including Kenya, India, Japan, and Brazil. One soldier, an Argentinian named Flores, is openly gay.
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Ease of Play
The first-person shooter mechanics are fairly straightforward but take time and practice to master. The level of challenge depends not only on which of three difficulties are chosen but also on the skill of players on your team.
Violence & Scariness
Players use machine guns, shotguns, pistols, and explosives to kill human enemies. Blood sprays with each hit, characters make grunts and sounds of pain when wounded. Noninteractive story sequences show scenes of terrorism, including students at a university being gassed and shot.
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Dialogue includes infrequent but strong profanity, including "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Part of a popular franchise that spans games, books, films, and merchandise. Players are occasionally encouraged to purchase additional content as the game grows and evolves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege is a team-based, counterterrorism-themed online shooter for Windows PCs, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Players choose to play as one of dozens of skilled operators, women and men (one of whom is openly gay) representing more than 25 countries. These soldiers 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. Teamwork and communication are key, and can create a good social experience with groups of friends either in a local area network or online. Note that this is part of the Tom Clancy world of content, which includes books, films, and games. Players are occasionally encouraged to buy additional pieces of content as they are released.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed experience is a small and 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 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege'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.
While the game didn't launch with much content, new maps, modes, and operators have been made available in the years since, though some of this content requires additional purchases. As with most online games, players may experience occasional technical problems during play, including lag and lost connections, but nothing out of the ordinary. Rainbow Six: Siege earns an easy recommendation for older fans of military shooters who are more interested in strategy and teamwork than twitchy reflex action.
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