This weekend, the tactical shooter went free to play for two days, for PC users, making players reach the conclusion that Rainbow Six Siege is great, but is it truly worth $60? The game may, unfortunately, run into the same problems that other AAA multiplayer only games faced through the years, a relatively short lifespan.
Rainbow Six Siege, released by Ubisoft, consists of basically one game mode. Two teams face off on a map, with one being tasked with protecting a certain position, be it inside a house or a building, while the other has to either save hostages, retrieve intel or just kill all the enemies present. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. True, there is an added Terrorist Hunt mode, but if one would take into account both Ubisoft’s marketing campaign as well as how the game was received by gamers, the aforementioned Siege mode will be the main thing.
From a gameplay perspective, Rainbow Six Siege is actually way more fun than originally expected. Even though the gunplay is not something to write home about, the way in which you can shoot through walls or defend various tactical positions on the map make this game one of the best first person tactical multiplayer shooters out there. The levels of fun are raised even higher if you are in a team alongside your friends, but that can be said about every other multiplayer game released in the past. The saying ‘Everything is better with friends’ still stands, even in this scenario.
The main problem of the game is its price. $60 is pretty high considering you are basically paying for one game mode. Some players even came to the conclusion that Rainbow Six Siege would excel if it were free-to-play or, at least, a $20 release. It’s the same problem that Evolve had, that being not having enough content to justify the price. True, the price doesn’t matter if you have fun with the game for countless hours, but if you would compare it to Call Of Duty Black Ops 3, which has a singleplayer campaign, solid multiplayer and an added Zombie Mode, the Ubisoft tactical shooter might seem a bit lackluster.
Ubisoft still continues its campaign of jamming their games with micro-transactions, allowing players to pay for a boost towards unlocking Operators, the playable characters in the game. This, unfortunately, has become more and more popular among AAA releases, but at least, you cannot specifically buy guns or Operators directly, which would make the game pay to win.
Still, Rainbow Six Siege is great, but is it really worth $60? Only after a couple of months, this question will have a definitive answer. But if you still really want to play the game, one advice would be to wait for a heavy discount or a sale. Paying $60 for just a game mode, even if the company said it would release new features along the line, is still a bit too pricey. It doesn’t really justify its price, even though the game is still a ton of fun. It all depends on how you view the situation at hand. If having fun with your friends on one of the 11 maps offered over and over again is really worth the price of admittance, no one is stopping you from buying it. But if you are on PC, try the game for free this weekend so that you can see if the game is worth it, before you make the purchase.