To say Ubisoft has deviated from the original blueprint of the Rainbow Six series is quite an understatement. The popular tactical first-person shooter franchise has gone through several transformations over the years, leading to the latest - and possibly the craziest - deviation from formula yet: Rainbow Six Extraction. While it delivers many things that Siege fans will find endearing, I was left wondering about its shelf life in an already competitive market and genre which seems to be changing its trajectory away from what Extraction offers, instead of towards it.
Rainbow Six Extraction takes place in an alternate Rainbow Six Siege universe on Earth. The planet has been ravaged by alien monstrosities called Archaeans, and it's up to some of Siege's operators to stop them and put an end to the sudden extra-terrestrial plague. Purging the world requires you to hop between a handful of maps, tackle objectives, and ensure the survival of humanity - well, mainly your own Operators, but we'll get to that in a bit.
Extraction walks a careful line between the tactical, team-driven gameplay of Siege and the high-strung horror and tension of Left 4 Dead.
Extraction excels thanks to an extensive trial and error process of refining Siege's combat.
It's extremely satisfying seeing a shotgun obliterate an enemy while tearing a hole in the wall behind them, or a well-placed grenade demolishing a room in an explosion of alien blood and debris confetti.
If you're thinking about enjoying Rainbow Six Extraction as a solo player, the option is there, though it's quite clear that Ubisoft don't want you to do that.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
19 January 2022
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