Review: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Jump into the fast and frantic action of rainbow six’s competitive matches: Siege between two specialized counterterrorism squads. Choose your character and use your skills to capture or defend the hostage or bomb.

Xbox One Rainbow Six Siege cover imageRelease date: December 1, 2015

Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal
Published by:Ubisoft
Available at: PC Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series

Type of game: FPS, competitive
Average duration of a game: Infinite

Estimate of the total duration of the game: Infinite

Themes: Fighting, action, terrorism, police

Business model: Need to buy the game once. In-app purchases.

Number of players:
1 player per console or PC.
Teams of 5 players online. 10 players per game.

Available in physical format (with download required) or in digital format (download).

The appearance of the physical format may vary depending on the edition of the game and the time of purchase.

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Because of its completely online format, players will need to have good reflexes and learn the many commands to achieve satisfactory results in the game.
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Because of its competitive online environment, to become good in the game, you have to learn the strategies in addition to learning the controls. Players on a team must work together to succeed.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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Presence of violence. The characters shoot themselves with guns, knives, grenades. Blood spatter. Sounds of realistic shots, pain and explosions. Remote or hand-to-hand combat. The game addresses more serious topics, which some might wish to avoid, such as terrorism. References to illicit drugs can be found in several levels (such as bags of cocaine).

Language level used
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The characters utter insults relatively frequently. Players from both equip can use using a microphone feature or built-in chat to use inappropriate language. Be warned.

Positive message
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Rainbow Six Siege represents a variety of characters and encourages teamwork. The characters offer a wide variety of ethnic and physical diversity. That being said, the characters are members of an anti-terrorist group and face off in environments that we associate with the criminal world.

Minimum reading level required
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Ask to read.

Additional costs ?
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It is possible to buy additional content, such as costumes, characters, different appearances for weapons. The player is constantly asked to buy these cosmetic items with money.

Each season, the game launches new characters with new abilities, which must be unlocked with real money, or with a free currency that the player receives while playing.

Players in free games may feel social pressure to conform by buying appearances for their character. These strategies for spending are much the same as in the Fortnite game.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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The character can use weapons, skills and destroy the environment. Several buttons are used and you have to know them well to defeat the opponents. The fights in Rainbow Six Siege are fast and require the player to adapt. All the buttons of the joysticks are used, require good coordination and good reflexes.

Principle of the game

Rainbow Six Siege is a competitive multiplayer game. At the beginning of each match, players choose characters to attack or defend. A team must win a certain number of 3-minute rounds (3 rounds in casual mode, or 4 rounds with a two-point advantage in competitive mode) to win.

The different characters have skills like explosives, fortifications, reconnaissance gadgets, or specialized weapons, which different players must use to win each round.

Local game modes

Rainbow Six Siege has single-player modes. Like many mostly multiplayer games, it takes an internet connection to play them.

“Situations” mode

The player chooses a situation and is trying to succeed. The objectives of its situations can vary between eliminating all the terrorists, extracting the hostage or fleeing a dangerous area. There are 10 situations and they basically serve as a tutorial to learn how to play the game.

“Terrorist Hunt” mode

In this mode, the player chooses a map from the multiplayer mode and must eliminate all the terrorists present, controlled by the computer. This mode can also be played cooperatively, with other players.

Online gaming modes

You can play online if you pay for your console’s subscription:

The basis of Rainbow Six Siege is its multiplayer mode, where two teams of five compete against each other. There are several ways to play this mode.

“Casual” mode

The player joins a team, chooses a character and must defend or attack the objective. A team must win three rounds to win the match. This mode serves as a way to play without the pressure of competitive mode.

“Competitive” mode

The player joins a team, chooses a character and must defend or attack the objective. A team must win at least four rounds, in addition to winning two more than the opposing team to win the match (for example: 4 vs 2 or 5 vs 3). This mode includes a ranking system, which places the player with players of similar caliber.

Unranked mode

A mode that works exactly like the competitive mode, without the ranking system.


Rainbow Six Siege has been a very popular game since its release. Parents should be warned about its methods of making people spend as well as about its themes. The game is recommended at 17+. An excellent competitive game with fast and intoxicating gameplay.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the Ubisoft website


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Actuellement étudiant à la maîtrise en communication, jeux vidéo et ludification, Cédric est toujours curieux d'en apprendre plus sur les jeux vidéo, les communautés et les réalités de notre monde numérique.

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