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Shroud blasts Rainbow Six’s realism for “ruining competitive integrity”

Published: 13/May/2020 5:35 Updated: 26/May/2020 15:50

by Andrew Amos


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzeseik has criticized Ubisoft tactical shooter Rainbow Six: Siege for leaning into realism too much, saying some of the game’s “unnecessary features” add up to “ruin competitive integrity.”

Rainbow Six: Siege is one of the most complex tactical shooters on the market. Its realistic aspects ⁠— like one-shot headshots, reload mechanics, and real world settings ⁠— make it unique.

However, while these things have some players claiming Siege is the ultimate competitive game, FPS veteran shroud disagrees.

Rainbow Six: Siege is arguably the most realistic and complex tactical shooter on the market.

Shroud criticized Ubisoft for over-complicating the game by adding “unnecessary features” that detracted from the game’s competitive experience. While things like one-shot headshots are a nice touch, quirks with reload mechanics aren’t.

“Rainbow Six Siege strives itself to be a competitive tactical shooter, but then they do so many little things that are so unnecessary that people don’t notice or care for except for just ruining competitive integrity,” he said.

“If you reload on zero bullets, or one bullet, the reload time is different. Yes, I get it, I know why, real gun, bullet in the chamber –  It’s a competitive game. The reload time of a weapon should be the exact same, no matter the situation.

Buck in Rainbow Six: Siege
There’s a difference in reload times depending on if you have a bullet in the chamber or not in Siege.

“The difference in reload time…creates an inconsistency in crucial moments. It’s an unnecessary feature. The features like that – they don’t have a purpose. They’re just there because somebody in the company [thought it should be].”

He also took aim at the low health mechanic of muffling audio and dimming visuals. While it boosts realism, it puts players on an uneven battlefield, and he doesn’t like it.

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“A lot of shooters have this stupid mechanic…when you’re low on HP, your audio starts to muffle, your screen starts to dim, I hate it. I get why they have it, but I hate it.”

While Siege wasn’t the only game in his sights ⁠— with the streamer making reference to Call of Duty as well ⁠— he said that given Rainbow Six is billed as competitive, it shouldn’t have features that detract from that experience.

“That’s what confuses me about game development, when you’re trying to make something competitive, and then add a tiny little detail like that,” he said.

Given how ingrained these features are in Siege, it’ll be hard for Ubisoft to turn around and take them out.

However, with Year 5 Season 2 around the corner, there’s hope yet for players who might want a more competitive experience.

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How to upgrade Rainbow Six to next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:01 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos


Rainbow Six: Siege is hitting the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles on December 1. If you’re looking to make the jump, here’s exactly what you need to do to upgrade. The best part is, it’s totally free.

Every title is trying to make the jump to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles. The next generation is here ⁠— just in time for Christmas ⁠— and while grabbing some new games is always high on the list, old favorites shouldn’t be left behind.

If you’ve picked up a copy of Rainbow Six: Siege for the PS4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to make the jump to the next-gen consoles on December 1. Here’s how you can upgrade.

Rainbow Six Siege Neon Dawn
Get ready to jump into Siege on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, starting December 1.

How to upgrade Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

If you own a copy of Rainbow Six on PS4 or Xbox One, you can upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles for free ⁠— providing that you upgrade to a console in the same family.

That means the upgrade won’t work if you go from the Xbox One to PS5, or the PS4 to the Xbox Series X. Also, if you own a physical version of Rainbow Six, you won’t be able to transfer to discless consoles.

From there, it’s as simple as linking your console to Ubisoft Connect, downloading the game again, and jumping right into the action. Here’s a full step by step list of what you need to do.

  1. Link your Ubisoft Connect account to your Xbox or PlayStation account here.
  2. Log onto your console and download Rainbow Six Siege (or insert your physical disc).
  3. Launch the game.
Operation Neon Dawn header for Rainbow Six Siege
The launch of Rainbow Six on next-gen consoles on December 1 will likely align with the release of Operation Neon Dawn.

Rainbow Six cross-play and cross-progression confirmed

Once you upgrade your console, you won’t have to start from scratch. Ubisoft have confirmed that Rainbow Six will not only have cross-progression, but also cross-play between console generations.

You’ll keep all your progress, including Operators, in-game items, stats, and more, and you’ll also be able to play with friends if they don’t make the jump to next-gen just yet.

However, cross-play and cross-progression won’t be coming to PC in the near future. While Ubisoft aims on implementing it for the PS5 and Xbox Series X down the line, they will not be available on launch.