Rainbow Six Extraction is a must have game

Three members of Rainbow Six in hazmat suits stand together while holding assault rifles.

Image: Ubisoft

Before covid-19 spread around the world and killed millions, Rainbow Six Extract first known in 2019 as Rainbow Six Quarantine. During the pandemic, the game muted the radio a bit before being renamed Exploit. Now, after all of that, Ubisoft’s newest and weirdest entry in Rainbow Six the franchise is finally out and I’m not sure what shocked me more: how much I love killing aliens or that Exploit manage to be interesting in an already crowded genre?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction is a (perhaps) non-regular entry in the long-running tactical shooter series featuring characters and weapons from Surround. Exploit directly based on the limited time mode first seen in Rainbow Six Siegeand the initial level in that mode is in Exploit. This time, the eclectic cast of word operators Surround not fighting terrorists or other human soldiers, but instead alien parasites known as… *keyboard searches,* archæans. The game often refers to them as just aliens or arks, so I’ll do the same. These nasty creatures are infecting humans and turning them into dangerous alien monsters. Team Rainbow and REACT must come together and stop the alien invasion of each infected room at a time.

To defeat the aliens, teams of three Rainbow operators are dispatched to various locations across America, like NYC or Alaska. Each location contains three maps, and each map is divided into three sub-areas. While each area is handcrafted and stays the same, they contain randomly selected objectives that change each time you play. You may have to kill a specific target, save someone or activate some bombs.

All the nasty aliens you will fight in the game.

Image: Ubisoft

Unlike Left 4 die, return 4 health, or Anacrosis, in Exploit, you don’t have to shoot hundreds of enemies and face huge waves of relentless baddies while dashing for an exit. To replace, Exploit slower paced and more tactical. You can sneak in Exploit, sneak behind enemies to silently take them down, or you can choose to take advantage of the levels’ destructibility to create your own path around rooms filled with infected baddies. Once you complete a goal, either by using stealth and utility or by brute force and loud bang, you can move on to the next one. Or you can leave. And you might want to, given the way the game handles trauma and “death”.

In Rainbow Six Exploit, damage problem. While you can temporarily heal during the mission, that health is removed when you leave and your controller is injured and unplayable until you earn XP using use other operators. Earn XP healing wounded personnel, allowing you to bring them back into the fray. And when they reach a certain point, you can send them out early with less than 100 health. It’s risky, but sometimes necessary if you like the ability of a certain operator.

For example, I like the sensor held by a character named Pulse, which allows him to track alien targets and nests through walls, along with the ability to ping them to teammates. He’s very helpful, so I try to keep him healthy. That resulted in me giving up on a quest through a single point of mine because I took some damage and didn’t want to risk taking more. And if a controller runs out of health and gets knocked down during a mission, you can’t use them until you rescue them on a later mission. If you don’t, you’ll eventually get them back, but they get XP and get injured.

This whole system reminds me of XCOMcharacter’s management. Although you cannot permanently lose any operator in Exploit, the added threat of getting injured, losing XP, or not being able to play like them on a few missions is enough to make the missions more intense and enjoyable.

First-person screenshot of soldiers in hazmat suits fighting against attacking aliens.

Image: Ubisoft

Of course, this is a Tom Clancy game developed by Ubisoft, so you’ll need to deal with some of the usual propaganda. There are a lot of American flags toppled or destroyed, symbolizes the downfall of the country and its values, blah blah blah. In this world, police and SWAT are gods, or at least superheroes, who will save us all from the evil menace of inhuman parasites and not a quick killer and can’t trust assholes we see in practice. Much of the world is so covered with this beauty of patriotism and propaganda that sometimes it’s hard not to laugh or roll your eyes every few minutes. As someone who has played and enjoyed a lot of Tom Clancy games over the past 20 years, I’m used to it and just laugh at it these days. But playing with someone who hasn’t touched many of Clancy’s games reminded me that all of this is weird and feels very out of place in 2022.

If you can stomach some weird copaganda and don’t mind the gross alien stuff, like goo and pounding flesh, then I think there’s a lot to like. Exploit. If co-op shooters are starting to come together these days, they all rely on hordes of enemies and fast action, Exploit seems to be the perfect alternative, offering a more intense, tactical and unique “zombie shooter” to eliminate the infected mobs for the self-contained levels and squad management system succinct. Add in a solid and satisfying progression system that regularly offers meaningful upgrades and you have something that I can easily see appeals to a lot of people.

It also makes it possible for the game to launch on Game Pass, so many of you can download and try it out for nothing. Just don’t forget to laugh at some of Clancy’s sillier things.

https://kotaku.com/rainbow-six-extraction-review-ubisoft-quarantine-ps5-xb-1848401324 Rainbow Six Extraction is a must have game

James Brien

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