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Comic 499 - Expendable

Posted on Wednesday, the 26th of January at 12:00 AM, 2022 in 2022

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DanVzare Wed, 26. Jan 12:00 AM, 2022 edit delete
Ah good old Rainbow Six. The game has changed a lot over the years, from a slow-paced tactical shooter to a fast-paced generic shooter. Honestly, I prefer the original Rainbow Six games. There's just nothing else quite like it. I mean sure, there are a few other proper tactical shooters such as Swat 4 or more recently Ready of Not. But Rainbow Six allowed you to play the entire game without ever having to play it as a first-person shooter, conversely you could also play the entire game without having to play it as a tactical game either.

I just want a Rainbow Six 4, where I can assign up to eight operatives to four different teams which I can command separately, both through a tactical planning screen before the mission, and through a quickselect menu during actual gameplay. Give me the option to make on-the-fly changes to the plan, and to play the entire game as a spectator watching my plans unfold if I so choose.
Combine the great tactical gameplay from the first three Rainbow Six games with some of the modern conveniences of the later games, most notably Rainbow Six Vegas. It would be awesome!

Sigh, but it'll never happen, quite simply because it would be too niche for Ubisoft to ever consider. It would certainly make money, but it wouldn't be popular enough with mainstream audiences to make a satisfying amount of money for a company as big as Ubisoft.
But if a game like that wouldn't be popular with mainstream audiences now, then why was it popular back then? Well, quite simply because games weren't mainstream back then. When your only possible audience IS the niche audience, obviously those are the guys you need to target. But games are mainstream now, and despite that original niche audience now being much larger, it unfortunately pales in comparison to the mainstream audience. Why appeal to 20% of gamers, when you can appeal to 80%.

Ah well, at least someone has made a "fan-mod" that combines all of the missions from the first two Rainbow Six games and their stand-alone expansions into one large coherent package, fully patched to work on modern operating systems. It's called Rainbow Six: Black Ops, I highly HIGHLY recommend you to check it out. It's on ModDB.