One my best early PC gaming memories is playing the original Rainbow Six games online (56k baby!) with my buddy. There was nothing else quite like it that I'd played before. Planning out a tactical mission, choosing your weapons and equipment, and knowing that one wrong move and you'd be spectating the rest of the match. That rush from completing a mission as planned and freeing the hostages.
I've been waiting a long time for another game to be as awesome as the original Rainbow Six games were. The Vegas games were okay, but they were a whole different animal. In a generation where everything was about spectacle, Vegas 1 & 2 were less tactical and more Call Of Duty. Ubisoft seems to have trouble with consistency in the Tom Clancy series of titles, like how all of the Splinter Cell games play very differently now. All hope seemed to be lost for Rainbow Six.
Fast forward to 2014, and out of nowhere comes a mind-blowingly awesome gameplay demo for Rainbow Six: Siege, with a focus on using environmental destruction to your advantage. Ubisoft Montreal has clearly re-considered the direction of the series, and is aiming to take it back to it's roots. With some added features of course. For example: shooting through walls, blasting new doorways, and even blowing through the floor for some "death from above" action. The 4 vs 4 scenario depicted, while somewhat scripted, makes for a captivating watch. If the full game can deliver these kind of experiences in a co-op environment, it's going to be one hell of a fun experience.
I have to remain cautiously optimistic. The last Rainbow game that was announced, Patriots, never saw the light of day past a conceptual trailer. This seems to be a bit further along, thankfully. I'm left with hopes and dreams of playing out these types of scenarios in even larger environments, like an airport, bank, or a skyscraper. Please give me some awesome maps to tactically demolish with a C4 and a shotgun, Ubisoft. I beg you.
I'm curious what other people thought about the game. It's now one of my most wanted titles, although I doubt it will see release until sometime in 2015. It seems like that was par for the course with E3 this year though. 2015 is going to be a great year for gaming.