3 Best Gaming Laptops for Rainbow Six Quarantine (2020)

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Winner
Acer Nitro 7 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 9th Gen Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, AN715-51-752B, 16GB / 512GB
Best Price
Lenovo IdeaPad L340 17.3” Gaming Laptop, Intel core i7-9750H, 8GB RAM,512GB M.2 NVMe QLC SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5,6.5 Hours Battery Life
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5 Inch 1TB i7 16GB RAM Bundle (1.9GHz i7 Up to 4.2GHz, 3000 x 2000 Resolution, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050)
Model
Acer Nitro 7
Lenovo IdeaPad L340
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Acer
Lenovo
Microsoft
RAM
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB)
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
6.0 lbs.
6.2 lbs.
3.6 lbs.
Recommended by us?
Pros
  • High quality aluminum build
  • Great keyboard for gaming, with backlight
  • Amazing 144hz display
  • Very fast SSD & gaming performance
  • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with great performance scores
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Integrated receiver for Microsoft’s Xbox One controller
  • Beautiful design
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt support
  • ClickPad button clicks too loud
  • No USB ports on the tablet unit
  • Very high price
Winner
Acer Nitro 7 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 9th Gen Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, AN715-51-752B, 16GB / 512GB
Model
Acer Nitro 7
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Acer
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB)
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
6.0 lbs.
Recommended by us?
Pros
  • High quality aluminum build
  • Great keyboard for gaming, with backlight
  • Amazing 144hz display
  • Very fast SSD & gaming performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt support
Best Price
Lenovo IdeaPad L340 17.3” Gaming Laptop, Intel core i7-9750H, 8GB RAM,512GB M.2 NVMe QLC SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5,6.5 Hours Battery Life
Model
Lenovo IdeaPad L340
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Lenovo
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB)
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
6.2 lbs.
Recommended by us?
Pros
  • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • ClickPad button clicks too loud
Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5 Inch 1TB i7 16GB RAM Bundle (1.9GHz i7 Up to 4.2GHz, 3000 x 2000 Resolution, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050)
Model
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Test Result
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Microsoft
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB)
Storage Capacity
1TB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3.6 lbs.
Recommended by us?
Pros
  • Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with great performance scores
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Integrated receiver for Microsoft’s Xbox One controller
  • Beautiful design
Cons
  • No USB ports on the tablet unit
  • Very high price

Best Gaming Laptops for Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Since the first announcement of Rainbow Six: Quarantine at E3 2019, things have been quiet around the zombie offshoot of Ubisoft’s popular tactical shooter series. Now a potential leak has surfaced on Reddit about the 3 player co-op title, which supposedly reveals a lot about the game’s content. If you want to prepare now for the new Rainbow Six Quarantine, you maybe want to upgrade your gaming laptop setup. Newer games often require more graphics and processing power. Getting a newer gaming laptop with more performance can actually be a worthwhile investment and doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, as our test shows.

The source of the leak mentioned above is said to be a Rainbow Six Facebook account, which deleted this post shortly after its release. But this cannot be confirmed.

What the leak says:

  • Operator: The playable characters are all already known from Rainbow Six: Victories. The Leak currently has a total of 22, including the recruit.
  • Three roles: The operators are divided into three different roles on the picture: Assault, Recon and Support.
  • Game modes: A total of four missions and three sub-mission types are given. There is Sabotage, Disruption, Escort and Hunt with the secondary objectives Collect, Scan and Defend.
  • Enemies: At the moment eight zombie types can be identified, which are divided into four different animals. Some of them are already known from the outbreak event of Rainbow Six: Victories. These include Grunt, Breacher, Rooter, Smasher, Spitter, Ape, and two other species whose names are not recognizable.
  • Maps: The Leak shows a total of nine maps, playing in New York City, San Francisco and a place called TRC. So you will visit Liberty Island, a police station, a hospital and – pleasing for fans of Rainbow Six: Vegas – finally a casino again.

Official information about Rainbow Six: Quarantine will probably be available at the Six Invitational at the earliest. This will take place in Montreal from May 7 to May 16, 2020. We will be on site and report on possible new announcements. This includes not only news about Quarantine, but also about the fifth year of Rainbow Six: Victories.

Test Results: Best Gaming Laptop For Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Ranking First: Acer Nitro 7

Acer Nitro 7 Best Gaming Laptop For Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Pros

  • High quality aluminum build
  • Great keyboard for gaming, with backlight
  • Amazing 144hz display
  • Very fast SSD & gaming performance

Cons

  • No Thunderbolt support

Great gaming laptop for Rainbow Six Quarantine

High-gloss gaming anytime, anywhere: Acer brings fresh gaming notebooks to the starting line! All the info on the new Nitro 7.

Anyone who wants to be able to play elaborate blockbuster titles, like Rainbow Six Quarantine, in any situation needs concentrated, mobile computing power. Gaming notebooks are the means of choice. Manufacturer Acer lately introduced two new models, which should convince demanding gamers with strong key data. In addition to an update for the already existing Nitro 5 series, the company is also launching a new and particularly strong variant, the Nitro 7. The Nitro 7 comes in a 0.8 inch thick aluminium case and comes up with a 15.6 inch full HD IPS display. This offers a refresh rate of 144 Hertz (Hz) and a reaction time of 3 milliseconds (ms), which is great for FPS like Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Acer Nitro 7: Strong features

The necessary steam under the hood is provided by a ninth generation Intel core processor with the support of a current Nvidia GPU. One thing is certain: When it comes to memory, the Nitro 7 is a monster. The computer has two slots for M.2 Gen 3×4 PCIe SSDs with NVMe technology in Raid 02, swallows up to 32 gigabytes (GB) of DDR4 memory and supports hard disks with up to 2 GB of memory. The Nitro 7 is in stores since November 2019.

Acer Nitro 7 Best Gaming Laptop For Rainbow Six: Quarantine
Acer Nitro 7 Best Gaming Laptop For Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Verdict: Acer Nitro 7 for Rainbow Six Quarantine

Acer also lets Intel core processors of the ninth generation and current Nvidia graphic cards jump for the Nitro 7 series. The mid-range notebook is optionally available with a 17.3 or 15.6 inch Full HD display. In addition, you can also install up to 32 GB RAM and have access to two PCIe SSDs with NVMe technology in Raid 0. HDMI 2.0 and USB Type C ports provide solid connectivity. Both the Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 have two fans each with Acer Coolboost technology, which ensure cool chips even during long sessions. The NitroSense control allows for easy fan speed adjustment and clear temperature monitoring. All in all the Acer Nitro 7 is our performance winner for best gaming laptops for Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Ranking Second: Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Pros

  • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
  • Best price-performance ratio
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • ClickPad button clicks too loud

Gaming laptop for Rainbow Six Quarantine with the best price-performance ratio

The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 is optically a simple notebook that scores with strong hardware and a high maintenance friendliness. Thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, it’s not only well suited for everyday office life, but also allows reasonable editing of pictures and videos and especially playing the newest games, like Rainbow Six Quarantine.

When we unpacked the IdeaPad L340, our enthusiasm was limited. However, the notebook surprised us quite a few times in the test. But before we explain this to you in detail, we’ll give you a quick overview of the technical data in video form:

Scope of delivery

There is not much to say about the scope of delivery. In the box you’ll find the IdeaPad L340, the charger including cable and two small booklets. One with setup guide and one with warranty information. That’s it.

Design and finish

Lenovo relies on tried and tested design. You won’t find ultrasonic display frames here. They are almost 5mm wide at the sides and a bit wider at the top and bottom. The webcam is integrated in the upper frame. It has a privacy shutter. This covers the webcam, so that nobody can watch you if you don’t want to.

The keyboard takes up almost the entire width of the IdeaPad L340 and has a complete number pad. It is set into a small recess. The keys offer a relatively soft typing feel and have a very short stroke. We first had to get used to the typing feel. But after a short time we got along well with the keyboard. The keys are all easy to reach and even longer texts are no problem on this keyboard.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

The touchpad is slightly indented to the left, as is the case in all notebooks with a complete number pad. Since there’s relatively little space on the left side, you’ll often come across the touchpad with the palm of your left hand at the beginning. But you’ll get used to it quickly and you won’t have any problems with it.

The touchpad itself has a pleasant size and reacts very precisely to input. At the front end are the two mouse substitute keys, which are optically not separated from the rest of the pad, though.

Decoration is kept within limits in the IdeaPad L340. Only the front right has a small and inconspicuous Lenovo logo. The lettering is once again found in black on the display lid. That’s it. We personally like this very much.

The case is made of plastic and is stable. Merely the display can be bent easily. As long as you don’t try to bend it, there’s no danger of breaking anything. There’s nothing more to say about the design. It is plain and unagitated.

There’s nothing wrong with the workmanship. All parts fit and the gaps are even. There are no sharp edges or burrs either. Everything is as it should be.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Connections

In most notebooks, the ports are distributed on both sides of the device. This is different with the IdeaPad L340. Here, all ports are on the left side of the device. Only the device for the Kensington lock is found on the right. The reason for this unusual arrangement is the slot for an optical drive. You can – if the rare need arises – install a DVD burner on the right side or with a corresponding frame another SSD.

The IdeaPad L340 has a solid selection of connections with which you should get quite far in everyday life. In detail, you have a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C port, a 3.5mm 2in1 audio jack, two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A ports, 1x HDMI 1.4b and an Ethernet port. If you need more ports, you should get a corresponding docking station.

Display

Lenovo installs a matt full HD IPS panel in the IdeaPad L340. With a 15.6″ diagonal, you get a PPI value of 142, which means that contents are displayed crisply and sharply. As it is matt, there are also no problems with reflections.

The display brightness averages 203 cd/m², which is within a normal range for office notebooks, but could be brighter for my taste. The illumination is not quite even. But that’s not a problem in everyday work life, as the deviations are within limits and can hardly be seen with the naked eye.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

There is also no surprise in the color space coverage. As in many office notebooks, it’s not outstanding. To be precise, it’s not really convincing. 55% sRGB color space, 39% NTSC color space and 41% AdobeRGB color space are truly no dream values. For everyday office life this is easily enough. First and foremost, colour accuracy is not the most important thing. If you have color-critical work to do, you should look for another notebook. The IdeaPad L340 is also suitable for occasional Netflix sessions.

Software

There is not much to say about the IdeaPad L340’s software. Windows 10 Home 64 bit is pre-installed on the 512 GB SSD. Fortunately, this comes almost without Bloatware. Only LinkedIn is pre-installed. There is at least a certain benefit to be seen in an office notebook. Otherwise, there is only McAfee in a test version. Of course they try to convince you to get the full version. If you don’t feel like it, you can completely uninstall it.

Lenovo Vantage is also installed so that you don’t always have to search for the latest drivers for the IdeaPad L340. With it you can let the updates run automatically in the background. The software also shows you the warranty status, you can have your system scanned for errors and contact Lenovo support directly.

The first time you start the software, a menu will appear that allows you to set up the IdeaPad L340. Besides the already mentioned Lenovo Vantage you can download several more or less useful apps (Amazon, YouTube, WinZip). But you can also leave it alone. There is also a wizard that helps you to get your old data onto the new computer. It is self-explanatory with step-by-step instructions. The SSD has 440 GB free on delivery.

Performance with focus on Rainbow Six Quarantine

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

For everything that has to do with Office, video editing and gaming, there is more than enough power available in this notebook.

The NVMe SSD is fixed and all applications load quickly. Switching between different programs is smooth and there was no bottleneck during the test. In the AS SSD benchmark, the IdeaPad L340 achieved values of 1299 MB/s write and 1228 MB/s read. Thus, it establishes itself in the top group in our database in comparably equipped notebooks.

The graphic card is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and is very capable to run games on high graphics settings. It simply has enough power to offer gaming fun. And it is an excellent accelerator for image editing or light video editing. You should, however, connect a monitor for this purpose, as the color space coverage of the L340 makes a usable editing almost impossible.

Battery

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Nowadays, the notebook is rarely always in a place close to the power outlet, but you have it with you when you’re on the move.

In everyday life, the notebook lasted a good four hours without a power outlet. The brightness was set to 200 cd/m². That means in this case that the display ran at full brightness. The notebook lasted a little over four hours. That is a reasonable value.

If you turn the display brightness down, you will of course get even longer battery life.

Emissions

In everyday life, the IdeaPad L340 is a quiet notebook. The fans start up for a short time every now and then, but are quiet most of the time. We also put it through the AIDA64 stress test, of course.

There it got louder, but not unpleasantly loud. Normal office noises drowned out the notebook without any problems. The values remained in the green range in terms of temperature. On average, the CPU became 72° Celsius warm and there was no throttling at any time. The graphics card didn’t get excessively warm either. It warmed up to an average of 69° Celsius.

Overall, the notebook remained pleasantly cool during the test. It only warmed up a bit directly in front of the display, as the waste heat is transported out of the IdeaPad there.

Upgrade

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

The IdeaPad L340 is a dream to upgrade.

All you have to do is loosen 13 screws on the bottom, pull out the cover for the optical drive bay and then use a credit card or something similar to lever up the bottom. Please don’t use a screwdriver for this. You would almost certainly leave scratches and dents in the case.

There is a free slot for a 2.5″ SSD or HDD. You can easily remove the RAM bar and replace it with a new one. 16 GB are supported here maximum. As SSD a M.2 2242 is installed ex works. Of course you can also replace it. Practically you are not bound to the 2242 format, but you can also install a 2280 here.

The battery is also only screwed together and can be replaced if necessary. And last but not least you can install a 9mm DVD drive if you need one. Or you can get an appropriate frame and install another hard disk.

Sound

The IdeaPad L340 surprises with its sound. Notebooks tend to be height-heavy in most cases. This is due to the fact that there is simply no resonance chamber in which depths could come to the fore. However, there is a lot of space inside.

Lenovo IdeaPad L340

The IdeaPad L340 offers a rich and balanced sound. Basses, middles and highs are well balanced at half volume. If you turn the volume up to 100%, the sound balance remains. The trebles become a bit more dominant, but by no means shrill.

Verdict: Best price-performance ratio in gaming laptops for Rainbow Six Quarantine

The IdeaPad L340 offers enough power for all tasks in everyday life. The built-in hardware with Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM and a NVMe-SSD is more than sufficient for the next few years. You only have to accept compromises with the display.

It offers all the important connections and the IdeaPad also scores points for sound. The extremely easy upgrade is also positive. You can easily exchange all important components if necessary and also install an additional hard disk. If you like, you can also install an optical drive or another SSD.

As the price is extremely fair for what you get, the IdeaPad L340 wins our “best price-performance ratio award” in gaming laptops for Rainbow Six Quarantine.

Ranking Third: Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Rainbow six quarantine

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-8550U CPU with great performance scores
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Integrated receiver for Microsoft’s Xbox One controller
  • Beautiful design

Cons

  • No USB ports on the tablet unit
  • Very high price

Equipment Top – interfaces not so much

Apart from the larger display, the Surface Book 2 looks exactly the same as the former 13.5″ version. Without a trained eye for display diagonals, it’s hard to tell the devices apart because the keyboard base and connections are the same. Microsoft still uses two classic USB 3.1 ports and an SD card reader on the left-hand side and a Surface Connect connector and a USB type C port on the right-hand side.

The latter supports the power delivery function, so the notebook-tablet hybrid can also be charged via USB type C. The high-performance Thunderbolt protocol is not supported, though. When asked, Microsoft declared that it would only rely on mature and permanently stable technology, as communication problems between the USB Thunderbolt controller and firmware can occasionally occur. Of course, the Surface Book 2 also communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth and WLAN-ac. For the next Surface Book generation, Microsoft may also plug one or two USB type C ports into the tablet unit – just like the Porsche Design Book One as an example.

In contrast to its little brother, the 15-inch variant always offers a Core i7-8650U processor and 16 GByte RAM – with the CPU built into the Detachable’s tablet unit. An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 4 GByte GDDR5 graphics memory is in the actively cooled keyboard base, which provides great graphics performance for games like Rainbow Six Quarantine. The memory is stored on a 512 GByte large and fast SSD.

The ultimate power package

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Rainbow six quarantine

In this configuration it cannot pass the competition in our performance tests. And, if you separate the tablet from the dock, the integrated Intel graphics chip comes into play, which has noticeably less power than the Nvidia solution. In terms of performance, the device therefore rather plays along with high-end notebooks when docked and leaves classic tablets miles behind.

The Surface Book 2 scores an impressive 16,223 points in the benchmark 3DMark Cloud Gate, which measures the graphics performance of a laptop or 2-in-1, and is thus also more powerful than many other notebooks. Image and video editing as well as CAD rendering run pleasantly fast and gaming is no problem either – Microsoft even provides a receiver for Microsoft’s Xbox One controller.

Even in tablet mode, Surface Book 2 still has a lot of power in it, as an Intel Core i7-8650U is at work inside the tablet unit – and if we connect a power supply via the Surface Connect port, the tablet can also be actively cooled noisily.

Whining on a high level: Display

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Rainbow six quarantine

Attention – now it’s time to whine on a high level: As already expected, the display remains the problem child of the Surface Book 2 generation – because the 15-inch display diagonal, with a resolution of 3,240 x 2,160 pixels, only achieves 76.9 of 100 points. For comparison: The original Surface Book achieved an overall very good rating in the test with 9.2 out of 10 points.

The “bad” score of the Surface Book 2 is especially due to the low chessboard contrast of 104:1, but the maximum brightness doesn’t break any records either, with a radiance of 398 candelas per square meter. All in all, the panel still deserves a good rating and is far from being bad – except that we would have simply expected more at a price of around 2000 Dollar.

The Surface Book 2 has a total of two batteries – one in the tablet unit and an additional battery in the dock next to the dedicated Nvidia GPU. The respective runtimes differ massively. Purely as a tablet, the Surface Book only achieves below average runtimes, which can be explained quite easily with the strong hardware: 4:17 hours when watching videos and 4:05 hours when surfing the net are quite low in comparison to other tablets.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 Rainbow six quarantine

If we dock the tablet, the values increase significantly: 14:39 hours in the video benchmark and 15:01 hours when surfing the web are great and even better than most notebooks in the test. In docking mode, the installed Windows 10 intelligently connects both batteries together, so we can assume that the dock adds an average of 10 hours of battery life.

Great, but expensive gaming laptop for Rainbow Six Quarantine

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 raises the bar for powerful 2-in-1s and dethrones its little brother with a diagonal of only 13.5″. Apart from the larger display, there is little change in design compared to the smaller version; the fine differences are in the 2-in-1’s keyboard base. The Detachable convinces with countless cool features in addition to solid scores in our performance rating. Only the display, as in the 13.5 inch version, makes an unnecessary mistake and prevents a better placement. All in all, if oyu ant to spend a bit more and get more, the Surface Book 2 is a great gaming laptop for Rainbow Six Quarantine.

The ultimate Rainbow Six Quarantine Test

In Rainbow Six: Siege, there’s that one moment that sums up everything that’s outstanding about Ubisoft’s new tactical shooter. A single moment where I neither breathe, nor swallow, nor blink. I can’t afford any distractions, I’m more tense than in hardly any other game that has been released in the last years. With my rifle I cower in the corner of a run-down biker club, my colleagues have entrenched themselves left and right, and we all do the same: carefully prick up our ears.

At the moment in question, there is complete silence, nobody makes a sound. Sound is important in this game, the developers have managed to integrate it as a tactical element into the overall experience in a great way. Because wherever the next sound comes from – it could mean our death. My manageable team of anti-terrorism specialists has barricaded this club like a bunker – all doors are locked with wooden barricades and lined with barbed wire. The walls were clad with armour plates, I hid behind a steel shield. Here and there I also see a tripping hazard, all in all the floor looks like a construction site before the planned building demolition.

And the explosive association is not entirely wrong, after all, my team is guarding a gigantic bomb in the middle of the room, with which we will level the block to the ground. Why do policemen do such a bad thing? Well, I don’t really know that either. Because the scenario of Rainbow Six: Siege makes about as little sense as Always-On in a single-player title. Ubisoft succeeds in the curious feat of creating one of the best and worst games of the year in terms of atmosphere.

Empty license

The negative first: If you are one of the Rainbow Six veterans of the first hour like me and have been hunting terrorists since the 90s, you could be disappointed with your victories. And that’s not even due to Ubisoft’s decision to turn the brand’s new spin-off into a multiplayer shooter. Sure, many would have liked a story campaign, but if a developer decides to go a different way and go all multiplayer, you can’t blame the game itself.

The problem is rather that the whole setting has virtually nothing to do with Rainbow Six. In the solo training missions and in the Terrorist Hunt mode you fight against terrorists, who are also declared as a worldwide threat in the short intro – in PvP, anti-terrorist units fight against their own colleagues to rescue hostages and defuse bombs. Apart from that, the actual Team Rainbow only exists by name in the intro – all characters remain in the look of their home special units, i.e. Spetznatz, FBI and GSG9.

Of course, Rainbow Six was never an opulently staged cutscene firework, but the brand stood for characters like Ding Chavez, John Clark and Dieter Weber, who had to save the world in the style of Tom Clancy’s book. There is absolutely nothing left of this past. Rainbow Six: Quarantine carries his name basically only for marketing reasons. It’s primarily shooter mechanics with a nice, but inconsistently implemented anti-zombie touch. Even the setting of the esport shooter Counter-Strike: GO seems more logical. But at least there is the mode known from the predecessors, Terrorist Hunt.

Wall Singleplayer, nice co-op

There’s not much to say about the solo and co-op modes, though. This does not mean that they are bad. The eleven single-player missions are nice preparatory missions for the multiplayer, which give us an understanding of the maps and game mechanics. Sometimes I have to free a harbour building from terrorists, sometimes I have to rescue a hostage, defuse bombs or knock out mines. All aspects that are important in PvP. But after a maximum of two passes, which equals about four hours, you’re done with the solo mode and won’t return.

Terrorist Hunt I can tackle alone or with friends in a co-op. Together we do basically the same things as in solo training. It’s really a lot of fun until you and your well-rehearsed team can take on the AI at the highest level of difficulty. And that takes quite a few ruthless evenings. The terrorists shoot pleasantly fast, use grenades strategically and even try to stab me in the back every now and then.

However, after that there are no longer any long-term motivating targets. By the way, the partly illogical scenario also makes itself felt here: In order to cut off my way back with a rescued hostage, the terrorists nestled themselves in a mission between the alarmed police cars on the street. The colleagues in blue are pleased.

Grandiose Multiplayer

But enough about the smaller modes of Rainbow Six: Quarantine and back to the unique moment from the beginning. Because that moment takes place in PvP, the heart of the game. I’m still crouching in the cover of the biker club, when suddenly gunfire explodes to my left. The fucking basement window is unsecured! It’s too late for one of my colleagues, he drops dead to the ground. Respawns are in Rainbow Six: Don’t win. At the same time two of our barricaded doors explode, stun grenades fly around our ears and the next team member falls blind to enemy fire. The almost completely destructible environments are enormously impressive both technically and playfully – any halfway light surface can be blown up and used tactically as a breakthrough.

I have more luck behind my shield, catching an enemy by leaning carefully over the edge. The shooting feel of Victory is great – the sound effects sound rich, every shot feels effective and the weapons differ noticeably. Another opponent is torn away from the hidden C4. Nevertheless, all my team members (including me) die in this room – the enemy has coordinated cursed skillfully and started the attack from three sides simultaneously. Doesn’t help him though, we still win the round. Our fifth man has, in agreement with us, hidden far away in the upper floor and now mercilessly falls into the back of the other team. A narrow victory.

The multiplayer matches of Rainbow Six: Quarantine are merciless – and that’s why the previous moment of silence was so great atmospherically. Each of us knows how quickly the situation can escalate. Two or three hits are deadly, one stun grenade devastating. Victory is not only a tactical shooter, but also a real hardcore experience. There are actually only two quite similar game variations: Disarming bombs and rescuing hostages. That’s not much, but the tactical demand is hidden in the complexity of the mechanics, just like in Counter-Stirke. Beginners have to be prepared for a steep learning curve despite solo tutorials – but it is exactly this level of difficulty that makes the game so exciting.

Best to buy with headset

Because the learning effect happens quite organically in victories. I’m getting my ass kicked all the time, so I gotta do something about it. Step number one: get to know the 11 cards. They don’t really differ atmospherically, because it usually always boils down to fighting inside buildings – even if there are theoretically larger surrounding outdoor areas. But with such deadly bullets, no one would voluntarily venture outside.

However, the cards play tactically wonderfully different, despite all the similarities. In the port of Hamburg, for example, we fight in a large building complex – just finding the enemy becomes a challenge here. At the beginning of each round the attackers start in a scouting phase and send out small drones to find the enemy, his bombs, hostage and possible traps. Here it is a big advantage to know the hotspots.

In the bank, on the other hand, there is a large foyer hall, through which the attackers have to work their way forward differently depending on their opponent’s position, but always carefully. Defenders who coordinate with their colleagues can lay enormously nasty traps here. And that is step number two in mastering Rainbow Six: Quarantine: Communication with other players. Those who forgo teamwork usually lose – especially against enemies who in turn talk to each other. This discrepancy can hardly be compensated even with a lot of shooter experience.

One of the greatest strengths of winning is the fact that tactical outmanoeuvring of the opponents is much more important for victory than simply stringing shots together. In one situation, the other team has stashed away in the hostage room. I signal to my people as we circle the room that they should draw attention to themselves by making noise. At the same time I break the wall on the other side with my hammer, kill careless enemies and grab the hostage. Mission successful.

The battle for the community

Not least because of this difference, Rainbow Six: Quarantine is a truly exciting alternative to the current genre giants and Ubisoft’s trump card in the struggle for the best multiplayer titles. It wants to pick up all those players who find Star Wars: Battlefront and Call of Duty too shallow, but at the same time it is a little more beginner-friendly than CS: GO. The big question is: Can it do that?

The answer will depend on what Ubisoft adds in the coming months. Because the scope of the release version – and this is one of the biggest points of criticism – is currently really only aimed at hard-boiled specialists who don’t get bored playing virtually the same mode over and over again. The games are quite lengthy anyway, relaxed matches last five rounds, ranking games even longer – sometimes up to 40 minutes. Here, more varied and also more entertaining game types would be a desirable addition.

In addition, there are currently still some problems with the network stability. In my testing time, almost every fifth matchmaking failed because the game hung up in a loading pause, found no players or simply aborted. In order to prevent Rainbow Six: Quarantine from silting up like an Evolve, for example, the developers have to get a grip on these errors quickly – and deliver the free content they promised for as soon as possible. The tactical framework is one of the best multiplayer concepts I’ve seen in a long time – it would be a pity if in a year’s time hardly anyone would talk about it anymore.


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