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Today, Ubisoft is launching a new “crisis event” called Nightmare Fog in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction co-op shooter. It’s a limited-time event that will test your player’s senses as the inevitable poison mist makes its way through the containment area.
I played the crisis event at the Ubisoft preview event and naturally got pretty ripped off in the game. But I enjoyed it, and a lot of people seem to be having a great time with Rainbow Six Extraction, which saw over five million players in its launch quarter.
In the game, up to three players can team up together in a co-op battle against alien creatures that have invaded Earth and breed in a variety of urban hangouts. As with Rainbow Six Siege, you can choose your agent who specializes in specific skills that complement your team’s strengths. Those abilities include roles such as paramedic and sniper.
You can enter with flaming guns, but you will have a crazy battle where all the aliens converge on you. It’s like Left4Dead with aliens instead of zombies. You can also work in stealth mode and perform tasks such as removing nests, capturing specimens, or rescuing mates.
What is different about this event is a purple mist descending on the battlefield. You start in a safe area where you can send your drones to the mission area to do a recovery. You can find different POIs, but your drone batteries always run out before you can survey the whole area. Then you move on and try to achieve your mission objectives. Only this time, as you pass through the fog.
As you move through the containment area, exposure to fog increases the level of the neurotoxin. After exposure reaches a certain level, this poison produces narcotic effects for operators, such as enemy hallucinations, disturbances that affect their vision, and degradation that causes damage. If you shoot hallucinations, they break into pixels. But if they scream and bleed, you know they are real.
The fog is caused by the tree that is toxic to parasites. It’s a hallucinogenic chemical that can alter the operator’s perception of reality. After a lot of light exposure, you go crazy and start seeing things. For your teammates, it seems that you are not shooting anything, while you think that you are killing some aliens. Auditory and visual hallucinations. Eventually, you begin to suffer from tunnel vision, motion blur, and distorted vision. Then you start losing health.
If you manage your neurotoxin level and can still tell the real from the fake, you can make your way through the fog to destroy the source, the poisonous tree. Try as we did, my team never destroyed the tree in our two hour play session. But we gave it our best shot.
We punched holes in the walls to reduce the distance we had to go through the fog, but that always alerted a crowd of aliens to land on us. They came in waves and it was fun to clip them until I absolutely ran out of ammunition. I had to run across the place to find more ammo, but that often separated me from my team.
To heal themselves, players can find a Neural Supply Canister that can temporarily remove a portion of a player’s neurotoxin level – but you can only find a limited amount of Neurological Supply states in each submap. This limited edition challenges players to adapt new strategies of incursion and prepare to confront the Archæans while battling narcotic influences.
If you complete your missions, you’ll get exclusive rewards, including a new gun that gives you a speed boost as well as a 15-second invulnerability.
To entice players back, Ubisoft will let you level up players by an additional ten levels with a new prestige system. Players can now join their team via Game Pass on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Windows PC, as well as on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, Ubisoft+, Ubisoft Store and Epic Games Store.
I enjoyed my time with her, but I think I inhaled enough of the purple mist for a while.
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