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Rainbow Six Siege Getting New ‘Lights Out’ Game Mode This Year

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Acclaimed tactical team-based shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige is getting a new game mode called ‘Lights Out’ to all maps this year.

The new game mode will make all maps take place on a cloudy night and during a power outage, making the inside of buildings completely dark. To combat this, players are now going to be equipped with toggleable flashlights on their guns or chest.

‘Lights Out’ is bringing a whole new level to stealth, as enemies will not be seen but their laser pointers, electronic gun sights, and footsteps will be the biggest tell for where they are. Defending players will receive a new deployable gadget: a portable light on a tripod. The lights can be shot out by the enemy or even taken to a new location.

The flashlight can be mapped to any button to allow players to manually strobe the light while aiming down the sight to disorient the enemy players.

Ubisoft has mentioned that drones are cameras will still work and be able to see in the dark, but the red light on them when powered on will make them stand out more in the darkness. In addition, the cameras run off of auxiliary power and will continue to work.

All operators can break open walls and some excel at it. With the new changes, light pouring in from outside will now play a factor. If a pitch black room has a window or wall damaged, outside light will pour in and illuminate the area.

One operator, Glaz, would do very well in this mode due to his thermal optics, but the recent rework for him was in preparation for ‘Lights Out’. His scope will now glow, for balance in gameplay, but will only show thermal images when stable.

Blitz will be getting two more flashes in this game mode because testing has shown that players will use it to get a glimpse of a larger area. Additionally, Bandit and Kaid’s gadgets that create electricity will let off a glow, leaving areas to be dimly lit. Many new tactics can be used with this for Intel or a sight advantage.

Caveira will be getting an increased hearing when in her stealth mode, because utilizing a flashlight would give her position away.

Ubisoft has made hints about the idea of a random chance that each map will have a chance to take place in a thunderstorm, creating random bursts of light and more noise to mess with players’ senses.

A trailer for the mode should be revealed in the next couple of weeks.

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April Fools' Day

Single-Player Games are Dying (to be Played)

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Single Player is Dead

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

This is a topic that we have avoided for a long time. However, with OnlySP’s recent upgrade to OnlyMP, now is the best time to do so.

As stated in our announcement post, the advent of games such as FortnitePlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Apex Legends prove that the industry has evolved to multiplayer gaming, and single-player games have become obsolete. In fact, Fortnite—which OnlySP’s Michael Cripe recently described as “straight up the best game ever made” in his review—was recently announced to have reached around 250 million players. I can’t even count that high!

Of course, a statement as obvious as the opening of this article requires proof, so I would like to recount some of the single-player games that killed the industry in 2018.

God of War

For starters: God of War. As OnlySP’s Ben Newman stated in his review, “God of War is a surprise.” By that statement, he likely means that the game was surprisingly dull because you cannot play it with other people, like you can with Fortnite or Apex Legends. Ben ultimately awarded the game High Distinction (5/5), demonstrating how terrible it truly is.

Another game to receive such an awful score in 2018 was Red Dead Redemption 2. OnlySP’s Rhain Radford-Burns described the game’s narrative as “extensive and interweaving,” stating that it “surpasses the original”—which probably means that it is more confusing than the original (I’m not sure. I didn’t read the article; I was busy playing Fortnite). If that does not demonstrate how awful the game is, get this: it won eight awards at OnlySP’s Best of 2018 ceremony, including Best Game! If that does not demonstrate how overrated the game is, I am not sure what will.

Of course, two other games were also awarded with High Distinction in 2018: The Red Strings Club, which OnlySP’s Damien Lawardorn said “will not—can not—appeal to everyone,” so why would you even try?; and GRIS, which Rhain Radford-Burns stated “[presents] a narrative experience unlike any other,” which does not sound very appealing because if it is unlike Fortnite, I need not bother.

Single-player is dead and multiplayer killed it.

OnlySP Best of 2018 - Red Dead Redemption 2

April Fools’! If you were yet to guess: of course this is a joke. As much as we enjoy playing multiplayer games every now and then, we are very well aware that single-player gaming is not dead. If this article proves anything, it is that single-player gaming is alive and well. 2018 offered some of the strongest single-player experiences in recent memory, and 2019 is already set to do the same.

Single-player gaming is far from dead, and we would see the site die before admitting otherwise.

For all the latest on single-player gaming, be sure to follow OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. You can also join the discussion in our community Discord server.

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