Rainbow Six Extraction’s Nightmare Fog will have you shooting at hallucinations

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Ubisoft is launching a new “Crisis Event” today dubbed Nightmare Fog for its co-op shooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction. This is a limited-time event that will test your Operator’s senses as an inevitable mist of toxins sweep through the Containment Zone.

I played the Crisis Event at a Ubisoft preview event and understandably got pretty shredded in-game. But I enjoyed it, and apparently a lot of other people are having a good time with it. Rainbow Six Extraction, which saw over five million players in its launch quarter.

In the game, up to three players can unite in cooperative combat against alien creatures that have invaded Earth and are spawning in a variety of urban hangouts. As with Rainbow Six Siege, you can choose your Operator to specialize in certain skills that complement your team’s strengths. These abilities include roles such as medic and sniper.

You can enter with guns, but you’ll have a crazy gunfight as all the aliens converge on you. It’s like Left4Dead with aliens instead of zombies. You can also operate in stealth mode and perform missions such as removing nests, capturing specimens, or rescuing co-workers.

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Your operator sees things in the Nightmare Fog.

What’s different about this event is a purple mist descending on the battlefield. You start in a safe area where you can send your drones into the mission area to scout. You can find various important points, but your drones always run out of batteries before they can scan the whole area. Then you move in and try to complete your mission goals. Only this time, as you walk through the fog.

As you move through the Containment Zone, exposure to fog increases your Neurotoxin level. After exposure reaches a certain level, this toxin creates psychedelic effects for operators, such as enemy hallucinations, disturbances that affect their vision, and deterioration that causes damage. If you shoot the hallucinations, they split into pixels. But if they’re screaming and bleeding, then you know they’re real.

The fog is produced by the poisonous pest tree. It is a chemical hallucinogen that can alter an operator’s perception of reality. After too much exposure, you go crazy and start seeing things. To your teammates, you look like you’re not shooting anything, while you think you’re shooting down aliens. Hallucinations are both auditory and visual. Eventually, you begin to suffer from tunnel vision, motion blur, and distorted vision. And then you start losing health.

If you manage your Neurotoxin level and can always tell right from wrong, you can fight your way through the fog to destroy the source, the Toxic Tree. Try as we did, my team never destroyed the tree during our two hour play session. But we did our best.

We dug holes in the walls to shorten the distance to travel in the fog, but that still alerted a swarm of aliens to descend on us. They came in waves and it was fun mowing them down until I inevitably ran out of ammo. I had to run through the place to find more ammo, but it often separated me from my team.

To heal up, players can find a Neurostim Supply Crate that can temporarily remove part of an Operator’s Neurotoxin level – but you can only find a limited number of Neurostim Supply Crates in each submap . This limited supply challenges players to adapt new incursion strategies and be prepared to take on the Archaeans while battling the psychedelic effects.

If you complete your missions, you will get exclusive rewards, including a new gun that will give you a speed boost as well as invulnerability for 15 seconds.

To keep players coming back, Ubisoft will allow you to upgrade operators 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 it, but I think I inhaled enough purple mist for a while.

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