Five Games You Should Buy Instead of Rainbow Six’s Season Pass

Posted November 13, 2015 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Video Games

Annoyed by Rainbow Six: Siege‘s disgusting season pass? Or are you contemplating buying it? Either way, you should know that there are better ways to spend your money than on a bunch of stupid perks that barely even count as additional content. Head to Steam, the Xbox Marketplace, or even your local video game store and check out one (or more) of these games instead!

Mark of the Ninja (Price: $14.99, 50% of Rainbow Six: Siege‘s season pass)

Mark of the Ninja

Mark of the Ninja is one of the best stealth/action games I’ve ever played. What it lacks in a deep narrative, it makes up for with a gameplay system that is complex and layered. This is a feat, considering that the game is a 2D side scroller. That’s not meant to knock that genre of video games, but they aren’t exactly known for their complexity. Mark of the Ninja offers a unique take on platforming, and despite being insanely hard at times, it remains enjoyable throughout its run time. So enjoyable, in fact, that I have gone back and replayed it multiple times since initially picking it up when it came out in 2012. I should also mention that, despite normally being $14.99, it is currently on sale for just $2.99, which is roughly 10% of the price of Siege‘s season pass. 10% of the price, yet offers infinitely more content. If you don’t see the problem with this, then you seriously need to rethink your life.

Tomb Raider (Price: $19.99, 66% of Rainbow Six: Siege‘s season pass)

Tomb Raider

The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot was a sleeper hit that year, and had it not been for Bioshock: Infinite, it would easily have been my favorite game of that year. With the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider coming out on PC and PS4 next year, now is the perfect time to prepare for its imminent release. The game may not have much in common with traditional entries in the franchise, but the stellar narrative and brilliant character work easily compensate for the lack of “tomb raiding.” The puzzles that are there are quite enjoyable, and the combat is a lot of fun. Plus, the massive set pieces are truly a beautiful sight on any modern machine, making Tomb Raider a game that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, you won’t have to deal with enemies randomly having better weapons than you because they payed $30.00 before entering combat.

Life is Strange Episodes 1-5 (Price: 19.99, 66% of Rainbow Six: Siege‘s season pass)

Life is Strange

Did you think your heart was cold enough to never feel anything but disgust at Siege‘s season pass ever again? Life is Strange is probably the game that will prove otherwise. Following Max Caulfield and her best friend Chloe, Life is Strange tells an immersive story about friendship and self worth, that is sure to evoke an emotional responses in even the most dead husks of human beings (see: me). By the end of the fifth episode, I was left wishing that I had more time to spend in Arcadia Bay, with the cast of characters that DONTNOD created for the game. It’s at the point, where, no joke, I would just play a game about Max going to high school. And I usually hate high school dramas. Sure, this game has its fair share of issues, but at least it doesn’t make you pay for different outfits.

The Static Speaks My Name (Price: $0.00, 0% of Rainbow Six: Siege‘s season pass)


The Static Speaks My Name took me exactly ten minutes to play, and every second that I spent in the disturbing world it set up was excellent. Seriously, somehow a ten minute free to play game has more content than a $30.00 season pass for a game developed by a AAA studio. Anyways, The Static Speaks My Name follows a reclusive artist through his last night of life. It excels at dark humor, and made me laugh when I knew I really shouldn’t be laughing. However, there’s more to this game than the humor. It provides a serious commentary on depression, and its inevitable results. It should also discourage gamers from getting degrees in the liberal arts (says the writer who wishes that he was pursuing a degree in liberal arts).

FTL: Faster Than Light (Price: $9.99, 33% of Rainbow Six Siege‘s season pass)


FTL is probably the best rogue like I’ve ever played. Granted, I haven’t played a ton, but man, my experiences with this game have been incredible. It’s a great way to kill time, since runs can take hours or  minutes. It’s an extremely skill intensive game, and that garners it quite a few extra points in my book. The challenge the game provides makes even the most minor of successes exceptionally rewarding, and so you end up fist pumping a lot more than you may expect. It certainly helps that the controls are intuitive, and fun to use. They make sense, and aren’t janky for the sake of making the game more difficult. FTL is difficult enough on its own. Plus, you don’t have to pay $30.00 for cosmetics, and all the “cosmetics” impact gameplay! Yay for FTL!

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Jean-Luc Botbyl

Jean-Luc is a grizzled veteran of We the Nerdy. Most days, he just wonders why he hasn't been formally fired. Follow him on Twitter at @J_LFett to make him feel validated.