JK Plays

Jan 12, 2021

4 min read

Due Process made me feel smart. Then it killed me.

Source: Steam

Rainbow Six: Siege is a pretty good game. You’ve got cool asymmetrical combat, destructible environments, and a fat man with a machine gun. However, there’s one big problem; I’m not very good at it.

In comes Due Process, a tactical team-based shooter cut from the same cloth as Siege. It’s main draw is how it handles map rotation. That is, there are none. Every game takes place on a randomly generated (well, sorta) battlefield. It is then up to you and your squad to plan out your attack or defense of a bombsite. Each side is asymmetrically balanced as well. Attackers come armed with more health while Defenders have a much more varied arsenal of explode-y and shoot-y thingamabobs and doodads.

Each match begins in a planning phase. The first screen you are shown is not one with a gun, but the map. It is here where most of the real game is played. Communicating with your teammates regarding the game plan going forward is easily the crux of the whole game. Doodles on the map are shown to the entire team and can help coordinate paths and markers (and penises) that show up in the real game. Once you are done with the plans, players are spat out into the equipment stage that only lasts a few seconds. Each team has a limited amount of supplies that don’t resupply until you swap sides during the halftime. If you decide to take the one and only sniper rifle that your team has and you die, your team will not be able to use that gun for the whole round. Make it count.

Source: Steam

Frankly, I could gush about how the game handles balance for hours on end. Each side has very unique equipment but nothing feels that overpowered. I did at one point take down two enemy players with one shotgun blast, though. Whether that was luck or poor game balance, I can’t quite tell.

I was most surprised at the quality of the community that I came across. Due Process has only been available on Steam for a few months now and, like many newer indie titles, it hasn’t quite found the toxicity that many other competitive shooters fall into. Better yet, because of the inherent focus on communication, it requires more out of players that otherwise would be annoying. You see similar effects in game like Tabletop Simulator. No one wants to play with you if all you’re doing is screaming and that’s no fun at all. Instead, I ended up leaving each session with new people on my Steam friends list. As an added bonus, you can customize the name of your team before setting off into battle, even in casual modes. I am a proud member of the “Big Bic Bros” for life. There’s even a budding competitive league!

Source: Steam

Where the game stumbles is in it’s bugginess. Being still in early access with the final release tentatively planned for later this year, it’s expected that the game will have a few hiccups along the way. I’ve had players disappear from my team, a game begin with only half of my squad, and one of my teammates was completely locked out of their game when their screen went black.

Sound design could use a nice bit of polish as well. It was very common that multiple people in my squad would still be fiddling with their equipment when the game suddenly begins with little to no warning beyond the silent timer at the top of your screen. Blasts don’t feel nearly as devastating as they should be when coming out of a fully automatic shotgun and it would be common not to know that you had even made contact with the enemy player until the smoke cleared, literally and metaphorically. Of course, these are likely to be patched out along the way according to their rather cohesive roadmap but it still is important to stay informed.

Due Process is a utter joy to play and stays surprisingly fresh even when compared to the behemoths that are Siege or Overwatch. Where Rainbow Six: Siege excels is in character design and destructible environments and that is perfect. In my humble opinion, Due Process has a place at the table with much more popular shooters being the most accessible and, possibly, more fun.

Due Process is available on Steam for $24.99 USD

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