“Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world. Join your friends in player-vs-enemy raids across the solar system and master the power of the Warframes. Stand alone or fight together against enemies that threaten your world.” – Digital Extremes
If you have ever wanted to be a space man, a ninja, or a superhero, Warframe is your chance to get all three out of the way in one go. In Warframe, you play the part of an alien from an ancient race known as a Tenno. Your job is to stop the evil Grineer Empire from taking over the solar system – that job becomes increasingly difficult as more alien races decide to join the fray. The Tenno have access to awesome powers via special armors called “Warframes”, to help them in their endeavors. So basically, you are an alien space ninja fighting other aliens.
When I started up Warframe for the first time, I noticed the quality of the graphics right away. This game looks REALLY good for being free to play. While the game initially had a great cinematic feel, the repetition and limited texture packs took away from the overall experience so much that I actually put the game down for a few months.I felt like I was playing the same level over and over again. When I came back, they had released a new texture pack, complete with new intro cinematics. Since then, they have released two more. Just recently with the Cicero Crisis patch, DE introduced a beautiful forest themed texture pack that had me itching to explore the nooks and crannies of the map.
In terms of accessibility, Warframe gets brownie points for being free to play – and it really is free to play. You can get anything in the game, save cosmetics, without spending a dime. However, by default you are limited to having two Warframes and a handful of weapons. I found myself spending about $15 total on the game to unlock more Warframe and weapon slots, just because I didn’t want to decide which frame and which weapon to discard in favor of a new one. 300+ hours later, I feel it was a good investment. The fact that DE implemented features from several different genres mean that an FPS fan will be just as comfortable in Warframe as an RPG fan will be.
Lets talk difficulty. Can you play the game solo or do you need a team? In the early levels, the game is easily soloable, however the degree of difficulty once you pass the first few planets ramps up, really encouraging team play. While it is possible to play the game solo, you will find yourself wishing you brought along some friends.
Warframe is still in beta, and it is obvious where the game is lacking. DE is continuing to be responsive to feedback from their players and continues to put out great content that makes me want to come back and play time and time again. I originally thought that the repetitive intros and textures would keep my attention only for a short while, however something about being a space ninja with a seemingly endless arsenal of weapons to experiment with has kept me coming back to Warframe for over 300 hours of gameplay since open beta started, and I imagine I will continue to play as new content becomes available.
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