Category: 3D MMO
PvP Support: Arena
Pros: +Good graphics +Unique look +Continuous updates +Smooth controls +Cross platform support
Cons: -Slighty repetitive -Grind focused
Warframe is a third-person, sci-fi shooter MMO where players take control of various Warframes, each with their unique abilities fighting against a multitude of alien enemies.
Numerous Warframes - The roster of available Warframes is continually growing and each brings a different set of abilities such as the poison themed Saryn or tank-like Rhino.
Constant Updates - Digital Extremes is committed to consistently releasing new content that refines the overall player experience with new weapons, Warframes, maps, and game modes.
Unique Setting - Warframe brings a distinct look to the table, from the Warframes to the weapons to the alien enemies.
OS: Windows XP SP 3 or higher
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 or AMD Athlon x64 4000+ (~2.2Ghz dual core CPU)
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3600
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Warframe, at its core, is a lobby-based, third-person shooter. But the changes to the typical formula is what sets it apart along with the impressive graphics and distinct art. There are the elements you would expect to see in a MMO like crafting, personal upgrades, and guilds (clans) and the gameplay centers on point-and-click mechanics. But then there's the unique setting, wall jumping, fluid melee, and various Warframes and their abilities which makes the game feel solid, fun, and a little bit different.
Familiar Yet Different
Warframe has a lot of familiar elements to it. From the lobby, which is your personal ship now, you can access a map (the solar system in this case) filled with all the available instances you can join. The map is broken up into varying difficulties that branch outward from the sun. These are randomly generated missions with some being on ships, some being on a planet's surface, etc. Each mission has a designation, such as defense, with different objectives like rescuing a certain target, defending points against waves of enemies, or defeating a boss enemy. In general, you will go through alone (not recommended) or with an automatically assigned group killing enemies until the end of the dungeon. You can also get together with friends in personal groups. But while this is familiar, there are some elements that feel different. Sometimes, you may be in a certain part of a ship and you will be closed in and your air will slowly disappear. To prevent death, a hacking station will have to be accessed with various hexagons that have patterns on them. Matching up all the patterns in a set time will allow you go continue. Leveling up in Warframe is also slightly different with every weapon and Warframe having its own level. Use that weapon or Warframe more and it will increase in level which opens up more modification options and stat increases.
Ninjas in Space
That tagline is from the developers, not me, but it's exactly what they're going for. The Warframes are slick and agile, being able to go from using a sniper rifle to twin swords with the click of a button. This is another example of the game feeling a little different. Going through a dungeon with only your melee weapon is a viable option. The amount of Warframes that are available continues to grow and they all have different abilities to make them distinct. Excalibur is a great balanced frame for newcomers. Rhino is a tank that barrels through opponents. Volt uses electricity and Banshee uses sound waves to decimate opponents and the list goes on. Personally, the Warframes and control are this game's strongest points. The gunplay feels familiar and the melee is fluid. Using walls to run, climb, and backflip off of is fun and at times, necessary. The hacking system can be a pressure-filled event when you're running out of air and time. The control of the Warframes also makes the PVP arena fun, with skill being the most important factor when it comes to winning or losing.
Crafting, Crafting, and More Crafting
In order to access more weapons or Warframes, you will have to find blueprint drops and gather materials throughout the various missions, assuming you don't just buy the blueprints or finished products from the cash shop. The blueprints are fairly rare drops and will take a bit of grinding to find and, depending on the Warframe or weapon, the actual crafting process may take hours to complete. Enemies also drop mods that you can add to your weapons or Warframe. Some increase the stats on your Warframe's particular abilities or will give an increase penetration percentage or flat damage increase. Each mod is tied to a specific type of weapon or frame and you can combine mods to make them more powerful. However, each Warframe and weapon can only hold so many mods, limiting the amount of maxed out mods you can apply. Each mod also has particular icons on them and matching the icon with the correct mod slot will decrease the amount of space that mod will take up, increasing the amount of mods you can use.
Warframe is a fun game with great graphics and a truly unique art style. The Warframes all feel different to play and each has abilities that make them viable in almost every situation. The controls are smooth and easy to use and the matchmaking is simple and effective. The developers are always adding huge content updates. In fact, by the time you read this, there's a high chance the game will look drastically different than what I've described. However, you will find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. The maps are randomly generated but the objectives are basically the same every time. Move through the map and kill everything in sight. Rinse and repeat. The enemies are quite unique but you will see them a lot, so they lose their uniqueness quickly. The crafting can take a lot of time, not just in the grind to find blueprints and materials, but in the actual completion of the craft itself. If those things don't sound appealing, you may become bored quickly. But this game seems like a great option to play for an hour or two with your friends.
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