Warframe – Review

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Warframe is a third-person action shooter that is free-to-play, developed by Digital Extremes. It has been released on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One.

You play as a Tenno, one of the four factions in the Warframe universe. You are inside a chosen Warframe, basically a suit of armour with specialised abilities, carrying a primary weapon (either a rifle or a bow), a secondary weapon (pistol) and a melee weapon, of which there are many different variations. You can also have a small companion, either a choice of one of seven robotic ones, each carrying a unique weapon, or a dog that attacks everything that hates you. Every item can be created by purchasing blueprints from the market using credits, and collecting all the parts required to build it. Each piece of equipment can be upgraded with mods, obtained by playing missions. Each mod can be upgraded itself to make it more effective by using other, unused mods. Obtaining items can be achieved quicker by using the premium currency bought with real money, but it isn’t necessary. The only thing you can do with the premium currency that you can’t do with in-game currency is buy aesthetics. This game is essentially pay to look good instead of pay to win. Up to four players can complete a wide variety of missions (such as Capture, Exterminate, Survival, etc.) to earn Affinity to rank up their equipment and, after long and tedious work, their profile.

Out the window of the Landing Craft, staring into the Void.

Out the window of the Landing Craft, staring into the Void

Some of the many Warframes to choose from

Some of the many Warframes to choose from

Some early game locations

Some early game locations

The gameplay is very smooth and flows very well. A lot of people have experimented with the fastest way to move about in the game, which can get missions done very quickly, or get you out of trouble. With each Warframe, there are four abilities that you can activate. Some abilities are extremely over-powered, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying slashing twenty enemies in half with one swipe.

Slashing through an enemy

Slashing through an enemy

The graphics are absolutely stunning in this game. When swirling around with 3 other people, all using their special abilities, in a multitude of colours, it looks seriously amazing.  The design of each location gives a diverse experience throughout the game, but almost every mission on each location is done in a different part of a very large map, with nooks and crannies galore. The developers have really put their time and effort into making this game look incredible, and I have to say that it is time well spent.

Example of the how to get around quickly

Example of the how to get around quickly

Along with the many missions, there are also quests to complete that give various rewards and provide story behind the game. It is quite easy to step past the story and not care about it, but after reading up about some of the history and story, there is really a lot behind it. They have really created an entire (albeit small) universe surrounding the game, and I would love to see it expanded to more factions and locations.

Typical shooting

Typical shooting

The sound design in this game is quite well done. It creates the right atmosphere around the action, and each enemy having their own unique sound ties it all together quite nicely. There’s nothing like running in fear when you hear the sound of an enemy mini-gun starting up. The music fits the game quite well, and altogether it generates a nice sci-fi feel to the game.

One of the Warframe's ultimate ability; a ranged melee

One of the Warframe’s ultimate ability; a ranged melee

  • Gameplay
  • Graphics
  • Story
  • Audio

Summary

Overall, even though the gameplay can be a little buggy at times (which the developers are usually very quick to patch), this is a fantastic game. It’s not unbalanced, and it’s not pay to win, which is always a big killer in free to play games. It’s always great fun to play with friends and every aspect of it is well worked and very polished.

4