Warframe Game Review

  • Gameplay
  • Combat
  • Graphics
  • PvP/PvE
  • Story

Alternate Title: N/A
Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: Digital Extremes
Model: Free-to-play
Platform: PC
Engine: Evolution Engine
PvP: Duels / Conclave (Arenas) / Solar Rail
PvE: Instances, Open-world encounters

Warframe Review - Is It Worth Playing?

Warframe is not an MMO. It is classified as an online cooperative multiplayer third person shooter.. with some RPG mechanics sewn in here and there.
So a more apt classification would be an.. OCMTPSRPG.
There are hubs where you can interact with large groups of people but you can’t just run out into the world and play alongside random players outside of your group willy-nilly.
I mean, you can run outside and play with some of the NPCs. I hear they’re plenty amicable.

Warframe offers a considerable amount of customization. You’re given the ability to fully customize the appearance of your Warframe, from your skin itself, to the individual color scheme.
You can also customize what kinds of weapons you use, the color and style of your ship and more.
The vast majority of it is all completely accessible and earnable in-game – one of the things I think is most welcomed and beloved about the game.
It doesn’t push pay to win bullshittery onto its playerbase, something I believe a lot of games that try selling us lootboxes or advantages should take a note or ten from.

Adding on to what is already a highly customizable game, Warframe gives players the ability to mod various pieces of your equipment, enhancing specific areas such as HP, weapon damage, stamina and more.
You gotta love a game that allows you to customize your avatar as you see fit – whether that be through skill choice, stat point distribution, or moddable gear.

So the first few hours of Warframe are essentially a large tutorial that leads you through corridor after corridor after corridor, pitting you against various kinds of disgusting looking aliens while teaching you the game’s mechanics.
Admittedly, that was why I stopped playing the first time. It just felt as though the tutorial dragged on too long and there were far too many things I had to remember.
Which still holds true – Warframe is more difficult than a lot of MMOs or – even – OCMTPSRPG’s. But a slightly steeper learning curve is never a bad thing.

My wife (Avriee) and I had wanted to try out our skills in PvP combat.
.. which admittedly didn’t lead us anywhere. We spent a solid 10 minutes wandering waiting for another player to join, but.. we were clearly just too frightening.

Warframe though.. holy crap it’s gorgeous. The further we progressed, the more this became apparent to us.
After finally reaching Cetus, we were given the freedom to run around much larger, much more open environments. Something I had, honestly, not known was even possible in Warframe.
We were also given a challenge for the very first time in the game – my wife dying several times actually, and me being near-death for quite a bit of the battle.
This sudden increase in difficulty was unexpected, but not unwelcome. It required kiting, dodging, and a better awareness to where enemies were situated, and what they were actively doing.
This is also where we gained the ability to participate in bounties – a way to kinda.. sidetrack a little bit off of the beaten path and have a little fun doing non story-related or tutorial content.

Warframe also features a something referred to as “Master ranks”, alongside individual warframe and weapon ranks.
I’m not certain this is completely accurate, but from what I experienced – and that is exactly what this video is – my first experience – each Warframe has their own individual “rank”, or level, capped at 30.
As do weapons and.. I think companions? Anyway, each level you get for each of the aforementioned paths contributes to the overall “Mastery level”.
Each Mastery level gradually increases the amount of weapons, Warframes, and Mods you unlock, along with a plethora of other bonuses.
That functions as the overall progression from what I can see, and gives players plenty to work towards.

Ultimately, there is a lot to do in Warframe, and I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 6400 / AMD Athlon 4000
Video Card: GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 3600
Hard Disk Space: 10 GB

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Dual Core 2.5 GHz CPU or better
Video Card: GeForce 300 series
Hard Disk Space: 10 GB

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