F2P never looked so good!!
Free to play is a term that usually goes hand in hand with Pay to Win. Warframe changed that. Digital Extremes released the game back in 2013 and it was nothing special. A shooter that offered a limited pool of activities and customisation.
How times have changed, DE updates the game on a very regular basis adding new content all free of charge. There are currently over 50 Warframes and 100 weapons to choose from, with a lot of content to cover trying out a new frame or weapon never gets old.
The opening introduces you to the Tenno and their frames, after being awakened from a cryosleep they are tasked with bringing peace and balance back to the solar system.
You have a choice of 3 frames to start with, Mag, Volt, and Excalibur. All have different abilities and uses. No two frames ever feel the same. The one thing that all frames share is insane agility, and power. The movement systems in the game can feel overwhelming to a new player but once you have the basics down it quickly becomes one of Warframes best features. Combining slides, bullet jumps and rolls to traverse the environment never gets old. It gives you the freedom to fly over a chasm and clear all enemies in a single leap or dash around them cutting them down with ease.
The abilities and power that each frame possess gives you a sense of invincibility when facing single enemies and leave you feeling pretty good when against a group. Take Excalibur, the original Frame, with some crowd control and a devastating ultimate standing toe to toe when outnumbered can feel daunting but the battle quickly turns to your favour. Trinity, on the other hand, works best when used in a group, due to the abilities that buff and heal teammates. Enemies wither against you whilst your team gets stronger.
When you start your journey as a Tenno you make your way through the star chart visiting all the planets within the solar system. There are 14 different mission types that you can encounter when completing the chart.
Each has their own objectives and feel, exterminate tasks you with destroying X number of enemies to break their ranks before extraction whereas Spy tasks you with retrieving data from 3 consoles without alerting the enemy faction to your presence. Each map is based on the enemy faction and takes inspiration from them, so they feel unique to each area.
As you play through the missions leveling your frame and weapons your power grows, struggle to complete a mission don’t worry try something else and come back stronger and better equipped to deal with the challenges before you.
Being a free-to-play game isn’t easy, Warframe gives you complete control over how you want to play and progress. Want to stick to one frame, fine. Want to collect an army of frames to choose from, go for it.
Each area has a boss which drops blueprints, these are essential to creating new frames and weapons. The only problem is they all take time to build. Each frame takes a minimum of 84 hours to build. This may seem like a long time but with so much to do your excitement only grows when waiting for your new frame to be ready. You can either earn everything that the game has to offer simply by playing the game, or you can use Platinum.
Platinum is the premium in-game currency that is used to buy anything outright and skipping the waiting time. It is mainly used for cosmetic items which add a whole new level of customisation to your frames. Platinum can be bought with hard earned cash, but again DE looks to buck the current microtransaction trend by allowing you to trade your in-game items with other players for Platinum. It has created a stable and usable in-game economy, which means you can get whatever you want from the market with Platinum that hasn’t cost you anything at all. There has been a lot of focus on the grind that the game offers and buying things with Platinum. It can be off-putting to new players to start with, as it can feel slow and drawn out at times, but the more you play the quicker the grind gets.
DE updates the game on a regular basis but last year saw the release of the biggest content drop to date – The Plains of Eidolon. An open world space with a multitude of creatures to kill, and caves to explore. It even has Warframe fishing! A 10-story high boss also awaits the bravest Tenno. It was a massive leap of faith for them moving from space stations and corridors to open land.
Now they are looking to expand on that with the two new expansion packs announced at TennoCon 2018. The first is Fortuna, which will see the player taken to an open world settlement on Venus. Also, introducing a new faction Solaris United, a group of cyborgs that have made this their home. Coming with Fortuna is the Bondi-K Drive, a hoverboard that adds yet another level to the already satisfying movement tech within the game. New enemies and pastel hues provide even more to the ever-growing lore and content that Warframe offers. The second expansion announced is Codename: Railjack. Taking you off the planets and into space. DE plan to introduce space combat with this expansion allowing the player and their allies to engage in some truly frenetic battles.
We have put around 50 hours into the game so far, which is a relatively low amount of time to be able to see everything that the game has to offer. Every time you jump into the game you always feel a sense of progression towards something; a new frame, new planet, or simply just leveling your chosen gear.
Played on the HST Enso Ryzen 3 1200 Quad Core 1060 Gaming PC
What are you waiting for? Join the fight today Tenno.