It was way back in the year 2000 that Digital Extremes announced a new game entitled Dark Sector was in the works. This game was initially envisioned as a space-faring third person shooter where players would don a mechanical suit providing them with powers beyond that of the average soldier. As the development cycle of Dark Sector progressed, its plot, setting and story underwent a multitude of changes resulting in a game very different in almost every area of play from what had originally been planned. This game scored modestly well, yet became a “bargain bin” deal within a year of release. Many thought this was the end of the road for the franchise and to a degree they were correct, but only to a degree! When asked in 2008 about a Dark Sector sequel, Steve Sinclair, the original mind behind the concepts said the company had “nothing in the works at this time." Fast forward to 2012, and Digital Extremes announces a new title in development, Warframe, and a spiritual sequel is born.
Warframe is a free-to-play, co-operative third person action game revolving around many of the company's initial intentions for Dark Sector and released first for the PC, then PS4, and now finally, the Xbox One. You take the role of a Tenno (the protagonist in Dark Sector was named Edward Tenno, was he the original? Oh, spiritual sequels!) which are a group of - you guessed it - space-faring warriors savvy in the use of Warframes, which are mechanical full body armor that grant great powers specific to each suit. The Tenno were preserved in cryo-sleep and self-exiled into space after humanity lost the last great war. Awaking from that sleep, you start the game by choosing one of three initially available "Frames" for your Tenno.
Upon exiting cryo-systems within your personal derelict spacecraft you'll be greeted by “The Lotus”, a benevolent leader who has deemed this to be the time for Tenno to return. The Lotus will guide players along the game's storylines, the first of which will be finding parts to bring your craft back to full functionality. A charming ship AI named Odis, who has been victim to ages of system decay, will make humorous remarks and…not help in the overall missions whatsoever, yet he provides a great deal of comic relief in between. Once the ship is fully functional, a "Foundry" will be available for the creation of new weapons, frame blueprints and much more, given the player has collected all of that items required parts. The Armory is where players can upgrade and change most combat-based aspects of the game. A mission hub, codex and marketplace with weekly specials are also made available within this first foray into the galaxy.
Combat and the overall mechanics of this game are awe-inspiring in terms of their scale and execution. The graphical design takes inspiration from Dark Sector, the developers have expressed, as do the maps, and it seems the original vision of co-operative space exploration has now been realized. Players are given a limited number of revives per day, making it very important to stick with your squad of up to three other Tenno, should anyone get downed. When this happens, you'll enter "bleed out" mode, a timer will start, and your fellow squad mates will be made aware of their dying companion’s location. This mechanic works very well and the daily limit on revives helps enforce teamwork. Most combat is an equal mix of gunplay and melee attacks using your particular frame’s Ninja-inspired weapon. The gunplay is tight and requires serious strategy in higher-ranked missions. Tenno have a shield and health, and shields replenish while health does not. Both can be upgraded by level up as well as “rank up”, a feature available only once every 24 hours where Tenno take a test within a virtual dojo, tasked with defeating enemies using a particular weapon. Passing these tests is a joy while failing causes one to slump in shame, and wait another full day.
Enemies in Warframe come in the form of three rival Factions, each taking hold of their own chunk of our solar system. All planets eventually become available, as well as some moons and “dwarf” planets with 14 missions on each. In total, the game boasts an impressive 16 game types, making for a huge amount of variation. The Grineer Empire, a cloned cyborg race who attempt to overwhelm in vast numbers, are the galaxy's main threat. Lead by vile leader Vor (who bears a close vocal resemblance to Star Wars' General Grievous) they have taken control of the earth. A second faction, The Corpus, are in control of galactic trade routes. They have much more sophisticated firepower and exhibit more tact in their combat approach, assisted by robotic scouts. Lastly, The Infected are Grineer and Corpus who have been fundamentally altered due to the hive-mind Technocyte virus, harkening back to a similar plague from Dark Sector. Infected have great brute strength yet are lacking in their overall firepower . They also include “Ancients”, warriors in the final stages of metamorphosis that are much more of a challenge than their freshly-infected counterparts. Bosses require teamwork but more an understanding of strengths and weaknesses than anything. Most enemies have a challenging, yet not overly high amount of health depending on their faction and missions progress very smoothly and tend to have a standard rhythmic flow of progression across most game types. This is a fast and fluid combat experience, with maps sprawling over multiple floors and through entire complexes. Side rooms adorn every map and provide you with lockers to be opened as well as computer consoles which can be "hacked" through a time-limited puzzle system, resetting enemy awareness when successful. Radar sensors and alarms will raise this awareness level if triggered and significantly increase the amount of enemy resistance.
Warframe has two distinct types of currency. Credits are earned through normal play, while platinum must be purchased and provides quick access to features one would otherwise have to forge using acquired blueprints and materials. There are also many items that are exclusive to platinum purchase, so you will have to spend real money to get them. At any given time, Tenno have three weapons which all level up as the warriors themselves do, bringing us to one of Warframe’s most novel features - mod cards. These cards are dropped in battle by fallen enemies, and are specific to either your Tenno warrior, one of the three weapons carried, or to companions. Companions in Warframe are AI robots and domesticated wildlife such as the “Kubrow”, a Pig/Dog like creature that will act as a loyal bodyguard, and have various traits given it’s breed and mods. As a Tenno levels up in each of these areas, the number of cards one may equip will increase. Mods can affect nearly every aspect of combat and similar mods can be combined to make more powerful cards. Tenno can be completely colour customized as well, providing each member of a squad with a unique look. Squad matchmaking is nearly seamless and never frustrating, teams of equal level and who are on the same area of mission progress will automatically be found and filled in very little time - and at that point you can then decide to continue with your current squad, or find entirely new players.
The Warframe galaxy is one of vast exploration and expansion. New limited time missions with greater rewards will appear on a regular basis and developers have laid out a system for releasing constantly evolving story content. Although comparisons can be made to other co-operative shooters, Warframe has more than enough novelties to set it apart from other games in the genre. Thus it seems Digital Extremes have at last been successful in the pursuit of a concept nearly fifteen years in the making. Our time with the game has in no way been brief, yet so much remains to be explored. Community events, an evolving storyline, clans, and the sheer number of missions and locations will keep us returning to this space opera on a regular basis for months, maybe even years to come.
Played this months ago on my brothers ps4 for about 2 hrs....then it showed it ugly free to play face garbage. You couldnt pay me to download this f2p trash on my xbox one.
@EternalDragonX That is odd since I rather liked the game, i guess it helps to have friends to play it with though. Judging by your tone maybe that is the problem you faced..
This review came out a few days after destiny, I hope there is an update describing what both of them got right and what they maybe should borrow from the other since this is basically the pre cursor to destiny.
Overall great and accurate review of a game that is at the least deserving of some recognition well done Pure.
@HEADESTROYER4, wow thats a great review for a game i had a mind interest in to be honest. After reading this I'm getting more excited about this game. I'm going to play it tonight and give it a chance. @HEADESTROYER4 let me know if you'll be playing online and ill join in .
Who else will be playing this game tonight??? maybe we can set up a clan for this???
@EternalDragonX , I also got this game when i had the ps4, but i never was really into it. After reading this review, i do have more excitement on this game. Honestly its free to play, if i don't like it. I can stop and play a different game. So no real loss on me. Ill give it a go.
For sure my man! I'll be logging in tonight to check my "Kubrow" named "Killbro's maturity and have a PureX clan started with Dojo unlocked and all. I can invite ANY pX'ers after you've finished the initial completion of your spacecraft interior systems. Friend me and I'll send clan invites asap! It really is a novel experience, I can also coach in how not to "pay" for things!
We'll be covering Destiny as it goes, with a review to come. As far as differences I'd simply suggest an hour or two with Warframe to see exactly for yourself where this game excels! Beyond that, I'll send a clan invite to you as well my friend!
@HEADESTROYER4 , ill be online after 11:30PM eastern time, I'm catching up on a few tv shows tonight.
how long does the initial completion last? 30 minutes to a hour?
Yeah about that! After an hour you should DEFINATELY be able to join the PureX clan!
C'mon p'Xers! We know you want to?
@HEADESTROYER4 , cool ill ask you for a invite after I'm done the mission. i can't chat online as people are sleeping at night while I'm playing, i usually communicate a bit and text via laptop
That's fine dude! I understand completely, finish 'em off then send me a notification on XB and I'll clan you up! We're at... 5 members currently, calling on all pure Xer's!
Try it out my man! It's a solid game and we look to be developing a small clan here?
Look to the review if you missed it, there is allot to learn about this "free-to-play garbage", it harkens back nearly 15Years in concept! Pls read the review and comment on it, rather than what you've seen in prior reviews... I meant to possibly enlighten, as I certainly was!
@HEADESTROYER4, how do you join a clan? i guess its by invite only??
Indeed, I'm online now so will send an invite and, with this game you can play silent, your squadmates generally should know what's up!
@HEADESTROYER4, cool thanks. ill be online in a few hours.
For this game, you MUST finish the initial "campaign" (less than an hour) and bring your spacecraft to near full functionally before you'r able to join the clan! It doesn't take long and serves as a great tutorial on the games mechanics!
Thanks for the info and helpful review.
Honestly i just finished playing this game for the past 2.5 hours and i did enjoy it more then some other games that i've played recently.
I just got to say wow its quite good for a FREE TO PLAY game, they really did a good job with this game.
The online game play was solid, i have little to no lag in the game.
Like @peckfeckler said "This game is better played with friends" I played with a interesting cast of gamers, we had a great time.
Anyone else more exicted for this than Destiny? Just saying. I played this and i was like 'this is 3rd person destiny"
This is a underrated game by a mile ive played this more than destiny to be honest I don't know why but this game keeps pulling me back.
The game is great but only when playing with others, I had the blast the first time playing with a great bunch of people. Once Destiny arrived, no one was playing this and it got quite boring as i really enjoying playing with others. which added to the fun factor of this game
Very true! The company you keep defines you.
I agree with everything here, this is why I gave the game an 8 overall, it really has very few flaws? Save for the fact that, it's free!
Your are right about the companies you keep.
My best friend just got a xbox one and he's hooked on destiny.
I'm still holding off purchasing it as I have other games
I would like to finish first.
My only flaw with the war frame game is when you are playing it alone.
And now that destiny is over shadowing it it's quite hard to
Find people to play with as they are online but in another game.
It's reminds of a quite from mario brothers. Sorry mario but our princess is in another castle. People are online but I. The destiny world.
@Emanouel @jasper81 @Darklurkr23
We already have an unofficial clan going within Warframe (It's the purest clan there is!) and I'd be glad to see a few pX'ers come online for "Warframe Wednesday"? Or... whatever day is more applicable yet has less of a rhyme scheme to it
Anyone looking for good company can add me (HEADESTROYER4), and I'll send clan invites asap... I'm glad to hear that you're all enjoying the game as I am!
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