“The target is just ahead, you know what to do.”

Warframe

Zerg! Kill stuff! Blow up the whole room! Electrocute! Poison! Burn baby, Burn! This, and some more action is available in Warframe.

They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more.

The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place. They summon you.

Allow the Lotus to guide you. She has rescued you from your cryostasis chamber and given you a chance to survive. The Grineer will find you; you must be prepared. The Lotus will teach you the ways of the Warframes and the secrets to unlocking their powers.

Name of the game is the suits (characters) you can choose to play with. They all come with specific skillset and statistics that you can not change, but you can improve. The difference between players comes from mods used in the warframes, which equal other games talent trees and specs. All mods can be improved up to a hard cap but playing with a starting level warframe is suicidal in anywhere else than the beginner levels, unless you’re into hiding behind your friend’s back. Weapons are rifles, pistols, blades and bows (mainhand and offhand) and they are used together with powers that vary from single/aoe dmg to support and buffs.

Warframe is a third person shooter that you can play solo, with friends or with random groups of four players. It’s free to download with the option of real money purchases from game shop. The game world consists of a solarsystem. Each planet has a set of missions that come available once you’ve completed the adjacent one. If someone else has access to a mission, you can join in the group even if you hadn’t been on the whole planet yet. Planets yield different resources as drops from killed enemies and as rewards for completed missions. Missions also reward parts for crafting new warframes and weapons. Mission types vary from kill everything to rescue and escort and assassination. As a fun factor the mission type can change during the mission, ie you go for a certain goal and halfway the run you hear the orders; screw this, kill them all. One of my favourites is survival, which is largely used for farming mats. In survival mission, you have to keep activating life support pods which drop around the location and in smaller quantities also from killed mobs. On top of normal missions there is alerts, which have rewards you can not get from normal missions.

Graphics of the game is fine level, the repetitive locations might seem a bit boring after more playing (you learn the maps, know where the enemies are most likely waiting.) There isn’t much options to change character looks, suits have their default looks that you can dye to your own liking, and change helmet or back piece, that’s it. You will not be seeing players faces, just the warframes.  Movement is excellent, very parkour-style with jumping, sliding and running against walls. The controls require a bit getting used to, or changing keybindings. There is only two attacks and four skills to use.

The UI is simple and minimal, but works ok once you learn where everything is and how to change your gear. Crafting is simple: gather blueprints, gather mats, click “build” and wait until finished. You can craft miners to farm materials and place them on the planet that has the exact material you happen to need. Miners need to be emptied once full or they will take damage. There is also companions, machines that float around following you and perform tasks according to which mods you install in them, such as combat and gathering loot.

Warframe is not a trinity model, there isn’t really direct healing as such, but shields and a bit of group restore. With improving mods players get higher hp and shield to survive harder enemies. You can join a higher level mission with any starter gear you happen to have, there is no entry requirements, so you might be one-shotted where as your friend just walks by and wonders why you’re laying on your back gasping for air, once again.

Warframe is in open beta (has been for a year) for PC and PS4. It is not an mmo so don’t expect a walk in a park with storyline quests. Grab a weapon of your liking, pack a few friends and go wipe their faces off the planet.

This is war, Tenno.

 

 

Ps. Have a laugh @ Shit Lotus says

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~ by lvlinglife on April 28, 2014.

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