Although Warframe has been on PC and PS4 for some time now it has only just come to Xbox One, let’s check it out!
Warframe opens with you, a Tenno (basically a space ninja), being awoken during a raid by one of the game’s villainous races called the Grineer. The first few story missions see you take down one of the Grineer commanders, Vor. These missions unlock features on your ship like the refinery that lets you build new weapons and warframes, but like many free to play games you need to gather a fair few resources to build these and the most basic of builds can take around 12 hours to complete.
Once you have completed these story missions you unlock access to many different planets, each containing their own story missions, unique resources and enemies to fight, either with friends, strangers or alone. The missions tend to get a little repetitive but multiple runs are necessary if you want to build the best equipment. Graphically the game is not bad, but up close some of the textures tend to blur and when killed, some enemies tend to violently shake and occasionally clip through the environment, although small, these little details can take you out of the experience but are by no means a deal breaker.
Gameplay wise the game is decent enough to keep you hooked but sometimes hard to control when things get a little too hectic. The only problem I really have is the camera speeds, both the normal third person and aiming down sights views are controlled by a single slider, and there is a massive difference in speed between the two. You can have the normal view to be perfect but when aiming down sights most enemies will run faster than you can move the camera, or you can aim perfectly fine but have the normal camera be an overly sensitive mess.
The weapons increase in power and overall effectiveness as you use and level them, the same goes for your warframe which can increase in health and shields. The weapons are balanced as well as they can be but the higher end weapons put the starters to shame, which is to be expected in a game like this. An easy way to unlock this high end gear is to purchase platinum with real money, although expensive for those who do want to open their wallets, the developers have managed to not make this a pay win, or even pay to play microtransaction model as all equipment can be crafted, the purely visual things, like accessories and colours are purchase only but they make no difference to actual gameplay, keeping the playing field level for all players.
The enemy AI is competent enough to put up a fight once detected but makes stealth with any of the bow weapons easily exploitable. Enemies don’t react as the bows make no noise, even if you kill someone who is standing face to face with someone else. Most of these problems can easily be patched out, and I commend Digital Extremes in that regard as patches are rolled out constantly, bringing new missions, equipment and ironing out bugs.
Overall, my introduction has been a pleasant one and the game shows great potential for those players who don’t mind a little grinding. The combat is decent enough and the game looks good, although it can get a little choppy in the frame rate department but it is quite infrequent, not making it a hindrance. A deep modding system will reward dedicated players with new skill moves and stat increases, and give us newbies a leg up against the waves of enemies trying to hinder your quest across the galaxy. Warframe is definitely a game to keep your eye on, and at the low, low price of nothing you would be a fool not to give it a try.