(Rating System: There are five categories that are each receive a rating of one through five with one being the lowest possible score and five being the highest possible score. At the end, the scores of each of the five sections are compiled together to create an overall score for the game.)
Warframe is a great game for players that are looking for a futuristic, third-person shooter, with lots of player progression and a unique setting. Someone explained it to me as a futuristic, Diablo 3 (minus the point-and-click), third-person shooter with ninjas. I found that description to be pretty accurate. You take control of the Tenno (cool Japanese word, look it up) which are futuristic ninjas that perform various missions. Throughout the missions, you will earn credits, find mods for your gear, and level up your gear. This will allow you to discover more loot, complete higher level missions, and advance your frames and gear even further. If you like fast-paced third-person shooters with an unlimited amount of progression, then this is a great game for you to try out (plus it’s free to try!).
Fun Factor (Score: 4/5)
I’ll be flat out honest, when I first played this game it didn’t suck me in. I tried it because some of my friends were really into it. Initially, I joined them and played through various missions for a couple hours. I wasn’t a fan because I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything in the missions. I died easily, my damage output sucked, and I had no clue what I was doing. But I eventually realized it was like a Level 1 character stepping into a game with two Level 50 characters and trying to complete an instance. Of course I was going to suck and die a lot.
I was determined to figure out how to get better though because the game seemed pretty unique and unlike anything I’d ever played. It was super fast-paced at certain points and the game seemed like it had a lot of potential. Plus, the game really spoke to the progression-lover in me. I love being able to hunt for things in a game, max out items, and figure out better ways to combine powers and equipment. This game definitely had an aura about it that the developers didn’t play a lot to trying to balance things. They just made cool stuff and let the players figure it out.
Control and Gameplay (Score: 5/5)
The control and gameplay for Warframe are both very solid. I can tell the developers were thinking ahead when they made the game. I don’t think I’ve changed any of the controls from the defaults that are setup in the game. Once you’ve played the game a little while, it becomes very easy to pickup and remember what keys do what.
Probably the hardest thing for players to pickup is movement for their Tenno. In Warframe you have a ton of movement options when it comes to playing your characters. You can slide on the ground, run up walls, run side-ways on walls, do jump attacks, and a host of other crazy, ninja-like movements. These take a little getting used to, but it is also part of the learning the game. The better you become at those movements, the more effective you become in-game. There are even skill challenges later on that test how well you can complete these movements. They are all very intuitive, but take time to perfect.
Disclaimer: Warframe recently became available on the Play Station 4. I have only played the PC version and cannot comment on control and gameplay for the Play Station 4 version.
Graphics (Score: 5/5)
The game looks great and it runs great. You can’t ask for a whole lot more than that. One of my favorite things about the game is how good it looks for how little it taxes my gaming system. My current computer setup is a little outdated. The hardware is a bit old for today’s current standards. However, I can run the game on high graphical settings and it isn’t choppy at all. The game looks very crisp and sharp.
It has great visuals and is very immersive. I love the different cut scenes when you’re loading into the game or into a mission. It freezes the Tenno in battle positions and just looks really awesome. When you actually play the missions, the game plays extremely fast and I’ve never had graphical tearing or any performance issues. The overall graphics of the game are very unique and aren’t something you will be able to readily compare to another game.
Sound (Score: 4/5)
The sound effects and musical score for Warframe are pretty solid. It definitely has a futuristic video game feel to it. I always try to judge the sound of a game on how much it adds (or takes away) from the game. I think the sound effects for the game are awesome. The frame powers and weapons all have different sound effects. There is minimal reusing of certain sounds. There are a lot of sounds that make you feel like you’re in a Star Wars or Star Trek movie (I mean that in the best possible way). As far as the musical score, it is very solid and gets you into the game.
The only complaint that I have with the sound for Warframe is that the musical score is somewhat limited. This is something that I, personally, feel is really common with a lot of games. I think graphics are what people tend to focus on the most, so most games tend to think of sound secondary. This is a very nit picky complaint, but I’d like to see the developers add a wider variety for the musical score in the future.
Replayability (Score: 4/5)
My friends and I spent a decent amount of time playing the game in the very early stages of its development. Eventually, we left for greener pastures because, at that time, we had explored all the game had to offer. Several months later my friend and I just randomly decided to check it out again and we were floored by the amount of new content they had added. They had added an entirely new melee combat system, more frames, tons more weapons, more mission types, more mods, a new alert system, and many more social and multiplayer options than there were before. Our group instantly started playing again and I think I put eighty hours into the game over the first two weeks I came back to it. If you’re a progression-oriented player or completionist, this game didn’t used to have a ton to offer. Well, it does now.
If I had a knock on the game when it comes to replayability, it would be that the game can become very monotonous in the same way many first-person or third-person shooters can. There are only so many mission types you can create where players are going around and killing tons of enemies (whether they are computer-controlled or player-controlled). If you’re the type of player that put five-hundred hours into Battlefield or Call of Duty, then this probably won’t be an issue for you. If you are the type of player that needs a lot of variety in your games, then replayability could become an issue.
Conclusion (Overall Score: 22/25)
Overall, I really like Warframe. It took me a little time to really get into the game, but I’ve been shocked at how rapidly the game has evolved in such a short amount of time. It really speaks to the progression-oriented completionist in me. It is a very unique game that I don’t think has much else out there like it. My favorite thing about the game is that you can accomplish something in-game if you only have a small amount of time to play. So whether I only had twenty minutes to play or five hours to play, I always can get something done. You don’t need to dedicate huge blocks of time to progress in this game if you don’t have that available.
The game is free to play, so it’s really hard to go wrong with that. And unlike many other free-to-play games, you can actually do extremely well in this game without paying a dime. If you’re the type of gamer that has a little money and likes to support the developers of a good game, spending a little cash can speed up your acquisition of things that you want. It can also get you some cosmetic goodies that help you look different than the “average” futuristic ninja.
If you haven’t given Warframe a try yet, I highly recommend it.
(This review is the author’s opinion and only the author’s opinion. I do not use other reviews to influence how I review, nor am I being paid or compensated for this review. If I was paid or compensated in any way, I will tell you…)
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