Warframe. I remember when I first saw this game appeared in my steam store page. I’m not particularly big on free to play games since most of them tend to be just a cheap excuse for a picture when system. I’m also not very big on multiplayer games especially not massive multiplayer. Gear grinding is definitely not my thing, I prefer my games to be experiences, not really repetitive levels of one and the same over and over again where you hope to get a different kind of loot at the end. Now that I think about it, it really makes no sense to me why would I even think about installing a game like Wareframe in a first place. It’s been around 3 years since then…
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Warframe is a space themed fast-paced, action-packed third person shooter / hack and slash game. It is also a massive multiplayer game where you’re free to go from planet to planet and undertake all kinds of missions that will reward you in some way of completion. If you really think about it, it is a weird game that combines massive multiplayer RPG elements with the game play of titles like Killing Floor and Left 4 Dead where you battle never-ending hordes of enemies but at the same time the game will reward you like a Diablo game would with all kinds of crazy randomly generated loot that may but will probably not ever come in handy to your character and you will end up selling it or fusing it into something that you prefer more that. This probably makes absolutely no sense to you…
So basically when the game was starting out, Digital Extremes, the developer studio behind this game, were trying to sell this game to a publisher. They thought that the idea was great and were actually trying to realize it for quite some time. If you’re familiar with the game Dark Sector which was not really a huge success but still a cool game you may be familiar with Digital Extremes and what they were trying to accomplish a long time ago. It was Warframe basically in its very early alpha state.
Back then they were developing under a publisher and they were unable to contain their original creativity with the game and it ended up like another third person shoot them up game with some cool gimmicks and unconventional weapons like the glaive which was what was selling the game for the most part.
So, since they weren’t really able to express themselves and make the game that they wanted to make in the first place under a publisher they decided to go independent and started working on Warframe.
In its playable beta they presented the game to many different publishers and most of them weren’t really interested in the game while some of them completely wrote them off saying how the game will never succeed.
I remember just how mindlessly fun the original build of the Warframe was. It was a game barely out of its alpha phase and it was by no means something that I would ever consider playing if I bothered to read the description and game play tags back then. I blindly picked it up and before I knew it I have invested over 30 hours in an early access third person shooter with no story or anything besides its addictive game play whatsoever. To me personally, that fact alone spoke volumes about the game’s quality and I couldn’t believe that the publishers condemned this game after seeing it.
All of that happened a long time ago. The game was frequently updated and new content was gradually released and added but I was kinda burned out, I played this game for over 1000 hours and I felt the need to simply move on and play something else for a while, not that the game was bad or anything, I just had enough.
It was just recently that I’ve noticed an update and decided to give Warframe another run, mostly out of curiosity just to see how much the developers have changed the game during this prolonged period of my absence. Damn, was I surprised.
This game is literally unrecognizable. All the qualities that made the game so playable in the first place are kept and improved beyond my wildest imaginations. The amount of weapons, modifications for those weapons and the characters that you can play now is absurd. I can’t help but think that there are millions of possibilities that you can build your character and his weapons that you may never, ever run up to somebody who is exactly like you. The amount of customization is mind blowing. And this is not just for show, no. All the upgrades, all the modifications serve a specific purpose. They are all better and worse than their counterparts in some manner so you will have to choose between one situation or the other or generally go for a fairly balanced jack of all trades but a master of none.
Game modes the previously consisted out of running through a level killing everything in your site are now expanded so much. From piloting badass mechs suits while wearing your own super cool cyborg suit and flying through the air shooting asteroids and spacecrafts that go boom in such a spectacular way, to boss fights that require strategy team played to take down and even stealth missions that require you to hide and proceed unnoticed to retrieve some sensitive data from the enemy. Just wow, this game surely changed, and the changes absolutely without a doubt for the better.
It even feature story and cut scenes so you may introduce yourself with the world of Warframe and find out more about Tenno and their ways. How they became what they are today and what are they fighting for, who are their enemies and why are they as they are.
The game evolved beyond recognition and I’m super glad that these developers decided to go independent and stick to their own creativeness and ideas this fight all the “experts” telling them they should quit. It really puts a smile on my face when I see something like this happens in the gaming industry.
I encourage you to give frame a try if you like fast-paced shooting, martial arts fighting, agile, flexible parkour movement, team play, stealth play, super cool boss battles, cyborgs, ninjas and generally good video games. The best thing about it is that this baby comes absolutely for free and it is a rare example of a video game where you absolutely never ever have to spend a dollar in order to gain more power. Everything is available from within the game and the only thing you’re actually unable to unlock our cosmetics and slots for more playable characters and their weapons.