Warframe - Xbox One

Release Date:

September 02, 2014

Also on:

Xbox One PS4 PC

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
6.4

Summary:

Warframe boasts 16 different game types that span the range of 14 missions each. You’ll travel all over the galaxy as you seek to shake off the greedy hand of the Grineer Empire, a cyborg race of seemingly unending numbers. You’ll face off against a group of rival factions that have their own special abilities and ways to handle you and the other lowly Tenno that decide to stick up to them. Action in the game is mixed between hack and slash and FPS and the blend works well. All in all Warframe is a wonderful download if only to cash in on the fact that it is F2P. There are some cool concepts in this title but we disliked how hard the pay-to-win option was pushed.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Digital Extremes
  • Publisher(s):
    • Digital Extremes
  • Distributor(s):
    • Xbox One Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • September 2, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2-4 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 19.1GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Evolution
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 57 Hours
  • Xbox SmartGlass:
    • Optional
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Posted:
2015-07-19

Darren_Summerell

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Xbox One

6.3

Warframe on the Xbox One is a free-to-play third-person shooter developed by Digital Extremes. The game is free to download, players may purchase in-game currency for additional upgrades.

Warframe was developed for the PC and PS4 by the team at Digital Extremes. With almost an entire year head start on the Xbox One, Warframe quickly found a cult following thanks to its Free To Play model, addicting arcade sequences, and bizarre premise. We didn’t get to play the game for those two consoles, opting instead to wait until it found its way to being released on the Xbox One. Once we got our hands on it we quickly found that, in some instances, the wait was worth it. However, no console adaptation is without flaws and those flaws can become magnified in the relatively bare boned world of F2P video games. So let’s dig in and see what went right and what went wrong during this science fiction arcade game.

Warframe takes place in the far reaches of outer space in a future that has been absolutely decimated by warfare. There are two factions doing battle that serve as the backdrop of the videogame. The Grineer are the dominant species, holding on to the solar system with a vice grip as they seek to take control of every planet in their path. These are the bad guys and that should be pretty self evident. Players step into the role of a warrior of the Tenno race. The Tenno are about to be destroyed after having been enslaved by the Grineer for countless years. The Grineer are about to finish their strangulation of the lowly Tenno race when you step in. You arm yourself with a special exo-skeleton and basically become a mini mecha, engineered to destroy the Grineer. Your job, your goal, and the only hope your race has to survive is by beating the Grineer in order to find hidden Orokin technology.

So the story in and of itself should remind you a bit of Halo with a splash of Enders Game and a twist on some of the Warhammer novels. Not saying that it is completely derivative, but there are definitely allusions to other older texts wrapped into the story. What the heck are we talking about all of this for anyway? You aren’t going to be downloading Warframe so that you can get intrigued by the deep and complex storyline. You are here to shoot stuff, and shoot stuff along with your buddies!

As we said above Warframe is a free to play game that offers co-op support of the third person variety. The game starts with you leaving the cryo-systems (read: tutorial) and running into a giant benevolent creature named The Lotus. This creature is the sole voice of your mission: your time has come and it is time to put Tenno’s back on the map. The Lotus serves as your guide throughout the game, almost like Navi flying above your shoulder. Your first goal in the game will be to collect parts of your busted ship so that you can bring it up to fully functioning. Your ship is possessed of an AI by the name of Odis, not unlike Dinklebot from Destiny, and he always has something witty to drop on you. It is interesting that a majority of your story and dialogue come from non traditional sources. We don’t have an opinion on the choice, just that it is interesting.

Once you have your ship up and running it is time to get the move on and arm up. You can now head to the Foundry where you will be able to acquire weapons and blueprints for your ship and so much more. You can also bounce over to the Armory where you can work over your combat trees as you design your F2P fighter for maximum deadly efficiency. There is also a marketplace where you will see the weekly deals that try to entice you into spending money on the F2P game. These are avoidable if you like and you probably should, unless you really like the game and want to contribute to the company.

For a F2P game we were absolutely blown away by the full blown 3D graphics in the game. The aesthetics of how the game are inspired by Dark Sector and there are many other influences from the title included in the game. The textures of each individual model are super impressive and they really give life to a game that could have otherwise been so generic.

As is with any of the F2P games that flood the market every year, there are some gimmicks that go a long way toward annoying players. When a game limits how often you can play, that is a problem - even for F2P titles. In Warframe your limit comes in the amount of times you can 'bleed out'. You are allowed to be killed and revived up to three times per 24 hour period. If you exceed that number than you are summarily kicked out of the game until your timer goes up. So it is important that you stick with your group of Tenno, learn how to play the game efficiently, and take a lot of care so as not to end up in situations that could result in death. You do have a shield as well as your own health bar and your fellow Tenno can help heal you and revive you so you aren’t totally left out to dry. You can also level up both of your defense bars as you excel in the game.

Warframe boasts 16 different game types that span the range of 14 missions each. You’ll travel all over the galaxy as you seek to shake off the greedy hand of the Grineer Empire, a cyborg race of seemingly unending numbers. You’ll face off against a group of rival factions that have their own special abilities and ways to handle you and the other lowly Tenno that decide to stick up to them. Action in the game is mixed between hack and slash and FPS and the blend works well.

All in all Warframe is a wonderful download if only to cash in on the fact that it is F2P. There are some cool concepts in this title but we disliked how hard the pay-to-win option was pushed.

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