This has pretty much been my gaming crack for the past week.
At a glance? Team up, kill stuff in third person shooter mode, farm stuff, kill better. Go fast, or sit inside an impregnable I’ve enjoyed PSO and Borderlands in the past, and I’m really liking this one.
Plus it’s free to play, and it’s not pay to win. It is pay to win faster, to a degree, but the end game content (still in “open beta” and has tweaks regularly) isn’t fleshed out yet so there isn’t a real need.
You play as one of the Tenno, an old warrior civilization that has begun to wake up from cryo stasis into a galaxy of war.
The suit thing is a Warframe. There are currently slightly over twenty. You start out with one of three, and every Warframe has its unique skills and in general have varying health/shield/armor numbers.
For more lore: http://warframe.wikia.com/wiki/Factions
Grineer = armored aliens
Corpus = shielded robotics
Infested = zombified-ish aliens
Gameplay: While watching a video or stream is probably a better idea than reading this, I felt like writing up a decent amount so here we go.
Gameplay is split into two parts: doing a mission, and being in menus.
The galaxy/main menu lets you choose a planet and then a mission node on that planet if you have it unlocked.
The game will try to matchmake for you which is great, and makes it much less of a hassle to team up than in PSO2 or Borderlands 2. This emphasis on teams is pretty cool imo.
Doing a mission involves the third person shooter, with GREAT mobility, killing enemies, leveling up your gear, and generally trying to complete the objective and/or farm for items and in game credits. When you beat a mission for the first time, you unlock new mission nodes.
As you level up your gear and beat mission nodes for the first time, your overall “mastery rank” exp increases. Getting to the next mastery rank involves a quick test involving one of the gameplay mechanics (i.e. kill all these enemies with your primary weapon, but it even goes over mobility like shooting at targets while wallrunning when you get to rank 8) and allows you to unlock more things to buy in the Market menu (more below).
You use the items/credits in the menus (admittedly, the current UI is bad. But it is manageable). Items are either resources you pick up within missions to craft other gear (more on this in a bit), or Modules, which are card-lookin things that can be placed into Warframes/weapons to boost their abilities in one way or another. When you start out with new weapons, you won’t be able to fit many mods in. Leveling up the gear increases their mod capacity. Modules can also be leveled by “fusing” them with one another (you just feed mods to the mod you wanna level basically, it’s pretty simple) up to improve their stat-improving ability, but then they cost more mod capacity.
In game Credits are used in the Market menu, which lets you buy blueprints of gear. You then use those blueprints in the Foundry menu, where if you have enough stuff, you can build the things! The kicker here is that it usually takes anywhere from 12 hours (weapons) to 72 hours (Warframes) of REAL TIME to complete.
It’s a free to play after all! You can “rush” things with the “real money” currency: Platinum, but you probably shouldn’t do that if you’re looking to avoid spending on this game, which you totally can! It also gives you a sort of goal to work to, then you get to take a break for the day.
Platinum: you only start with 50 and you have to buy any additional Platinum with real money or trade Mods (and specific other gear) for Platinum with other players. If you’re not going to spend money on this game, I definitely recommend saving this for when you need more Warframe slots (20 plat) or Weapon slots (12 plat). Otherwise you will quickly cycle through weaker weapons as you want to sell the starters as soon as you level them to 30 (max rank) and get new stuff!
Despite all this, I feel like this is one of my favorite games already. I’m loving the movement options (wallrunning, run-jump-air slide-air melee which with certain weapons propels very far, and more). I’m liking the progress I’m actually making when grinding, which is nice. The multiple game types and alert system keeps my interest too
There’s quite a bit more to the game (Keys, Clan, etc.) but that isn’t too necessary to just get started.
I’m considering making a short ish guide for newer players for that kind of info after they do get started though, as there is quite a lot to learn (and I enjoy that lol)!
Here’s my referral link if you feel like signing up while simultaneously starting with an “affinity booster” that levels up your gear faster and helping me out if you do 10 missions,
My in game name is delephantz on Steam. send me a friend request or somethin.
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