Pubblicata: 23 aprile
Warframe is a free to play TPS / hack 'n slash co-op game with stealth and parkour elements. In it the player becomes one of the Tenno, space ninjas awakened from a long slumber, who control powerful suits known as Warframes which provide different abilities and allow them to tackle on dangerous jobs from Lotus.
The graphics are just incredible. Each location has their own design style, the environments are shiny and rich in details, while the special effects are just plain beautiful. The only downside might be the fact that the last one can be a little bit too distracting at times and hard to see through during a fight.
In the sound department, the music is appriopriate to the situation (speeds up when in a fight, for example) and whatever plays in the background is usually the theme of the faction you're fighting against (though it can get overriden by the boss' theme if someone like that appears). The sound effects aren't anything special, but they are appriopriate.
The gameplay consists of you and up to three other players deploying on a mission and completing a specific objective (like killing all enemies or capturing important targets) while moving through randomly-generated rooms. You get to use between three weapons - primary, secondary and melee (which can be of many different types, like shotguns, rifles, pistols, shurikens, swords, axes...) - as well as an assortment of movement options, including, but not limited to sprinting, sliding, wall-running etc. You can also attack enemies while performing any of those maneuvers, giving you a large degree of freedom as to how and when to move in and strike.
As far as stealth elements go, you can obviously use cover to keep yourself out of sight of enemies. You can also use silent weapons like bows and shurikens to take them out from a distance, or sneak up behind them and perform an insta-kill stealth execution. The mechanics are very solid and it's fun slicing stuff down.
There is also the Archwing and its own missions, where you move in no-gravity using the eponymous mechanical wings, shooting down foes akin to a space shooter. While it isn't as diverse as the standard gamemode, it is a good change of pace from time to time. Not to mention, even more awesome.
The amount of equipment, types of environments, and missions you can encounter is staggering. The diversity is what keeps it from getting too stale.
I think this is it for the pros, so let's start counting out the cons. The game is still, quite obviously, a glorified grind to get better stuff. Fortunately, most of the time it's somewhat fun to play.
Another bad thing is the fact that enemies are horrendously stupid. Performing a "stealth" execution together with screams of pain does not itch the rest of the guards five meters ahead to look behind themselves. You can snipe someone with a bow and no one will find anything particularly weird in a ragdolling corpse going halfway across the room. They also tend to take cover at not exactly the best spots, or forget that you just sped right past them and still sit there waiting in cover, just being covered from the wrong direction. Harder missions only strengthen the enemies' stats together with spawning elites more often, and sometimes new types of enemies.
Also another thing is that the game requires a LOT of grinding to even get moderately powerful. At the beginning you're going to struggle to complete the missions that aren't the absolute simplest of all, since you don't have much resources to manufacture new stuff, and the starting equipment is very weak. And even if you do get strong weapons, they're not going to be powerful enough with a good assortment of high-rank mods for them to customize their damage output. Of course, if you have a friend who's been playing the game for quite some time and is willing to help you out in getting started, this becomes a bit less of an issue.
The amount of slots you get for equipment is also very limited. While it isn't so bad with weapon and sentinel slots, you get only two Warframe slots for starters, kind of limiting your options as to how many roles you can fill in a team. You really need more slots to be able to do something besides one or two things.
The last thing is the fact that the game is pretty glitchy. Objects can spawn at wrong places due to random generator just messing up, or you can land outside the map, fall into the Void and be forced to revive due to a collision detection glitch or a lag spike. And this isn't an uncommon occurence, it happened to me three times
Overall, this is a grindy and harsh at the beginning, but very fun game once you get far enough. You should check it out if you don't mind a sluggish beginning, especially if you've got more experienced friends who can help you get running.