Updated Fri, Feb 22, 2013 by Ralphedelominius
While terminal hacks could fall under the basic mission tips above, they deserve their own special section here. Not only do you need to interact with terminals somewhat frequently, but the process for doing so is a basic mini-game, and there are some conditional factors to be aware of as well.
When you approach a terminal that you can interact with, you will be prompted to do so by hitting the X key. Once you do, a randomized mini-game will begin, and you will have precious little time to complete it. In most cases, failure just means that you’ll have to start over again, though there will be certain cases where your shields and health will slowly deplete until a terminal is successfully hacked.
The mini-game itself is about as straight forward as it gets. As you can see below, you will be presented with a number of hexagonal tiles, each with patterned markings. Clicking on a tile will rotate it, with the goal being to connect the lines between each individual tile.
There will be a number of different reasons you’ll need to interact with terminals depending on the mission and enemy type. Some examples include:
Warframe is a very solid cooperative shooter, and one that offers a great alternative for gamers from various genres. In a lot of ways, Warframe succeeds in many of the areas where games like Hellgate: London failed to deliver. In other words, taking the formula of a Diablo style hack-and-slash, but bringing it into modern times. Millions of Diablo III fans may disagree, but playing action games in an isometric perspective is one of those things I’d be all too happy to see go the way of the dinosaurs.
Don’t forget to check back later this week for our hands-on impressions from the Warframe closed beta, and be sure to snag one of the beta keys we’ll be giving away this week so that you can check the game out for yourself!