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Warframe PlayStation 4 First Impressions - Page 2

Posted Tue, Jan 07, 2014 by Martuk

If you’re not suffering from latency issues, Warframe’s gameplay is both smooth and solid. Your warframes can climb surfaces, run across walls, and fight with melee weapons, guns, and energy skills. Missions can feel a bit repetitive at times despite their procedurally generated nature, but the real meat of the game is in its combat, which can be quite fun and a real bargain at the extra low price of free.

Despite very fluent combat, it isn’t flawless. Sometimes the enemy AI gets a little, well, confused. This comes in various forms such as enemies assaulting in full zerg formation without regard for personal safety, which can be quite fun with a number of warframe skills. At other times some enemies will ignore you as they jog into a wall while you unload a full clip into their back. Luckily, this isn’t always the case and you’ll have plenty of fights where enemies will act as you would expect them to by ducking behind walls and taking shots at you. There’s no real cover system so to speak, so don’t get too excited.

Scaling walls is just one of the fluent parts of combat in Warframe.

Assassination missions are one example of Warframe's combat done right as they can put your squad against a stronger target that has his own set of special skills. In my first Assassination mission, our squad was tasked with killing an enemy that could apparently only be damaged by headshots, had high shields, and liked to toss an orb on the ground that would shoot one target and spread to any other players nearby. It was good fun but may be challenging for uncoordinated groups. Other missions like Endless Defense, which are technically Warframe’s Horde mode, allow players to fight off multiple waves with a periodic chance for evac. Players can at that time vote to take the evac and claim their prize or to keep fighting for a chance at richer rewards.

As with most any multiplayer game, you’ll get more out of Warframe if you bring some friends along that can coordinate and chat. Striking that, finding a PUG isn’t difficult at all thanks to the in-game matchmaking system. You can also swap your online settings around to play alone or in private matches where only friends can join.

So to summarize:

Pros:

  • As one of the first free-to-play titles on the PS4, Warframe is shaping up to be one of the best that you can play for absolutely nothing.
  • The combat is solid, fun, and engaging.
  • A variety of mission types.
  • Various warframes can spice up gameplay along with an assortment of weapons and infection missions (think space zombies).
  • Most weapons and warframes can be obtained through gameplay.
  • Multiple mission types across several planets.
  • Matchmaking is pretty quick.
  • NPC chatter through the PS4 controller speaker is quite awesome.
  • It’s free-to-play and doesn’t require a PlayStation Plus account.

Cons:

  • Maps can feel repetitive despite the procedurally generated content design.
  • Unlocking new stuff through crafting can take quite a bit of time.
  • The at times lag-ridden, host-changing process of non-dedicated servers can be a painful experience.
  • The tutorial and introduction doesn’t adequately explain or even discuss specific features such as the Foundry, arsenal, and progression, making research a necessity for new players.
  • Basic story.
  • PC accounts currently can’t be used or copied to the PS4, though an option to copy is coming along with cross-platform play down the road.

Warframe doesn’t cost a thing to play aside from the time it takes to download it, so if you’re curious about it I recommend that you go out and give it a try for yourself be it on PC or PlayStation 4. And if you like it, I’m sure Digital Extremes won’t mind if you spend a little bit of cash. A dev’s gotta eat.

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