Warframe is a game that has built up quite a bit of fans over the years. The community behind the game is strong, and the game overall is doing pretty well for itself for the fact that it is a free-to-play game. There is a lot of debate over whether Warframe is worth the download, or if it should rot in the digital stores for eternity. It can be quite an addictive game to play. But to be quite honest, Warframe is a boring game, here are the reasons behind that.
Combat is too simplistic
Once starting up the game everything seems pretty new and it feels as though you are about to have a great, new experience. The game gives off some serious Destiny vibes, but it is nothing of the sort. You can choose to partake in ranged or close combat, the ranged combat is a better fit as with any game, it’s easier to hit enemies and not take too much damage in return.
Close combat on the other hand is another story. My character just wails his sword around hoping to hit a target. Close combat should definitely be optimized a bit more. There is something that is similar to a target lock, but it feels more like a slight aim assist and doesn’t work as well. If Warframe had different controls and had a legit lock-on system, close combat would be perfect.
There are other ways to play, as in getting a gun to take care of enemies, this is the way many others play the game, but if I can rock a cool sword then that’s what I prefer, they’re way cooler.
Granted, It takes a bit of playing to get used to close combat, and later on you will get better at it, but still, it’s bad, like really bad. Just stick to bow and arrow, and guns. If you want to perfect the close combat controls, I’ll be right there with you.
Not very engaging
Warframe does have a story, and missions to help with level progression and collecting mission rewards. I started up the game yesterday for the first time for about a year and a half, played for a solid three hours, and I still have no idea what’s going on. Think about when you play an MMO, the times when you skim through the dialogue to get the gist of a mission. Because nobody has the time to sit through tons of dialogue, and yet you know at least a bit of the story when the game is over. Not the case with Warframe, I have about 6 hours or so logged into Warframe, and have absolutely no idea what’s going on.
The engagement is at level zero, the NPCs are not those you can relate to. There’s a ton of things going on and it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening, or what’s more important to get off the to-do list first. I think Warframe is all bout leveling, collecting cool armor and weapons. There’s even a decent crafting system and upgrade system when it comes to modding your armor.
Warframe doesn’t necessarily hold your hand in the beginning stages of the game, you mostly have to figure everything out yourself. That’s probably where most get turned off, because there’s so much information to learn yet nowhere to get the information.
Something that will also turn most players off from the game, is the PVE. Exploring the world Warframe has to offer is pretty cool, there’s a lot to discover. But the frame rate drops like crazy on a consistent basis. Even more so when matchmaking or just running around a hub area in a full server, the game borderline freezes on you.
I’m playing Warframe on a PlayStation 4 Pro, it could be a better experience on PC, and I think that may be the case.
In the end, focusing on the game for the story is practically pointless, because it’s not very engaging. If you go into Warframe you should simply focus on leveling your character to defeat tougher enemies in the game as you progress. It’s really easy to run into enemies five levels higher than your character, on top of that, it’s even more easy to die.
PVP could be better
If you had no clue, there is PVP present in Warframe. It’s not the worst thing you’ve ever seen, but it’s definitely far from the best. The matches are always completely one-sided, whether winning or losing. The best instances of PVP is on the rare occasion of both teams being evenly matched.
One-sided games always seem to have a losing team who can’t maneuver, or basically fly across the map with style as well as the winning team. That’s another thing with the controls, rolling and jumping allows you to move ten times as fast, nonstop. There’s no running out of stamina, and flying makes you really difficult to hit.
Now don’t get me wrong, I can easily see why people love Warframe, it’s a game where you can hop in, run around with friends and cause some destruction and rank up to your heart’s content. Warframe is one of those games that can force an addiction, like the reason one would spend hours on Clash of Clans. You want to know what happens next, you want to level up and get better things.
It’s a game that anyone could get lost in if they give it a chance, meaningless fun can be the best type of fun. Next thing you know, you spent 2 hours procrastinating in the world of Warframe instead of that productive task you were about to complete.
The community is also really great, I have yet to come across any angry individuals, and even if I do, the mute button is extremely easy to access. I could see myself jumping back into Warframe to hang out with new people and level up together. In that regard, the game can be quite fun, as with any game, it can be fun with a group of friends.
Warframe has tons of potential, it’s a beautiful game with a gorgeous and weird world to explore. If you get past the weird controls and it’s “free-to-play” feel, then it’s a game anyone could appreciate. In fact, one thing I do love about the game is the customization options. The character skins are really cool and you can change the color of different areas and optimize the character exactly how you want.
Warframe is not for everyone
This game has indeed changed quite a lot since the last time I played it about a year and a half ago. In the past I had not much to say about Warframe it was immediately boring and I gave it zero chances. That’s what happens with most people that don’t like Warframe. The developers put in the work and focused on the hardcore fans and ultimately made a completely different game, that’s something to admire.
Warframe is a game that hits the spot for a certain group of people. You have to remember that Warframe costs nothing to play. So there will be micro transactions everywhere, but that’s okay, it’s not like you aren’t already used to that. But the things you do have to pay money for, aren’t always screaming in your face. It takes a bit of playing to get into the meat of the game, if you have yet to hit the semi open-world section of the game, then you haven’t played enough.
I recommend you play through until you reach that area of the game, play on ahead, and then decide if the game is for you or not. Warframe is a lot more than running in and out of corridors. What do you think about Warframe? Are you a hardcore fan or hate the game completely?