Warframe was something I stumbled upon maybe mid last year? It might've been on Kotaku, or maybe I found it on MMOHut, I'm not quite sure. Either way, I had signed up for the closed beta, and to no avail I wasn't accepted - actually they just never sent me anything so who knows if that even counts. I don't remember where I saw it just a few days ago, but it's in open beta now so I decided to give it a try.

From what I gathered in the story, you are a Tenno, a race of powerful wards who are assigned to watch over certain solar systems and you just so happen to be chosen for our very own. Starting through Mercury - the planet closest to the sun - you jump from space station to outpost cleaning up the Grineer who are a race of space-faring marines who have Tenno artifacts. The story is very loose, or at least that's what I gathered from it. There's more enemies, I'm currently Venus fighting through hordes of Moa like robots and cyborgs. Or there's this short excerpt from the site:

They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more.

The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place. They summon you.

Allow the Lotus to guide you. She has rescued you from your cryostasis chamber and given you a chance to survive. The Grineer will find you; you must be prepared. The Lotus will teach you the ways of the Warframes and the secrets to unlocking their powers.

Come Tenno, you must join the war.



Warframe is a third-person action game that focuses heavily on gun/sword play and a small deck-building mechanic for upgrades and mods. You pick one Warframe to start off with out of three: Volt, Loki, and Excalibur. Volt focuses more with gunplay and area manipulation while Loki focuses more with powers and sword play, Excalibur is your typical well rounded character. You get three weapons: an assault rifle, pistol, and sword with the ability to get shotguns, snipers, sub-machine guns, and even knucle dusters and bo-staffs down the line. Guns have their own stats where-as your melee weapons are more desperation or stealth weapons considering you can charge up a heavy attack and dice most things in half a la Metal Gear Rising. On top of that you have powers. You're given four from the get go but you have to level up your Warframe to use them. I'm playing Volt, and his name speaks mounds of what he uses. My first ability is a Sith-like lightning attack with the ability to upgrade to an electric shield, or a mass discharge that fries everything electric in a certain radius. Beyond that there's incredibly moves you can pull off such as wall running, diving whilst shooting, and power-sliding while windmilling about with your sword.

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Powers and modifications to your guns and warframe are a little different than most MMOs. Throughout your space travels you pick up skill cards or modifications which look like cards which have numbers on them. Each of your weapons and your warframe have their own experience bar and level in which to raise. There's a modification for warframes called "Quick Rest" which increases your shield recharge and stamina use - it's assigned the point value of 2. I already have my shock ability, which has the point value of 2, assigned to my warframe. If I want to use "Quick Rest" I need to level up my warframe two more levels to attach that card. The same applies to your weapons.

For each planet you visit there's a handful of missions ranging from wave defense like Gears of Wars popular hoard mode, or raiding facilities with hit and run attacks to thin out enemy numbers. There is no competitive multiplayer, and while it is an action game violence isn't really over the top. People get sliced in half, but heads don't have the familiar pop like they do in Mass Effect or other games, which brings me to my next point. Game play is much like Mass Effect 3's multiplayer if you couldn't guess already, so this game harps towards players who love cooperation.

I'm really enjoying this game so far even if it's in open beta. Like with many free-to-play games there's cash shop items but the currency is so over priced that it's not worth it. You get about 75 platinum, which is the cash-shop currency, per $5.00 but you can buy most things with credits you earn in game considering you're always given 1,000 for mission completion and that's not including bonuses. You can also find and buy blue prints to craft more powerful items or even new warframes for you to play with.

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I really encourage you folks to give this game a try! I ran it on my friends low-end PC and there wasn't too much lag, but the graphics are really nice when bumped up to max. If you guys join me, add me in game with my username Skole. Sign up at Warframe.com