It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these for the site, and so now seems like a good time to bring back this weekly blog series.
Over the past week, and continuing on to this week, I’ve been playing a lot of Warframe. If you asked me a month and a half ago what I’d be playing at this time in October, I would’ve probably said “exclusively Destiny 2.” Destiny 2 is a very good game, and a very fun one. I’ve spent over 100 hours in it, and have enjoyed it. I’m still playing it, just not as much as I would have figured I would be or even want to. You can check out my complete review of Destiny 2 here to see the issues I have with the game and why it isn’t holding my attention as much as the first one did.
I’m still hoping on and completing my Milestones and getting that 5,000 clan XP for each character. Speaking of which, if you play Destiny 2 on PS4 and need a clan, join our clan The Valguard Elite. We’re rank 5, will soon be rank 6. We do the raid, crucible, and nightfall engram each week. The raid is still a tremendous amount of fun. But beyond that, I’ve been supplementing Destiny 2 with another game…
Yep, I’ve returned to Warframe, a game I played a fair amount of in 2014 in the months before Destiny released. Once Destiny released, I got fully hooked on that to the point of spending some 2500 hours in it and didn’t return to Warframe. I’d log in here and there and do a mission or two, but any sort of progression in the game was immediately halted. The times I tried to go back to it, so much had changed and I was just lost. Like I needed a fresh start in the game to be able to get back into it.
I never got that fresh start because if I’m going to seriously play the game, I want to play it on my main account (and I play on PS4). The last trophy I had earned in the game was 2015. I had played small amounts since then, but not much.
The thing about Warframe is that it is constantly being supported. New updates happen frequently. Some of these are just new quests or stuff, but some of them change the game up. I’ve seen the star map interface change at least three times. It’s easy to return to Warframe after a long absence and be completely overwhelmed; where do I go? what do I do? what have I done?
Warframe is hardcore and complex. To be best enjoyed, it’s a game that you’re supposed to get heavily invested in and stick with. It’s more of a “main game” than a “side game” that you infrequently return to here and there. And while it’s not MY main game, that aspect of it is something I greatly appreciate. I wish MY main game, Destiny, had this philosophy.
As a matter of fact, playing Warframe kinda makes me mad. Because there’s so many times when I play Warframe that I’m thinking, “man I wish Destiny did this, or that would be awesome in Destiny.” If you took the best parts of Warframe and put them with the best parts of Destiny, you would have my perfect game. Of course I’d include elements from Borderlands and Diablo in that game too, but for the most part just Warframe and Destiny would suffice.
Warframe is both an amazing game and achievement. It’s developed and published by Digital Extremes, a studio of less than 200 people. It first released on PC in March 2013, and came to PS4 at its launch in November 2013. The Xbox One release came in September 2014.
It’s October 2017, and the game is more popular now than at any other point in its lifespan. It has constantly evolved. The amount of support the game has gotten and continues to get is astounding. To top it all off, it’s completely free to play. Of course you’ll have an easier time if you buy stuff from the market, but Warframe is one of those games that you don’t have to spend money on because you can play the game a lot, farm, and sell items to other players for the Platinum. Of course if any developer deserves your money, it’s the folks at Digital Extremes.
It’s really unbelievable to think how Digital Extremes has been able to do so much more with a lot less. As a Destiny player, I’m going back to it… there’s always something to do in Warframe. Alerts, void fissures, things to chase and grind for, and so on. There’s so much depth to the game. Then you look at what Bungie (whom I like) has been able to do with Destiny and now Destiny 2, and it’s like “wait, Bungie employs over 700 people and there’s two other studios also working on the game, and it’s backed by one of the biggest publishers… and this is the best you can do?”
Warframe is both rewarding and a serious grind. The nodes on the planets and moons are all farmable, go replay them as much as you want. And the nodes are all procedurally generated, so while the objective and the tileset is the same, the map will be different each time.
I hit Mastery Rank 5 the other day, which isn’t a lot but it was still progress. I’m tackling the quests that I’ve missed out on and unlocking planet junctions. I’m doing all of this in preparation for the Plains of Ediolon update, which came to PC last week and should come to consoles next month. That looks like a great update, adding a large open world to explore on Earth to do missions and bounties in. Open world is my favorite, so I’m super excited to experience an open world Warframe.
But before that update hits PS4, I’m enjoying working my way through the games content and relearning a lot of it all over again. It’s incredibly fun, and super fast paced, and I ultimately I like knowing that each time I log in between now and the PoE update that I’m going to be progressing in some form or fashion. It’s nice to have something to do in a game you want to play.