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My Love/Hate Relationship With Warframe (2/2)
So, where were we? Ah yes, the second part.. If you haven't read the first part of my article, feel free to do so.
Last time, I was talking about what I love about Warframe. This free-to-play co-op online shooter/melee game has draw my attention for over a year. But still, no game is perfect, not even a game that allows you to cut and slash your way through hordes of enemies with flaming sword or blast through them with explosives, not even that.
What I Hate
Let's get one thing clear; I love the lore in pretty much any game. Reading items' description in Dark Souls, discussing with fellow Overwatch's players, watching videos about The Elder Scrolls universe, simply put, I love them. It gives all shootout, enemies encounter and missions much more meaning. It's good knowing the context of "why do I do this?" and "who are they and what they want?". Warframe has its own lore and story to tell, only there's one problem. It is a bit of a mess. There are plot holes everywhere. Too many questions are left unanswered. It feels like the developers didn't care enough about them. But when asked this question during a Devstream, they responded with, "We never thought the game would make it this far". I can't really blame them though since the game is hugely underrated and always being overshadowed by big AAA titles such as Destiny and The Division. This is such a shame because the universe that they created is so fascinating to look at. The faction of Grineer has this dark and gritty look, Corpus is all shiny with robotics and cutting edge techs, the Infested is just gory monstrosity, if that's even a word. And there's the Orokins, an extinct race of powerful civilization in the universe. All we know so far is that they are responsible for the creation of Warframe. With this kind of setting, the developers should have take the chance and do something cool with it. Tell a story that can motivate the players to shoot more stuffs.
If you have played the game, you should see this coming. I hate, nay, despise grinding. Now, now, let us all calm down. I know what you're going to say. "It's a free-to-play game so grinding is normal". And you're right. Absolutely right. But for me, I just want to get into some action. I don't want to run the same mission over and over again to get that one item with 5% drop chance. It's so tedious and boring as hell. Sure, I can just buy them but some stuffs, usually Prime stuffs are being sold at a ridiculously high price. Talking about Prime stuffs, they are the stronger version of certain weapons and frames. For example, Braton Prime is slightly stronger than normal Braton. In order to get the parts to craft Prime stuffs, you need a relic. In order to get relics, you must run some missions. Hardcore completionists won't have trouble with this, but I do.
In previous article, I said that this game has a ton of different weapons and frames to offer. However, what's the point if you don't use them to kill other players? Yes, Warframe does have PVP called Conclave and let's be frank, it kinda sucks. The main focus of the game is Co-Op experience, usually involves shooting at computer-controlled enemies. But once in a while, wouldn't it be fun to play against other players and test our own skills on them? Conclave (PVP in Warframe) aim to do just that. But it fails. The game's numerous network issues, unbalanced weapons and frames killed the experience. I really hope that the developers would look into this in the future. Oh and there's also Lunaro, a space football (or soccer, depending on where you lives) game mode where you play against other players. It's fun for the first two hours, then it got boring pretty quickly.
The Future of Warframe
But I hate to end the article on such a sad note. As I write this, I am eagerly waiting for the next expansion for the games. On July 8, 2017, the developers announced a very big expansion coming to Warframe. It is called Plains of Eidolon. This free, I repeat, FREE update will bring a massive landscape area to the game. I don't want to talk too much about it but you can check it out yourself below.
But wait! There's another one. The other incoming update is called The Sacrifice. This is possibly a lore quest that will delve deeper into the origins of Warframe. I really, really, really hope that this one will please a lore buff like me. You can check out the trailer below.
So, do I love the game? Yes. Very much. Do I hate the game? Again, yes. But that's just me. This game has something to both love and hate. For over a year I've played this, I often played for weeks and then stopped when I got new game. But I always keep coming back to see what's new in store. And I can say the same for everyone who has played the game. The game has this irresistible charm to it that I can't really point out. If you have never tried it, I urged you to do so. It won't cost you a thing. If you want to add me in the game, my in-game name is alcatraz_88. But I can't assure you if I will play the game anytime sooner because as I write this, I got my hands full with Persona series. So, until then, thanks for putting up with my rambling.