I’ve been playing Warframe for a good month an a half now with no stopping in sight. In fact, it’s the only game I’ve been playing over that time period. I’m still a bit suprised how much it’s grabbed me but I think it’s come down to two things.: My friends are still playing it and I can consistelntly find new goals to work towards.
The former has been a great way to keep my interest since I have people to discuss the game with and maybe even compete a little bit. The later is really what keeps me going though. Warframe is such a big game with so much content that I’ll have goals to work towards for a while.
So far I’ve acomplished:
Finding and upgrading a few weapons I like and can use effectively for the rest of the game
Finding a Warframe I really like to play. Gauss is just so much fun to play. Gotta go fast!
Crafting an Archwing Launcher to I can fly around the open world areas.
Unlocking the Archgun Deployer so I can use a giant gun to shoot things anywhere.
Building a Railjack.
Completing a lot of the story quests.
Achieving Mastery Rank 15.
I’ve managed to do all of this since I’ve been back in the game. Some of them have been easy and some of them, like the Archgun Deployer, involved a 2 week reputation grind to get. But all of it has been enjoyable content to do.
Next up on goals to chase are:
Completing all of Nightwave
Completing the remaining story quests
Chasing down the parts to Octavia Prime
Collecting all of the Plague Star Blueprints before the event ends.
I’m sure I’ll find more to chase after as I continue to play but for now this is my current list of goals in the game. I especially what to catch up on the story quests as the next major story piece comes out in a few months.
I do still wonder how long Warframe will continue to hold my attention. I’m notorious for getting really in to games for a short period and then moving on to something else. I think it will continue to hold my interest as long as I have things to work towards and people to play with!
I’ve been playing Warframe off and on for…let’s see…5 years now? 5 years that sounds about right. In those 5 years I haven’t gotten very far and have clocked around 250 hours according to Steam. But I still like coming back to warframe every once and a while to see what’s new and make a little more progress.
Usually what happens is someone in my friend group gets the urge to play. Then we’ll all go down the Warframe rabbit whole for a week or two and subsequently leave the game on the shelf for months or years on end. This time around, we’re making a bit more of a concerted effort to stick with the game for a few months and see how that feels.
For the past 2 weeks now I’ve been trying to play Warframe a bit every day and find something to work on. It’s one of those games that has so much to do and so many systems to work on that if I don’t have a clear goal in mind I get lost. My goal right now is to get rid of my Kuva Lich who I accidently made last summer. It’s a charming enemy that not only steals rewards from missions on the planet it controls but constantly taunts me while it’s doing it….
Like everything in Warframe, the process for excommunicating the thing is a bit convoluted. It’s a good thing such an amazing wiki exists and there’s countless informative websites and videos out there. From what I understand, in order to kill the Lich I need specific mods for a weapon called a Parazon. These mods are obtained from Requiem Relics which are awarded sometimes during Kuva Siphon missions and always at the end of a Kuva Flood mission. There are eight of these special mods but only 3 are needed to kill the lich. Except you don’t know which three you need.
In order to find out the right mods you have 2 options: kill thralls during missions on the Lich’s controlled planet or trial and error every time your lich comes to visit on one of these missions. I went with the first option and killed enough thralls over several missions to see which mods I needed on my Parazon. At this point I had gathered 6 out of 8 of the Parzon mods and of course the two I didn’t have were the ones I needed…
Once I had the mods I needed the real fun begins. The mods need to be in a certain order for it to actually kill the Lich. This is the stage of the process I’m on now. Basically, I have to run missions on the planet it controls and kill thralls until it’s angry enough to come after me on the mission. Every time it loses a third of it’s health I get the chance to stab it with the Parazon. If the first mod is in the correct position then the fight continues until you hit the lich with the wrong mod in the wrong spot. At which point it disappears and you have to run more missions to piss it off and try again.
On top of all of that, there’s now a Rail Jack portion which I haven’t even looked in to.
The whole thing has been quite the project but I’ve been doing a little everyday so I don’t get burnt out on it. I’ve also been doing a lot of reading about the mechanics of damage in Warframe, how to build weapons, how to build warframes and I’m getting a better handle on how the game works overall. It’s definitely made things more enjoyable than it has been in the past. I can see myself sticking with it for a while as long as I have another goal to work towards.
Of course, now that I’ve said that I’ll probably drop it next week.
We took a break from GTFO this week as it’s been getting stale for a few of us. I think we’re going to move to play every other week to break things up. Before we started GTFO, our Saturday night group game was Warframe so we headed back over there this weekend.
It’s surprising what was a month and a half off a game will do to your enthusiasm about it. I still enjoy Warframe but logging in last night I didn’t have the excitement I had for it not too long ago. I was farming and progressing on my own, crafting warframes and weapons left and rights. Now I’m just not as into it.
Unbeknownst to us, one of our group members didn’t stop playing when we did. So when we came back to the game last night he had a nice surprise for us. A Railjack.
Now me, being great at avoiding spoilers, didn’t really know what a Railjack was. I assumed it was a ship and you did space ship things in it. I thought it was a one-man thing. But I was wrong. The Railjack was MUCH bigger than I thought it’d be and the gameplay much different.
It’s basically a 4 man crewed ship and each person has a role to fill. There’s the pilot who drives, a gunner who guns, an engineer that mans the forges and patches up wholes in the ship, and the ship boarder who flies around on an Archwing and takes over enemy ships. The whole thing reminds me of Guns of Icarus.
I was the designated engineer for the night. I couldn’t do much because my engineering was level 1 but I fixed a lot of holes in our hull when our shields went down!
The issue we ran into was only the guy with the RailJack could use intrinsic to level up certain roles. So while he kept unlocking all these useful perks the rest of us were stuck at the basic levels. We were hoping it was upgraded to the ship but sadly it was upgraded to the warframe.
It was a fun diversion from the usual gameplay but at the rate we play this game I don’t think the rest of us will be seeing our own Railjacks for a long time.
A quick look back shows I have exactly 0 posts about Warframe. Which is weird because I have 120 hours in the game. Making it one of my most played games. But that’s because my gaming group has never stuck with it long enough for me to form any kind of opinion on it.
3 years ago when we were getting into streaming we wanted a game we could all play together regularly. Warframe seemed like the perfect match. The group size was 4 and there were four of us. And thus began our on-again-off-again relationship with the game. We’d play for a month or 2 abandon it and then someone would get the bright idea to play it again. We’d all wonder why we didn’t keep playing it and then BAM! everyone loses interest again.
This time is different though. The benefit of streaming Warframe is that the community likes to help people out. Warframe has a lot of moving parts and the game is notoriously bad at explaining how any of them work. So you get great advice and tips from veteran players who don’t mind showing people the ropes. We have a much better understanding of how to progress and what we should be doing. It only took 3 years…We’re finally on Uranus. Which, for the record, is not very far.
We’ve started playing as a group on Saturday nights consistently which hasn’t happened in a while for any game. Our play sessions center around progressing on planets until someone has to log off. Then the rest of the group spend the night grinding materials or Warframe / weapon parts. It’s a slow road but it’s always a great time to get everyone together.
Warframe also makes a good podcast game. I’ve been sorely lacking a good podcast game since Trove. A game where I can turn the in-game sound off and keep my hands busy while I listen to The No Sleep Podcast.
Warframe and Trove have a lot in common. They both feature classes with small skill bars that turn into press “x” to win. They both feature a heavy material and experience grind. Both feature the gameplay loop of rush to the objective to get your reward and do it all over again. And you can do TONS of damage! Warframe is prettier though, and get’s updated more, and is more fun to play right now.