Warframe is a weird game.
On one hand I really like it but on the other hand it has some serious issues. I feel like Warframe is built on 4 main principles:
Variety - there’s amazing number of different characters and weapons most of which will feel distinct, lots of different mission and game types.
Customization - All weapons and characters can be tweaked to your heart content - changing stats, adding new damage types, sometimes even changing some mechanics is widely available. Oh, and different cosmetic items are available as well if you’re into this kind of stuff.
Power fantasy - most stuff can be upgraded tweaked and tuned to the point where it possesses ridiculous firepower
Grind - everything above is available through grinding. Before you level your stuff up it has ho customization options and without proper customization everything is pretty weak.
Generally speaking I see 3 major problems with the game:
- The more you play the easier the game becomes: as you play you accumulate powerful characters, weapons and customization options
- Seems like this game is described perfectly by the saying “wide as an ocean, deep as a puddle”. There are loads of everything but mechanics do not interact in a meaningful way it does not feel like there’s a great amount of skill needed to play the game at a higher level.
- User interface is really bad. I do like that they have search/filter options everywhere but beyond this it’s annoying to deal with since most stuff is hidden 2 or 3 clicks too deep into the menus.
And for sure there is quite a bit of usual f2p bs smuttered above. IMO it’s a variety-based game but you have very few weapon and character slots (additional can be purchased with plat which is real-world-buyable currency). Plus there’s a usual bunch of other mechanics like “wait 3 days til the crafting’s done” (look, you can skip it with plat). A bit of fear of missing out is in use as well with all those “limited time offers”. And when you visit the market to buy a new weapon blueprint - buying weapon with plat is posted front and center while the ability to buy it with in-game currency is hidden a bit deeper.
Overall I believe TotalBiscuit was right on the spot with the following idea “it’s a great game if you like how it plays but if you want to get something specific (like al high-end weapon or character) and are adamant about not spending money… it may be a pretty miserable experience”.
For me it’s a really nice game as I like the combat, I like trying out new guns and frames and progression just happens for me naturally as I play with my new toys. It does not happen fast since I don’t play that much but new stuff unlocks at an OK rate for me so atm the game keeps me satisfied.
Oh, and I’ll just leave it here: