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Warframe - the obligatory 2017 game

Disclaimer: The following is written by an opinionated oaf and should not be taken particularly seriously. If you get offended, it's your own fault for reading it and taking shit seriously. No facts were considered, opinions withheld, spelling checked, and certainly no proof reading occured. Read at your own risk.

John pointed out it's a yearly thing, and he is right. We seem to go through this every year....

What is surprising is we played Warframe in 2014. 3 years ago. I didn't realise it was that long ago. 2 years I can, but 3? I guess that was when the PS4 was new, and John, Will and I really took to the game. We gave up because it became a Grind rather than a Game. A bloody job. We were working at. Repeating a mission to get a piece for the new Hydro Warframe. Spending our limited time on Earth repeating a boring mission to get a worthless piece of yet another costume for a videogame.

We crashed hard.

Every year since, I've had an urge to play, just a little. Maybe I miss the social aspect, when we had a good crowd. I don't miss the Grind, but I miss the game as well. It always played so well and looks very nice. I do like some fancy particle effects and overblown colours.

Warframe is such a good looking game, and on a Pro - well I can't judge TBH, I've not played recently on a regular PS4. It's certainly running better than it used to, and my screenshots came out in 4K so maybe it's Checkboarding up and downsampling to me 1080p display? Framerate is improved, though things go well south of 30 when the game gets hectic. And Warframe does get hectic.

Will and I got together for an hour or two on Saturday night and played through a few story missions, but almost immediately we fell in to old habits - trading shit, planning how to get Frame bits, that kind of nonsense. And of course Will got lost within the first 5 seconds of the first game. Old habits die hard Biggrin

We done some Archangel (??) mission which was rather horrendous, but I'm full of admiration for the devs. 3 years since we played, the game seems to have a vibrant community and an ever evolving meta game. The new map system works much better than the old one we used to play, and I'm sure the mod system is better, even though I don't fully understand it yet. There's a load of new types of mods (Primed, Riven I think) as well as, obviously, a bunch of new Frames and Weapons.

The last few evenings I've ran through my usual. Rhino Prime, which was always a good one to get started with as you can tank pretty well. Then I went to Nova, which used to kick arse but now felt let effective. Maybe I need to change some mods, I really don't know what changes have gone on. Last time we were playing, Melee 2.0 was just appearing on the scene. That's a long time, I should read through all the version updates at some point to get a grip.

I ended Saturday night and an hour or two on Sunday night as Ember Prime. That Frame always worked well for me, being pretty agile and nimble, while also providing some nice spamming - though the World On Fire (Of??) doesn't seem as effective as it used to.

I also managed to pick up with some Platinum a complete set to build a Soma Prime. I love the Soma, it's one of my favourite guns in any game ever. LOVE IT. I Forma'd the fuck out of it back in the day to get on all the mods I wanted, so was gutted to see in the years since they released a Prime version and you can no longer earn it in game. Thankfully I had a bit of Platinum kicking around, and 120p does me no good in a game I rarely play, so why not.

Of course running around with an unranked gun is kind of funny when I'm jumping in to relatively high level games, but I maxed it out tonight, which was nice. Yep, I Forma'd it and I'll go through it 2 or 3 more times. I must look up what I done to the original Soma, and then look at newer mods to see what I can change Smile

Now the question - did I enjoy returning to the game?

I'm torn. I HATE the idea of gaming to Grind. Fucking hate it. It's Anti-Game to me. But I really enjoy running around as a Space Ninja mowing enemies down.

I'm trying to find a happy medium ground. Each mission is too short to really get your teeth stuck in to, you blitz through everything, and the game is literally built around the system of unlocking New Shit, running and gunning through mission after mission, alert after alert, in the endless quest of Unlocks. That does not sit comfortably with me, it's not how I want to spend my Gaming Life - collecting virtual shit. Yet I love the game, the gunplay, the graphics, I enjoy it.

And I'm not sure where I land on it. On an emotional level I enjoyed my time, though I purposefully limited each evening to only a couple of missions.

We'll have to see where it goes. Maybe a new Frame with new skills to play around with appeal to me, but then I'd have to go and target certain levels to get the parts, in which case I'm now playing for Virtual Shit rather than, neccessarily, playing for Fun. I need to find common ground and allow the Fun to lead, so I don't feel I'm in it for the Virtual Shit. Once it's Grinding, I'm out.

Meantime I'll play a bit more and marvel at how great it looks.