Posts Tagged ‘Digital Extremes’

Warframe’s next story chapter – The Sacrifice – is out

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Free-to-play space ninja sim Warframe has slowly evolved into the weird space opera that it always wanted to be. In-between the procedurally generated missions and resource farming, there are some genuinely dramatic scenes, some likeable characters and even a few bold, game-changing twists. Today marks the release of The Sacrifice, a new chapter in the story that developers Digital Extremes has been teasing for the past year.

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Warframe Plains of Eidolon: bounties, fishing, mining, and hunting for Eidolons

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Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon update was one of the biggest and most ambitious updates to the free-to-play shooter since its inception. The first open-world area in a game otherwise entirely populated by procedurally generated levels, it’s a massive experiment for developer Digital Extremes, but it also introduces bounties, fishing, mining, and even hunting things called Eidolons.

It may have been a while since you last touched Warframe, perhaps eagerly anticipating this update before diving back in. There’s certainly a lot of complexity in this game and this update only complicates things further, so be sure to glance through our Warframe guide to get up to speed before leaping into the new stuff!

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Warframe: Damage types, how they work and where it’s most effective

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When you first start in Warframe, you won’t have to worry too much about different damage types. Just shoot guys until they’re dead. But as time goes on and you begin to face more and more difficult enemies, you’re going to have to learn how to slaughter them with maximum efficiency. In this guide, we will walk you through the damage types in Warframe, how it all works, and where certain damage types are most effective.

As for those looking for more information about the other finer points about Warframe, as well as some more of the basics, feel free to head on back to our main Warframe guide for more details on the stuff you need to know about Digital Extreme’s loot shooter.

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Warframe: Farm credits via the Index mission

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With all the more complex systems that Warframe has to offer, it’s easy to forget to that you need credits to splash out on all the good stuff. Suddenly you may find yourself glassy eyed, wondering just how this could have happened and where to get more cash. Sadly in real life, we can’t help with cashflow problems, but in this guide we can show you the importance of farming credits via the Index mission, so you can get back to splashing out on that coveted piece of gear faster.

Perhaps you do have enough credits but don’t know what to spend it on? If so, you can go to our main Warframe guide for information on what to spend it on, before possibly coming back here to know how to make more dough.
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Warframe: How to acquire warframes and equip mods

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At their core, Warframes aren’t terribly complex. They all move basically the same way and have four unique abilities. The 40+ Frames are basically character classes; you can swap between them at any point — assuming you’ve unlocked them first, but they can also be tweaked further with mods. In this guide, we will walk you through the basics of acquiring your first Warframes, as well as teach the basics to getting the most out of equipping Warframe mods.

There’s certainly a lot more to Warframe itself that’s worth delving into, but it may be somewhat intimidating going in blind. If you get stuck, you can always head back over to our main Warframe guide for everything else you need to know about Digital Extreme’s loot shooter.

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A retrospective of Unreal, from the people who made it

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Unreal turned 20 years old this month. The extraterrestrial first-person shooter spawned (and showcased) a game engine whose descendants still motor on today. To commemorate all those screaming prisoners and innocent alien creatures killed at the hands of jumpy players, I got in touch with a handful of the original team and asked them to share their memories of making the first Skaarj conflict. This is how Unreal was made, from the perspective of the programmers, designers, artists and musicians who were there. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe’s new trailer bids us prepare for The Sacrifice

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While it’s primarily known for its space-ninja action, hideously compelling grind and a vast number of suits of space-armour to collect, Warframe‘s fans speak of its central story arc with hushed reverence, which features a rich Dune-like universe and one of my favourite plot-twists in any game. The story has been dangling on a cliffhanger for a while, but this month it’s all wrapping up. Within, an ominous teaser trailer and plenty of spoilers if you’ve not played through at least the Second Dream quest.

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Unreal is free to celebrate its 20th birthday

“Dearest Alice, I do not play video games but fear I am insufficiently aware of my own mortality and am exploring every avenue to remedy that,” begins one of the many letters I received in the post this morning seeking my advice as a reputed expert in the field. “Which gaming platform would most frequently remind me that my youth is so very far behind me and all flesh is grass?”

Well, Margo From Bishop’s Stortford, PC gaming can definitely help you. Observe how the assembled commenters wail, weep, and tug at their scant remaining hairs as I say this simple sentence: Unreal came out twenty years ago today.

“What is Unreal?” Well Margo, right now you can download it for free to see for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe adds Sanctuary Onslaught mode and shiny new toys

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Warframe has implemented a new free update in Beasts of the Sanctuary; a one-two punch of changes for the free-to-play cooperative shooter. First up is Sanctuary Onslaught, a survival mode that pits players, either solo or in squads of up to four, against increasingly difficult waves of opponents in order to pass from portal to portal and recover the missing Khora Blueprints. The other addition is the latest warframe: the aforementioned Khora, who is a futuristic whipmaster that would put the Belmonts to shame. And, of course, some fantastic new toys.

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Warframe prime relics: how to get the best gear

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Prime Warframes and Weapons are some of the most powerful tools in a Warframe player’s arsenal. That means, of course, they’re going to be the hardest to get. To get Prime parts, you’re going to have to go through the long process of farming Relics. The four types of relics (Lith, Meso, Neo, and Axi) all have different drop tables, and things get complicated when you try to understand them. So let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe guide: essential tips for beginners

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Warframe is almost impressively obtuse. The free-to-play loot shooter layers systems upon systems upon systems, all of which have an impressive amount of depth to them. Unfortunately, the game is almost aggressively uninterested in making sure you understand any of it.

There’s Warframes to mod, guns and swords and crossbows to craft in the Foundry, Dojo rooms to build, Endo and Mutagen Samples and Argon Crystals and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff. Like, a lot of other stuff. Be ready to grind.

To help you on your journey into one of the biggest — and best! — free-to-play loot games out there, we’ve got a bunch of tips and tricks for making your Tenno the best Tenno that it can be. Read the rest of this entry »

Gulp it down: The Darkness 2 is free right now

“Give the guy a gun and he’s Superman,” Hard Boiled said. “Give him two and he’s God.” But give the guy two guns and two hungry tentacles and he can only be the mafioso host of a demonic power. Discover that in The Darkness II, which you can grab for free for keepsies right now. The Humble Store is giving the game away for a fleeting 48 hours to celebrate the launch of a new sale. Made by Warframe devs Digital Extremes, it has buckets of guts and a surprising amount of heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Noclip take on Warframe’s unlikely success story

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If you were to look at Warframe now, it’s hard to even imagine that Digital Extremes’ free-to-play mega-hit ever had humbler origins. Even harder to believe that its very existence was a desperate last-ditch plan to keep the lights on at a struggling studio that had been turned away by every major publisher.

In the latest in their oft-excellent series of candid interview-heavy documentaries, YouTube outfit NoClip went and pinned down the core staff behind Warframe’s success, and have managed to extract an hour of surprisingly candid history from them, equally educational and emotionally resonant. Worth a watch.

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Warframe celebrates its 5th anniversary with ninja loot

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I’ve been watching the evolution of free-to-play space-ninja shooter Warframe on and off for thirteen years now. Back at E3, 2005, it first saw the light of day as Dark Sector, a high-concept sci-fi action RPG years before its time. Rejected by publishers, Digital Extremes settled on reworking it into a Gears of War clone while they kept the dream alive.

When the concept later resurfaced as Warframe, many wrote it off. Admittedly, it was threadbare in those early days, with limited depth and only a single environment to play in, but it grew. Oh my, how it grew. Five years from its original Steam debut, it’s celebrating by showering players with goodies, including a complete set of mid-tier weaponry, with a themed character skin to match.

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Warframe’s Christmas event is impressively un-festive

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Update: To clarify, there is an actual festive event running in-game at the moment – Tennobaum, as mentioned after the jump. It just seems to have been somewhat sidelined by the ghoul uprising.

While every other online game worth mentioning is packing its world to the gills with seasonal cliches – snowball fights, gingerbread cookies, gaudily wrapped presents and the like – Warframe is bucking the trend and giving you a big ol’ mess of angry cyborg zombie mutant clones to murder across the increasingly toxic and inhospitable plains of Cetus.

Santa Claus may want to just tick off this whole region as Too Naughty To Bother, unless the Tenno can’t clean thing up over the next few weeks.

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The Amazing Eternals cancelled 2 months after its debut

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I’m not sure if this is a record for a high-profile studio announcing, releasing and shutting down an online game, but it probably comes close. The Amazing Eternals – the pulp sci-fi themed hero shooter from Warframe studio Digital Extremes – is being put on hold just two months after launching its beta.

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Warframe: Plains of Eidolon doesn’t fix the game’s problems

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I played a little bit of Warframe [official site] a long time ago, when it was in a much more limited form. I quickly bounced off it.

Several years of updates later, at first glance Warframe looks like a very different beast. I jumped back in for the Plains of Eidolon expansion, which adds an open-world zone for players to fly, shoot, fish and mine their way around. It’s a major divergence from the corridor brawls the game has offered up to this point, but it’s not an escape from the relentless grind.

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Warframe arrives on the open-world Plains of Eidolon

I remain delighted that a sci-fi game looking like Warframe [official site] has become so popular. In a genre dominated by robots and spacemen, Warframe stars pearlescent crustaceanfolk fighting bulging turgid baddies who remind me of sea cucumbers. It is a strong look. This style continues in the free-to-play action-RPG’s latest expansion, Plains of Eidolon, which developers Digital Extremes launched overnight. It adds an open-world zone where, after dark, the ghosts of giant meatbots rise from the water to wander. That’s the sort of sci-fi I want. Ta, Warframe. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe’s open-world Plains of Eidolon out next week

The ‘Plains of Eidolon’ expansion for Warframe [official site] will launch on PC next week, developers Digital Extremes announced today, taking the fine free-to-play action-RPG from the confines of dungeons and missions into a new open-world zone. The Plains are big land to explore (and fly over, if you want), with baddies to fight and fishing to do. They follow a day/night cycle too, with dreadful beasties and ghosties (the eponymous Eidolons) from an ancient war awakening once the sun goes down. Hey, no one said the outside world was safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Warframe shows off expansion’s open-world action

After adventures into space combat and under the sea, the next Warframe [official site] expansion taking the free-to-play action-RPG to rolling plains seems a little mundane. But Plains of Eidolon is more than a setting, as it will introduce an MMORPG-ish open world with a day-and-night cycle and everything. Those nights will be a problem, as vast and terrible creatures will rise to pummel everyone in their path. This evening, devs Digital Extremes showed a little more of those troublesome behemoths, revealing a fight against some sort of colossal meatbot wielding a cannon and a tree club. Read the rest of this entry »