[Warframe] Starting to Figure Things Out
I’ve had a bit more time in Warframe now, so I’ve had time to talk with my friend “J” who plays it and have him explain some things to me, as well as being able to spend more time with the wiki, Reddit, etc. I’m starting to feel like I have an idea of what I’m doing in the game now, so that’s fun. But it also means that I know just how much I have left to do in it also, which is a tad overwhelming. And of course then there’s still that I don’t know what i don’t know yet, so things still can surprise me too. Part of the excitement of a new game, I suppose.
This past week I’ve mostly just been leveling up warframes and weapons to increase my mastery rank — I’m up to Mastery Rank 8 now. That movement test for MR8 was something. I’d looked up what I’d need to do beforehand, which gave detailed instructions, plus had a video of it being done. Even with that, I still had to use the practice session several times before I was able to do it, and then after that I still fell once during the real test. Good thing you get 4 actual tries, no?
So yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time running defense missions on Earth and Mars — Earth to get things to rank 10-ish, then Mars to max them out faster since it gives more xp. Some weapons I like more than others, obviously. One that I’ve found I really like are the “Castanas” throwing knives. They don’t actually do any damage when thrown, so the 1st couple of times I tried to use them I got frustrated as they didn’t seem to do anything, and once I had 6 of them out in the world I couldn’t throw any more, in spite of having plenty of spare ammo. I finally went and looked them up and … oh, you have to use the middle mouse button to make them explode after you throw them.
So I started doing that and it’s *hilarious!* It tosses mobs up into the sky and they never fall back down, or makes them fly across the screen sideways really fast. And blowing up 6 on/around a boss does great damage plus it’s an AE explosion so the crowd control is even pretty decent. I’ll admit that I can’t see myself using them in a “real mission” with other people, but for these defense missions they’re a lot of fun.
J and I managed to get together in-game a few times. He’s unlocked farther in the map than me (and he got MR13 while we were doing stuff together), so he was able to pull me into missions I’ve not unlocked yet, so I was able to get the crafting materials I needed to finish building the Saryn Prime frame. That frame, well, I can see why people like it in groups as the spreading “Spores” ability does insane damage at minimal cost, but as a solo frame I’m not really feeling it. I guess I need to play in more groups, no?
All the defense missions I’ve been running have awarded me the blueprints for the Oberon frame also, so I built and leveled that. That one’s interesting in that when I did some research on it, it seems that people like having it in groups as a supporting frame, but it seems to not be the greatest solo-er, in spite of being able to heal and do pretty massive AE damage. I need to play with it more to see what kinds of things I can pull off with it, I guess.
Loki I have actually leveled up 3 times now — 1st as I got him, and then I added a polarity slot twice, and each slot you add means you gotta level it up again. But it also means that I now have him fully modded out without going into the Primed mod categories, so he’s got a 29.4 second invisibility which is *hilarious!* I saw an alert for a spy mission and went for it with Loki. I was invisible for the whole run, had over 100 kills, successfully got 3/3 of the data caches and no alarms were ever triggered. Also hilarious — I had been doing defense missions with only melee equipped, as there’s an achievement for doing that 10 times, and I’d forgotten to re-equip my ranged weapons when I jumped into the alert, so all of that was melee. Really, the only thing that I wished I had some range for was the environmental sensor bars that you have to destroy to shut off some energy-draining fields, but I was still able to double-jump up to them and get them with the sword anyway, it just took a bit of care.
I can really see why Loki is so well liked. It also helps that when you’re invisible that you get an 8x damage multiplier on your melee damage. Not that I need it in the levels I’m currently at, but when I get higher that will be nice too.
And yeah, this is long enough now, so…. Happy Gaming out there!