Warframe

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Combat-heavy sci-fi war game brings violence but no gore.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Focus is on constant warfare between two groups, so messages are essentially centered around combat for combat's sake.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Your character is an anonymous soldier fighting on the "right" side of a war. But there's no way of knowing whether your actions are actually for the good or are to perpetuate combat.

Ease of Play

Combat controls are simple. Upgrade features take time and are highly complex to figure out and effectively take advantage of for battles.

Violence

Constant combat with swords and energy guns produces little blood, but your sole focus is destroying opponents.

Sex
Language

No profanity in game dialogue; in-game chat could contain strong/offensive language.

Consumerism

Can be played entirely for free, but vanity items/frequent promotions tempt players to purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Warframe is a free-to-play downloadable third-person sci-fi shooter for the PlayStation 4 and Windows computers. It's played primarily online, cooperatively and competitively, with up to three other human players. Its action-heavy gameplay revolves around violence -- shooting and swordplay -- as well as superhuman skills like energy blasts. There's little blood and no gore shown in battle, but the game's focus is on eliminating your enemies. While there's no iffy language within the game dialogue, the open chat for multiplayer communication means that players could encounter bullying, profanity, and inappropriate conversations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTFT Gaming June 9, 2015

Amazing game| Don't get it if you're queasy

I'm 13 and I play this game a lot with no problems. I'm not going to lie, there are some parts that are pretty gory but its not too bad. There is an o... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 and 17 year old Written bynuenjins December 1, 2015

Sub par title is deceptively NOT free and very broken compared to it's peers.

You're not getting Destiny, Halo, or Call of Duty here. The site reviewer must not have played the game much because there IS a fair amount of blood and so... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byzebulon759 November 23, 2013

I think its a great game that most teens would enjoy

I have been playing this game for about a year now, so I know what I'm talking about; but enough of this lets cut to the chase. Violence: there is some bl... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDavidHi November 22, 2013

Fun... but yes, there is gore

not exactly sure what game CSM is playing (no offense), but there is actually a lot of gore. you can slice people right down the middle and see their spine and... Continue reading

What's it about?

WARFRAME revolves around a war between a race of ancient warriors and a militarized race of human/robot hybrids known as the Grineer. As one of the ancient warriors, you're pulled out of stasis to fight off the Grineer and are quickly reacquainted with your high-tech battle suit (called a "Warframe"). The suit lets you give and take damage as well as run and jump to superhuman heights. It also gives you unique combat skills that can be modified and upgraded. Gameplay involves two things: completing story missions to advance the main narrative and going on repeatable missions to gather resources to unlock further areas for exploration. This can be done either alone or cooperatively with up to three other players. Mission objectives vary in difficulty, and rewards are proportionate. As of November 2017, an expansion called Plains of Eidolon introduced an MMO-like (massively Multiplayer Online) element to the game that lets players explore, take on bounties, craft weapons, mine, and fish. 

Is it any good?

Players looking for hours of engaging and intense science-fiction multiplayer combat are in for a treat. Warframe is a fast-moving shooter that takes you zooming through space exploring spaceships, planets, and moons. Missions can be taken on alone or with others; either way, you earn resources and experience points (XP). The idea is to gather enough currency and resources to upgrade your armor and weaponry, which means lots of exploration and replaying missions. Thankfully, mission environments are randomly generated, which cuts down the tedium.

Naturally, missions are easier with other players, and Warframe's slick matchmaking system takes the intimidation factor out of cooperative play. You could stay busy for a long time just joining up with other players, fighting and upgrading your skills, but the recent Plains of Eidolon expansion offers you new ways to interact. The scavenger town of Cetus offers lots of shopping options, the option to learn fishing and mining, and the ability to create your own weapons. It also offers bounty-style missions you can complete within a large, open MMO-like area. Both the expansion and the main game are cool to look at thanks to good graphics, effects, and sound design. At its 2014 launch, the game had unfortunate camera and connection issues and lacked a tutorial. Thankfully, those things have improved. Admittedly, the game's upgrade/mod system remains almost overwhelmingly complex, and players' complaints about the time and effort needed to earn resources remain valid. Still, the game is constantly changing as the community makes its needs known, and all signs point to it continuing to change for the better. Parents of younger kids are right to be concerned about the constant violence and unmoderated in-game chat, but Warframe's lack of gore, easy matchmaking, and tons of content make it a solid choice for older teens and other fans of sci-fi shooters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy violence. Is violence against aliens in a fantasy setting like Warframe more acceptable than violence against humans in a realistic setting? Why or why not?

  • Discuss the risks of online play and cyberbullying. Do you know what to do if other players get mean or start inappropriate conversations?

  • Think about budgeting time and money for online games. How much of either is reasonable to spend on an individual game?

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