Warframe

 
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Learning(i)

Combat-heavy sci-fi war game with violence but no gore.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You're the good guys fighting against a militant race determined to take over the solar system. However, the game is mostly about combat.

Positive role models

You don't know anything about your character, other than that you were in a cryo chamber and "awakened" to help fight against this malevolent force by using a Warframe battle suit.

Ease of play

Aside from a sometimes finicky camera, Warframe is pretty easy to play, especially for those who've played first- or third-person games before. There's a mandatory tutorial and a solo mode for those not ready to play with others online.

Violence

Although not overly graphic, the game lets you shoot enemies and hack and slash them using a long sword. It's clearly science fiction and has very little blood, but it's still a combat-heavy war game.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

You might hear profanity when playing other people online via your television or headset microphone.

Consumerism

Warframe is a free-to-play game, but there are optional in-app purchases, starting at $4.99, that give you in-game currency for upgradeable suits, weapons, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates serious privacy and safety concerns. Warframe can be played online with up to four players in both the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. It's possible to hear people talk into their microphones, and you might hear inappropriate language or conversations. Digital Extremes does not monitor the language.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Warframe is a third-person sci-fi shooter that's played primarily online with up to three other human players. It's an action-heavy game with violence -- shooting and swordplay, primarily -- as well as some superhuman skills such as energy blasts. There's little blood, however, and no gore. This online game does have open chat so players could hear profanity and inappropriate conversations.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • electricity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • investigation

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Warframe was not created with educational intent, nor do we recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • electricity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • investigation

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals
  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening
  • speaking

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Warframe was not created with educational intent, nor do we recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

What's it about?

Based on a PC game that debuted last March, WARFRAME introduces us to a militarized race known as the Grineer, whose armies are now spreading throughout our solar system. To help aid in the fight against this malevolent force, you’ve been pulled out of your cryostasis chamber and trained alongside other warriors known as the Tenno. These fighters take advantage of an ancient exoskeletal technology called Warframes, which give them superpowers. Consider Warframes a kind of battle suit: high-tech armor that lets you withstand serious damage, jump high, and upgrade via modifications (\"mods\") throughout the game. There are more than a dozen kinds of Warframes to choose and master.

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Before you enter your first solo or cooperative (“co-op”) mission with three others, you’ll receive training on how to use your two guns and long sword, which you can toggle between while engaged in combat. Similar to other shooters you can pull the left trigger to zoom in – perhaps while ducking behind a pillar –- while the right trigger fires your weapon. The controller’s R1 button, on the other hand, initiates your sword to hack and slash enemies. You can also swipe forward on the controller’s touchpad for a quick dash towards enemies, before executing a move.

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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Warframe delivers many hours of engaging and intense combat –- especially when you're teaming up online with up to three others to perform missions together –- though the game is not without its shortcomings. As you hop throughout the solar system and explore huge spaceships, planets, and moons, you’ll complete challenges and earn experience points (XP) used to level-up weapons and armor. Played from a third-person perspective, missions vary from seeking-and-destroying enemy factions and disabling ship generators to retrieving rare artifacts and tackling tougher "boss" villains. You can play against strangers if you prefer, and let the game randomly find people for you to run, shoot, and slice-and-dice with -- or form a clan and work together to research and build custom weapons and sharpen your skills by fighting in your own dojo (Tenno versus Tenno). Along with various modes, Warframe also offers an automatic mission generator to keep things fresh, as well as new content delivered on a monthly basis.

The co-op game, however, has somewhat slow load times and occasionally choppy performance –- likely due to varying Internet connection speeds by all players. In one instance, the game hung on a load screen between levels and never booted up to the next level, forcing me to quit and try again. It didn’t happen often, mind you, but still annoying nonetheless. Secondly, the camera sometimes obscures your view of the action instead of helping you spot and take down enemies – especially in tight areas. Despite these performance issues, Warframe proves to be a fun free-to-play “Teen”-rated action game for your PlayStation 4. It might not be one of the console’s best launch titles, but you can’t beat the price; and it will entertain you and your friends longer than you think.

Families can talk about...

  • The game is clearly a science-fiction game that takes place on various spaceships, planets, and moons in our solar system. Is virtual violence against aliens more acceptable than killing humans in a realistic setting? Is it good that this game has little blood and no gore? What is the impact of media violence?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 4, Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Available online
Developer:Digital Extremes Ltd.
Release date:November 15, 2013
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Robots, Science and nature, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:T for Violence, Blood (PlayStation 4, Windows)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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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 blood, some enemy's shed more blood than others, but it is kinda fake looking and way darker than real blood; also the enemy's you fight are far from human. Positive message: The game is really big on team work so be a team player and you'll get the job done, if not you might fail, also don't hog the loot. Safety & privacy: please remember that the its not recommended for a child to play an MMO due to privacy reasons. All and all not that bad really, and if your still not sure you can download the game for free and play it yourself. One last thing to mention its really hard to play by yourself, but that's why there is an auto grouping tool for you to use, or find some friends who also wanna play, the games at its best when your with friends. Thank you for your time I hope this helps.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
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 everything. it's a fun game though and it is possible to turn off the gore in the settings
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazykid1092 March 6, 2014
 
LEARNING

Misleading Common Sense Editor Review

While this is a very mild shooting game, Common Sense did miss that there is some gore(you can cut an enemy up with your sword, leaving some exposed guts).
What other families should know
Too much violence

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