Like a fine Fortuna wine, this online multiplayer game keeps getting better with time. Warframe: The Jovian Concord points to the game's high-fidelity future, with a visual revamp of Jupiter's Gas City that shows how far Warframe has come. The new environments are both surreal and challenging, with dizzying drops, broken catwalks, and acid-filled corridors that require you to draw upon your most advanced parkour skills. The new enemies, the Amalgams, don't necessarily represent a greater challenge, but with their Silent-Hill-like blend of mechanical/insectile/humanoid traits, they're definitely creepier. The new boss monster, the Ropalolyst, is also a nightmare—a giant alien chicken that can snatch you out of the air or fry you with its laser beam. Beating it is definitely a group activity, one you'll have to get used to since you'll have to beat it repeatedly to get all the blueprints for the Wisp Warframe.
It's hard work: the kind of work that's fundamental to Warframe. Getting to the content in The Jovian Concord takes hours and hours of gameplay to unlock planets and upgrade your weapons. Upgrades especially take a long time since they require both resources and in-game currency. (The process can be sped up by buying premium currency in the online store.) The good news is, revisiting the Gas City gives you plenty of opportunity to collect resources and hone your parkour skills. And once you've gotten ahold of The Wisp Warframe, you're unstoppable. The Wisp's support skills come in especially handy in the new multiplayer mode, Disruption, where you and your squad defend security systems from Amalgams and earn useful void relics. While all this is great, Warframe's a sci-fi shooter for older gamers. The online community's more tolerant and civil than many multiplayer games, but its blood and gore make it too much for kids. All told, for adult sci-fi fans, Warframe: The Jovian Concord is a satisfying update, not only for what it contains, but for what it hints at —years of uniquely dynamic, story-driven gameplay.